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    I have had this for over a month. Went to chiropractor, have 5 vertabras out of line. Sent me for x-rays and i have 2 spurs. But today was a good day don't hurt much and can move my neck. Maybe now I can get back to sewing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by judylg
    I have a neck problem to begin with, so have to be careful. I do as others have mentioned and take frequent breaks. I find this helps, getting up and moving around helps, that is the time I might fold wash or another thing that needs done. After you have suffered with neck pain you know what not to do and be able to still do what you want to.
    I have a bad neck too, and the ironing/pressing hurts it, as well as too long at the machine. Heck, using the rotary cutter and ruler hurts my neck. This is why I may only make one a year! I go slow!! Hand quilting is OUT, b/c of all the looking downward.

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    What a great bunch of ideas to avoid painful neck and shoulders. Thank each and every one of you. Fibromyalgia can really cause so much pain in those areas. I've relied mostly on ice-sometimes heat. Tylenol is a must also. May we all suffer less and sew more.

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    All the above and generous amounts of vanishing scent Bengay.

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    Not to get off the subject but, you made me think of another body part. I had a happy accident. I still use a presser foot and I happened to put an old Whitmans sampler tin on the floor in front of my presser foot. It lifts my foot up just enough to use the foot pedal without constantly
    raising your foot. You are only pushing down. Anything the right height for you would work. I am on a rug so nothing scoots away. Love it.

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    Has anyone ever used a 5% Lidocaine Patch? My doctor gave me a sample patch along with a prescription. The patch really helped a lot on my back around my shoulder blade. You can leave it on for about 12 hours out of 24. I couldn’t get the patches because they are ‘so’ expensive (over $200.00 for 30) so they gave me the gel version. You rub it on and cover it with Saran Wrap and it does about the same thing. It helps me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountain deb
    While driving, reading or sewing to long, I do this exercise often. Put your hand on your forward pushing your forhead back with your hand, but at the same time resist with your head pushing your head forward. Hold for about a count of ten. Now repeat for each side and the back of your head.
    A doctor told me this trick many years ago and it really works!

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    I always have 2 plastic doorstop wedges under the back of my machines. Although the wedges are only about an inch high, the tilted angle makes a big difference to neck strain!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kas
    My pain in the neck and shoulder turned out to be a herniated and torn disc between my c5& 6 vertebrae. It turns out bone spurs are causing the disc to be pushed out and I am having surgery on the 9th of Dec. I tried traction and cortisone shots, muscle relaxants and a TENS machine for a year. Hopefully the surgery will finally fix it. I went in for a MRI after my arm became numb all the time.
    I feel your pain. i have the same thing. No surgery for me yet, but i believe it will be in my future.
    I hope you have good success and feel better soon!

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    I put door stoppers (the wedges) under the back of my machine. It tilts it forward.
    I hope this helps

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    Everything will be a repeat. My body has done nothing but thank me. I have tilted the machine and used the office adjustable chair for years but still had problems. Then I started 50 minutes sewing and minimum 10 minute break. This break is to stretch, drink a glass of water, potty break, etc. If I am sewing for several hours I will add about a 15 minute walk at least once. For machine quilting wearing gloves to move the fabric is well worth the one time expense. The shoulder desk stretches whenever I think of them help me tremendously. The breaks make me far more productive as I am not fixing the body but preventing the problems from happening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SherrieDLux
    I worked for 5 straight hours 2 days ago on a quilt for my D/D for Christmas, yesterday I couldn't even move I hurt so much in the neck and left shoulder, nothing seemed to help. You guys are so wonderful on here, I was wondering if anyone else did this, and if so, can you tell me why or how to avoid it. Thanks for listening..
    some good wine......................ah......................

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    Biofreeze, Epson Salt Baths, frequent breaks, neck stretches and a Wonderful Chiropracter is what keeps my neck and shoulder pain at bay.
    I will definetly be trying the machine tilt and some more of these wonderful suggestions too.

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    I have a neck warmer that you put in the microwave. It does wonders to loosen up tight muscles from sewing all day. I bought mine at a craft sale but it's just polar fleece filled with dried beans/rice. You can also put it in the freezer for an ice pack. You just microwave it for about 2 min. and it stays hot for around 30 min.

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    Yes, those patches keep me going. Have a very bad back. They are covered by my part D medicare. If you qualify, check it out. :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by magpie
    Debbie Umphress sells a machine lifter, (if your machine is not fitted into a table) it tilts the machine so that your neck and head stays at a natural angle. Try door stops or something that can tilt the machine. Here's the link for Debbie. http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-69533-1.htm

    Thank you so much for that website that looks like the perfect solution to those of us with arthritis in our necks and spine. :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maiziedo
    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisB
    I used to have neck pain all the time from sewing and other things. I started wearing a magnetic necklace about eight years ago and it really works for me. I got mine at a craft show by a friend who makes them. There are cheap ones but are not as strong or helpful. My hubby starting wearing one after seeing how much it helped me and he also swears by them now. At times I will start to get a neck ache but it quickly goes away. We wear them all the time, only taking them off to shower. Wear next to the skin.
    Where do you get these? Would love to try

    Maiziedo
    We bought ours at a craft show. We have a friend who used to make them but I have not been able to contact her to see if she still does. Will post again if I hear from her. Check out the craft shows this time of year for magnetic jewelry.

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    I do all of the above. According to a former coworker, a sewing factory supervisor, your chair should sit high enough so that you can work at your machine without the shoulders raising. My chair doesn't go high enough for that so I have a cheap bed pillow on the "secretary" chair.
    It is hard to take a break when on a fun roll quilting with specialty threads. Keep a big mug of ice water handy and a hubby/friend with magic hands close.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SherrieDLux
    I worked for 5 straight hours 2 days ago on a quilt for my D/D for Christmas, yesterday I couldn't even move I hurt so much in the neck and left shoulder, nothing seemed to help. You guys are so wonderful on here, I was wondering if anyone else did this, and if so, can you tell me why or how to avoid it. Thanks for listening..
    I have that problem too. My office chair is too low and it gives me sore neck and shoulders. Is there some way you can raise the chair as I have a machine cabinet and the machine sits 2inches above the table. I do know how you feel. My fingers are my problem at the moment,I am trying to make a bag for my sister and they are splitting with the pressure of the needle.

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