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    Quote Originally Posted by Chicca View Post
    Everyones suggestions are wonderful. It begins to hurt instantly and swells if I continue for very long crocheting, so I gave up crocheting. My pain, corporal tunnel, is located between my thumb and first finger. I have to really watch and "listen" to my wrists/hands while I am hand sewing, embroiderying, cross stitching and cutting fabrics. Stretching my fingers and stopping for breaks really seems to help me. But, I would go and see a Doctor if your problem persists and or gets worse. There are many possabilities and it is better to know for sure what is causing your pain than guessing.
    I had the same problem after crocheting Barbie Doll clothes for my granddaughter for a year. Every time I picked up a pencil my finger/thumb would go numb. Went to library and got book that showed exercises for carpal tunnel and they helped a lot. But my symptons lasted a year. I can only crochet for a short time now if I hold my hook like you would hold a fork but can go longer if I hold my hook like a knife but it slows me down.
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    Wow - we've all got lots of problems, hope the solution to yours is easier than surgery - with similar symptoms to most of those who have already posted, my solution was to change my med for osteoporosis from the once a week pill - tried 2 different brands, to now using the daily nose spray - those symptoms in my hands, wrists, arms were all side effects of the meds!

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    I am not a doctor, but I visit one regularly. I have very similar pain to what you describe and it stems from my neck. There is a nerve that runs from the brain and through the spinal column to the outside of your hand. If you have disc compression problems in your spine it causes pain, tingling and numbness in the ring and pinkie fingers. You think its how you hold your hands, but its actually how you hold your neck.

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    I have Sjogren's Syndrome which includes a form of arthritis. I would wake up with searing pain in my hand and lower arm. I started wearing a brace at night and it really helped to reduce problems with my hand. I found a really good one at Wal-Mart for around $13. It can be used on either hand. It looks like it would be bulky and uncomfortable, but it really isn't. It doesn't bother my sleep at all. It has gel packs in it so the temperate of your hand stays stable which helps arthritis suffers, if your problem turns out to be arthritic.
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    I agree with Suze9395 and PastorPatti, see a chiropractor. When you call for an appointment, ask if he/she can do extremities. Some will only do the neck, back and breastbone and will often do the same adjustment regardless of your painful area. It is non-invasive and would be my first choice before pills and cutting.

    I had trouble/pain in my jaw/ear (and chewing) and was told it was TMJ and would require surgery. My chiro put on a finger cot and adjusted my jaw, obviously with my mouth hanging wide open. Did he fix it, yes. He is my first choice of defense.

    Recently, I was experiencing pain under my left rib cage. They medicals thought it was a kidney or spleen. My chiro said (over the phone) it was a floating rib, adjusted it myself and the pain is gone.

    Guess I am just shy of the "pill pushers" and "cutters". Try alternative first. A good chiro will back out when he/she cannot help you.

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    I'm not a doctor either. I have wrist pain from the outside wrist bone up the outside of my arm. Tingles and pain. Because it originated at work, I went to a wrist specialist for workman's comp. It wasn't carpal tunnel. After six months of trying to just treat the pain I was sent to an outside wrist specialist. He said he could feel what was wrong with my wrists but didn't know what is was.

    I finally got off of workman's comp. Found the only thing to do was to avoid everything that caused the pain.

    Four years later my supervisor wanted me to get my wrists checked again. (long story). This time they brought a wrist specialist up from the Big City. That wonderful doctor did all sorts of measurements, checked lots of things about my wrist.

    The diagnosis (after 15 years of dealing with wrist pain) is the angle of my inner and outer wrist is off. Most people have a 30% angle between inner and outer wrist bones. This spreads the "load" on your wrist across the entire wrist.

    My wrist has no angle. Because of that, all the load is on the outside wrist bone.

    The interesting part is that this is a "variation of normal." Meaning that it occurs so much that it is just another way for the wrist to be structured.

    Definitely see a doctor. If they're saying it's tendonitis, do the treatment. After six months and still having pain, I would request a wrist specialist. Unfortunately for me it took three specialists. If your specialist measure your wrists in several positions and angles, you've got a good one!
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    This is a common problem among quilters. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be very painful. Ice, rest and perhaps a wrist support will help. Good luck!

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    This happened to me quite a while ago. I had gone to a retreat and did a lot of straight seam stitching. I was constantly pushing fabric through the machine. This caused my wrist to continuously move at an angle. I went to a doctor eventually and got a straight brace for my wrist. It was the kind that goes over the thumb and keeps the wrist from bending. It eventually went away with medication too. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Suz View Post
    I agree with Suze9395 and PastorPatti, see a chiropractor. When you call for an appointment, ask if he/she can do extremities. Some will only do the neck, back and breastbone and will often do the same adjustment regardless of your painful area. It is non-invasive and would be my first choice before pills and cutting.

    I had trouble/pain in my jaw/ear (and chewing) and was told it was TMJ and would require surgery. My chiro put on a finger cot and adjusted my jaw, obviously with my mouth hanging wide open. Did he fix it, yes. He is my first choice of defense.

    Recently, I was experiencing pain under my left rib cage. They medicals thought it was a kidney or spleen. My chiro said (over the phone) it was a floating rib, adjusted it myself and the pain is gone.

    Guess I am just shy of the "pill pushers" and "cutters". Try alternative first. A good chiro will back out when he/she cannot help you.

    Suz
    I agree 100%! My chiropractor told me most carpel tunnel problems he sees in his office are started at the vertebrate between the shoulder blades. The nerve branches out to the wrist from that area of the spine, and when the vertebrate is misaligned there, you'll see the start of carpel tunnel symptoms.

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    I recently have been having a lot of pain in my hands from yard work. My fingers and thumb hurt when I bend my wrist. I went to the Dr. yesterday and I have arthritis in my wrist. They have become inflamed from pulling weeds and redoing my beds. He has instructed me to stabilize the wrist and no yard work. He did not say I could not sew and quilt. Rest it and stabilize it. I too had carpel tunnel surgery.

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    I wore braces on both wrists due to carpal tunnel and finally had surgery and it is not a problem anymore. I had broke my wrists, arms, and finger at different times and always wondered if that was part of the cause. I was a bank teller and counted money and that is really what set it off. Surgery fixed it. There could be many reasons for your problem and an orthopedic surgeon can definitely tell you what is needed to fix it. I hope you get this taken care of soon. No use in suffering.

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