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Old 06-05-2012, 05:24 AM
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Unhappy Wrist problem

Believe it or not, this is a quilting related question. I have been doing a bit of PP lately and woke up yesterday morning with a pain in my wrist that shoots up the outside portion of my hand, too. Has anyone else experienced this? Is it from holding the needle too tightly? What did you do for it and are you still able to do PP without pain?
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Old 06-05-2012, 05:35 AM
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Wendy, this is a common problem with any type of work done with your hands. My MIL makes surgical equipment and it's very tedious and they have special thin gloves for them to wear. It can cause a condition of your wrists, I can think of the name right now but it can be very painful. My sister had to have surgery to fix one of her hands. Do a web search and there are excercises that you can do to help you? They are kind of like stretching excercises. You might be able to find some gloves to help you. I see you live in my area there is a medical supply store on Little Cr Road and a few other sites where you can get them. They are very thin and the fingers are cut out so you can still work with them on. I think it's call corpul tunnel syndrom, this is what it can turn into, or something really close to that. It should be close enough that you can google it and get more info. If you becareful now you can keep it from getting too bad. Sometimes I get the tingling up the outside of my arm when I'm appliquing. Try taking breaks and doing excercise with your wrist and fingers and see if this helps. I use to wear a brace on my arm when I wasn't too busy during the day and at night because I'd sleep on it and wake up the next morning and my whole arm would tingle for hours.
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Old 06-05-2012, 06:05 AM
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I have the same issue. I ice my wrist when the pain starts, take asprin to reduce the inflamation. I also switched to a light weight iron. Changing irons really helped alot.
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Old 06-05-2012, 06:12 AM
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what is PP and why would it cause pain....the only hand pain I have ever had was when I spent a week cutting up ultrasuede..OY...now I know to limit how much time I spend cutting anything!
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Old 06-05-2012, 06:18 AM
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Go see a doctor.
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Old 06-05-2012, 06:23 AM
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I've just gone through a miserable month + with carpal tunnel syndrome. Similar pain to what you are experiencing. Mine started after too many hours of rotary cutting. Not the hand doing the actual cutting but the left, steadying the ruler. Horrible pain. Just this week I stopped wearing the hand splint. You can pick them up most anywhere. I got mine in WalMart. Resting your wrist and stabilizing it, taking something to relieve the inflammation and icing when necessary will all help but it takes time............lots of it. It really cramps your style, not quilting but it's worth the price if you can avoid surgery.
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Old 06-05-2012, 06:54 AM
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I have RA and have problems with my wrist when I hold my hand at an angle for to long a time. I found the gloves with the fingers cut out at Walmart and they help a lot. My Dr. told me when working or holding a book to stop and flex my wrist for awhile to relax them. He also said the mouse built on laptops were very hard on the wrist and told me to buy a portable mouse for my lap top. It has helped a lot.
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Old 06-05-2012, 07:33 AM
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could be tendonitis. I've had that from repeptitive movement.
Carpel tunnel is another possibilty.
see your DR. and find out for sure. I have CT in both hands and wear braces when I sleep. so far that has worked for me.
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Old 06-05-2012, 07:42 AM
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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.
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Old 06-05-2012, 10:21 AM
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Thanks ladies! I've had carpal tunnel surgery on that hand before, so that's not the issue this time, it's not in that portion of my hand/wrist. It's probably tendonitis from overuse, as suggested. I will take your suggestions and ice it, rest it and look for the fingerless gloves. If it doesn't get better in a week or so, guess I 'll have to se the doc.
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