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What do you do to help with oh so sore hands & arms?
tgm and Kittys
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Date: 12/5/11 7:51 AM

Any suggestions for hand & arm problems? I am going to chiropractor for my shoulders & upper back... stupid arthritis! .......... I have tried those Hobby Lobby "support" gloves with very little success. I had custom gloves made once but that is very very expensive without health insurance. ............ any ideas please? ......... I am getting so behind in gift knitting with this going on.
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Date: 12/5/11 8:12 AM

Actually, if your hands are going numb, it is a sign of carpel tunnel problems. My daughter, who is only 30, 'has problems with pain in her wrist from crochet and knitting. She has been told that it is tendonitis and not carpel tunnel because her hands do not tingle or go numb.

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Date: 12/5/11 8:14 AM

Is it possible that you have carpal tunnel? There's lots of info on the web about it and some options for treatment before going under the knife.

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Date: 12/5/11 2:45 PM

Even if you feel it only in your hands and arms, doesn't mean that the problem is there necessarily. This can also happen from a pinched nerve in the neck... I would strongly recommend you seek professional medical advice. If you leave this problem unattended for too long, you can end up with permanent nerve damage.

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Date: 12/5/11 3:11 PM

I second what Quathy said. I had to have an ultrasound and an MRI because of arm pain and numbness/tingling. I was sent to two different Neurologists. I have had a history of neck and upper back pain. I had a ruptured disk and disk degeneration. I am having another ultrasound tomorrow because the symptoms are still bothering me a year and a half later. I waited a very long time before seeing anyone about it and that probably wasn't a good thing to do!

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Date: 12/5/11 3:56 PM

As everyone says, see a real doctor. Numbness isn't generally a big part of 'arthritis,' but nerve pinches are a real possibility. You have diabetes, too, don't you? You probably need to ask if this is related.

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Date: 12/5/11 4:10 PM

Numbness and other weird sensations should not be underestimated. Please, see a neurologist.

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Date: 12/5/11 6:26 PM

Yes, see a doctor! I had the same sort of issue, had to give up knitting for almost a year. Now I can knit, but I back off whenever I start feeling any symptoms of pain/numbness etc. Definitely don't push it. It is what it is, and not worth injuring yourself.

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Date: 12/5/11 9:48 PM

I would hope your chiropractor has tried ultrasound for your issues. There is also a remedy called Rhus Tox that can help with the pain and stiffness; maybe your chiro has it?

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Date: 12/6/11 0:19 AM

tgm, i just had both wrist surgeries for my carpal tunnel, the 2nd one 4 days ago. I had total numbness 24/7 in left. If you don't have cobra to extend medical insurance save your chiro or doctor money right now and stop knitting until the numbness goes away and the wrists get better. I lived with mine numbness and pain and off for almost 15 yrs. until i had no choice. you can read some info on clt3's post in misc. i also have arthritis and wrist spur, but that didn't contribute to the numbness, but a totally squashed median nerve did. as my right hand improves i'll type more info if you like, but for the first time since the late 90's my partial to total numbness (which became constant of late) is mostly gone!

Rule no. 1, stop doing what's causing the pain or numbness.

ps in '06 neuro charged me $800 for emg and nerve conduction study
in late oct. of 2011 the charge was $4,677 for same test - be careful and ask 'how much' for any xrays or test first (and wait until you have insurance coverage again). this doesn't sound life threatening - but stop knitting. loved ones can get their gifts late when they know why - it's the love that counts, not the item

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