Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Ouch!



Too much hand-quilting over the weekend.  Now I've got pain in my wrist, at the base of my thumb.  Does anyone have good tips about this?  I don't have numbness or tingling, thank goodness.  And I'm resting it.  Thank you!

26 comments:

Lisa said...

Oh when this happens to me I try to ice it and then I wear a wrist guard as much as I can. It keeps it stable whiley ou rest it. Hope you feel soon! oxo

Tonya Ricucci said...

ice. from now on use the Hand-Eze gloves (available for $10 a glove from Michaels and JoAnns). My hands hurt a LOT less since I started using them. Zostrix (hot pepper cream) is good, but I can't use it with all the cats - afraid I'll get it on them. just don't pet Malti after you use it. or rub your eyes etc...

Tonya Ricucci said...

p.s. beautiful work! love the stitches in red - very you.

Cheryl Willis said...

if you are not allergic, try a couple asprins disolved in rubbing achole. rub that into the wrists, great for pain relief and reduce swelling.

fiberchick said...

Do the RICE formula... Rest, ice, compression and elevation. I'm with Tonya those gloves are a must. At least you've injured yourself making something gorgeous!

Sharon said...

This is terrific! I love everything about this project. I think you've been given good advice above. If I know I'm going to have over an hour to quilt, I try to remember to take a couple of IBprofen before I even start.

Sujata said...

I usually just take a break and wait til I feel 'safe' to quilt again. Now I know all other options to recover sooner! Thanks for asking the question!
The quilting looks gorgeous!

Nancy said...

Oh my, I was dreading the day when my hand quilting would be painful. Like it did for you, it has arrived. When I'm having discomfort, I use a cream at night called Dromeo Inc's kickthepain.com.. it's an emu oil pain reliever. And I need to dig out my compression gloves... have them, but have not used them in awhile. Good luck. The quilting is looking lovely. Oh, also, I use those little rubber discs to pull the needle through with less stress, esp. for perle cotton/big stitch.

Mary Keasler said...

Bummer! So sorry that you are having wrist pain, but I think you have gotten excellent advise. I have the same problem, so along with RICE, the gloves, I often just have to give it a rest for a bit. Your red stitches looks exquisite. Rest those hands so you can get back at it soon!

Julie Fukuda said...

I love that red stitching and should I ever have that problem, I have seen good ideas to try from your blogging friends.

Quiltdivajulie said...

Bio-Freeze (the roll-on applicator version resolves the "don't touch your eyes" syndrome), Walgreen's (or other store brand) version of Aspercreme (gotta try the aspirin dissolved in alcohol - didn't know that one), ice, rest, the gloves --- any and all!

Take care and I hope you heal quickly !!

Alexis said...

That's too bad- but the quilting looks beautiful! I have used Arnica (both the homeopathic pellets and the topical gel) for that type of wrist pain with a lot of success. Hope your wrists are healed soon!

Lizards aren't cuddly said...

it is tendonitis, i have this too, sometimes it is unbearable, not sure if it is cureable, but it is treatable, as you can see from other posts...Kelli

quilteuseforever said...

Such a beautiful hand-quilting!
I keep the RICE formula in mind and I'll try to find Tonya's gloves in France. For the time being, Arnica is enough for me but I fear for the future...

Clare said...

Oh you poor love. There's nothing worse. Can't add any more to what everyone else has said except the Deep Heat cream used for sports injuries.

Love that red quilting.

Sharon said...

So sorry to hear that you're having pain. Everyone has given you good advice. Rest those hands for a few days before you start stitching again. And ice should be your best friend. Sometimes it helps me to do 10 min. of ice, then 10 min of heat - repeat as needed.

Your red stitches are so fun and so you. Good luck and pace yourself.

Lori R said...

When I was having wrist pain, my daughter-in-law had me alternating heat and cold and takiing Aleeve. She's a nurse practitioner. I was also wearing a small wrist brace for support.

LOVE your project. Good luck!

Cathi said...

The gloves are a definate when doing any hand work. My doctor prescribed a pain relief cream called Volteran & it works pretty good & doesn't stink like a lot of the others.

Barb said...

ouch is right - hope it feels better soon.
You are not going to believe the new project I'm starting - it's red and brown too :)

Karen said...

I do like the little elastic gloves - hope it's better. I loved this quilt before, but the red thread is killing me - beautiful!!!

Rachaeldaisy said...

I usually just rest my wrist and leave it for a while. I've wondered about the gloves and Its great to see so many people recommend them. I hope with all these wonderful suggestions you're out of pain soon and can continue handquilting that beautiful vase of flowers.

smazoochie said...

Beautiful work, but I am sorry it is causing you pain. SO MANY helpful suggestions.
Take care.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful flower design especially the red outline. For quick, inexpensive pain relief, I use Arnica. But when the pain becomes more frequent and doesn't go away, I find Elemis Musclease will work wonders. You can use it anywhere on your body, neck, feet, back, etc. It relieves pain quickly and relaxes tension around the affected area. It is expensive but a little bit goes a long way.
Kim--GK Instructor & Ravelry KMDesigns

pat sloan said...

oh my I don't have a tip!! But do love your block... it's great!

Penny from S.C. said...

Beautiful work! What type of thread are you using? Love it all and I also have the gloves but forget to use them. Better dig them out before my hands get worse! Good luck with a cure. Let us know what works.

susey said...

hi-in addition to wearing a glove (thergonomic hand-aids) i use finger gloves. they fit on the top part of the finger ---i use one one on my thumb and one on my index finger and it is much easier to pull the needle through because they help you grip the needle without holding it tightly ---started using them when i quilted with perle cotton and now i use them all the time---i can quilt for a longer period with less pain---
your work is great!!! susey