cross stitching and embroidery

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Carnissa
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   Posted 10/15/2008 3:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone
 
 
I love to do cross stitching but find that with the fibro i can't hold the needle very long.. or my hand cramps up...
just wondering if anyone has found anything that helps them with quilting or stitching...  have been looking for something to help hold the needle for me
 

Jeannie143
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   Posted 10/15/2008 3:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Carnissa,
If you are having muscle cramping you may be deficient in some of your electrolytes. Be sure that you are getting enough calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium (although almost NOBODY is deficient in sodium in today's world of food additives unless they are working in a iron smelting plant!). You should try to get these from the foods that you eat such as cheeses & milk for calcium, black beans, spinach and other dark green veggies as well as fish for magnesium, and winter squashes, raisins, bananas, cantaloupes and potatoes for potassium. Some muscle cramping can be traced to fibro but it's possible that your diet may be lacking a bit as well. Hope this helps.
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Carnissa
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   Posted 10/15/2008 5:17 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks Jeannie appreciate that... definitely not deficient in any of those... its not so much as cramping as more of stabbing swelling pain like when you have a really bad flare... i hate it because i love cross stitch and can't do it

Sera Smiles
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   Posted 10/15/2008 7:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi- I have the same issue you describe. My doc Dx it as carpal tunnel. I, too, like cross stitch and have had the same pain and burning. I found at the craft store a 'glove' of sorts, also you can get from Wmart or Target, an spandex glove that is tightened with velcro. It really helps me with the pain and burning during sleep, but it also helps alot when I am stitching. If I don't use it, my fingers get so numb that I can't feel the needle and drop it. Try the wrist stabilizer and I bet you will feel better. The fingers of the glove are short so you can bend your fingers and manipulate your needle. Good luck, and let me know how you are doing.
Peace!
 


Carnissa
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   Posted 10/16/2008 2:17 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks sera. is it like an exercise glove??? what section is it in i have to go to walmart tomorrow

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   Posted 10/16/2008 3:56 PM (GMT -7)   
If you can not find that glove go to www.herrschners.com they are a huge craft store that has catalog ordering to and you can get them over the  phone they have a 800 number and they can get them for you and they have great products and will send you books and they have online to.   
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disdressdamzel
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   Posted 10/18/2008 5:09 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Carnissa, I found these wonderful gloves. They are called Isotoner 3/4 length open finger therapeutic gloves & come in various sizes. I found them on activeforever.com & they are 14.95 for a pair. My skin is very sensitive & I have a latex allergy. These are latex-free & provide "support" & actual reduce the pain in my pains somewhat. I to love to sew & cross-stitch. Thought I would have to give it help until I found these gloves. They helped me a great deal! Good luck! Take care & keep on stitchin'. damzel


disdressdamzel
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   Posted 10/18/2008 5:10 AM (GMT -7)   
sorry, sometimes I can't spell......Thought I would have to give it "up"
damzel

Southernlady
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   Posted 10/18/2008 6:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Carnissa, I love to cross stitch too.  I was having the same problem you described and my rheumy put me on Flexeril.  I'm not having the muscle cramps like I was and I find that I can cross stitch again.  I hate taking meds. of any kind but it has made a difference.
 
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   Posted 10/18/2008 6:59 AM (GMT -7)   
I use to love to cross stitch and crochet. I'm not sure my hands could take it now with the arthritis. But I have lost the tub that has all my craft stuff in it. Some where in this house, probably in the attic, is a tub with "crafts" on the top in marker. In other words I have to overcome the mental problem before I can think about trying cross stitch. smilewinkgrin I started a Noah's Ark piece for my 9 yr old grandson when my DIL was pregnant. Guess that's been about 10 yrs ago.
 
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Carnissa
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   Posted 10/18/2008 7:33 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks so much for the wonderful advise :-)   i am going to look for the gloves on wednesday when i go shopping.. until then i am just doing a little at a time . but want to get these small ones finished so i can start a big one..
 
i was looking in town here.. but couldn't find them will be going to a larger town soon and will take a look at the craft stores theres
 
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