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almost medfree
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   Posted 1/8/2012 9:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi,
 
I just wanted to share with you all what helps me to relax somewhat as long as I don't overdo by sitting too long. I crochet. There's nothing like getting my mind off of my continual pain and making something. I don't sit well doing nothing sometimes. I need to move a bit when I'm seated when I'm up to it. Crocheting gives me some movement especially during tv viewing of shows my b/f is eager to watch, shows I sometimes I don't much care for.
 
Last year I made an afghan for my grandson. My son and his wife loved it. My grandson is too young to appreciate it yet. Now I'm making a market bag for my daughter and daughter-in-law for Christmas. There are all kinds of crafts that may work for you.
 
Just an idea. Have a great day.

Fibromyalgia, CFS, multiple chemical sensivity, herniated disks, spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis, ADD, sjorgens, sleep apnea. I am happy to say the only medication I take is ibuprofen at night to sleep along with my supplements for sleeping. I am on a regiment of different supplements, I eat very nutritiously, and ever since my injury years ago I have been doing my prescribed stretches x2 daily.

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   Posted 1/8/2012 10:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Good morning Medfree!

You are so correct that activity can and does help keep our minds off of the pain to a degree. I happen to use several things….cooking, chat, my puppy, tv….and a host of others. It's not easy to do at the higher levels of pain…..and I suppose that is where BT med's can help a bit.

One thing that is important, is that we get some sort of exercise, as the body is not meant to remain idle for long periods of time.

Thanks for sharing with us!

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   Posted 1/8/2012 12:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Ctocheting is a wonderful craft. I also like needlepoint stuff.

Please let us know how you are doing as time goes on.

Nice to meet you

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   Posted 1/8/2012 1:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I would like to chime in here -- about the general idea of how to distract oneself from pain.

When I can't concentrate on work because of the pain, I've started to turn to video games.

I bought my first video game machine about a month ago (Xbox) and have found that I can play for a few hours at a time, engrossed in the game, quite disconnected from the pain. It may be less tranquil and creative than crocheting, but for those looking for a distraction, it is another option to consider.

These may be more suited to men, but shooting games from a few years ago such as Half-life 2, Bioshock 1 &2, Gears of War 1&2, etc. can offer some very cheap distraction -- roughly $15 each, for 50-100hrs of play. I started with Half-life 2 when I got the machine, and after 50+hrs of play I am only about 3/4 finished it.

Also, for light exercise, we have the Kinect device and I enjoy the bowling, darts, golf, ping pong and other sports when feeling better. The rest of my family loves it for the dance games. I believe yoga and tai chi are also available.

almost medfree
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   Posted 1/8/2012 3:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone for your input. Cognito, do you find you become more sore after playing video games? I use to play with my kids and it tightened me up and caused more pain. But maybe it's because I have fibromyalgia.

Good to hear you all found distractions from your pain.
Fibromyalgia, CFS, multiple chemical sensivity, herniated disks, spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis, ADD, sjorgens, sleep apnea. I am happy to say the only medication I take is ibuprofen at night to sleep along with my supplements for sleeping. I am on a regiment of different supplements, I eat very nutritiously, and ever since my injury years ago I have been doing my prescribed stretches x2 daily.

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   Posted 1/8/2012 3:51 PM (GMT -6)   
…Cogito!….I never thought about video games…..might just give it a try! Thanks!

This is a prime example of why members need to stay engaged here and share their ideas! Good Stuff! tongue

….and Medfree!…Thank you for starting this thread too!…Good Stuff as well! wink

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straydog
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   Posted 1/8/2012 5:12 PM (GMT -6)   
MedFree you hit the nail on the head. Keeping busy with something for distraction is a must. My PM dr is big believer in this and always asks her patients what activities they are participating in. She takes a real dim view of anyone that does nothing. Her goal with any patient is to get them back to functioning at some level.

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cogito
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   Posted 1/8/2012 8:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Medfree,

I can see what you mean about tension due to the action in the game, but it hasn't been a problem for me. I can't play Kinect games for long and some I simply cannot do -- such as one driving game because I can't raise my left arm without it causing problems. But the standard shoot-em-up games are great for me. One game I also played is called "Portal" it is also very engrossing but not as stressful as the shooting games.

Another genre that may work well is role-playing games. "Skyrim" is the current hot one. My guess is that they can be similarly engrossing but won't cause the physical stress that the more adrenaline generating games might.

Even games for tablets and smartphones (such as angry birds) may be a good distraction.

It might be a good idea to have this as a "talk about", asking that members list what they have found that helps distract them from pain. My father, who until recently was bedridden from pain, enjoyed music and I bought him a satellite radio, which he immensely enjoyed. That or an internet radio is a great option for more elderly folks.
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   Posted 1/8/2012 10:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I like the needle arts mostly counted cross-stitch...it takes me some time as I'm
slow, and I just signed up for a class which will be held one night a month for
the next six months and it has Texas sayings and bluebonnets and other Texas wild flowers
on it, it should be very pretty...first class is on Tuesday 17 and yes I'm
nervous as I don't stitch very fast, but I can pick it up and will probably work on it at home,
and it'll use silks threads, I just love silk threads, most of them anyways for stitching...
I also do needlepoint, just not much of that mostly on 18 count canvas...both
help keep me to have better nimble hands with the RA in my right one...
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almost medfree
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   Posted 1/9/2012 6:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Chartreux, I use to do counted cross stitch I love it.

I just purchased some silk yarn, its weight is fingering. It's like string. I tried putting the skein into a ball and it knotted up. So I'm looking into how to deal with this. The yarn is beautiful and multi-colored. I'm going to be making a cowl neck scarf.

Cognito, I don't know how to start a talk about. Good idea. Could you do that?

Thanks all.
Fibromyalgia, CFS, multiple chemical sensivity, herniated disks, spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis, ADD, sjorgens, sleep apnea. I am happy to say the only medication I take is ibuprofen at night to sleep along with my supplements for sleeping. I am on a regiment of different supplements, I eat very nutritiously, and ever since my injury years ago I have been doing my prescribed stretches x2 daily.

Monty's Mom
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   Posted 1/9/2012 12:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I too love to crochet! I made my bridesmaids all silk shawls for my wedding this past October. The slippery thread was hard to wind, and I found that having an extra pair of hands more dexterous than mine kept me from getting knotted up. I think I may buy some more and make myself something out of it, along with my wedding shawl. Or maybe undertake crocheting lace tablecloths again, I don't know.

I too used to do counted cross stitch, but have found that with the arthritis in my hands, crochet is a bit easier. Cross stitch is something I do for labels though, so that would count.

We play video games a lot on our Wii and Playstation3. My boys love to do the dance games and sports games. Wii fit can keep me moving, but I have to be careful not to overdo it. That leads to tight muscles and more pain. TV, my dogs, my sons, reading, and taking a walk all can keep me busy.
THanks for the positive post almost medfree!
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almost medfree
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   Posted 1/9/2012 3:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Monty's Mom where do you buy your silk thread? I ordered mine from Mr. Yarn. But it comes as a skein. My b/f helped me wind it onto a paper towel roll. Then we placed that on a paper towel holder. What do you use? It does get knotted up so easily. But I love the material.

Lace tablecloth sounds so nice. I know what you mean by counted cross stitch. I wouldn't want to do all that counting any more.
Fibromyalgia, CFS, multiple chemical sensivity, herniated disks, spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis, ADD, sjorgens, sleep apnea. I am happy to say the only medication I take is ibuprofen at night to sleep along with my supplements for sleeping. I am on a regiment of different supplements, I eat very nutritiously, and ever since my injury years ago I have been doing my prescribed stretches x2 daily.

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   Posted 1/9/2012 4:11 PM (GMT -6)   
You don't want to ball up silks, they don't ball up good...it's best to use silk threads and yarns
as they come and silk is only dry clean for most, some silk yarns can be washed, but make sure
to read the label first...silk feels amazing and doesn't knot up like regular embroidery floss.
I use silks threads such as gloriana, bella soie, cresent colors, dinky dyes to name a few,
they are expensive, but the needlework store is having a sale soon...
1-2-3 stitch has cross-stitch items and maybe yarns too just google
123 stitch, nordic needle has stuff but the shipping there is very high, in
San Antonio Texas there is "Yarn Barn" for yarns and needlepoint, check out
www.hoffmandis.com to find shops near you and to check out the latest cross-stitch.

I'm working on A Quaker Halloween Sampler by Cherished Stitches in my spare time
it's huge and I have the very top done and I'm modifing the chart for me to make it more
Halloween (adding a witch and other designs, pumpkins ect...)

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   Posted 1/9/2012 5:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I thought I'd answered here, must have closed without submitting...

I've just started doing counted cross-stitch, also making a big hook rug (rather bigger than I expected... I read the dimensions as 27x40cm ... what a surprise when it arrived and I realised it was actually 27x40 inches. LOL) and as many of you here know already, I make teddy bears.

I also play a lot of games on iPad because I can use it even lying flat in bed.

I agree with everyone else - thanks Medfree :-)

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   Posted 1/10/2012 12:31 PM (GMT -6)   
almost medfree, I get my yarn from a local yarn shop, and since I needed to order more in bulk than what they carried, I got in touch with an ebay dealer that carried their yarn. I usually buy locally, but our only local yarn shop doesn't always carry what I am looking for. I do use craft store yarn a lot too for prayer shawls, washcloths, and blankets. Michaels carries many different high-quality yarn as well.

Hope that helps!
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Pelvic adhesive disease, IBS, SI dysfunction, arthritis, fibromyalgia, depression and anxiety, 11 pelvic surgeries for pain, adhesions, endometriosis, adenomyosis, ovarian cysts, and ovarian remnant syndrome.
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