………Possibly Due to Repetitive Strain Injury (mostly of the knitting/crochet/sewing kind) or Possibly Not.
Unfortunately I have still not found the diplomas, certificates and whatevers that qualify me as a medical doctor – but I’m sure I took the hippocratic oath some time in the past – or was it all a dream?
However, pressing on regardless – though only gently as I have had a hurty hand – I tried out some remedies to see if anything would help before I have to go and sit in a germ ridden waiting room at a Doctor’s surgery where actual certificates are displayed, money has to be handed over and tests are prescribed.
These are my findings – in order of testing, not effectiveness.
1. The Potions
An anti-inflammatory taken at night when the pain first started which helped me get a bit of sleep. Normally, a glass of wine would have done this job for me but, in a cruel twist of fate, I’m doing Dry January so this remedy was denied to me.
Useless on this occasion.
This seemed to work although that might be because I froze my hand so effectively it was not capable of feeling anything anyway. Also, I didn’t wrap the ice up well enough on one occasion and gave myself freezer burn thus making the cure worse than the ailment. Use with caution.
A useful aid to impress people at Zumba/Pilates classes where I don’t mention knitting but let people imagine me hurtling down the mountains on skis, falling off my carbon steel bike, jogging on slippy ground, etc. (none of which I actually do) – but not that comfortable and too bulky to do anything much whilst wearing it.
Well, anything’s worth a try isn’t it? It’s quite pretty too.
My zumba/pilates teacher recommended rolling a small ball (my one is a cat toy) between the palms of your hands for a couple of minutes every morning. Apparently it ‘gets the fluid moving’. You can also use it under your feet but I don’t recommend that first thing in the morning unless you are fully awake. Ask me how I know.
7. The Handeze Glove
This was recommended by a fellow blogger and, despite looking slightly creepy, seems to be doing a good job. It’s very comfortable and discreet and doesn’t impede you at all whilst sewing/knitting/crochet but, because of that, I keep forgetting I’ve got it on and start washing my hands or cleaning out the oven wearing it. (well, o.k., not cleaning out the oven because I can’t remember the last time I did that and, anyway, it’s supposed to clean itself although I can’t say it does a very good job).
It’s probably worth wearing as a preventative measure in future and I might buy one for my other hand too.
8. The Rest and Relaxation
Be like Leon
I can report that my hand is actually feeling a lot better. I am getting the occasional twinge but not the constant discomfort I was having before. Of course, having tried all the above remedies, I have no idea which one actually works but I would say the last one is probably the most important. Don’t overdo things in the first place and don’t try to force yourself through a pain barrier – crafting is not aerobics.
So, I managed to get another octagon made for my Eastern Jewels blanket but, heeding my own advice, I took a few short sessions to do it rather than one long one. Patience is not really one of my virtues though so we’ll see how long I can stick to this new and different cautious approach.
important note; In case you are labouring under any illusion – which I doubt – I am, and never was, a real Doctor of any description.