Knitting with Fibromyalgia

Any other knitters have FMS? How do you work around the pain in your arms? I don’t want to quit but man does this pain kill me!

Insanenewknitter posted this thread a while back:

However, she didn’t get any replies (meaning, I guess, that no one had any information), so perhaps you could PM her.

and sometimes really bad, right now I am trying to make a baby blanket for my new great nephew using the pattern in the Big Needle Knit Afghan book, Morning Sunlight, I know the pattern has errors, but I am not that experienced to know what the errors are and correct them myself, so getting very exasperated! There is even a thread on here about it, but no way to reply to it.:aww:

I knit with my arms resting on a pillow, and knit continental whenever possible, and try rubbing your forearms down with Theragesic, it really works for me.

What is Thergesic? I’ve heard creams really help with FM pain.

It is a muscle rub, but it doesn’t have capsaicin in it (or however you spell that stuff). That stuff can agitate our nerves to the point of exhaustion, you know the fight or flight thing that we get that ends up dousing us with adrenaline for hours and hours? Theragesic has only Menthol in it, as a warning, it will set your skin on fire! But it doesn’t bother the nerves as much, and sitting in front of a fan after putting it on makes it no biggy. You can buy it at Wal-Mart in the pharmacy section right next to ben-gay and icyhot. If you haven’t heard of it yet, please look into, you won’t be sorry.

Well drats. I’m highly allergic to menthol. :frowning: I’m going to have to do a little digging to find creams that don’t contain menthol. You should have seen me after the Blistex incident. LOL I looked like a puffer fish. Little did I know it contains menthol.

Then you might try the wrapping of your arms, I wrap my legs, and it helps a lot, I have to use lightweight fabric, because I am naturally hot blooded, but if you want warmth, you can use fleece. You wrap your arms (or legs) starting at the top with strips of fabric about a foot wide, in a spiral down to the hand (or foot). DO NOT WRAP TOO TIGHT, fleece is best because it has elasticity. This should help with any muscle soreness, and because it is an even wrapping, it does not hurt trigger points.
You should join
this is a very informative site, and it helps to know you are not alone :slight_smile:

Thank you. :slight_smile: I will definitely try this.

You are quite welcome!

Fibro knitter, checking in! I find that my hands and elbows hurt much more when using larger needles. I’m usually fine with any size smaller than a 5(US). Anything larger and I find myself either having to take breaks or switch to my Denise needles from nickel plated ones. I’ve also noticed that extended periods of purling really get to me, so I have to be mindful of patterns that call for lots of repeated purl rows.

I also have found that posture matters, but I have found I have more trouble with aching, burning shoulder blades when sitting at my spinning wheel. With knitting, I can recline back onto a pillow, if necessary.

It is so nice to know that one is not alone in this nasty illness :slight_smile: Thanks for the tips! Since finishing my great-nephew’s hat last night my hands are really killing me, but I was so excited to make my own first designed piece that even though I was in severe pain, I had to finish it. Tonight I am planning out the hat for my aunt who is going to be going through chemo soon. Prayers are very much appreciated.

Knitting is so bad sometimes I don’t know how I can ever keep on doing it. It bothers me a lot in my arms, so I’ll normally just take a break and it generally gets relieved. If not, massaging is helpful. I’ve never tried any creams or lotions, I’m a little wary because I have super sensitive skin. I have more trouble with my back and neck, though, and sensitive areas where I’ve broken bones in the past.
Posture seems to be real important, slouching shoulders has regrettable consequences later. And it puts less strain on the back if you avoid bending over, and use squat at your knees instead. Another helpful tips is to keep your back straight and to use a lumbar support. Even a rolled up towel behind your lower back is helpful.

Aspercreme! I frequently have to use Aspercreme on my hands in order to get my fingers from getting stuck into painful hooks…LOL! Capsasin works for my lower back somewhat…at least I am able to keep my mind on the knitting a hand for a little while before I have to stop.

As far as the pain in the shoulders and the heaviness of the arms…what I do generally is go to bed and knit in a reclined position where I can use pillows to support my shoulders and arms. I can’t knit sitting in a chair on on the couch for much more than 15-30 mins…so I had to learn to knit in bed. Some days I can’t knit more than 10-30 mins at a time before having to re position myself with something or other.

I’m not complaining however because there was 10 years or more I couldn’t even hold needles or hooks and make stitches consistently…so I’m happy just to be able to see and to be able to knit for now. :knitting: