I have... *sigh*... Knitter’s Elbow. Sometimes called (ok, always called) Golfer’s Elbow, which is basically tendonitis which causes pain on the inside of the elbow. (Tennis Elbow hurts on the outside.) It’s really, really crummy, because it means no knitting for me. They might also call it Carrying a Baby Elbow because that’s another thing that makes it worse. I’ve tested it.
This pain has been nagging me for awhile, and now it has become unbearable. If you found this blog because you googled “Knitter’s Elbow,” here are a few things I’ve learned along the way. (I’m not a doctor, but I play one on TV. No, not really... I’m not a real doctor or even a fake doctor. My comments are experiential only - take it for what it’s worth.)
1. Tendonitis is sharp pain, found on one localized area. If your forearms are generally fatigued, that’s great news! It’s not tendonitis. I saw several recommendations on websites for ways to massage your tired arms. Do it GENTLY. I think I did it too hard and made it worse. Don’t do that.
2. Tendonitis gets worse if you keep knitting. Trust me, I know how hard it is, but you have to REST. Once they feel better, ease back in. Don’t try to knit that baby blanket all in one night if you’re recovering. REST.
3. Use ice and ibuprofen as needed. It makes it feel better and probably reduces inflammation.
4. Save your arms: Carry the baby in a carrier. Tell the kids you’d love to watch them color, but can’t grip a crayon until your arm heals. And watch how you sleep. If you’re sleeping with your arm bent, then quit it. Keep your arms straight or just slightly bent when you sleep. How sad would it be to reduce your knitting ability while you’re SLEEPING?!
5. Finally, (and this seems like common sense, but I haven’t tested it, yet) wear a brace to relieve fatigue on those poor tendons. I just ordered one and will keep you posted on how it works for me.
So, for now I keep walking by my stash and feeling the yarn... holding it up and looking at it in the light and just generally admiring it. And then I sit down and cry. Which is a little ridiculous because not being able to knit isn’t like having a terminally ill child or something. Some people have real problems. But it’s still kind of a bummer.
Anyway, on a lighter note, I have a birthday this month. I’m turning 35. “Halfway to 70!” as my husband likes to say. And I love that people give me yarn for my birthday... Well, they give me money, which I spend on yarn (obviously) and gift certificates to yarn stores. Now I have a really ridiculous amount of yarn. Enough for quite a few projects. This wonderful pile of goodness arrived in the mail yesterday. How about that Madelinetosh Merino Light? So beautiful... I would like to make about 100 Cream and Sugar Cowls. Someday... I hope.
|Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light: Pea Soup Mix colorway|
|Madelinetosh Merino Light: Oak colorway|
|Madelinetosh Merino Light: Charcoal colorway|