hand and finger pain maybe tendonitis

by Deanna Henderson
(Sheridan, IN USA)

I have searched the internet and have not found the for sure answer . I crochet day and night.

Now I have developed pain and swelling in the back of my right hand and into my middle finger.

Is this tendonitis and if it is what exactly is it called? I need to know what to do for it. I cannot quit crochetting! It is my only thing I have to do all day.

Would some sort of brace work and if so what kind. I need something flexable and all I can find on the internet is stiff things that go around my wrist and that quit before they get to the part of my hand and finger that are involved. The pain is so bad, I have had to stop crochetting for the last couple days.

Can you help? Thank you.


Joshua Answers:

Hello Deanna.

I know how much knitters hate to have to stop knitting!

I spend a certain amount of time at Ravelry.com on the Crafting With Carpal Tunnel thread.

EDIT 3-10-10

Whoops. I built this page before I finished commenting.

I'm not a big fan of wrist splints and braces. They can reduce irritation, but don't 'fix' anything.

You need to counter the swelling. Ice Dipping is my favorite for that.

You said below that it's not Carpal Tunnel Syndrome because you've had that surgery. But that doesn't mean that you don't still have a Carpal Tunnel Dynamic in place, meaning tightness, constriction, and inflammation.

Regardless of whether it's CTS or Tendonitis, you have to reverse the progression of tightness, constriction, and inflammation.

In short: Ice Dip to reduce inflammation and self massage to open up the structural tightness.

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Mar 07, 2010
pain in hand down through middle finger
by: Deanna Henderson

I know this is not carpal tunnel as I have had that operation. must be something else.

It subsided when I quit crocheting for a few days but if I crochet too much at one time it starts hurting again. I am wondering if a flexable brace ( I saw one on the internet) would be useful as it cost $40 and I don't want to waste my money.

Or should I just give it time and save my money? If it's tendonitis, will it go away on its own with time if I baby it for a while?

Then I would know not to crochet till I see smoke rising from my fingers. (ha)

Thanks for your help.


Joshua Comments:

Hi Deanna.

Well, if you read through all the questions/comments on the site, you'll see that babying your wrists and hands just doesn't work.

I'd rather you spend $20 on my Reversing Wrist Tendonitis ebook instead of a wrist brace MAINLY because I'd rather you do activities to fix your structure as opposed to immobilize it, which is doomed to make it slowly worse.

In my experience with knitters/crocheters, it's like DEATH to have to stop or lessen one's knitting. And the fact is, NOT KITTING isn't going to fix it, so I suggest that you get to work and help your body heal your forearm/hand/wrist.

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