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Pain in fingers, wrist, arm and shoulder
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Jan 30, 2012 22:01:55   #
gypsie
 
I want to thank you all for your input regarding my problem. From all I have read on KP and reading and reading about my problem I believe it is truly the ulnar nerve that has caused my problem. The docs thought it was a pinched nerve in my cervical vertebra but I am now convinced it was not. Ladies, be careful how you hold the crochet hook, maybe buy some adapters to pad the hook. I cannot begin to tell you the agony I was in, not just in my fingers but all the way up the arm into my shoulder...and I'm no sissy, it's gotta be bad for me to go to a doctor or take a med. Take heed!
 
Jan 31, 2012 07:59:48   #
Djmitchell
 
Do you have a recommendation on how best to hold the hook? I con only crochet for a short time because I know my arm is going to hurt if I do too much at a time. I wrap my hand around the hook. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.
Jan 31, 2012 08:11:52   #
Daisybee
 
Sorry about your arm problems. I hold my crochet hook as I do a pencil and have never had any trouble. Good luck!
Jan 31, 2012 09:37:23   #
Deb-Babbles
 
Funny that this has come up as what you think the problem is. I had to have my ulnar nerve removed and replaced. It was crushed in a work accident. I still have some problems but the pain from it not working was out of this world.
I suggest to people who work a lot at a desk or in a chair that they do not put too much pressure on the elbow. Plus to keep the elbow more extended as when you bend it for too long it can cause this type of pain. It took me almost 4 years to have the full feeling back in my hands.
Not pretty but that is how it gets fixed, the pressure you put on your elbows makes big problems

Jan 31, 2012 09:39:06   #
gypsie
 
Deb-Babbles wrote:
Funny that this has come up as what you think the problem is. I had to have my ulnar nerve removed and replaced. It was crushed in a work accident. I still have some problems but the pain from it not working was out of this world.
I suggest to people who work a lot at a desk or in a chair that they do not put too much pressure on the elbow. Plus to keep the elbow more extended as when you bend it for too long it can cause this type of pain. It took me almost 4 years to have the full feeling back in my hands.
Funny that this has come up as what you think the ... (show quote)


Very sad story :( The pain is unbearable.
Jan 31, 2012 17:40:22   #
Syretta
 
I hope you have had all the tests the Doc's require. MRI? It may well be a cervical vertebrae pinching a nerve. After my carpal/cubital tunnel release I went on to have steroids injected into my c-spine.
 
Jan 31, 2012 17:42:41   #
courier770
 
I'm dealing with an ulnar nerve problem right now and it has nothing to do with knitting or crocheting.
Jan 31, 2012 22:03:17   #
Dominorip
 
This exercise is called an "ulnar nerve glide". It keeps the ulnar nerve from getting injured, or more injured. I use it for the chronic tendonitis in my wrist.


Hold your arm out to the side, elbow straight, fingers gently curved but not in a fist
Rotate your arm fully until the palm is up.
Gently tilt your head (bring opposite ear towards opposite shoulder) until you feel tension
Straighten the neck until tension is relieved
Repeat 10 times

Alternatively,

Place your arm out to your side with the wrist pulled back as if you are saying "stop"
Bring your fingers toward your ear as if to cup the ear with the palm, fingers pointing to the shoulder.  Stop when you feel a gentle tension.
Bring your hand back out to the side until tension is relieved
Repeat 10 times.
Jan 31, 2012 22:34:54   #
gypsie
 
Dominorip, you are a genius. Thank you for this. Every time I tilted my head, my neck would pop. It felt really good! Kudos to you!
Feb 1, 2012 10:35:42   #
Dominorip
 
Don't thank me! Thank my genius of a physical therapist, Julie Kellogg at Excel Physical Therapy for introducing me to this exercise! Glad I could help.
Feb 1, 2012 10:41:39   #
Dominorip
 
Remember to be very gentle. Neither Julie nor Excel PT is responsible for any injury you cause yourself by performing these exercises. Or me! You can also find these directions on the web if you google Ulnar Nerve Glide, or Exercises RSI tendonitis. These are commonly prescribed exercises, and great care must be taken to do them gently so that you do not injure yourself.
 
Feb 1, 2012 10:47:27   #
courier770
 
I'm currently seeing a physical therapist 3 times a week and they have me doing the Ulnar Nerve Glide exercises. HOWEVER, I am being instructed by a physical therapist on how to do them, how often to do them and how many repetitions to do. I'm also under the care of a hand surgeon, in addition to being on medication (anti-inflammatory).
Feb 1, 2012 12:14:17   #
Dominorip
 
This is why I am cautioning people not to just go crazy. Get some advice. But it is good to know that the exercise exists.
Feb 1, 2012 12:32:08   #
courier770
 
I would not have posted the exercise, it should be overseen by a qualified medical expert.
Feb 1, 2012 13:40:35   #
gypsie
 
Dominorip wrote:
Remember to be very gentle. Neither Julie nor Excel PT is responsible for any injury you cause yourself by performing these exercises. Or me! You can also find these directions on the web if you google Ulnar Nerve Glide, or Exercises RSI tendonitis. These are commonly prescribed exercises, and great care must be taken to do them gently so that you do not injure yourself.


Oh my, I must have scared you somehow. I'm not worried about injuring myself. I am a tough cookie, very flexible. I don't think these exercises could possibly harm any one. Compared to what I have been doing they are very gentle, mild exercises. Thank you for the warning though!
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