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croneangel
New Pal

United Kingdom
1 Posts

Posted - 03/20/2006 :  06:33:38 AM  Show Profile Send croneangel a Private Message
being disabled and a pensioner just i find it keeps me sane and keeps my mind off the pain

pjkite
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1198 Posts

Posted - 03/20/2006 :  07:37:59 AM  Show Profile  Visit pjkite's Homepage  Send pjkite a Yahoo! Message Send pjkite a Private Message
I know exactly what you mean. I have various arthritis-related problems, and will pick up the needles or a drop-spindle when the pain gets bad. It's a distraction, and it's soothing, and it helps my muscles relax a bit. Anything that lessens the amount of pain meds is a plus, both for my stomach and my mind! Unfortunately nothing else is helping today - blowing and sleeting (!) outside, and everything aches!

Pamela Kite
East Tennessee
http://fiberlife.blogspot.com/

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MMario
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2209 Posts

Posted - 03/20/2006 :  07:44:19 AM  Show Profile Send MMario a Private Message
I know it certainly seems to help, both with physical and emotional pain.


MMario - I don't live in the 21st century - but I play a character who does.
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DeAnn
Seriously Hooked

USA
831 Posts

Posted - 03/20/2006 :  08:20:51 AM  Show Profile  Visit DeAnn's Homepage Send DeAnn a Private Message
Whenever I'm stressed, I head straight for the knitting and I immediately calm down. It's like being in another world---away from the pain and irritation.


DeAnn
Ms.D's Knitting Knotebook


When the chips are down.....
The Buffalo is empty.
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suecq
Chatty Knitter

USA
205 Posts

Posted - 03/20/2006 :  08:25:47 AM  Show Profile Send suecq a Private Message
I find knitting not only helps with physical pain, but mental anguish as well. When I have something that is really bothering me and I just can't get it out of mind I find the most complicated lace knitting project I can and tackle it.
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fmarrs
Guardian angel

USA
9776 Posts

Posted - 03/20/2006 :  09:20:42 AM  Show Profile Send fmarrs a Private Message
Now you know the secret as to why most of my knitting is done at night.

fran

http://martianmischief.blogspot.com/
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RoseM
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Canada
1898 Posts

Posted - 03/20/2006 :  11:07:35 AM  Show Profile Send RoseM a Private Message
Helps me too with physical pain and emotional stress. Pick up the needles, put on some good music, even just pulling out a few pattern books . . . it does help.
RoseM
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blackramfarm
Warming Up

USA
57 Posts

Posted - 03/23/2006 :  3:50:25 PM  Show Profile Send blackramfarm a Private Message
I have been living with Lupus and a nasty little disease called intersitial cystitis. When my body crashes or is in pain, sometimes the only thing I can do is knit. Knitting allows me to feel less "disabled" and allows me to work through the pain, row by row. When the pain is really bad and I can't sit up, I will have knitting projects on the bed. Last spring I needed to have surgery for the IC and a neighbor came by to help out and keep me company. She was a new knitter and asked if she could bring her knitting with her and of course I thought it was a great plan. There I was giving a mini lesson while in bed. For the time we were knitting and learning together I focused more on what I could still do, not what I was unable to do.
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knittyref
Chatty Knitter

USA
112 Posts

Posted - 03/23/2006 :  11:42:54 PM  Show Profile Send knittyref a Private Message
If I'm feeling queasy from chemo and "just sit", that minute hand seems to almost stop. Unless I'm feeling really bad, just having the knitting in my lap and knitting a stitch and and a stitch there definitely helps the time pass. In the last 3 1/2 years, I've got a llllooootttt of knitting done.

Di
www.knittyref.blogspot.com
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sachis2112
Warming Up

54 Posts

Posted - 03/24/2006 :  01:26:40 AM  Show Profile  Visit sachis2112's Homepage Send sachis2112 a Private Message
My DH has mystery nueralgia. I threatened to teach him how to knit last week. I think that I will in all seriousness now that I've read your posts. Thanks!

-Sachi
http://sachis2112.blogspot.com
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Beverly the Bronx Girl
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USA
1026 Posts

Posted - 03/30/2006 :  11:35:33 AM  Show Profile Send Beverly the Bronx Girl a Private Message
After a long day at work, it's great to put on the classical music (WQXR 96.3 in New York City)and do a hour or two of knitting. it really does wonders for the physical, mental and spiritual. What ever works for you, do it.
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fmarrs
Guardian angel

USA
9776 Posts

Posted - 03/30/2006 :  3:26:30 PM  Show Profile Send fmarrs a Private Message
I also recommend keeping a variety of projects at hand. Sometimes it helps to knit something that requires concentration, sometimes all I can do is a garter stitch wash cloth. What I find that I cannot do is to start a project when I am in pain.

There are several of us "living with lupus" here on the forums blackramfarm,welcome.

fran

http://martianmischief.blogspot.com/
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lisamanteo1
New Pal

3 Posts

Posted - 03/31/2006 :  12:25:27 PM  Show Profile Send lisamanteo1 a Private Message
I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia last year and learned to knit to give me something constructive to do when I was having a "bad day" and had to sit or lay down. Now I have the prospect of a hip replacement this summer so I am stocking up on all sorts of projects! Knitting is my best therapy
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catldy430
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31 Posts

Posted - 04/02/2006 :  09:30:50 AM  Show Profile  Visit catldy430's Homepage Send catldy430 a Private Message
I've had degenerative disc disease and sciatica from an injury for six years, needlework of some kind whether it be knitting, crochet or cross stitch helps take my mind of the pain.

I also have been suffering from some mystery illness and have bouts of extreme fatigue, neuralgia and muscle weakness. When it's at its worse it's so hard to concentrate on anything. I do force myself to work on some of project to distract myself.

There is a feeling of accomplishment when you're feeling to crappy to accomplish much else.

Denise
http://knittingkitties.blogspot.com/
Never be afraid to try something new,
Remember,
amateurs built the ark
experts built the Titanic
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RatherBknitting
Chatty Knitter

213 Posts

Posted - 04/02/2006 :  12:33:53 PM  Show Profile Send RatherBknitting a Private Message
I knit because hate my job -- but you all give me inspiration to stop feeling sorry for myself and move on.
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