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Brace Yourself Mikey

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

I am Michael Sellick, known online as ‘Mikey’, I am the founder and leader of The Crochet Crowd. I’m a ‘hooker’ at heart with the passion to crochet and play with yarn.

10 thoughts on “Brace Yourself Mikey

  • July 5, 2014 at 11:27 pm
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    I would tend to agree with you that a lot of your pain is from computer usage. We all sit in poor positions in front of the computer and no wonder our bodies fall apart. I get some pain in my right wrist when I’ve been doing too much stuff on the computer. The one thing I’ve done that really helps me is wear my brace while sleeping. I honestly don’t use it during the day. I’m like you, my wrist bends in weird ways while I’m sleeping. This alone has helped tons. I don’t know if you wear it sleeping, but try it for a few weeks and see if that helps too.

  • July 5, 2014 at 1:24 pm
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    I’m really sorry to hear that!

    Many of the above comments have good advice. But, please see a professional if it keeps up or moves to other joints. I used the computer a lot in my work as a rehabilitation counselor (I’m retired now), and I’ve liked to crochet for years. So when my wrists started I thought it was a repetitive stress injury. Like yours, mine started in my non dominant hand (my left). But then it progressed to my right wrist. I purchased braces for myself and decided to rest and massage and do exercises as much as possible. After months, it wasn’t getting better, and even progressed to other joints. It finally got to the point where I talked to my physician about it. Although he said joints weren’t his field, he did some testing, I had a positive result for rheumatoid arthritis. Now I see a specialist, a rheumatologist. After repeating the tests, she likewise came to the conclusion I have RA.I’ve now been under treatment for years. This is something I wouldn’t wish on anyone, but the good side of it is that with medication, I’m now virtually pain free and most of the time I can crochet to my heart’s extent!

    I suspect, and hope that your problem is from repetitive joint stress. If so, it should gradually improve. If it doesn’t, please see a professional!

  • July 5, 2014 at 5:06 am
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    Hi Mikey,

    I also had the same symptoms with my left wrist and I was righthanded. I went to a physiotherapist and the problem was the muscles in my back and neck. Three months later after taking physio twice a week, the numbness and pain are gone. I do my physio exercises every day to prevent a recurrence. I still crochet or knit every day but gave up the marathon sessions. Not because I had to but just to prevent any future problems. Don’t give up, keep working at recovering and take care of yourself.

  • July 5, 2014 at 12:49 am
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    I started seeing a chiropractor with my back hurting so much and one of the things I love about her is that she also works on my hands, wrists, and elbows. She told me my first visit that because I crochet almost daily that it is important to have them adjusted as well. When she does my wrists it feels funny but I also know it is breaking down the calcium deposits and saving me from carpal tunnel surgery. I hope you start feeling better soon.

  • July 4, 2014 at 10:41 pm
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    I wear on on both hands sorry buddy your in my prayers.

  • July 4, 2014 at 7:15 pm
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    I have that problem also Mikey and the one with bending my wrists at night when I sleep. Wear your brace to bed and it will help immensely. I did that for quite a few weeks and it helped give it time to heal faster.

  • July 4, 2014 at 2:23 pm
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    Hi Mikey! I feel for you and your pain. I have the same problem and have started wearing a hand brace just like yours when typing on the computer and crocheting. Interestingly enough my pain is in my right hand and I am a left hand crocheter!

    I am also an occupational therapist and am writing to strongly encourage you to do something about your left arm and hand pain to prevent further injury. Given the information you have written in your post I feel you may have a “repetitive stress injury” from both computer use and crocheting. Repetitive stress injuries (RSIs) are conditions caused by placing too much stress on a joint, and they vary in type and severity. Most RSIs are linked to the stress of repetitive motions at the computer or overuse injuries in sports. An RSI occurs when stress is placed on a joint, pulling on the tendons and muscles around the joint. When the stress occurs repeatedly, the body does not have time to recover and becomes irritated. The body reacts to the irritation by increasing the amount of fluid in that area to reduce the stress placed on the tendon or muscle. There is lots of information on this topic on the internet. One site I found that has some very good information was from Harvard University http://www.rsi.deas.harvard.edu/ or search “harvard rsi action” on google. Repetitive stress (also called cumulative trauma) symptoms include tingling, numbness, and searing pain, which indicate the presence of progressive nerve and muscle damage. Treatments for RSI vary; your doctor may prescribe cold treatments (to reduce swelling and pain) and rest to reduce irritation and speed up healing. Once the swelling and pain has gone away, the doctor may suggest a rehabilitation program to exercise the muscles slowly and prevent loss of movement in the joint. Another part of treatment might be anti-inflammatory medication to reduce the pain. Environmental adaptations that can be made to prevent repetitive strain injuries include using keyboard trays, pads, or alternative curved keyboards; changing the location or position of seating, and the height of desks and keyboards; or adjust the height of computer screens and video monitors to create an ergonomically correct work station.

    Some exercises that I have used to help with my forearm pain have been placing my hands in a “praying” position with palms together and pushing the painful hand backwards slowly to stretch the tendons and muscles to full extension and holding that position for a minute or so. Massaging the painful forearm with your other hand or using a tennis ball on a table (and pressing your forearm on top of it while rolling it) is another way to massage the forearm area.

    I hope that you find this information helpful to you. I would also like to personally thank you for teaching me how to crochet. Because of your crochet videos I was able to crochet the “baby sugar pop” afghan (my first crochet project ever) for my long awaited adopted son. After completing that first afghan I became addicted to crochet and don’t know what I would do without The Crochet Crowd! Your positive and fun-loving demeanor has been such a blessing in my life. The success of The Crochet Crowd is a shining testament to the positive impact that one person’s life can have on so many others. I will be sending good thoughts and prayers your way for a speedy recovery! Wishing you all the best.

  • July 4, 2014 at 12:47 pm
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    I am so sorry Michael! I have neck and shoulder issues which are also computer related. It also hurts often when I crochet ,at times. Be sure to do everything you need to do to get well. Do the exercises, get rest when you need it and don’t push it, although I have to confess I am guilty of pushing it often, then there’ a setback! Get well soon

  • July 4, 2014 at 12:13 pm
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    Hi Mikey: So sorry to hear you are struggling with pain, and hope you find the time or take some time to rejuvenate your weary bones :). Have you tried bathing your arm and hand in warm water and epsom salt? The Dollar stores sell plastic tubs that can be used for this purpose. It really helps- I’ve used it for aches, sprains etc many times.
    By the way, I truly enjoy “The Crochet Crowd and so glad I found you when searching how to crochet a wave blanket for my grandchildren. Now whenever I am stuck on something I “ask Mikey”. I am working on the Stitch-cation Series and enjoying the process. I can’t wait to see the end result.

    Thank you for all you do for The Crochet Crowd’s people.
    Maggie

  • July 4, 2014 at 12:00 pm
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    I have exactly the same problem! I caused the initial problem by playing my PSP for too long and messed up the tendons in my left thumb (mortified telling the consultant – you’d think at 37/38 I’d have known better! ) Physio seemed to work and all was well. I started crochet last year and it didn’t seem to cause any problems and then in the last 2 weeks – the pain! So sore, and find it difficult sometimes to grip or hold things. My whole arm up to and including my shoulder is affected – though the physio did tell me that the actual problem is in my thumb I’m carrying and using my arm differently to protect it and so I hurt my elbow and shoulder – Jeez! I’m choosing to not blame crochet – ‘cos if I can’t crochet I may go insane – as I’ve been crocheting for 12 months without a problem. I just turned 40 so I’m putting it down to old(er) age and too much keyboard work! I find that ice packs on my thumb down to the wrist helps enormously and, I’m afraid, rest. Now, I’m off back to my who’s in your closet project – pain what pain???? 😉 Feel better soon…

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