quilters syndrome

quilters syndrome

Post by Herbert and Roberta Zollne » Mon, 08 Sep 1997 04:00:00



 I have a friend who needed to finish  3 quilts by a deadline. She always
hand-quilts on a floor frame. After that tour de force, she went to the
doctor to get something for intense pain in both lower arms. The doctor
said, "Well, pain in the outer right elbow is called tennis syndrome. Pain
in the inner left elbow is golfer's syndrome."
"I don't play tennis or golf," said my friend.
"So what did you do to get this?"
"Well, I quilt quite a lot."
"Show me the motions." So she did, and the doctor said, "Ha! This is new!
We'll have to call it quilter's syndrome!"
But beware -she wasn't allowed to do anything at all for several weeks so
the inflammation could heal.
-Roberta in Denmark

 
 
 

quilters syndrome

Post by Hadleyma » Tue, 09 Sep 1997 04:00:00


Reberta of Denmark writes about a friend:

Quote:
>The doctor said, "Well, pain in the outer right elbow is called tennis
>syndrome. Pain in the inner left elbow is golfer's syndrome."
>"I don't play tennis or golf," said my friend.
>"So what did you do to get this?"
>"Well, I quilt quite a lot."
>"Show me the motions." So she did, and the doctor said, "Ha! This is new!
>We'll have to call it quilter's syndrome!" But beware -she wasn't allowed
>to do anything at all for several weeks so the inflammation could heal.

I've had this problem for serveral years. Some things that have helped me
(after accurate diagnosis by a physician, no self diagnosing, please!):

Ice pack to the sensitive area several times a day.
Deep messaging the area.
Strength training with weights
Ginger and vitamin B6 (I've read on Dr. Weil' web page) both have
anti-inflamatory properties
A tennis elbow brace that I wear at night.

 
 
 

quilters syndrome

Post by Crzikwi » Tue, 09 Sep 1997 04:00:00



Quote:

>A tennis elbow brace that I wear at night.

 That sentence gave me the neatest 'visual'. A tennis racquet attached as
a brace. Or a golf club for the one with 'golfer's elbow', or a mini quilt
frame for those who have developed 'quilter's elbow'.

Eileen in Washington state

My life is in pieces, and I love it!

 
 
 

quilters syndrome

Post by JOYN » Wed, 10 Sep 1997 04:00:00


A tip given to me by a doctor was to try to rest my elbows on cushions or
arm rests when doing any extended handwork.  No finger tingling or numbness
since (more than 10 years).  

Quote:
>I've had this problem for serveral years. Some things that have helped me
>(after accurate diagnosis by a physician, no self diagnosing, please!):

>Ice pack to the sensitive area several times a day.
>Deep messaging the area.
>Strength training with weights
>Ginger and vitamin B6 (I've read on Dr. Weil' web page) both have
>anti-inflamatory properties
>A tennis elbow brace that I wear at night.

Joy  

Chocolate reduces stress.  
And it's so much quieter than throwing a screaming fit.  

 
 
 

quilters syndrome

Post by Ric & Susi » Sat, 13 Sep 1997 04:00:00


Hi all,
         I am also one of the many who had similar symptoms. I also had a severe
case of carpal tunnel syndrome. I was immediately scheduled for surgery on
my hand (to be followed by the other hand as soon as I was recovered
enough). I was nervous because I was told that it wouldn't be a permanent
solution. I would have to eventually have the surgery again.
         I tried acupuncture! I figured that it was pretty much non-invasive
(compared to the surgery). It was also much less expensive ($100 to $150
for a complete round of treatments vs THOUSANDS of dollars for the
surgery). I was told by the surgeon that there was alwas a chance of
severing the nerve or damaging it that could leave you partially or totally
without feeling in your hand OR worse.
        I have been pain free and symptom free for several years now and thankful
that I chickened out of having the surgery! Thanks for listening.
Susie
Phx, AZ