My wrists were quite sore at the beginning (and having never crocheted before), but now it has settled down. I keep my arms quite still and propped up with cushions so they haven't been a problem, but the wrists were a bit ouchy at first! =)(hot packs work wonders!)
I have had 3 surgeries in hands and wrists. They stopped the pain etc but the minute I picked up either the hook or pointy sticks back it came. I found out I hunch: when you work with your hands in front of you all the time the tendency is the round your shoulders forward and this in turn foreshortens your muscles and tendons around the collar bone, shoulder, down the arm to the wrist and hand. An easy solution is to watch your posture. Bring those shoulders back. Since I've been doing this the pain in my left thumb has gone away!
I had pain in my upper arm on my right side but other than that it's been smooth sailing. Take care of yourself, you don't want any crochet related injuries.
I do experience pain in my fingers, outer side of the elbow, and in my bicep (muscle on the inside of the arm near the elbow between the elbow and the wrist). Assuming that is the bicep, if I crochet or knit too long without taking the required breaks to rest and stretch it bothers me. Usually if I refrain from crafting for a few days it gets better. Sometimes I use a muscle massage cream like Icy Hot to help ease the ache.If it still bothers you after a few days and you have never seen a doctor about it you should. Just to make sure what the issue is and to see what your doctor recommends.
I have tendonitis in my right wrist and of course I am right handed so that is the wrist that gets the most use when I crochet.When it flares up, I wear a tensor bandage and take a bit of a break from crocheting....but that is the hard part...I just want to crochet all the time now.
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