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too much embroidery gives me wrist pain!

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I have fibromyalgia (which causes muscular pain). I find it odd that I can crochet for 3 hours a day without any pain, but if I embroider for more than 20 minutes or so, my wrist hurts the next day! Have any of you "hookers" had a similar experience? Where you can crochet a lot, but only do embroidery (or needlepoint, cross stitch, etc) a little bit?

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My SIL has the same problem. She does thread crochet and can crochet for hours on end, but she can't do cross stitch any more because it hurts, crazy isn't it.

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I'm an occupational therapist, hands and hobbies are part of my job!! Normally I would say 'use something bigger' that is easier to handle but that's not really an option. Needles are tough to manipulate, even for someone who doesn't have pain. Maybe try using a small pair of needle-nose pliars to grasp the needle instead of your hands. Will be clumsy at first but may save your hands in the long run.

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Embroidering uses different muscles differently. 

 

I've found the same problem with different crochet stitches.  Single crochet will cause my hands to cramp painfully while dc doesn't.  Go figure.

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