Tips on sewing and quilting – arthritis
Hi all. Over in the dressing over 50 the discussion turned to difficulty sewing when one has arthritis but as so many of us have this cursed disorder or something similar I thought I would start a new discussion. What tips do you have that help you sew? What questions can we help with on how to solve problems when sewing, quilting or other crafts?
I have degenerative joint disease (everywhere), fibromyalgia and more recently discovered I have some spinal compression fractures due to osteoporosis, which on top of being painful when lifting or bending, is affecting my sitting. I have found that sitting on a pillow (a regular one or one that is meant for the car with a cut out at the base of the spine) helps for a little while.
I am 67 yrs old, was a floor nurse and nurse educator for nearly 40 years until I retired 4 years ago. My body paid the price for all that walking and lifting but also I inherited a good deal from my mother. I started to develop joint changes in my mid thirties and have been on a roll down ever since.
I have been sewing ever since I can remember, learning at the knee of my grandmother starting by hand sewing.
Some medications were mentioned in the last discussion. I take prescription diclofenac (voltarin 2x) /day. Someone suggested MSM and it seems to work fairly well, but I notice it most when I stop taking it. Glucosamine worked for years for my knees, but doesn’t anymore.
One sewing tip I can give is something to avoid. Sewing catalogs sell a ‘thingy’ that one wears like a pack on one’s back – supposedly adjustable and to help posture. I have never been in such pain as when I wore mine!!
Bring on the tips folks! – we will acknowledge that some things will work for some and not others but when you have chronic pain we are usually willing to consider many things.
Edited 12/13/2008 2:59 am ET by Sancin