I have a deadly serious problem. A problem I was in denial about until a week ago.
For the past several weeks, every time I knit for an hour or three, I’ve been experiencing a twinge in my left shoulder. Nothing serious, and it never hurt while knitting; but immediately afterward, I started to notice that when I leaned on something with my left elbow, pain would shoot from front to back under my collarbone. At first, it was just after I was knitting on a chair without arms, with my elbow swinging free. Then it started to hurt even if I knit on the couch.
I didn’t think much of it, aside from occasionally trying to make sure my elbow was supported while knitting. But two days ago, after I spent several hour plying, I couldn’t ignore it. I couldn’t lift my arm past 45 degrees at my side or move my shoulder or arm behind me without shooting pain in that same spot, and even while relaxed, there’s a dull ache like I need a massage.
And it only gets worse when I knit or spin.
If I go to the doctor, I know the first thing they’re going to tell me is to stop knitting and spinning. This innate knowledge is probably related to my complete denial of the situation before this point. I’m not a dummy; I know that a short break now might be the difference between healing something weird and causing a permanent injury. So I’m going to stop now, at least until next weekend, when I will be beyond disappointed if I can’t spin at least a bit. (Maybe I’ll perfect one-handed woolen spinning?) I’ve been walking around the house sniffling, trying not to look at new knitting patterns, and reading articles on weaving.
It’s not in any way affected by typing, so I can still write my last four designs, I just can’t knit the samples at the moment. I can catch up on that if my test knitters stay on top of things, which they always do.
It’ll probably take ages for me to get an appointment in the clinic, so does anyone have suggestions for things I can do to help in the meantime? Pushups? Bench presses? Cross-front shoulder stretches? I don’t think it’s related to the migraines, because those usually happen on the right side.
In the meantime, I am going to find a hook, and start on this. It doesn’t hurt as much to crochet, probably just because it slows me down. I already cranked this out in two days.