[Not] knitting on the road

a button on the visor of my friend Nathania's car

For some reason, I seem to have lost most of the last two months.

October was dedicated to a long-awaited work/vacation, followed by two weeks of intensive work so I could get back on the road.

November included visits all over the place, teaching, meeting knitters [my favorite part] and seeing new parts of the country.

During that time, you could often find me in airports, pulling carry-on luggage from gate to gate, which aggravated my carpal tunnel and — as a result — reduced the knitting time I could take advantage of.

my little tubular friend

Thankfully, someone clever at the Knot Hysteria Silk Retreat* reminded me of the goodness that is Traumeel and gave me a little cupful to apply, which lasted almost a week. I’d stopped using it ages ago, and I don’t know why.

Initially recommended to me by someone who uses her hands more intensely than I ever will — Jennie the Potter — Traumeel is a combination of Arnica [a natural herb] with other natural stuff. Arnica is magic. It helps reduce inflammation. Carpal tunnel syndrome is all about inflamed and swollen tissues. I have found I prefer the cream which takes longer to sink in but seems to sink in more thoroughly [the other formulation is a gel]. Within an hour of the first application, my throbbing wrist stopped throbbing. After a week of regular use, I felt human again with hands instead of claws.

Every night, Traumeel on the wrists and sore spots on the forearm, then on with the wrist splints [which is the reason hub has lovingly named me Borg at night] and I’m doing much better.

All of this is my personal experience, and I’m no doctor. You all know this: speak to your own doctor before making any changes that may affect your health, including using homeopathic medicines.

*the retreat deserves its own post.

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11 thoughts on “[Not] knitting on the road

  1. Knitstamatic

    I find that Traumeel is the only thing that calms my knees when they act up. It’s truly a wonerful product. Better than drugs or chemical creams.

    1. Amy

      Fair enough. For me, it has definitively worked. At the retreat, for example, I applied it, forgot about it and listened to Stephanie Pearl-McPhee teach the class I was in (she’s so interesting that I was easily distracted from my discomfort). I realized that, about an hour and a half later, my hands weren’t hurting as much as they had been. Not just a bit less, but a LOT less.

      If people are distressed by the additional ingredients in Traumeel, there are many just-Arnica preparations on the market.

      But yes, talk to your doctor before trying anything. (My Rheumatologist is fine with me using this stuff.)

  2. Kitten With A Whiplash

    Also be sure to check for possible interactions with any medications you take. Just like prescription meds, OTC products can interact with other drugs in negative ways, and this includes topically applied medications. Some folks think only pills interact, but that isn’t the case.

  3. Wool Free and Lovin' Knit

    My sister used this stuff on her feet when she was suffering from plantar fascitis — it wasn’t the only treatment, but it did help her a lot. Of course now I hear they’ve got a new laser treatment that will cure PF in one or two zaps. Amazing!

  4. Sabrina C.

    I will have to track down some of that stuff. Thankfully, my carpal tunnel hasn’t been too bad lately, but I never know when it’s going to flare up.

  5. Bonnie

    I’m going to have to look for some for myself! Between plantar fascitis and carpal tunnel I could really put it to good use. Thanks for posting this.

  6. Heather

    I really really really need that button, it’s sadly very true! I have had no luck with searching the internet, does anyone know where I could find that, or if it was homemade? TIA 🙂

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