Kreestahl wrote:I found quilting this year because of my medical problems with my back, hip and shoulder. I have 9 degenerated discs and nerve impingement so my hand goes numb when I overdo. I had been a glass artist for 12+ years but could not continue any longer. Designing quilts is very similar to glass designing for me. The fabric is much lighter to work with but I still have to find ways to adapt for my weaknesses.
I also have been battling with depression for decades and when I had surgery on my back, it increased. Recently my doctor prescribed an antidepressant that has the side effect of causing the brain to function more effectively with my pain meds. My pain has decreased by 70% just from that. I happen to be one of those people who cannot function without medication so I was thrilled when it had such a dramatic effect on my pain.
I have tilted my sewing machine and bought "sewing" glasses so I don't have as much strain on my neck. I have to change between styles rotary cutters frequently so I am not causing problems from repetitive movements in my wrist, elbow and shoulder. I have to get out of my chair frequently to stretch out my back muscles so I have a less efficient way of working, but that's what I have to do to be able to continue doing what I enjoy.
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