For a while now I’ve had shoulder pain. I would say for years. I used to work in an office type environment with over 10 hours of sitting, typing, and phone use. I would also sit and knit while at work. I saw my doctor. She didn’t think it was anything to serious and it was attributed to tension/anxiety. The anxiety has been under control for a while with lexapro. Sometimes I still find a lot of tension in my shoulders but not enough to explain this pain.

I quit my job about a year after I had my second child. I’ve been a stay at home mom for a little over a year now so the job factor has been eliminated. The shoulder pain has still remained a companion, and has at times gotten worse. I had a really bad flare up in the past few days. Now I’ve got some bursitis type pain in my forearm near my elbow. This happened after a major knitting spree on a sock I wanted to finish up. So I figure its time for me to face facts.

My knitting is causing me pain.

I don’t know if the knitting was the initial cause of the pain. That was probably a combination of many things, but knitting is the only thing that remains and it is definitely making things worse. Due to this new development in my forearm I’m going to TRY and take a two week break from knitting. I would be a fool not to, and I try not to be a fool to often. I hope to be able to return to my knitting without pain. I don’t think I could ever give up knitting forever. My quality of life would decrease to much if I had to give up knitting completely. It would also be diminished if I can’t get rid of this pain. There has to be a middle ground and I’m going to find it, but for now I’ve got to take a complete rest.

Wish me luck y’all. This is going to be a hard two weeks!  (There might be sewing, we will see how things go.)