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Date: 03.01.2011
From: Emma

Subject: Cross Stitch and Arthritis

New to this forum, but hoping someone can help! Tore cartiliage in my right wrist 5 years ago, had 3 surgeries, but still not good. Recently been getting swollen and aching fingers, especially after writing and stitching. GP suspects arthritis, seeing a consultant in a few days time.

My question is can any one recommend a good hand support for using when cross stitching? There seem to be a lot on the market, and vary greatly in price! Have been doing cross stitch for 23 years, but now can only stitch for around 10 minutes before my hand seizes up; I also find the next day my hand and fingers are swollen, stiff and painful.

I don't want to give up my hobby, and have tried stitching left handed, but just can't do it!
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