Tennis elbow. Although apparently few people actually get this from tennis, so calling it ‘knitter’s elbow’ would seem just as appropriate.

I caved and saw a doctor this afternoon (after waiting an hour after my appointment time, awesome) who diagnosed me after a few questions and much poking and prodding of the elbow (ow, ow, yes OW OW yes that hurts…). Interestingly enough, he didn’t tell me to stop knitting, he just said to stop and ice it and take ibuprofen when it hurts. (Nice to know I’m ahead on that). I’m not sure if this means that he is genuinely underestimating the ability of knitting to cause RSI or if it really is okay to knit in small doses while this heals. I may look for a second opinion in another week.

He also said that I’m not a professional knitter just a “recreational” knitter so I shouldn’t let it get me down too much. Ahahahah. (Buddy, I don’t care how professional my knitting is or isn’t, it is my frakking valuable creative outlet and my primary form of stress relief in this psychological wringer also known as Writing My PhD Dissertation. Calling my knitting ‘just recreational’ is not making me feel better.) He also said “don’t worry, it’ll clear up in a few months.” AHAHAHAHAHA.

I don’t know, what IS the recommended daily dose of chocolate in this situation? I’ll be over here in a crumpled heap trying to figure that out.


  1. I recommend daily doses of chocolate and rum (or vodka if that is your poison of choice – but rum is more medicinal … well that’s my story and I’m sticking to it…)

    Just recreational – um, techincally olympic athelets are not ‘professionals’ but no one would say their injuries are to be scoffed at….

  2. I feel your pain…. I’ve been having terrible neck pain and migraine headaches, and I too got a very similar response from chiropractor. Grrrrr. Just knit a bit, take a break (I know it soooo hard), ice, advil, in our case chocolate, and then you can knit some more. I would recommend Cadbury Mini Eggs, they have soothed my spirits lately. Feel better!

  3. Did you hit the doc when he said that?

    I’m not sure about the chocolate, but I have to give a shout out for Vodka. It’s never let me down.

    And if you drink enough, your arm will no longer hurt and you can (attempt to) knit as much as you want. And for the record, ripping out the “knitting” in the morning is a very quiet activity so it won’t make your head hurt worse.

  4. Chocolate until you feel better or until you lapse into a diabetic coma (JK), a bottle of wine might help as well.

  5. My son had that when he was a kid, the doc shot something into his elbow, hurt like the dickens but he was much better very soon thereafter……guess they don’t do that anymore?

    I’m so sorry about your arm, dumb doc anyway….hope it feels better soon!

    I’m with Lady O…..’recreational’ indeed.

  6. that’s what happened to my arm a few months ago. 2 shots of cortisone (useless) and some rest and i’m doing much better. it actually hurt for a while and then one day i noticed it had just gone away.

    i do still try and keep the knitting into small blocks of time, not more than 2 hours in a row. otherwise i feel the twinge again.

    chocolate is much better than most of the drugs although ibuprofen and ice packs are excellent to control any swelling.

  7. Just keep on doing it, Glenna! I’ve been knitted since I was 5. Now I’m 51. Work through the pain! I think RSI is a consideration but you’re not doing this as a work scenario, where you might be forced into some sort of horrible and enforced paid employment. Enjoy it! (I’ve also had some weird inner elbow pain over the past few months…. so I’ve cut back a bit… but cut back only a bit!). Lots of love!

  8. Oops, I’ve even been KNITTING since the age of 5….. !!

  9. sorry to hear about your elbow pain.I have had it too and I was told to get one of those splints at Shoppers Drug Mart.You fit it just below your elbow and the pain should go away.Maybe it’ll help you too.

  10. Glenna, I have had tennis elbox and also have carpal tunnel syndrome. The key is knitting in small doses. I know other people have recommended it, but I just want to second their advice. I never knit for more than 15 minutes at a stretch, but I might have 10 (or more) 15-minute knitting sessions over the course of a day. And once I feel better, I still keep to this schedule. It’s important to not let it flair up. If you go back to marathon knitting sessions once you feel better, you’ll cause it to come back. It was a hard thing for me to realize, after years of knitting for hours at a stretch, that I can’t go back to that, but it’s better to do it this way than not to be able to knit at all. I still get lots of knitting done, in between other tasks throughout the day. Hope this helps!

  11. Mmmm I wonder how that doctor would have felt about a recreational knitting needle stuck in his arm?

    Would you consider crochet as an alternative while your elbow is recovering? Alternating with knitting obviously. Poppy is looking great, I lovel those colours.

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