As per WebMD's instructions, I've been
wearing a wrist brace to take pressure off of the evil "median nerve" that's causing my right hand so much pain. I wear it at night and sometimes even wear it during the day. (Why not? It helps.)
The most aesthetically pleasing, well-fitting, and comfortable wrist brace I've found is the Wellgate for Women "Women's Slimfit Wrist Support."
But it's not just the wrist that bothers me. All of my crafty projects take a toll on my fingers, elbows and arm muscles as well. Overexertion. To combat these aches and pains, I've experimented with several topical pain relief creams. My two favorites are:
- Tiger Balm Sports Rub (for heavy-duty pain relief): I've used this cream to soothe sore muscles and achy joints since my days as a lacrosse player in high school. It's the only thing that relieves the pain in my bum left knee, and I put it on my wrists and hands before bed when I've been knitting or stitching all day. It has a combination of both camphor and menthol, so it's too fragrant for use in public (unless you want to smell like an arthritic with a head cold). However, I've found that the combination of Tiger Balm, a wrist brace, and NSAID pain relievers works well over the long term.
- Aspercreme (for daytime use): not as effective over the long-term as Tiger Balm, but provides great short-term pain relief with no funny smell (!!). The smell is almost nonexistent, and I can put this on my hands while knitting without worrying that my project will smell like it (and use it during the day without getting funny looks from people).