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Lately while crocheting I have begun to
have heart palpitations, feel lethargic &
not feel well. Why?
Hello @lindalew and welcome to Mayo Connect!
You pose an interesting question. It will be interesting to see if other Members have experienced similar symptoms as yours.
In order to get to know you better, I’d be interested in knowing if you experience these symptoms at other times, other than when crocheting? How is your overall health? Have you talked with your doctor regarding the heart palpitations?
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Hi @lindalew ! I don’t crochet any longer, haven’t for years because of arthritis. But I have, and do, experience heart palpitations. I have Afib as well as lung issues and different smells or ordors that can trigger my palpitations and other symptoms you describe. Another thing I’m thinking about is if you look down when you are crocheting, sometimes when I’m looking down, reading, on cell phone, etc, I get a funny feeling that will go into the palpitations if I don’t look up when I start feeling that way. I’m not sure why on that, some thoughts are that if I’m not paying attention to how I’m sitting, I have more difficulty breathing. Also, sometimes it is my eyes, if my glasses are off I get a dizzy, nauseated feeling. Sometimes it could be a pinched nerve in my neck. I don’t know why these things are connected with me, and I’m not saying these things are what’s going on with you, just explaining my similar experiences and maybe something for you to go on in figuring out what is going on. Teresa has some very good questions about your overall health and if you experience these symptoms at other times too. If you haven’t, I would encourage you to talk with your doctor about these symptoms.
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I have found I have to get up every hour of crocheting to do my T-Tapp exercises on U Tube. OMG do they ever help. She has this one exercise to stretch your hand and fingers to do a few exercises to get the blood flowing without jumping around. It has helped me so much. Drink more water.
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Hello @banamax72 and @magspierce
I appreciate your contributions to this discussion.
@banamax72 How did you find out about these exercises? Were you having symptoms similar to those of @lindalew?
@magspierce makes an excellent suggestion about discussing this with your doctor to be sure that there aren’t any other health problems to be looked at.
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As far as the heart palpitations, my heart doctor told me several times that it was nothing to be concerned about. I had these same symptoms a few years ago when I was making jewelry. After about 6 months I became highly allergic to the chemicals in the metals. I had to give up my jewelry making and to this day I cannot wear any kind of jewelry unless it is gold or sterliing silver. Cannot wear any type of clothing with jewelry on it.
My allergies are more respiratory as I get aching in my chest & airway & start feeling really tired & lethargic. It can last for days.
No Doctor has been able to help me with this & it can get discouraging at times.
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Hi, @lindalew. Just wanted to check in with you and see how you are doing. Are you still experiencing the symptoms when you crochet?
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Earlier this month you mentioned practicing T-Tapp exercises on Youtube. I looked them up and have been practicing them as well. It really is a very gentle exercise program that feels really good. Thanks for the suggestion!
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No. Thankfully I no longer have the symptoms.
Thank you for your concerns.
That is good to hear!
Did you get any medical treatment or do anything different?
Nope. Just prayed about it.
Glad to hear that, @lindalew. Good news.
Don’t you just love these exercises. I stop and do them about every hour and a half when Im crocheting. I don’t crochet in the summer time.
@banamax72, I am part of a Prayer Shawl group at my Church. We knit and we crochet. Some of the ladies have shared about their hurting hands.. I will be meeting with them on next Wednesday and I can’t wait to share this with them!
Thank you for sharing these exercises with us:-) I just tried and they do feel good to me.
@lindalew, I will ask, also if anyone has experienced any of the symptoms that you have mentioned.
@banamax72 Yes, I do love the exercises – while I don’t crochet of knit, I spend a lot of time in front of a computer (I work from my home transcribing for a doctor) and the T-Tapp exercises are my “breaks” from typing. I enjoy the music and the isometric exercises (especially the Hoe-Down).
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