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Any ideas? Preferences? My hands/elbows scream out in pain, but they'd be happy to just mumble in gratitude.
I bought an ACE wrist brace for now, but I think I'll try to order the Handeze online too. I have some custom molded braces, but it's almost impossible to do any work with them on.
Got tested for CP and all of that. No-one seems to know what I have.
Anway, what helped *a lot* (when not working, splints work better then) are Thermoskin gloves. Only thing is, I seem to be allergic to them and my hands break out in bad rashes if I wear them too long. Their product does have a disclamer about rashes, so it wasn't 100% unexpected.
If I could wear those night-time (without the rashes), I'd be in much better shape. Maybe you won't have the rash problem...
Still trying to find a replacement for Celebrex, 400mg/day of that was a great help too. May have to go back on that.
I wasn't able to type much more than two hours a day without pain before switching to the Maltron keyboard; it took me about a month to become an accomplished touch typist on the odd-shaped keyboard and the proprietary Malt layout. That was probably 10 or more years ago, and I haven't had any problems since.
(BTW, Maltron keyboards are now available in the U.S. from a manufacturer in Chicago. I think the U.S. versions are somewhat cheaper than the British originals.)
It took three months of fairly intense back and shoulder pain to move me to action. I highly recommend getting it sorted out sooner rather than later. It's very basic stuff. Any decent chiropractor or physio would be able to help you set it up.
Right now I know I'm doing nothing right in terms of my workspace. Hunched over a mac 12" laptop w/ poor back support.
My wrists are fine but I'm 28 and basically am used to the shoulder/neck pain.
Anyways, my name is Chris and I'm a workaholic. Should I be legitimately worried and trying to do something about it now (and what?). Sorry ANarchy for hijacking the thread, hopefully it's not too far off topic.
I use a Microsoft Optical 1.0 and it is great.
There is no lateral movement as the mouse is just a platform with a ball on the left handside for movement. So you are only using your thumb and forefinger.
I also learnt to use the mouse with my other hand. Swapping hands every few hours can really improve painful hands and wrists.
Keeping fit by lifting weights, three times a week, can also help.
Also, get a massage at least once a week. It will fix shoulder and neck pain after a few sessions and is also very relaxing.
[edited by: bts111 at 10:16 am (utc) on Feb. 16, 2005]
I have Carpal Tunnel, Thoracic Outlet, Epicondylitis, back problems, neck problems, etc. I'm all about the pain. It's one of the reasons I'm self-employed, so I can take frequent breaks.
So, any info about keyboards, chairs, positions, exercises, etc., are all okay by me.
The Maltron keyboard looks really interesting, but that's a pricey little bugger - $395. If it worked for me, it would be worth it. I wish I could find one to try.
As rediculous (or familiar) as it sounds I'll get so into things I'm often passing up meals in order to get something done. The trip to the chiropractor or massage therapist is something I'm exceptionally good at procrastinating away also.
Dunno what to say beyond that this thread really is scarey and/or eyeopening. Probably by morning I'll have forgotten all about it and if neccessary popped a few advil to get rid of the cramps and back to work. :/
Were you guys/gals in similar boats in the past and what would you do differently now if you could go back?
I'm pretty sure that I'm still in business because of all this. Whenever I break the rule by working in the weekend or in the evening, the pain returns.
"Keeping fit by lifting weights"
That is the best advice in this entire thread.
"I have Carpal Tunnel, Thoracic Outlet, Epicondylitis, back problems, neck problems, etc. I'm all about the pain. It's one of the reasons I'm self-employed, so I can take frequent breaks."
Disclaimer: I don't mean to come across as insensitive to your situation here, so please don't take it in this way.
You have that many problems, and aren't looking into doing something *away* from computers? It's all about quality of life. I don't care how good an internet income is, if you have those sorts of injuries from or related to computer use, for heavens sake cease computer use for a while.
There are heaps of alternative ways of earning income. Not all are easy, I agree. But look to the future - if you keep up what you're doing, things will get worse. Do you really want to be crippled later in life?
I would rather work 8 hours a day cleaning toilets if it enabled me to keep my health, longterm.
Again, that is my take, please don't take it as a personal attack. :)
Currently i have the "Logitech Cordless Trackman Wheel" but there are others, eg. by logitech, microsoft, or kensington.
Another tool that i have used (and this one's even a bit better, imho) is a thing known as "MouseTrapper" - that's really a wonderful invention, as it places your mouse navigation just below your keyboard and provides wrist support at the same time. Go check that one out (the "classic" version) - it will look odd at first sight, and it takes all of an hour or so to get used to, but it works small wonders.
Its a mouse in the shape of a pen & while it takes a bit of getting used to, I don't use my mouse anymore and my wrist is fine.
To anyone with wrist problems, get it!
PS: you can also send me $10 for the tip ;)
The other things I do:
Get up and pace around every hour or so, keeps things from locking up. I'm a smoker (yeah, yeah, I know - it's a nasty habit) - but I can't smoke in the house, so when I crave a ciggy, it's a good cue for me to get up and move around a bit.
Also, I'm big into home reno (carpentry was my second, or was it third? career), and devote at least one day a week to some good old fashioned labor.
And something that's really made a difference: My once a week swim. The wife and I head down to the local leisure center, which has a Wave Pool, and splash around and run up the stairs to the waterslides for a couple of hours. It's actually cheaper than a movie, and swimming is fantastic excercise. It's also driving me to cut back on my smoking and work towards quitting, because I'm way too competitive to let my wife be able to swim for a greater distance underwater.
Overall, good furniture helps, but when it gets right down to it, I think the regular physical activity is the key. I'm really big on swimming, because it's a low impact sport, and provides an excelent all-body workout.