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Carpal Tunnel

  • # May 8, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    Hey everyone -

    This week I’ve came down with some serious carpal tunnel problems in my right hand. I really need to stay away from they keyboard and mouse as much as I can for a while. :( So, I might be a little scarce in the forums for a few weeks. But I’ll be back! I want to help out as much as I can!

    -Chris

    # May 8, 2008 at 5:32 pm

    Good choise Chris,

    Better do it easy right now so it won’t become worse. You could also try to use your left hand? ;)
    Good luck with everything!

    Edwin.

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    # May 8, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    I changed to a Trackerball when I had those problems – and they’ve eased massively. Didn’t take me that long to get used to it either. Still aches when I’m on for too long – but that’s natures way of telling me to stop for the day :)

    # May 8, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    i too use a trackball and have sometimes almost unbearable pain in my right hand as well. im not sure but i think my new imac aluminum keyboard is adding to the problem too bc they keys arent as easy to depress.

    the trackball took some getting used to but it did help for a while. im finding that its coming back though.

    so i do have 2 other suggestions. do a some research on carpal tunnel and a good mouse for that and finally, something a bit more brave…

    seriously look into switching to the dvorak keyboard layout instead of qwerty. 2 guys at my office use it and swear by it. i used a mirrored image of win xp through vmware on my work imac which uses dvorak and surprisingly kind of got the jist of it fairly fast. if you touch type and dont look at the keys youre even better off bc its definitely a mind thing.

    all the vowels are set up on the home row for the left hand. the most used consonants are on the home row for the right hand. so most words are typed without moving off the home rows. the second most used are about the right hand home row and the third most below.

    it took them about 2 weeks to get used to it and then they were just as fast. once i get my new mac book pro at home im going to switch my pc to it and try to learn dvorak precisely bc of my unbearable carpal tunnel.
    http://www.chimoosoft.com/dvorak.html
    [img]http://www.chimoosoft.com/Images/dvorak/dvorak.jpg[/img]

    when i roll my right wrist it sounds like im crushing chips in a bag. my wrist pops at least 6 times.. and does not feel good.

    likewise if you find anything that helps please let me know.

    im going to start doing some physical therapy at home, you can google exercises to help and im looking into a better mouse again.

    # May 29, 2008 at 10:48 am

    Hey Chris, Hows your carpal tunnel?
    find anything to help?

    mines flaring up pretty bad right now. i was thinking about getting this mouse: http://www.ergopro.com/index.cfm?obj=prodDetails&pID=439

    i think it might help

    # May 29, 2008 at 11:15 am

    It’s actually a bit better. I was pretty worried there for a while, but now that it is showing improvement I’m less worried. I just wear a brace 24-7, got the wrist pad for the keyboard, and use a trackball. Hardly slowing me down at all now :D

    # May 30, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    I’ve had carpal tunnel symptoms in the past from using the mouse, and I found a cure by just elevating the wrist about an inch. You can actually buy mouse pads with a wrist pad.

    .V1
    # June 1, 2008 at 4:28 am

    the best way to tackle it with out having to buy new hardware software or do anything wierd:

    switch from left hand mouseing to right mousing and from right to left. I have been doing this for a while and i must say. U get used to it, its free and it helps to prevent

    pab
    # June 1, 2008 at 10:51 pm

    oh man that sucks, you should be very careful with that stuff…

    I’ve suffered from severe tendinitis a couple of years ago and still feel pain in my wrist

    you should go see a physio to get some stretching exercises…

    stretching is by far one of the best things you can do before you start working.

    and don’t work through the pain…worst thing you can do, trust me

    pab

    # June 2, 2008 at 5:41 am

    Get Well.

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