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Old 04-16-2002, 09:04 AM
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Carpal tunnel syndrome

Hi Folks,

As common as carpal tunnel syndrome is, I expect there are some of you bothered by it. I've had it for a few years, and there have been times at night when it really got bad. But if I watch the type of work I'm doing, it isn't that bad. The wrist supports help, but if I do the wrong type of work (which I do on occasion) they don't help enough. What have you found to work for you? Graphic tablets? Other things?

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Old 04-16-2002, 09:57 AM
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I thought I might have carpal tunnel except it was on the wrong side of the wrist and there was a definate hard lump at the joint. It was quite painful and made it difficult to use that hand. It seems to come and go with varying degrees of severity. Thank goodness its my left wrist and not my right. I recently had it examined by a doctor and it turned out to be something called a ganglieon cyst. It's a fluid build up from the wrist joint just under the base of the thumb. I gather that too can be caused when doing alot of repeditive work or when a sprain or injury to the wrist has occured. I have been lucky in not getting carpal tunnel. I know that can be quite painful and very serious leading to the loss of use of your hand even if left untreated.

The intricate movements and workings of the hand are a marvel of creation and one not appreciated until the function is impaired.
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Old 04-16-2002, 11:25 AM
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I don't know if what I had was carpal tunnel or not, but my whole right side would ache something awful and most days I couldn't raise my right arm at the shoulder.

What I did to relieve the pain in the short term was to learn to use my left hand for mousing and using the tablet - that seemed to give my right side a chance to rest and recuperate. I became so proficient with my left hand that going back to my right seemed unnatural.

I also invested in a desk with a keyboard tray that has enough room for the mouse or tablet at the lower level.

Finally, I got a good chair (mine is a Herman Miller Aeron).

I don't think all my problems were associated with time spent at the computer (I was in a bad car accident and also had a serious fall), but time spent at the keyboard certainly aggravated the other problems.

Since making the above changes, I can sit here for several hours a day and not feel any pain.

I know that things like an Aeron chair are expensive, but I don't cringe when I have to shell out for a new computer, why scrimp on the equipment that goes with it and it's not likely that I'll need a new desk before I need a new computer.

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Old 04-16-2002, 12:08 PM
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Sorry you suffered such a bad accident. The effects from something like that can be with you for a lifetime. Did you ever have your aching side checked out?

You're right about how most of us will spend big bucks on the computer itself but not worry about the comfort and ease in using them.
We spent a little more on the computer table design and the chair that we sit in which helps alot. My tablet and mouse are on a pull out tray but the keyboard (ergonomic style) is on the computer table just above them so it's not the best set up. I just haven't figured a way to incorporate all of them at the same level. I do think the ergonomic keyboard helps alot but they are so difficult to get used to and when you finally do, you can't go back to a straight one anymore.
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Old 04-16-2002, 12:23 PM
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I did have all my aches and pains checked out and had physio therapy, but until I did something about my comfort while working at the computer, nothing helped.

A lot of the discomfort was caused by working with the mouse on top of the desk and having to extend my arm and shoulder to use it.

I recommend to everyone that they learn to use their non-dominant hand for mousing. Sometimes it's the least expensive solution that provides the most benefit.

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Old 04-16-2002, 07:52 PM
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Sorry to hear about your problems Margaret. I can't imagine trying to use the mouse with my left hand! That would be on the same degree of difficulty as learning Photoshop!! Using a computer doesn't bother me except if I've been doing other work that brings on the problem. Then just doing anything at all bothers me.

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Old 04-16-2002, 08:43 PM
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well knock on wood I haven't had carpal yet....keeping my fingers crossed it never appears.

Just a tip for anyone who suffers from joint pain or inflamation or arthritis or anything like that, I've found a great little item called "Joint-Ritis"..... it comes in both the roll on form as well as a spray but I recommend the roll on.

I have purchased it at wal mart stores and keep plenty on hand for hubby and myself as it really seems to help take the aches and pains away or at least make them tollerable.

Here's the website where it can be ordered online I believe. http://www.jointritis.com
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Old 04-16-2002, 10:25 PM
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I don't have carpel tunnel, but I do get a very numb hand if I spend too long mousing around. I keep a stress ball next to my computer and give it a good workout regularly.

The key to avoiding repetitive stress is to provide a wide variety of motions.

I also have a stress cow (came with a Gateway computer) but it's just too darn cute to squeeze, so it simply watches me from the top of my computer.
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Old 04-16-2002, 10:33 PM
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Sounds like you're pressing nerves.

That is such a bummer. If I knew I would get a cute cuddly cow buying a Gateway, I never would have wasted the money on a Dell. I think Dell should provide you with a Dave stress doll. Then I could punch that kid everytime I remember him saying "Dude, you're getting a Dell"
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Old 04-16-2002, 10:44 PM
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I've bought 3 computers from Gateway, and only got the cow with one (not the latest one, either). But now the computers themselves have cowpatches on them (not as cute as it sounds).
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