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Old 11-02-2010, 01:34 PM
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i have the early signs of carpel in my right hand/arm and am going to stay off the computer for a few days. i'll get to all my posts and pm's thurs of friday

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Old 11-02-2010, 01:43 PM
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Lucas,

Sorry to hear that.

Hope it gets better soon.

A well-deserved break seems to help these things a lot.

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Old 11-02-2010, 02:14 PM
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If it's a problem with your mouse here is what I do.

Those of you that know me I have a career and do IM on the side. At work we use Mac's and so I put the mac mouse on the left hand and when I go home to my 2 button PC it's in my right hand.

For you that work at home I suppose you could say at 12pm or 2pm you switch. If you have a 2 or 3 button mouse you'll just have to get used to it. It's not that bad.
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Old 11-02-2010, 03:17 PM
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thanks guys!

browie, i REALLY appreciate that tip. yes, it's from mousing. if anyone else has ANY tips i'm ALL ears!

thanks.

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A quick search turned up this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-3M-_-26242002

My dad also uses a trackball that he holds (very inefficient but he likes it)
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I try to make sure my arm is kind of inline with my mouse. I don't sit up straight, I've got an ottoman at my feet to elevate them and it puts me in a slightly laid back position. It looks like I'm being lazy, but I read online that it's far better for your back and arms this way. Also, get Dragon naturally speaking and it will save your fingers big time!
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Old 11-03-2010, 12:18 AM
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When I had an IT desk job, we had to help people with ergonomics. The company would periodically bring in ergonomics folks to give a seminar to help people not get RSIs (repetitive stress injuries like carpel tunnel). They would actually bring in an ergonomics consultant to help with individual desk setups on request.

Here's some tidbits of what I learned.

You need to align your whole body. Your elbows need to be open more than 90 degrees. Your wrists need to be as flat as possible. Every joint needs to be in a neutral position. For mousing, the involved areas are fingers, wrist, elbow and even your shoulder. Maybe the neck too, I forget. Your chair can make a big difference, as well as the height of your desk, and the position of your mouse.

Check the picture in this article:
http://www.mydr.com.au/pain/office-e...ort-and-safety

At my office job I had switched to using a keyboard tray on an under-desk arm in order to put the keyboard and mouse at a neutral angle and proper height for optimal ergonomics. I'm getting near needing to do that for my home office now as well. I also had to remove the armrests on my chairs in order to stop leaning on them and screwing up my whole posture.

Speed up your mouse if at all possible, and adjust to using it at a higher sensitivity. You should look at mouse options. A few people I've known who had mouse-wrist problems switched to trackballs for relief, but for some it had to be the jumbo centipede-arcade style trackballs I think.

Somebody invent a neuro-interface already! Matrix, Ghost in the Shell, 3001, any of those will do fine.
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Old 11-04-2010, 11:34 AM
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"but for some it had to be the jumbo centipede-arcade style trackballs I think."

hahah.

i'm trying here guys. thanks so much for the support and tips. the tip of my index finger(mouse right clicker) has been numb since last tuesday and my right arm gets sore when i sit at my desk for more than 5 mins. i'm going to start training my wife to do the marketing side of things and i'm also going to pick up dragon naturally speaking for forum stuff as will mentioned. life pretty much sucks right now, but i'll get through it

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take care.. i started having issues with my wrist recently.. well a while back.. and it never seems to go away
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Did you see a doctor yet? From what you just said, I think you should see a doctor as soon as you can. I'm guessing you can afford the best, so see the best
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