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Re: Poor man's RSI

Re: Poor man's RSI

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Posted by leilia on September 20, 2000 at 16:55:38:

In Reply to: Poor man's RSI posted by malaprop on September 15, 2000 at 01:35:13:

: I seem to have some form of RSI, but I've got no money to spare to be able to go to a doctor.
: When I use a computer for more than a few hours (especially if I don't take breaks) I have occaisional pain in my wrists and pains that seem to strech from my elbow to my knuckle. I'll also have cold hands, numbness, and trouble holding onto things. I went bowling once and kept dropping things (pens, books, etc) for a week while in constant pain.
: If I don't use a computer or write by hand for a day or so it fades completely, but it seems now to start quicker and take longer to go away, so I'm looking for relief.
: I can't afford to go to a doctor or specialist- can anyone suggest something I can do to alleviate this? Would some kind of wrist splint thing help?
: Any information or URLs would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.

i think you have several things going on here... i would suggest you use a wrist rest on both your keyboard and mouse--you may be resting your hands on the edge of your computer table, cutting off circulation to your hands--this could result in the numbness, coldness, and dropping things... if the pain you are experiencing in your arm is occuring on your mouse arm, i would suggest trying a trackball--the pain could be caused by lifting the mouse (light as it is) to constantly reposition the cursor on the screen... if you can't afford a trackball, try using your mouse with the other arm/hand giving your injury time to heal... (also, be sure you aren't stretching or reaching for your keyboard/mouse... keep your elbows close to your sides and a 90 degree angle or more at your elbows)... and for your wrist pain, i would switch to an ergonomic keyboard (split keyboard)... i hope this helps

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