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Bad wrist? Try using the other one instead!

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Bad wrist? Try using the other one instead!

Postby Shawn_Milo » 01 Mar 2006, 19:31

If I rotate my right wrist, it sounds like someone is walking on gravel or grinding something. It feels like a knuckle that needs to be cracked, but if I get a pop sound it doesn't really alleviate the discomfort. The only solution that works is to stop using it.

The interesting thing is that it only happens when I'm using a computer. I practice kung fu, drive, do card magic, and anything else just fine. Further troubleshooting has led me to believe that it's due to pointing and clicking. I started using my iGesture pad with my left hand, and just using the right to type. It seems to be working amazingly!

I put one of those gel-filled squeezy balls where my iGesture used to be, and if I reach for it reflexively with my right hand I end up grabbing it, then I squeeze it a little for exercise. It works out well.

The iGesture seems to automatically recognize when I'm doing the mirror of a right-handed gesture with my left hand, which is awesome.

So, if any of you have a huge problem with one wrist and not the other, consider switching your touchpad/mouse/whatever to the other side and leave it there. It took me maybe 9 years of computer use to get this bad, so I figure I can use my left wrist until there is a revolution computer input devices, or maybe switch back to the right when it starts to hurt in 8 or 9 years. ;o)

Has anyone else noticed anything similar? It doesn't matter if I'm using a mouse or a FingerWorks product. It's always painful after a while. I think it's because I'm making such fine, precise movements all the time. If you think you're not, try doing it left-handed for a while. ;o) I'm still kind of learning to do it lefty, but it's working for me.

Oh yeah, one other weird thing. Since I switched, I am feeling something that is extremely difficult to describe. As I type (touch-type, Dvorak layout), my right hand sometimes feels weird, as though it's a little unsure of itself, and is now secondary to the left hand, which feels dominant. I don't make typos or anything, it just feels *weird*.

Comments or other people's experiences are requested. Is anyone else experiencing similar things?
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Postby jmadison » 01 Mar 2006, 20:38

With RSI in both left and right hands and forearms, I've also been switching for quite some time now. I actually started mousing with my left hand many years ago, and got pretty good at switching from left to right whenever one hand got fatigued. Soon enough, the mouse was just too much, and I went to a trackball (Logitech Marble) It's my favorite trackball because of its shape and that it's completly symmetrical for right or left hand use. Most other trackballs are meant for only one or the other and many of them require the use of the thumb to roll the ball, which is like ASKing for RSI.

Anyway, with my TS LP keyboard, I regularly switch from left to right and back again many times during the day. I set up the "Invisible" keys below the F6 and F12 to do the "swap hands" event. I've found that this helps a lot. (BTW, I touch-type Dvorak on a Burgundy QWERTY TS).

The only real trouble I have with left/right switching throughout the day is when I am mousing left, walk away from my desk for a while and then sit back down. My brain always thinks that I start by mousing righty. So, I'll tap the TS with my right hand to wipe off the screen saver, but I'll be issuing arrow commands... because the hands are switched. Then it takes a second or two to actually -find- the mouse pointer on the screen.

Also, I know exactly what you mean by the sounds and feeling in your wrists. I experience that too. And, like you said, when I move them around and do get a pop, it feels good, but dosen't alleviate the gravel grinding. To help me with all of this, I also use the Workrave Break Reminder software.... which is telling me right now that I've typed a little too long... so I'd better post this and stretch my wrists a little.

Anyway, that's my experience...
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Postby Shawn_Milo » 01 Mar 2006, 21:12

Jason,

So, what's the deal with the RSI -- is it something that only effects you while using a computer?

Also, as far as you know are there any permanent effects from this condition, requiring eventual surgery or causing permanent disability?

Do you have any discomfort or difficulty if you only type?

I think if my problem was as bad in my left as my right I would probably have to find a new job which had nothing to do with computers.

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