RSI: A Serious Warning for Everyone!!

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I always had the impression that it typing was more risky for RSI - probably only if you can touch type though. If you can get it from the mouse too then thats bad news... have to start using more keyboard shortcuts! (become one of those super geeks who can whizz around windows without even laying a hand on the mouse).
 

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miszt said:
Thought I'd make a thread about RSI, as I suffer from it really bad atm (suspected damage to Carpel Tunnel...ouch!)

This applies mainly to people who spend more than a few minutes per day on their PC, so probly a good 50% of people on here.

This is a really serious problem that can leave your hands/arms completly out of action!!! Dont underestimate what can happen if you have any of the following symptoms...

EARLY SYMPTOMS OF RSI INCLUDE: :iconfused

• Tightness
• Tingling
• Numbness
• Tenderness
• Loss of strength and trembling
• Loss of joint movement
• Dull ache
• Throbbing
• Swelling pain
• Burning
• Stiffness
• Loss of co-ordination


Even if you have only one of these, go see your doctor....now!! coz itz easier to prevent permant damage, and sumtimes imposible to fix later :iconfused

i have all of the above.

i havent gone to a doctor because s/he would say "dont use a computer for 3 months".

given that i'm a web designer, that would leave me jobless.

which in turn would leave me homeless and foodless.

life's a bitch, eh.

and, yeah, its definitely the mouse not the keyboard. its my right arm that aches and feels "heavy" permanently, and bursts into sharp spiky tweaks of pain occasionally (well, kinda often actually) :Sad:
 

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soliptic said:
i have all of the above.

i havent gone to a doctor because s/he would say "dont use a computer for 3 months".

given that i'm a web designer, that would leave me jobless.

which in turn would leave me homeless and foodless.

life's a bitch, eh.

and, yeah, its definitely the mouse not the keyboard. its my right arm that aches and feels "heavy" permanently, and bursts into sharp spiky tweaks of pain occasionally (well, kinda often actually) :Sad:

If you have RSI, you are entitled to incapacity benifits, I had this explained to me when I went to the docz, itz one of the reasons I put off when I realized what was going on aswell, my job is to be using a mouse and keyboard 9-5 mon-fri, and then I go home and use the PC for another 2-6hours, wuld really fuk me up, but there is a solution....you really dont wana end up not being able to move your arms at all man!
 

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hmmm.. glad you posted this - I've just started worrying in the last month since my right index finger started feeling a bit odd. Bit concerned it might be rsi, and I'm trying to use the mouse less, using kb shortcuts etc.

Honestly though, is there anything useful a doc /specialist can suggest except "use the computer less"?
 

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There are excirsizez, you dont have to use the computer less, just need to take breaks and strech the affected areas, also the doc needs to check theres no permant damage that will be made worse without medical attention
 

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RedZebra said:
Honestly though, is there anything useful a doc /specialist can suggest except "use the computer less"?

Sit properly, ie. with your knees bent at 90 degrees and your back straight.

Put your computer monitor and keyboard directly infront of you, with your keyboard slightly below elbow height and the top of your monitor roughly at eye level, with the monitor tilted slightly upward.

When you type, make sure your wrists are elevated above the keyboard (as if playing piano) as opposed to bent back as this really strains your wrists. If you need to use a wrist rest whilst typing then your wrists are definately at an awkward angle.

Also, be wary of sitting too close to the monitor as most people tend to creep closer without realising it. I personally have to move my self back every 15-20 minutes.

I find Shortcut keys to be good too. For one you can do things quicker with a keyboard than a mouse when you know how, and I've personally found I tend to have more problems after a lot of mouse intensive work such as marathon quake sessions or image editing.

Finally, take regular breaks every hour or two. Walk around the room, grab a drink, go take a whizz. Whatever. If you're in immediate pain then you really should stop immediately and wait until it's subsided a little.

Most RSI is caused by poor posture and working habits, as opposed to using a computer 'too much'.

Back when my RSI was so bad I could barely hold a book and had constant cramps I played guitar for an hour or two a day and used a computer for 4-6 hours a day. When I was working full time and had started following my own advice above, this dropped to the occasional ache after nailing out a 10 page document, when I was using a computer for 7-13 hours a day.

Also: I've never bothered to see a doctor about this and opted instead research it on my own, hence use the above at your own risk blah blah blah.

Hope this is of use to someone.
 
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the chap who sits opposite me at work now uses a trackball device instead of a mouse because of the cramps induced by prolonged mouse use
 

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Yeah, I've had conflicting info on trackballs, anyway I have switched to using my tablet as a mouse instead, its a bit of a pain in the arse, but I'll get used to it lol
 

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miszt said:
oo that came accross wrong, sorry, wasnt saying you didnt have it from plastering, I ment that you often dont know the damage is being done for a long time, so even if you feel like you have been lucky with PC's so far, if your not using the keyboard/mouse right, you are geting RSI... :iconfused

:hihug: hey no stress mister...I hear ya, we have workplace assessments here so I think I'm ok but it does'nt hurt to be aware eh! :ibiggrin:
 

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miszt said:
If you have RSI, you are entitled to incapacity benifits, I had this explained to me when I went to the docz, itz one of the reasons I put off when I realized what was going on aswell, my job is to be using a mouse and keyboard 9-5 mon-fri, and then I go home and use the PC for another 2-6hours, wuld really fuk me up, but there is a solution....you really dont wana end up not being able to move your arms at all man!

true, but i'm not actually "incapacitated" yet, so i would feel bad claiming the benefits.

also, my boss has just left and my new boss doesnt start for a month, so my "team" is currently just me! so if i went off sick my employers would be shafted!

and they're an international development charity so i dont feel great about shafting them!

AND, i've only been here a few months, the RSI blatantly stems from my last job, and my personal computer use, so it doesnt really seem fair for them to take the hassle of it.

anyway... basically i have got myself wrist rests, i will be looking into a trackball or something i think. and trying hard to concentrate on sitting properly as described above, and taking regular breaks. if it doesnt get better i will consider going down that route but for the moment i am trying to avoid it!
 

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I knew someone who had rsi very badly and so used dictation software (ie voice recognition software, like "dragon dictate") to do most things. He found it very tedious to use, but that was years ago , so the software must be better by now.

I did have my monitor off slightly to one side of my desk cos it's huge and there's no room for it in front of me. That can't be good for posture etc though, so I finally got a flatscreen monitor today. YAY! :icool:
 

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My dad got a really good thing for his mouse - its a pad that clips on to the back, a bit like a 'tail' and your palm rests on it - the bottom is smooth so it glides over the desk. By resting your palm on it, it means your hand is not so arched when using the mouse as its raised slightly.


http://www.back2.co.uk/products/atwork/mouse_rests/mousebean.html
 

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yeah it does look like you've given your mouse a pair of bollocks!

but it does the job :Smile3:
 
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