Worried About Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and RSI
Sorry for the delay in getting up the next part of my Forever Affiliate review. Things have been crazy at work this week, and I had to work overtime during the weekend as well. My arms, wrists and hands have been hurting a lot from working on the computer for so many hours each day, and after work I just couldn’t bring myself to continue working on the PC.
I might get some time off in the next week, so I’ll continue my review then – unless my arms are feeling worse!
I’ve had a tingling feeling in my left hand for over a week, and yesterday I had to stop working for awhile because the pain was so bad.
I have this weird microwaveable sack of grain with essential oils that’s supposed to be for neck pain, but it’s the perfect length for my arms. So I tried heating that up and resting my arms on it for awhile, and then wrapped it around my wrists. It doesn’t stay hot for very long though, so I had to do that twice before I was able to continue working.
My boss had to have surgery a few years ago for carpal tunnel syndrome, and my sister (who used to do the same job as me) also had similar problems, and she still has a ball in her arm all these years later. I’ve been really worried, so decided to take a break from the computer today. With some rest and heat therapy, my arms are feeling a bit better – we’ll see if they start hurting again tomorrow at work.
I’ve decided that when I get paid this month, I’m going to buy a special keyboard and mouse to help reduce the strain on my arms and wrists. I’ve never bought special keyboards and mice before – I’ve always just used whatever we had lying around – but I think it’s an investment I need to make if I don’t want to ruin my arms before I’m even 30 years old!
Right now I’m leaning towards the Kinesis Freestyle split keyboard, because I like that I can position it exactly how I need it, and it also has special copy & paste keys on the bottom left, which is something that would really be useful for my job.
I’m undecided between a vertical mouse and a trackball. I want a vertical mouse because there’s less tension in my arms and wrists in that position, but my boss says I should alternate which hand I use the mouse with, and that will be impossible with a vertical mouse.
A trackball has the benefit that I wouldn’t have to move my arm around while using the mouse, and I could use it with either hand – but I’ve never used one before and it looks like it would be difficult to control.
The Logitech M570 Wireless Trackball seems like it would be easier to use, but it can also only be used with one hand, so that kind of defeats the purpose. I would probably have to get something like the Logitech Trackman Marble Mouse instead – at least it’s cheap, so if I can’t adjust to using a trackball it wouldn’t be such a train smash.
My hands and wrists are already hurting again just from writing this post – I don’t know how I’m going to manage working on the computer for 8 hours tomorrow! 🙁
If you have any suggestions or recommendations for ergonomic keyboards and mice, or just ways to relieve the pain, please let me know in the comments below!