RE: Occupational hazard - carpal tunnel

Subject: RE: Occupational hazard - carpal tunnel
From: "Lutey Amanda L" <LuteyAmandaL -at- JohnDeere -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 13 Mar 2002 14:39:02 -0600

> Subject: Occupational hazard - carpal tunnel
> From: Annamarie Pluhar <apluhar -at- mindspring -dot- com>
> Date: Tue, 12 Mar 2002 08:27:36 -0500
> X-Message-Number: 5
>
> Hi all,
>
> Since I'm beginning to exhibit early symptoms of carpal tunnel, I
> thought I'd ask for personal experience with forestalling the
> syndrome.
>
> I'm pretty sure the culprit is the mousing I do with my PC laptop.
> My Mac has a lowered keyboard and a wrist rest. The PC has an MS
> ergonomic keyboard. It's the mouse that gave me my first sharp pains.
> I've changed the mouse to one with a lower profile and dropped it
> onto the lowered shelf where my Mac stuff is. I can use the track pad
> on the PC laptop and get more vigilant about learning and using
> keyboard commands. I now know that one should take a break every 20
> minutes or so. I've been shown some stretches to do. I plan to be a
> good girl and do my yoga daily.
>
> Any additional suggestions?
>
> Thanks for your help.
> Annamarie

Have you had a confirmation from a doctor that it is early carpal tunnel?
My employer sent me to a neurologist for testing (nasty test that involves
electrodes and being jabbed with pins) and it was determined that it was
tendonitis, not CT.

Everyone has had great suggestions so far, most of which I've tried and have
had some success with. I'm fortunate that if my symptoms are bad, I can
take a break from the computer to take any photos I might need or do
"wrench" work (though I don't recommend holding a vise grip to secure a bolt
while another person uses an impact wrench to get the nut off- it's like
trying to hold on to a jackhammer.

Hope everything works out for you!

-Amanda L. Lutey
Publications Information Specialist
John Deere Worldwide Commercial & Consumer Equipment Division
* Email: <mailto: LuteyAmandaL -at- johndeere -dot- com>
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