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I want to thank everyone who wrote about their experiences dealing
with wrist pain.Thank you all. For obvious reasons I'm not going to
write to you all individually. I hope others reading this list also
learned from the suggestions.
Since so many responded I thought I'd report back on my actions.
I will heed the multi-voice suggestion to not diagnose myself with
carpel tunnel too quickly. I think that the suggestions about other
sources of pain are probably on the money, since I have a neck that
goes out of alignment and see a chiropractor irregularly. (and yes,
I'm more stressed that usual)
Yoga clearly helps. So now I'm giving over a valuable hour of my day
to my health. It's something I've wanted to do for all the other good
reasons, but now that I can "justify" it as job insurance. I might
also try using some light weight repetitions.
I bought a trackball mouse, the kind where the ball is worked with
the forefinger and middle finger. I've always liked trackballs, ( in
the late 80's had a huge Kensington for my Mac) just fell out of the
habit. I bought this one because it can be used left-handed and I
will start practicing.
Posture. I thought my posture was good, but being a bit more
conscious have discovered that I sit on the edge of my chair all the
time. Why? The arms get in the way. D'oh. Time for a new chair. Also
I have to figure out how to drop the PC keyboard. (I've already
dropped the trackball onto the lowered tray that holds my Mac
keyboard.) Means retro fitting my IKEA desk - losing a drawer... oh
well, health is more important.
Yes, I'm folding my wrists while I sleep. I haven't done the sticks
yet, but have a wrist brace I've been wearing.
And, discovered a nasty habit of leaving my hand on the mouse while I
think. Now I'm picking up my hands and flexing.
It is actually feeling better. Again THANK YOU all.
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