this grad school thing is a real pain in the hand
June 25, 2009 2:29 PM Subscribe
YANAD, but I'm having some noticeable pain in my right (dominant) hand in the muscle in between my index & middle finger knuckles on the back of my hand. I'm also writing my dissertation.
posted by sararah to Health & Fitness (10 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
The pain seems to be in the interossei
muscle. Mousing (especially scrolling) and touch typing aggravate it, but I don't think the pain is ever really sharp, more of a dull tightness/muscle cramp. I'm not really having any other wrist/repetitive motion pain, just the hand muscle. I don't really have any other regular joint/arthritis pain. I have a decent chair height & I'm typing on a laptop.
Mostly I don't want to break my hand forever by ignoring it for the next few weeks. I'm almost done with the dissertation, but the comes the defense slides and probably another paper, so I'm going to be doing a lot of computer work in the next 6-8 weeks. I'm not really writing much in the evening so I am taking breaks then at least, and I could start icing it.
Should I go see the doctor about this? Or should I just go take some ibuprofen and quit worrying?
(Even though I went to the eye doctor, that time my eyeballs went sort of wonky from staring at the computer too much seems to have worked itself out ;)