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How can I relieve RSI wrist pain when using a computer?

I've had RSI related pain in my right wrist (right side) now for over a year that's showed no sign of improvement. My work is all computer based (admin) and the software we used isn't very shortcut friendly, so I'm using the mouse all day. I've had to give up playing guitar (my favourite hobby) because it causes me too much pain to play. The pain is constant from the moment I wake up (around a 2-3) then gets worse throughout the day (up to about a 5) when I use my wrists. I'd love to take some time off to rest my wrist but I literally use it for everything. [more inside]
posted by fallingleaves on Aug 13, 2016 - 30 answers

Please Save My Fingers from My Tab Key

I do data entry. Lots of data entry. I use the tab key to move between fields. I do a lot of moving between fields. I am very fast, and may have a tendency to hit keys harder than I think I'm hitting them. I'm seeking advice, hacks and hardware to ease the aching in my hands generally, and my tab finger specifically. [more inside]
posted by MuChao on Dec 10, 2015 - 12 answers

Studying without notetaking

What are effective ways of memorizing written material (i.e. studying for an exam) without taking notes by hand? Have you successfully switched from taking handwritten notes and making diagrams to some other method? [more inside]
posted by cotton dress sock on Oct 17, 2015 - 14 answers

Preventing RSI

I am extremely prone to RSIs. Looking for resources (books, websites) on preventing injuries, as well as personal approaches taken by other RSI-prone people. Most of what I can find relates to ergonomics around computers; I am more interested in working out how to go about doing daily life things and staying fit/keeping the body in working order without injury. [more inside]
posted by cotton dress sock on Aug 12, 2015 - 5 answers

RSI Recovery 2.0?

I have RSI symptoms in just one finger. I've recovered from RSI before, but I'm not sure how to proceed now. I'm looking for names of diagnosticians, and general tips from anyone who has had similar finger problems, either from computer use, or some similarly repetitive motion. I'm in NYC. Wall of text within. [more inside]
posted by Violet Blue on Jul 29, 2015 - 1 answer

Looking for a new hobby to do at home, MANY restrictions

I'm casting about for a new at-home hobby, but need something that doesn't take up much space at all, doesn't require staring at a glowing screen or tax eyes much, and doesn't aggravate my RSI. [more inside]
posted by taz on Oct 14, 2014 - 32 answers

How long did it take you to switch your mousing hand? Is it worth it?

My right side is developing RSI and pinched nerve symptoms more and more, so in addition to ordering a better keyboard and mouse I also am trying to switch to using my left hand for mousing, to rest my right (dominant) side. However, trying this now with my normal mouse, I want to punch in the computer after a little while. How long did it take for you switch mousing hands, if you've done it, and was it worth it? [more inside]
posted by NikitaNikita on Aug 6, 2014 - 34 answers

Biking numbness

I get numbness in my right hand after biking 5 to 10 miles. Now what? [more inside]
posted by latkes on Jul 8, 2014 - 23 answers

The right hand of darkness

My right hand and arms have slowly been developing an ache or cramp over the last two weeks that gets worse when I use a trackpad or smartphone. (I'm right-handed.) I'm also starting a software engineering internship tomorrow. What should I do to keep my hands okay? [more inside]
posted by glass origami robot on Jun 8, 2014 - 18 answers

Using Dragon Dictate and other accessibility tools for writing/research

If you have figured out how to write research papers as a student with RSI (De Quervain's in this instance), please share tips, tools, or online resources that have helped you. [more inside]
posted by cotton dress sock on May 13, 2014 - 10 answers

Stretchy, stretchy, ya ya

Is there something like WorkRave but for Android? I cannot download anything on my computer at work. I used to use WorkRave at another job and really liked how it gave you the exercises to do. I don't want simply a reminder to stretch. I've seen apps that have stretches, but they are more like a resource app, not like WorkRave where it gives you random exercises each time. [more inside]
posted by McSockerson The Great on Apr 23, 2014 - 2 answers

Speech recognition software recs for sprawly writing on a Mac

Typing is killing me and I have to write a bunch of papers over the next couple of weeks. I have a 2012 MBP (not yet on Mavericks) and could spend ~ $100-150 on some kind of voice-to-text software. Looking for something with a minimal learning curve that will let me work fast. And, whatever else is required to quickly & painlessly navigate multiple documents. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by cotton dress sock on Apr 18, 2014 - 5 answers

RSI Help!

I have recently developed lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) from too much computer usage. What has helped you? What should I do next? YANMD. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Feb 2, 2014 - 32 answers

Work health

Should I be contacting my Occupational Health clinic for an computer-related injury? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Jan 28, 2014 - 10 answers

Nerd seeks RSI-savvy Seattle physical medicine MD for L&I appeal

Can you recommend a Seattle physical medicine doctor who can help me with my bad hands and my L&I claim? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 3, 2013 - 0 answers

Do you know of any RSI experts in the bay area, ideally SF?

For the last year I have had mild RSI, though it began pretty bad and I quickly changed things up so it would be better. That said, it hasn't gone away and I want to talk to a broader base of experts to try and nip this in the bud before it becomes more than just a nuisance. Ideally, I'd like to find a doctor that specializes in RSI, physical therapists (though I'm sure said doctor could refer me), and then whatever else people know...massage therapists, whatever else could help. But I'm looking for people who really know RSI and have worked with people with RSI before. I'm tired of doctors just saying "this is what happens when you use a computer." I'm in San Francisco, but can travel into the bay area if I have to.
posted by wooh on Sep 19, 2013 - 7 answers

ergonomic keyboard/lapdesk for use on lap?

What ergonomic keyboard or lapdesk I can use on my lap, while sitting on my couch, to reduce RSI pain in my wrists and forearms? [more inside]
posted by incandescentman on Jul 8, 2013 - 6 answers

Why do my thumbs hurt?

Over the past four or five months I've had pain and stiffness in my thumbs. It started in my right thumb (I'm right handed) and then I noticed it in my left as well. It now seems to be worse in my left - my left thumb hurts a bit more than my right and I can't bend it quite as far. What is likely to be causing this? [more inside]
posted by badmoonrising on Jul 1, 2013 - 13 answers

Shoulder pain + yoga = ?

I am supposed to be doing a yoga class with my friend on Wednesday, this will be my first one in over a year, and I have some pain in my neck and shoulder at the moment, will this make it worse? [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA on May 20, 2013 - 7 answers

What are the physical effects of regular computer usage?

What are the physical effects of regular computer usage? I'm looking for good, recent, resources that answer this question, preferably that are empirical/science-based and understandable to someone who has a basic, non-professional understanding of anatomy. [more inside]
posted by scribbler on Mar 31, 2013 - 2 answers

Things to do at home when incapacitated.

I need recommendations for activities for someone with medical conditions that preclude reading, writing, watching much video, or walking for any significant amount of time. [more inside]
posted by knapah on Mar 18, 2013 - 37 answers

Carpal Tunnel Hacks

I would like your best carpal tunnel hacks and tips. [more inside]
posted by bq on Jan 4, 2013 - 17 answers

Can you share your stories / tips about dealing with typing related RSI (repetitive strain injury)?

Can you share your stories / tips about dealing with typing related RSI (repetitive strain injury)? [more inside]
posted by wooh on Dec 3, 2012 - 7 answers

Any advice for a frustrating, 15-month old hand injury?

Any advice for a frustrating, 15-month old hand injury? [more inside]
posted by schmichael on Aug 8, 2012 - 8 answers

RSI vacation of stircraziness

How to fill my time on medical leave for RSI issues? And how to cope with not being able to live as normal? [more inside]
posted by itesser on Mar 22, 2012 - 8 answers

Need a crash course in ergonomics.

Advice and a crash course regarding ergonomics (and, to a lesser degree, posture) needed for a young web worker with a Macbook Pro and some signs of RSI. [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 on Jan 16, 2012 - 13 answers

I need guidance on thumb pain/RSI symptoms that I can't find info on...

I'm getting some kind of RSI on the side of the end of my thumb (exterior, adjacent to the right side of my thumbnail.) It feels like it is burning and getting worse. It is the spot where I hit the spacebar/trackpad. I'm worried, but in reading up on thumb pain, can't find this particular injury, nor any suggested remedies.
posted by soulbarn on Dec 21, 2011 - 5 answers

Smartphone injury?

I use my smartphone a lot and my hands/thumbs are getting sore. I know how to stave off pain from typing and hunching over my computer, but those techniques don't work for this. Can you recommend stretches or massage techniques? [more inside]
posted by heatherann on Nov 26, 2011 - 6 answers

A new job or career that has no computer use, no sitting around in chairs, and no driving a van

I'm looking for a new job or career that has no computer use, no sitting around in chairs, and no driving a van. Can you help me think of ideas? [more inside]
posted by Not Supplied on Oct 15, 2011 - 17 answers

Your experience with iPad ergonomics?

iPad users - how are the ergonomics? I've found plenty of speculation about iPad ergonomics, but not a lot of discussion from actual users. How do you make the iPad comfortable for use? [more inside]
posted by brackish.line on Sep 15, 2011 - 28 answers

"Crackberry Thumb" RSI...adaptive icing technologies?

Icing, massage, less frequent use of the device (as if!) So....I know I could stick my hand in a bucket of ice. But has anyone actually devised any sort of glove into which one can put ice and ice down that thumb joint in a less liquid/messy way? Years ago, I used to ice down a knee with a bag of frozen peas. Would love to find or make a smaller, simpler alternative similiar to the "knee peas," for the left thumb joint.
posted by dorgla on Aug 11, 2011 - 6 answers

not your typical rsi question

I clean houses for a living. I'm getting RSI. A lot of the usual advice doesn't seem to apply to me, and I don't know what to do. [more inside]
posted by streetdreams on Feb 6, 2011 - 8 answers

Ergonomic herb-snipping and food-shredding tools?

I'm looking for more ergonomic solutions to snipping herbs and shredding food in the kitchen. These are the two most painful kitchen tasks for me due to existing repetitive strain injuries. [more inside]
posted by grouse on Oct 31, 2010 - 18 answers

work with no arms

What kind of jobs exist that don't require the use of one's arms or hands? [more inside]
posted by three bear minimum on Apr 27, 2010 - 20 answers

RSI specialists in Brisbane Australia?

RSI specialists in Brisbane Australia? Specifically looking for advice with regard to wrist, forearm and finger pain (also back and neck). [more inside]
posted by springbound on Jan 4, 2010 - 3 answers

What is a good portable keyboard to go along with a laptop?

i need to a good portable (light, compact, preferably wireless) keyboard, so that when i travel with my laptop, i can still maintain a decent overall posture. with just the laptop either my neck or my upper arm is in a bad posture, and they hurt. apple keyboard is one option i am aware of, but eral world experience based suggestions would be very helpful. suggestions?
posted by shalam on Apr 29, 2009 - 6 answers

Ouch, there goes my wrist again!

Better mouse for someone with symptoms of carpal tunnel/tendonitis? [more inside]
posted by so much modern time on Mar 3, 2009 - 29 answers

Hobbies for RSI sufferers?

My girlfriend is suffering really badly from RSI. If she's going to heal she needs to avoid using her hands... but this is leaving her bored to tears. What hobbies are suitable for RSI sufferers? She's not too keen on sports, although she has recently taken up yoga.
posted by simonw on Dec 18, 2008 - 22 answers

workers comp for RSI?

RSI is crippling my arm. Should I get workers compensation help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 28, 2008 - 10 answers

Finding a bike for an RSI sufferer in Seattle

Two part question: How can I get a bicycle that won't exacerbate my wrist repetitive strain injury? Can you recommend a good bike shop in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by grouse on Aug 11, 2008 - 23 answers

Some part of my upper body is unhappy. Is it my arm, or is that a red herring?

"Cold" feeling along both sides of my forearm, becoming achy. Doctor's appointment already made, but now I'm researching for ideas on relief -- and nothing seems to quite fit the symptoms! [more inside]
posted by subbes on Jul 8, 2008 - 12 answers

Help me find the best RSI Doctors in Boston

Does anyone have personal experience with Doctors or Physical Therapists in Boston that specialize in RSI? My primary physician was fairly clueless and dismissive of the issue, and my arm, wrist, and hand pain isn't abating in spite of following the advice from "It's Not Carpal Tunnel Syndrome!"
posted by david1230 on Jun 12, 2008 - 1 answer

Autocomplete in Pages?

How can I get Pages to mimic Open Office's autocomplete? [more inside]
posted by spaceman_spiff on May 9, 2008 - 5 answers

Help my wrists deal with Eclipse

My hands hurt; is there an Eclipse IDE plugin that does text completion like NetBeans' ctrl-K or pressing escape in TextMate? [more inside]
posted by Zarkonnen on Mar 6, 2008 - 7 answers

Help save my wrists from RSI!

I want to learn the emacs keybindings, mainly for moving around in a block of code, and selecting text. What's the best way to do this? [more inside]
posted by jasminerain on Mar 5, 2008 - 10 answers

How do I deal with the depression stemming from a really bad year?

I have been beset by crappy luck and chronic health problems in the past year. It's been extremely stressful, worsened by the fact these very health problems prevent me from employing my normal methods of dealing with stress. I'm spiraling quickly downward into mood-swings and depression and I don't know what to do. How did you deal with your stressful periods? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 13, 2007 - 25 answers

Please to be recommending an RSI specialist who practices in San Francisco.

Please to be recommending an RSI specialist who practices in San Francisco. [more inside]
posted by autojack on Aug 23, 2007 - 7 answers

Tablets for handwriting (not art)

Thinking of getting a graphics tablet to replace my keyboard as much as possible. Do I need to spring for something high-end, or are the cheaper / smaller tablets good enough to write with? [more inside]
posted by lullabyofbirdland on Jun 19, 2007 - 7 answers

Carpal Tunnel Redux

Carpal tunnel relief question and a request for an Atlanta-area specialist. [more inside]
posted by odi.et.amo on Jun 18, 2007 - 15 answers

don't do it if it hurts

I had a bad case of RSI that is forcing me to switch career. Help me choose what to do next. [more inside]
posted by gmarceau on May 10, 2007 - 8 answers

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