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So you are sure that this problem is coming from too much time spent with the mouse? Oh!


Right. Like he said, stop typing with one hand.

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Re: Mouse hand problems

Might be CTS so get is checked out. But I found that doing Forearm Flexor Stretches helped a lot and including some low weight wrist curls into my normal weight routine helped a lot.
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Thanks for all the invaluable info everyone.

I've had 3 physio sessions so far. He seems to think it's a trapped/pinched nerve around the elbow on my right arm. I mentioned CTS but he said the wrist is strong and that's not the major pain area, so it's probably not CTS.

Found some Tigerbalm at home and doused the painful area with it. The burning sensation felt fantastic and totally blocked out the pain, but of course it wore off. Do you think it's worth using Tigerbalm on it in the future ?

I've started doing some shoulder/neck exercises to try and loosen that area up. The physio say's I'm very stiff in this area. I have another 3 physio appointments lined up, i really hope it helps solve the problem. I feel like it's starting to have a psychological effect on me too, i.e. some anxiety about the future etc.

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Have you looked at Thoracic Outlet Syndrome? I suffered from this last year and some of your symptoms sound similar to mine.
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Thanks for all the invaluable info everyone.

I've had 3 physio sessions so far. He seems to think it's a trapped/pinched nerve around the elbow on my right arm. I mentioned CTS but he said the wrist is strong and that's not the major pain area, so it's probably not CTS.

Found some Tigerbalm at home and doused the painful area with it. The burning sensation felt fantastic and totally blocked out the pain, but of course it wore off. Do you think it's worth using Tigerbalm on it in the future ?

I've started doing some shoulder/neck exercises to try and loosen that area up. The physio say's I'm very stiff in this area. I have another 3 physio appointments lined up, i really hope it helps solve the problem. I feel like it's starting to have a psychological effect on me too, i.e. some anxiety about the future etc.

Sounds like yours will go away, just as mine did and other people who reported the same.

Pinched nerves can be caused by bad posture brought upon by stress. So while you're at it, might as well take it easy and do something enjoyable and stress-relieving.
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1) Consider buying an ergonomic mouse. I went for an Evoluent --- http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_...oluent&x=0&y=0 . A bit pricey, but my hand pains vanished almost instantly when I started using one, and returned when I tried a conventional mouse again.
Thanks for the info, i ordered one and it arrived from Digitec today. It feels great , natural and really comfortable and work paid for it
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Hi,

I've had a quick read through what people have said and no-one seems to have mentioned the possibility that it may simply be stress - apologies if they have.

I first developed wrist pain when I was 17 and working in a restaurant on Saturdays - clearing tables etc. At first they thought I had strained my wrist, I took a week off and took anti-inflamatories. I also made a fuss about the working conditions at the restaurant, and ended up being paid for my time off as a goodwill gesture, they put me on 'light' duties for a fortnight and they implemented some changes to the systems to prevent other people having the same problem.

However, the wrist pain flared up again the following year before I took my A levels... so I had to dictate all my exams. Then I went to university, and the same thing happened with my first year exams... and my Part 1 exams... and my Part 2 exams... By the time we got to my Part 1 exams I'd got permission to type rather than to dictate. I was also using a laptop to take notes in lectures - my friends loved this.

It so happened that I had private medical insurance through my dad's work, so I went to see a specialist, had an MRI scan etc... in the end he told me, and I quote "Young women in their 20s are subject to wrist pain." That was his full diagnosis.

I went into teaching, and after I'd been working a few months the pain flared up again. I had some wrist supports, and I just took anti-inflamatories until the pain died down. Then it would flare up... then die down... I broke my right thumb and wrist, which didn't help!

I'm now 30. Since I've been here I've had physio after a flare-up, and she said it was probably due to stress and associated tension. So instead of just focussing on the wrist she gave me upper-body massages. I had an orthopaedic brace fitted, and they suggested I wore the brace as night as I might be clenching my fists in my sleep.

Since then, the problem has got better. I'm not saying it won't flare up again... but I have found that the combination of taking a more holistic approach and the brace at night has helped.
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Re: Mouse hand problems

I'm just back from another physio session. He think's it's T4 syndrome - http://www.medic8.com/healthguide/sp...-syndrome.html

The symptoms all sound very familiar to me, it's probably caused by having a bad posture (like many of you have mentioned already). I'm being really careful to sit with my back straight, my head up and taking regular breaks.

Hopefully it helps
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I'm just back from another physio session. He think's it's T4 syndrome - http://www.medic8.com/healthguide/sp...-syndrome.html

The symptoms all sound very familiar to me, it's probably caused by having a bad posture (like many of you have mentioned already). I'm being really careful to sit with my back straight, my head up and taking regular breaks.

Hopefully it helps
You might want to look at this. Not much of a risk to try. Only $US 40 + $10 for shipping.

"When users are in correct posture position, there is little tension on the adjustable elastic tension band. When users begin to slouch, the tension from the band increases to remind them to resume good posture. This quickly conditions and strengthens back muscles, which is vital for good posture. You can wear it over your shirt, or even underneath and people wonít even know itís there.The PostureNOW brace can permanently correct posture that has worsened over time, especially as a result of years spent slouching at a computer. It was developed for use by men and women of all ages. But best of all, itís been reported to dramatically improve back pain in as little as 10 minutes a day. " (link: http://www.howlifeworks.com/health_b...es_With_It_323 )

Let us know if you get it and if it helps. You can use it just 10 minutes per day or keep it on while you are sitting at your desk.

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http://www.posturenow.com/?utm_sourc...n=howlifeworks

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