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  • RSI (Score:3, Insightful)

    Stop typing now, go see a doctor. If you don't deal with it now, the chances are you will be crippled.

    I had chronic pain around 1994. I couldn't type properly for a month. It was hell--I'd slowly hunt and peck with one finger to avoid aggravating the condition. It was caused by bad posture--typing on the laptop in the evenings, slouched on the couch.

    The cure was three-fold: stop doing what aggravated it, get a better setup for future work because now my hands are very sensitive to even minor desk/ch

    • by kit (1463) on 2002.04.16 15:59 (#7128)

      I have to second Nat, STRONGLY. Seek help now before it's too late(run don't walk). I was fairly lucky, my tendonitis was caught early enough not to require surgery, but late enough that it still bothers me from time to time if I'm not careful(read this to mean I did not seek help immediately, I honestly can't stress this enough). Also, I happen to know a former programmer who had to retire at age 46 because he could no longer type. Yes, it does happen.

      Posture is going to be the major change. I would suggest trying to find someone who can help you set up an ergonomically correct work area. Look into some of the ergonomic keyboards and mice(or is that mouses?). Also, there are various wrist supports which will help keep wrist position correct.

      I have some handouts from our ergo dept, that I can scan, for stretches and proper desk/computer positioning. If anyone is interested they can email me at kaan at worldnet dot att dot net and I will send copies.