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Hand Pain, Need Better Mouse


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#1 Lil-ly

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Posted 16 November 2007 - 09:48 AM

I am sorry if this is a bad place to put this question, but I figured that maybe someone here could help me.

I am wondering if there is a better mouse that I could use to relieve some pain that I have been having in my hand, wrist and arm. It seems to hurt the most when I have been writing a lot or using the computer. My doctor doesn't seem to think that it is a carpal tunnel problem just tight muscles etc.

Does anyone have any experience with this and could recommend a more ergonomic mouse or have any other advice?

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Posted 16 November 2007 - 10:03 AM

I'm having to guess here that you are using the conventional mouse that you move in order to move the pointer. If this is the case you might try a track ball type mouse, they stay stationary and the pointer is moved by rolling the ball. You read more and see what they look like here.

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Posted 16 November 2007 - 10:07 AM

I love my trackball. It also comes with a detachable palm-rest
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Posted 16 November 2007 - 10:09 AM

Hello Lily.

I have a similar problem that's exacerbated as the weather gets colder and have been diagnosed with Raynaud's Disorder, which involves the circulation system.

Changing to a very large mouse has helped somewhat, since my hand is less cramped. An ergonomic keyboard helps, too, because it forces my fingers to spread further apart rather than being confined to a smaller area. You might also try exercising with one of those little squishy balls, as well as taking frequent breaks if you're at the computer for any length of time. Even the height of your keyboard could make a difference and the kind of chair you sit in, too.

When it's really bad, I rest my hand on a heating pad. Recently I've seen some commercials on TV for a glove or wrap called Therma..... (something), and I'm going to try to find that at Walgreen's.

Here's an interesting site I found by Googling the words "ergonomic keyboard mouse chair advice":

SafeComputingTips.com

And here's the Google search itself.

I hope you get some relief!

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Posted 16 November 2007 - 11:09 AM

Sorry to not specify what mouse I have been using - yes it is the traditional one that you have to move around.

I have seen the trackballs and I suppose you get used to them. I will keep them in mind!

Has anyone seen or heard of a hand held mouse like a little remote control? I saw the librarian with one and haven't seen them anywhere.

Also thank you for the tips on safe computing. I see as I work at my computer more and more I am going to need to improve my set-up! I have a bad keyboard at the wrong height and positioned in the worst placement possible!

no wonder I need relief! :thumbsup:
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Posted 16 November 2007 - 12:19 PM

Actually there are such mice
http://www.usbgeek.com/
http://www.amazon.com/Iogear-Phaser-Hand-H...ireless-Pointer
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Posted 16 November 2007 - 12:34 PM

I used to have this problem, but now I use a Logitech MX Revolution mouse. I still have to move it, but I like how it has a place to rest my thumb so I'm not gripping the mouse constantly. I have found that high-performance gaming mice are preferrable to other mice because they are made to be used for long periods of time. If the pain goes all the way up your wrist and arm, I suggest getting foam or gel wrist pads. Anything, even a rolled-up towel, is better than resting your wrists on the edge of your desk.

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Posted 16 November 2007 - 12:51 PM

Thanks for those links, Mark. I found some USB Heating Gloves! Anyone know how I could find out what kind of power usage they might involve? Heh, I'm also tempted by the slippers. :-)

Lily, I don't know about you, but I would find the trackball more irritating to my condition. Even that cool-looking fish mouse.

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Posted 16 November 2007 - 03:42 PM

Thanks for those links, Mark. I found some USB Heating Gloves! Anyone know how I could find out what kind of power usage they might involve? Heh, I'm also tempted by the slippers. :-)

Lily, I don't know about you, but I would find the trackball more irritating to my condition. Even that cool-looking fish mouse.

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Posted 16 November 2007 - 06:57 PM

:huh: :thumbsup: :huh:
That is absolutely priceless, Mark!

Gshaver, I really like the looks of that mouse. And moving it is actually a good thing for me. Thanks for the info. <Dialer starts emailing friends with her Xmas wish list>

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Posted 17 November 2007 - 11:12 AM

I'll second the mention of the MX Revolution. I recently had a chance to use one, and now there is no way I'm giving it back. It's easy to move and comfortable to hold, and well worth every penny. Plus it has a lot of extra features.

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Posted 17 November 2007 - 12:27 PM

I love my MX revolution too!

However, at work I have a Wacom tablet and LOVE IT. I was well on the road to carpal tunnel syndrome when I ordered a 4x6 tablet-wow, just wow. My wrist and hand never hurt again. You can check them out HERE. Some of them can get pricey, but there's one HERE for $79. Any tablet you get will take some getting used to, but since you hold it like a pencil you won't get the wrist pain. Once you get the hang of a tablet, you'll fall in love with it!
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Posted 17 November 2007 - 12:29 PM

I'll give you a small mod/upgrade for trackballs, Kensigton anyways. The little (1/16") round guides the the ball sits in will eventually wear. I replaced mine with industrial-grade ceramic balls, form an industrial supplier like McMaster-Carr. It flies. I couldn't believe the improvement. Another pluse is it doesn't seem to clog with lint as much
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Posted 17 November 2007 - 12:50 PM

....I have a Wacom tablet and LOVE IT.

Heh, I completely forgot about the Wacom. I have a 4x6 and love(d) it, too. Unfortunately, I've pretty much messed it up. I think I'll start a new thread in external hardware about it.

That little Bamboo looks pretty good and at a great price!

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Posted 17 November 2007 - 03:32 PM

Not to be flippant here, but I use both a right hand and left hand mouse. (Not at the same time!)
But I do switch off/over as I feel any strain. I do have two USB's installed, but one can modify the mouse's operation via the control panel to switch out for right or left click operations.

(I should note I'm ambidextrous?)
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