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Poll: What is the worst physical problems you got from working long hours at the computer?
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Jun 9, 2006

This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Have you developed any physical problems from working at the computer all day long?".

This poll was originally submitted by Larry Salas

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A forum topic will appear each time a new poll is run. For more information, see: http://proz.com/topic/33629

[Subject edited by staff or moderator 2006-06-09 14:29]


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Sandra C.
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other Jun 9, 2006

I gained weight!

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sylvie malich
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all of the above Jun 9, 2006

... was missing, or can you pick several by holding down the control key?
(C;


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Aurora Humarán  Identity Verified
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:-))) Jun 9, 2006

sylvie malich wrote:

... was missing, or can you pick several by holding down the control key?
(C;


I wondered if Other included Vision+Back+Shoulder+Hands and combinations thereof.

I have developed 'translation elbow' (yes: 'translation' elbow, I cannot blame my Wilson )

Au


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Voloshka  Identity Verified
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other: neck+shoulders+back+head Jun 9, 2006

Chiropractor is the best friend
2-3 courses a year (1 course=10 sessions). Pretty expensive


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Katrin Lueke  Identity Verified
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Sandra Chiancone wrote:

I gained weight!


me too!
(and it probably will get worse...)



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writeaway  Identity Verified

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my first reaction too Jun 9, 2006

sylvie malich wrote:

... was missing, or can you pick several by holding down the control key?
(C;


Where is all/most of the above?


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Enrique Cavalitto
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Re-phrased Jun 9, 2006

I re-phrased the poll to allow you to pick the worst of the problems in case many are present.

Regards,
Enrique


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Giovanni Guarnieri MITI, MIL  Identity Verified
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other Jun 9, 2006

neck, shoulders and back! And I got fat...

Giovanni


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Trans-Marie
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Speech recognition software Jun 9, 2006

For those of you who answered "hands" or have any other health problems due to typing, I recommend Dragon Naturally Speaking.

Do take it seriously if you develop symptoms such as pain in your wrists, elbow, etc., otherwise you might end up with a permanent injury.

I use Dragon and it works excellent. It has built-in language modules, so it's perfect for a translator.


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Alison Schwitzgebel
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I'll second that Jun 9, 2006

LegalTrans_ wrote:

... I recommend Dragon Naturally Speaking.



I've just started using it and I'm already a major fan

Not to mention that I can dictate at 140wpm, but my typing is only up to a measly 70wpm.


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cathsal

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wrists + elbow! Jun 9, 2006

LegalText wrote:

I recommend Dragon Naturally Speaking.

Do take it seriously if you develop symptoms such as pain in your wrists, elbow, etc., otherwise you might end up with a permanent injury.


Thanks for the tip. I have had problems in wrists, elbow and shoulder for at least 2 years so will look into it!

Unfortunately my doctor didn't take me seriously when I said I had RSI 2 years ago...


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Claudia Aguero  Identity Verified
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My fibromyalgia gets worse!!! Jun 9, 2006

I should mark all of the above and much others not even mentioned here.

It is a chronic disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and multiple tender points that occurs in precise, localized areas, particularly in the neck, spine, shoulders, and hips; also may cause sleep disturbances, morning stiffness, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, and other symptoms.

My fibromyalgia cannot even get better with a voice recognition software, since it sometimes INCREDIBLY even affects my eyes (blurred vision) and may brain.


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Jorge Payan  Identity Verified
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No major problems until now.... Jun 9, 2006

I have the following environment at my desk:

-19 inches LCD monitor (it saves a lot of eye-strain)
-Translation memory software (Wordfast/ TRADOS)
-Machine translation sofware combined with translation memory (unbeatable combination when it comes to saving on typing)
-Speech recognition software (for reducing typing at the minimum possible extent)

With this setting, sometimes I can reach 9000 words per day for technical translation.

Still no physical problems, maybe thanks to the "siesta" I take everyday .....


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JaneTranslates  Identity Verified
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Weight gain... Jun 9, 2006

...and other problems related to limited exercise. Of course, I'm battling this with several exercise strategies--but that was a previous forum!

Katrin Lueke wrote:

Sandra Chiancone wrote:

I gained weight!


me too!
(and it probably will get worse...)



Ditto. Don't know how they could have forgotten this option! ;-D


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