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Poll: Have you suffered from carpal tunnel syndrome?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Have you suffered from carpal tunnel syndrome?".

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Paula González Fernández  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 07:30
English to Spanish
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Wrist donut Mar 8, 2012

I don't, but as it's in the family I decided time ago to do something to avoid it. I bought myself the wrist donuts (sic), for both hands, and I find I can no longer type without them. So if you're suffering from it, do get them!!!!

 

Franco Rigoni  Identity Verified
Italy
Member (2006)
English to Italian
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No, but I have a fatty lump on my wrist Mar 8, 2012

No, but I have a fatty lump on my wrist and my GP told me it's due to a repetitive movement. He also asked whether I was a piano player, as it's a typical problem of piano players. I just said I'm a keyboard player, lol.
I don't want to have it removed as i'm worried they may damage my nerves (yes, i'm paranoid and a coward).


 

Claire Cox
United Kingdom
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French to English
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Yes and strongly recommend swtiching to voice recognition! Mar 8, 2012

Yes, I suffered really badly a few years ago. I tried changing to an ergonomic keyboard and mouse, changing my chair, getting a foot rest, adjusting my screen height, acupuncture, but the single most effective thing was buying Dragon voice recognition software. The best £50's worth I have ever spent! Problem now completely resolved with a huge increase in productivity to boot.

[Edited at 2012-03-08 08:44 GMT]


 

Ty Kendall  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Hebrew to English
No, but...... Mar 8, 2012

I quite often get cabin fever.icon_smile.gif

 

Rosa Grau
Spain
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English to Catalan
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No Mar 8, 2012

No physical pain at all. It tends to go to the mind only.

 

neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 07:30
Spanish to English
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Other Mar 8, 2012

Nor so much a "syndrome", but I do get the odd bit of bother. I sustained a double wrist fracture about ten years ago and had 2 metallic pins inserted which still give me occasional twinges, but it isn't usually severe enough to stop me working.

I also get shoulder and back pains after several hours typing, and following a friend's recommendation, recently invested in Dragon VR too, which is great when you need a break from the keypad and is especially good for translating verbatim interview transcripts. I also find it changes the way I go about translations, since you can choose which method or combination of techniques you want to use (keypboard+VR, keypad + VR+MT, VR only, Keypad Only, Copy/paste... etc). A reasonably priced option and well worth checking out IMO.


 

Phoebe Indetzki  Identity Verified
Local time: 07:30
German to English
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Yes Mar 8, 2012

But pregnancy related, not keyboard related. (Thankfully!!!)

Incredibly painful - giving birth was a doddle in comparisonicon_wink.gif


 

Marta Cervera Areny
Spain
Local time: 07:30
Catalan to Spanish
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No, I have a cyst in my carpal bones Mar 8, 2012

I have a cyst in my carpal bones because of repetitive motion. I lost a lot of strength on my right hand, I couldn't even lift a bottle of water. Physical therapy was not really working, so I had to have it infiltrated and now it's good as new (well, almost...).

 

Steven Capsuto  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 01:30
Member (2004)
Spanish to English
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Carpal tunnel or tendonitis or something like it Mar 8, 2012

Never had a formal diagnosis, but I can think of two periods over the last 15 years when I had to switch to speech recognition software to let the wrists heal. Recovery was fast once I stopped typing... two days or so, but it hurt like the dickens while it was happening. I'm glad it's only happened twice.

Also, here's some computer-geek vocabulary trivia: It's no longer called "voice recognition software" but "speech recognition software." The former term is now used for software that can identify whose voice it's listening to.


 

Caroline Fratani  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 07:30
Member (2009)
English to French
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no but an epicondylitis Mar 8, 2012

also called "tennis elbow". Very painful, both elbows affected; due to the fact that my desk was too high. it lasted 8 months and got it sorted out with a shot!

 

David Wright  Identity Verified
Austria
Local time: 07:30
German to English
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Badly in the 1990s Mar 8, 2012

It was the reason for me to get a typist who I dictated directly to, followed later by tape recording dictation machines that she would come and type whenever she had time, followed by digital files that I could send to her to type at home and then, following tightening of laws concerning freelance typists (too much regular work and they became your employee), voice recognition. Never sufferd from it again, and my work output rocketed.

 

patriciacharnet  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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English to French
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yes Mar 8, 2012

I did badly for a while and increased my b vitamins (namely B6) and started using lindseed oil to relieve the symptoms (both orally). Sometimes I use zinc cream (sudocrem) (topically).

I tried to switch to voice recognition software but it was not very good at the time.

I diversified into more interpreting and tuition to force myself to have some breaks from typing

Occasionally I've got a slight inflammation but it's manageable

I may try again voice recognition software Dragon - I've head some good about iticon_smile.gif the problem is that medical and legal terms don't go well with voice recognition software


 

Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
Denmark
Local time: 07:30
Member (2003)
Danish to English
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No Mar 8, 2012

But I'm a hopeless typist! Have never tried voice recognition, and so far get along fine without.

I do get twinges if I have to proof a large PDF using the mouse and 'yellow note' system. A good text and the more advanced system in Acrobat helps...

My computer is set to work with a single click - I practically never double click, and I feel the difference if I have to borrow someone else's.

But I have never had any problem that did not go away after a weekend away from the keyboard.

My first instructor (back in the days of WordPerfect 5.1...) removed the mouse from the computer from the first month - the whole class had to learn to do without, which was possible in those days!

I still learn the keyboard shortcuts if they exist, and construct macros in Word to avoid using the mouse.


 

John Cutler  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 07:30
Spanish to English
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Yes Mar 8, 2012

Yes, and I also switched to DNS. Haven't had any problem since.

 
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