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Poll: Do you have any physical discomfort related to your freelance work on the computer?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Do you have any physical discomfort related to your freelance work on the computer?".

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Tatty  Identity Verified
Local time: 14:24
Spanish to English
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Backache Sep 3, 2013

Yes, if I spend too long at my computer my upper back starts to ache, and my shoulders hurt too. I rest for a couple of days and I am fine.

 

Heather McCrae  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 14:24
German to English
somewhat Sep 3, 2013

my one wrist flares up now and then
and I get a bit stiff if I forget to move around enough

oh, and a flat behindicon_wink.gif


 

Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
Local time: 21:24
Member (2011)
Japanese to English
If you mean... Sep 3, 2013

Do I get any aches and pains sitting for long stretches at a time in front of a computer? Then "Yes", which is how I answered.

Stiff shoulders, aches in the lower lumbar region, eye strain and accompanying headaches, and carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) would, I believe, be symptoms suffered by workers who are sedantary for long periods of time, and are not necessarily limited to our profession.


 

neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 14:24
Spanish to English
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Yes, but Sep 3, 2013

I used to get the usual upper back pain etc, but it's much better now that I'm using voice-recognition software for a lot of my translations.

 

Lanny Widianto  Identity Verified
Indonesia
Local time: 19:24
English to Indonesian
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Definitely Sep 3, 2013

Back, neck, shoulder pain like everyone else, and also poor circulation. If I sit for several hours, my ankles swell.

I sometimes work while standing up on an elevated table, or take breaks to wash the dishes, cook, laundry, clean up after the kids....they all help...thank God for those house chores.


 

Enrico Zoffoli  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 14:24
Member (2013)
German to Italian
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Other Sep 3, 2013

I do, but I compensate with lots of physical activity (hiking, swimming, working out).

 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 13:24
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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No, I would say it's the other way around! Sep 3, 2013

I have been suffering for some years from articular chondrocalcinosis (a rare genetic disorder) and from time to time when I'm in the middle of a crisis it’s difficult to manage to work...

 

Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 05:24
English to German
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Livedo Reticularis Sep 3, 2013

Seriously, I quote from the doctor's letter: "Livedo Reticularis - Stop using laptop on lap"

It leaves you with some highly interesting and decorative marbled design on your thigh.

Cool...


 

Samantha Payn  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 13:24
Member (2008)
Russian to English
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I voted no. Sep 3, 2013

I use a kneeling chair (I've been lucky to find these in the local charity shop so far!) and an ergonomic keyboard. I also am flexible about which hand I use for mouse control - if I'm beginning to get a little trouble in the mouse-control hand I swap it to the other hand.
All of these took a little getting used to but I find it helps enormously with comfort (and healthy practices) while working.


 

tilak raj  Identity Verified
India
Local time: 17:54
Member (2012)
English to Panjabi
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Somewhat Sep 3, 2013

Freelance work is not as easy as considered. As Self owned business, there is need to sit regular at least 8 to 10 hours in a day. After sometimes health problems are obvious. I am suffered from eye problems and leg ache.

 

Mike Sadler  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 13:24
Spanish to English
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I've tried a number of different keyboards Sep 3, 2013

My current keyboard is a Microsoft 4000 natural ergonomic, which I do find really comfortable.

 

Egor Shapurov  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 14:24
Member (2013)
English to Russian
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Not anymore, anyone ever had lumbago? Sep 3, 2013

I had a bad case of lumbago last January and had to stay in bed for two weeks (I was able to limp along after two weeks and the pain was completely gone only by the end of March); not to mention experiencing the most painful... pain ever. I had to wake up every five minutes during the first night and completely exhausted my multilingual swearing vocabulary.

As a result of this wondrous experience, I'm absolutely not afraid of dentists anymore, not allowed to jog (as this will further compress my spine), and have a green belt in Taekwondo. Basically, I don't care about having an uncomfortable chair anymore because half an hour of stretching, jumping and kicking every day is a very effective treatment/prevention for the minor back problems (chiropractor can help with major back problems).

I've also had a problem with my elbow but I think it doesn't have anything to do with working in front of computer.


 

Tim Drayton  Identity Verified
Cyprus
Local time: 15:24
Turkish to English
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Maybe that is why ... Sep 3, 2013

Enrico Zoffoli wrote:

I do, but I compensate with lots of physical activity (hiking, swimming, working out).


... I answered 'no'. I usually break up the working day with a brisk 45-minute walk.


 

Theo Bernards (X)  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 14:24
English to Dutch
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While I said no... Sep 3, 2013

... I recently had an operation during which a stent was placed behind my knee. Using a computer is not a problem, but I must take care how I sit down because I am not allowed to bend my knee too far. That is not discomfort, but it is awkward. I am looking for a new desk where I can stretch my leg completely, but it is not an urgent issue for me.

 
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