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Poll: Do you ever worry about carpal tunnel syndrome?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Do you ever worry about carpal tunnel syndrome?".

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neilmac  Identity Verified
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I used to about ten years ago, as I was starting to get twinges in my wrist and shoulders. However, I haven't really had much bother since I started using speech recognition software and dictating my translations instead of typing. It means you do more clicking and than typing, so it takes some of the strain off your wrists etc.

= more clicking and copy/pasting than typing

[Edited at 2017-11-02 09:23 GMT]


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Elizabeth Tamblin  Identity Verified
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Not until now Nov 2, 2017

Thanks for giving me another thing to worry about!

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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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Never! Nov 2, 2017

I took piano lessons before I learned to type, so keeping my wrists high has always come naturally to me.

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Elisabeth Fournier  Identity Verified
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Sometimes... Nov 2, 2017

I use a vertical mouse to prevent this. It helps when you are suffering from tennis elbow, two

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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
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No idea what it is Nov 2, 2017

and I do not have time to look into it now

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Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
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No, I don't. How about you? Nov 2, 2017

The water cooler conversation is getting more paranoid with each passing day.

If the posting's author is worried, he/she should see a hand surgeon.



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Teresa Borges
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Never Nov 2, 2017

Thanks to warm-up exercises: no pianist starts off playing without doing a few warm-up exercises (my mother was a piano player, she is 104 and only stopped playing recently because of her sight). Like Muriel, I have been typing for many years without a single wrist pain, we must be doing something right...


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Alexandra Speirs  Identity Verified
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Ditto! Nov 2, 2017

Muriel Vasconcellos wrote:

I took piano lessons before I learned to type, so keeping my wrists high has always come naturally to me.


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Nikki Scott-Despaigne  Identity Verified
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Not any more Nov 2, 2017

I have had each of my wrists operated on over the last two years, one each summer. Apparently it can come back, but for the time being it's no bother. When you have it, it is far from being life-threatening, but it is extremely painful that you can lose sleep.

12 years of piano lessons did not prevent me from getting it. I was first affected during my first pregnancy, a classic cause, apparently.

In France, it is the single most common surgical intervention. it is classified as an occupational disease in France, which I thought it was uniquely. In the UK, that is not the case. CTS has many possible causes, or combination of causes, including family history, diabetes, obesity, injury, pregnancy and certain activities. Note that the UK's National Health Service points to typing is more likely to help avoid CT than cause it.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/carpal-tunnel-syndrome/causes/

I use a mouse to work in comfort and I'm very fussy about it's shape. I'm addicted to my MS Arc Wireless mouse! https://www.microsoft.com/accessories/fr-fr/products/mice/arc-mouse/zja-00006


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Nikki Scott-Despaigne  Identity Verified
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Haha! Nov 2, 2017

Mario Chavez wrote:

The water cooler conversation is getting more paranoid with each passing day.

If the posting's author is worried, he/she should see a hand surgeon.



Worrying could mean a trip to the psychologist/psychiatrist before popping in to see the hand surgeon.

[Edited at 2017-11-02 10:03 GMT]


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Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
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I'll stay with my keyboard in that case! Nov 2, 2017

neilmac wrote:

I used to about ten years ago, as I was starting to get twinges in my wrist and shoulders. However, I haven't really had much bother since I started using speech recognition software and dictating my translations instead of typing. It means you do more clicking and than typing, so it takes some of the strain off your wrists etc.

= more clicking and copy/pasting than typing

[Edited at 2017-11-02 09:23 GMT]


As long as I use the keyboard, I am fine. No piano lessons - I gave up before I started, because my fingers are too stiff ...

But I only get twinges after a day using the mouse on a PDF file that needs 'yellow notes' and constant clicking. After that, I have to take a weekend break sometimes, but it works. My mouse IS set for single clicks - double clicking is definitely a hazard.

Typing has never been a problem - except for all the typos I make.


[Edited at 2017-11-02 11:00 GMT]


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John Cutler  Identity Verified
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Before yes, but now... Nov 2, 2017

I used to, but it seems to have gone away by itself. Every now and then my right arm bothers me, but it's nothing I worry about.

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George Kihanda
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I do not worry until it strikes. Nov 2, 2017

I know the definition of the syndrome but I have never seen or felt it
Why should I worry about it? I am the computer typing addict but what I worry most is a back ache not syndrome.


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Tina Vonhof  Identity Verified
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Never worry Nov 2, 2017

When I first started using a computer, I already had a sore arm, so I very quickly switched to a trackball mouse and a gel wrist rest, so I didn't have to move my arm. I have a wrist rest in front of my keyboard as well but when I type I raise my wrists. I'm very comfortable with this set-up and I have no worries in that respect.


[Edited at 2017-11-02 15:19 GMT]


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