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Tim Hibbard CEO for EnGraph software

I've been having a lot of pain in my hands the last couple of weeks, so I went to the doctor and they told me it is tendonitis.  That's good news considering she originally thought it was carpal tunnel.  They gave me some pills and showed me some exercises to help with the pain.  I still feel like a wuss though, talk about the ultimate geek injury :)

I've paid a lot of attention to ergonomics.  I have a natural keyboard, good chair, good mouse, multiple monitors. I guess I'm not doing enough.  I found this guide and one of the things he suggested was to switch to using your left hand for the mouse.  This way you avoid repetitive strain with your right hand, and most keyboards are wide, so you have to reach past the 10-key pad to get to your mouse and extending your arm like that causes strain.  It hard to get used to using your left hand, but it's starting to get easier.


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Posted on Wednesday, February 14, 2007 7:48 AM | Back to top

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Hmmm, switching to the mouse in the left hand, that must have been a trick! I will have to try that for a day. :)
Left by dru on Feb 14, 2007 8:34 AM

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I knew someone who had really bad tendonitis and even had to have exploratory surgery to try and find the cause. Despite her scepticism (she was a medical student) the only thing that helped was acupuncture.
Left by Geoff Stockham on Feb 14, 2007 8:38 AM

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The benefits of being ambidexterous may pay off for me after all...
Left by mg on Feb 14, 2007 8:58 AM

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Thanks for the link to that guide - I've recently been diagnosed with C5-C6 HNP which was the cause of all my shoulder pain...I'm starting physical therapy tomorrow for that since the cortisone injection went so horribly.

I'm gonna try some of the suggestions in the guide because right now the only thing that helps the pain is heavy duty pain killers and I can't stand it - not fit to operate a pencil, let alone try to code when I'm on them.

Left by Lou on Feb 15, 2007 5:55 AM

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