Painful hands

I mentioned (yesterday?) that my right hand is painful. It’s been getting slowly but surely that way for a long time and as I said it’s related more to poor typing technique than mouse use – though that will have it’s place. Late last night and after 3 hours of no machine I could still feel discomfort deep in the hand. Same this morning. Typing this is much slower as I try to type differently and I have more typos than normal. Holding my hands strangely is also odd and distracting. My technique is a speeded-up pecking / stabbing at the keys as opposed to some proper trained thing. So I really am getting big warning signs and I really need to pay some attention. But what?
I think it’s a combination of not typing, and/or typing better, and /or spending less time doing it, and/or taking some time away from the machine. Moving the machine or altering height and posture isn’t an option I don’t think but I’ll look at that later. Getting physio or anything else will be impossible – I’m hardly going to be at the top of any list am I? So right now I’m thinking time away, Mavis Beacon and better technique. Joy. I don’t know what else I can do… clues?

8 thoughts on “Painful hands

  1. If you develop full blown RSI you will regret it. Think ‘The Claw’ but in a very, very unpleasant way.

    When my hand/arm starts aching I stretch it out using the following exercise:

    Stand 90degrees to a doorway
    Hold your right arm out and grip the doorjamb at about ear height
    Slowly twist your body to the left while still holding onto the doorway
    Try not to cry like a girl but grimace like a man while your tendon stretches

    I thought it was just the exercise itself causing the pain until I tried it with my left hand and suffered not a jot of hurt. It’s the only exercise I remember fom the physiotherapist. There was another one where you put your palms each side of your head, or something … but I can’t remember and just end up doing Biggles impressions.

  2. Well if you’ve got RSI or tenosynovitis, which is what I got after working for St*rb*cks, you *will* need physio.

    Do you a) touch type and b) have a wrist support (nice gel thing to go under your wrists when you type)? If not, you should. It’s easy to learn to touch type, I did it in 3 days and have been doing it ever since.

    If all else fails – invest an in ergonomic keyboard, one of those hideous curved monstrosities which looks as though it’s about to give birth. Take a bit of getting used to but a good idea!


  3. So far …

    I think I need to raise the chair I’m on.
    I need one of those gel things
    I need to change my typing, so I’ve ordered a well-reviewed software thing from Amazon.
    Thanks for the offer Terry but I think with the above I’ve enough to learn and add into that the fact I need to use at least 3 keyboards over a week then the learning for a new one could be odd? I’ll have to go see one – never really looked before.

    I also need to take a rest from the machine. With my hands straight I’m okay. Stretching causes no pain, I have no numbness.

    And it’s all complicated by the implant in the back of my hand which medics will say is the cause. It is not. It’s also going to be very hard to remove.
    I think the key is rest right now – less forums, less of everything online. Hmm….

  4. I am a trained touch typist, and still get wrist pain from time to time, so I’m not sure learning to do that alone would make much of a difference.

    It can be extremely painful, and for me the only thing that makes it better is time away from the keyboard coupled with a good support bandage.

  5. I’m sure you’re right. I used to find a gel wrist rest helped quite a bit, but I’m more often on a laptop these days so that doesn’t help me anymore. I’m naughty and just kind of deal with the pain as and when it comes. Not the best policy though… 🙂

  6. Ok I have 2 questions I have been looking for them and I need to answer them for a class I have. If anyone could assist it would be greatly appreciated.
    1. What are the limitations of poor keyboarding techniques?
    2. What are the advatages of good keyboarding techniques?

    You can email me direct if it is easier for you.

    And again thank you.

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