As someone who has their hands on a keyboard approximately 12 to 14 hours per day, it is unsurprising that I have chronic pain issues in my arms/hands. Some days it is barely noticeable among the cacophony of other pain issues in my body. Other days, like today, it becomes a screaming symphony that demands to be heard.
It started as neck pain yesterday, all around that pinched nerve. Moved into the shoulder through the night. By this morning, my shoulder, elbow and wrist were crying…and of course, I can’t find a single wrist brace anywhere! I only own about five of them, but none of them are where I can put my hands on them.
It also seriously cuts into my ability to write or edit. A lot. Typing isn’t as bad on this Kinesis keyboard, but using the mouse is tear inducing.
Needless to say, this drives me to want to spend my day away from the keyboard and mouse. Well, not really. What I want is to be pain free enough to get my work done, but barring that, the next best thing is to take my hands off the things that hurt them.
Maybe if I listen to my body today, it will let me work tomorrow.
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