Post Edited (KeepHope) : 3/8/2009 12:22:20 AM (GMT-7)
I get a stiffer neck, shoulders and back from sitting at the computer too long. I get up about every 20 minutes and walk around and I also do a little stretching while at the computer. This would help you.
Yes, I get pain in my hands, lower arms when I write or type for any length of time. Can't sit or stand for any length of time either. I've learned to take short breaks like Sherrine said. When the fibro first hit me I would try to write in my journal and type on the computer and I would be almost in tears and have to stop.
It is better now, but still sad we can't even do the "basics" at times, like writing or typing without it affecting us- jeesh!
I have the same problem and I also have numbness in my right hand sometime from using my mouse too long. My arthritis is also worse in my right hand because of using my mouse.
I don't know what I would do without my computer though. My dh has a laptop and I don't like the feel of it when typing.
My physical therapist advised that I make some changes when I'm at the computer. Posture and positioning of the computer is very important. A few small changes and I am more comfortable behind the computer at work. Home has been another challenge. I love my laptop but I don't have a comfortable spot to sit so it goes on my lap and according to the therapist, that is a no no . Until I can figure out what to do at home, I'm just going to take more breaks. Maybe if you do an internet search on workstations you could find some helpful advice.
This problem for me has been getting worse recently. I'm on the computer all day long at work. The pain in my neck and the burning sensaion in the back of my head really act up in the afternoon. I've had to bring in reusable frozen ice cubes to help reduce the inflamation. That has helped so far. I need to try stretching and getting away from my desk more often so I don't tighten up. Hopefully that will help even more.