Arm pain (revisited)

Discussion in 'Photoshop Tutorials' started by ronviers, Jan 6, 2008.

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    ronviers Guest

    I cannot figure out how to reply to the original thread but in June I
    posted this:

    "Hi,
    I get a burning, stinging, tingling, numb sensation in the lower part
    of my right arm, my mouse are, after working more than say twelve or
    fifteen hours. As I get older I get less able to sleep this off. Does
    anyone have any suggestions for how to avoid doing long term damage?
    I
    can handle the discomfort but if I continue to do nothing it could
    become a real, and by real I mean expensive, problem. I put a cushion
    under my arm, which helped a lot, but I wish there was something else
    I could do.
    Thanks,
    Ron "
    There were lots of nice and concerned replies.
    http://groups.google.com/group/comp...8a1d03968?lnk=gst&q=arm+pain#54bb3bb8a1d03968


    I wanted to follow up on this earlier thread because the change since
    the original posting has been so dramatic. To be honest the pain was
    worse than I described because my armpit was killing me - I didn't
    even know armpits could hurt. Anyway as per Mike's and others
    suggestion I switched to a tablet. It took about five months but the
    pain has decreased to zero in both arms and I still work at session
    equally as long. It wasn't until I started holding the tablet directly
    in front of me with both hands, left hand on the buttons right hand
    with the stylus, that it really started making a difference.
    If I had continued to ignore this problem I am confident that it would
    have eventually cost me a ton on money and time and potentially ruined
    my career opportunities.
    After the three or so months of adjusting to the tablet there has been
    no workflow downside to making the change and my ability for creative
    expression has increased. I still keep the mouse on the left side but
    there is only a single time, in a non-Photoshop application, I ever
    have to touch it. There is a fixed cost with the tablets because every
    couple of months little holes start to form in the surface, which
    wears out the nibs, and it has to be replaced. For me it translates
    into about $6/month - well worth it in my opinion.

    You can see the evolution of the tablet position change here:

    http://picasaweb.google.com/ronviers/Workspace

    Special thanks to everyone for their generous advice and concern and
    for saving the career I love so much.

    Ron
     
    ronviers, Jan 6, 2008
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    Guest Guest

    And thank you, Ron, for the account of how you make it work. I am passing
    this on to my wife who is having a similar problem.
     
    Guest, Jan 6, 2008
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    KatWoman Guest

    very good news RON for the new year

    I see one BIG problemo

    NO ARM RESTS on your chair

    to anyone with shoulder pain I recommend this, removes a lot of stress in
    the shoulder to neck area

    I always buy a chair with adjustable armrest heights, then set chair to keep
    arms at elbow same height as desk top
    and I have pads on those too RON, LOL, I rubbed my elbow skin off!


    I cured my own back pains I thought were from too much computer gaming and
    PS
    got a new mattress and no more aches
    used to have a knife like pain under shoulder blades and constant soreness
    between neck and shoulder
    had to use aspirin for it

    tempurpedic worth every cent
     
    KatWoman, Jan 6, 2008
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    ronviers Guest

    Hi KW,
    That sounds like good advice. Maybe I would use armrests if I had them
    but as it is I begin every session by taking off my glasses. It's not
    that I see badly with them on only that I see perfect with them off -
    as long as I lean in close. Because I'm always leaning forward (back
    straight) there is never an opportunity to rest my arms on a chair's
    armrests - I always have my left elbow rested on the cushy towel on
    the desk. I will keep your advice in mind for possible improvements
    for the future.
    The thing I would like to have now is a tablet with a bazillion
    buttons along the left side. Mine only has four and that is not nearly
    enough.
    Fortunately my bed is excellent. It is made of foam and I never have
    back or neck problems. I only resort to pain killers if I get stress
    headaches from failing. You might think my body would be on my side
    and support me when I'm failing, but no, it decides to punish me until
    I have success.
    Thanks,
    Ron
     
    ronviers, Jan 7, 2008
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    Tom Nelson Guest

    Thanks for sharing what works with us, Ron. I'm glad to know you've
    solved your problem. As we get older these things happen more
    frequently.

    I also tend to take off my glasses and lean toward the screen --
    nearsightedness at last becomes an advantage! I wonder if I'm receiving
    harmful radiation that way without knowing it?

    Tom
    Tom Nelson Photography
     
    Tom Nelson, Jan 7, 2008
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