[ubuntu-uk] RSI

Hassan "Haz" Williamson haz at hazrpg.co.uk
Mon Mar 28 13:48:49 UTC 2011

> Hi Haz (and others that replied)
> Thanks for all the words of advise. I know the most sensible thing I should
> do is go see my doctor. I have tried wearing a wrist support, which I don't
> think helped much. I have ordered a wrist rest pad (the gel lump you rest
> your wrist on to use the mouse) so I will see how that goes. Then if still
> no good will go to the doctor.
> I do wonder if it is RSI or some other injury (I used to lift weights) as
> it is very localised in the wrist, not up my arm/shoulder etc, and my
> posture is not great (I'm a sloucher). But I haven't lifted for many years
> and the wrist has got worse since then.
> Well doctor is the only real answer here, but will try some exercises and
> the support to see if things improve.
> Thanks again for the comments.

Hi Jon,

At the risk of sound a little harsh/blunt, I highly recommend you get it
checked out sooner rather than later. I cannot stress how much risk your
putting yourself into by not doing so. When you visit them, as mentioned by
others, they'll say "Use the computer less." However, you _must_ ask to be
referred to a specialist. Don't just let them leave you feeling like you
wasted your time.

I'm sure you've done a bit of research on this, so I'll spare you the
biology lesson... but remember CTS is a consequence of RSI, they are not one
and the same thing! RSI causes your CT to separate or break (thus CTS). The
longer you leave it, the worse it can get (and it will be permanent!)

Also, if you do begin to do exercises and other various things... remember,
don't stop doing it just because the pain has disappeared (it took me >2
months to recover). Try to keep doing them as a regular routine throughout,
not only will it help stop the pain now... it will help prevent it from
happening in future.

I wish you good luck, and a speedy recovery.

Kindest Regards,
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