Trigger finger is getting overused - work and gaming abuse!

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  1. DSparil

    DSparil Ancient Guru

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    Hey Guru's, I thought this would be a great place to ask for advice or hear from others who are having/had the same experience. For my profession, I have to left click a LOT. Combine that with nearly two decades of gaming, and I am starting to develop a soreness in my right index finger. It seems to span from the main knuckle down into the phalanges first row. It is localized to only that finger. For work I have switched to using my middle finger, so I am able to give it a rest and flip off the man at the same time for jacking up my hand ;)

    Any recommendations to remedy this? Similar experiences? It really just seems a result of overuse, but I don't want it to become something more serious.
     
  2. Doug

    Doug Ancient Guru

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    Try and find some RSI prevention software while you're working that'll alert you to take a short break every so often

    Maybe switch MOUSE1 and MOUSE2 and try and get used to right click changing to left click? Gel pad/mousemat?
     
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    Learn how to use a mouse with your other hand.
     
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    EspHack Ancient Guru

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    use your other hand
     
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    I've been gaming and clicking with the same right hand and fingers for around 20 years and the only thing that causes me any grief is my left elbow where I lean on the desk

    The nerves in the elbow skin are dead, and skin is thick

    But my mouse arm, hand and fingers are fine
     
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    that's^ easier said than done...for me anyway...
     
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    Yea, I would be trying to use my index finger to click still, so would need to swap buttons functions around

    Actually gives you a pretty good representation of when you watch someone who is not very computer savvy try to use a mouse when you try to use your other hand, with the mouse on the other side of the keyboard
     
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    i had similar experience, i had to use my middle finger or my other hand, i did it for at least a week and it somehow got rested.

    Its quite intermittent, happens when im both busy gaming and at work, there were times that i had to use the gamepad to navigate windows lel
     

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    Thanks for all of the ideas so far. I have been using an Imax Ergo-beads wrist rest for a few years now and no that's not my mouse lol. I have been consciously trying to keep my mouse hand level but am still just starting to experience these problems.

    [​IMG]

    Yipes. Easier said than done indeed. I don't think im ambidextrous enough for this feat.

    I like the switching Mouse1 to Mouse2 idea, and it would just introduce a learning curve to my work. I think it would slow down my production for a bit but could relive some stress from my trigger finger.
     
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    Andrés Ancient Guru

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  13. DSparil

    DSparil Ancient Guru

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    ^ Dammit, I had a feeling it may be related to carpul tunnel syndrome and with the research I did last night, I think that may be what I'm developing. I'm going to have to up the ante to delay or counteract this amap! I noticed with my wrist rest at work, my wrist wasn't level but more on an uphill slant. I am trying to work without it not and just use it at home.
     
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    I've been using this vertical mouse at work for a more natural hand position. Seems to have helped some, once I got used to it and stopped tipping it over when reaching for the mouse. It's a Perixx Perimice 513, $9.99 at Newegg. Mouse wheel was squirrely for first few weeks, then it settled in.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Sounds like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, My girlfriend have this problem.

    Pain and needles in thumb, index and middle finger. Numb feeling. She's been struggling with it for over a year now. Worst part of it is that it may or may not be cured. Even surgery does not guarantee that it will go away.

    Go see a doctor, it may get worse.
     

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    any trigger discomfort I find is relieved when firing hundreds of rnds via a semi auto rifle......don't believe try :)
     
  17. DSparil

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    This exact thing is part of what got me in this mess in the first place lol. The only difference is i used more plasma guns, link guns, flak cannons, rocket launchers and chain link guns ;)

    All signs are pointing to CTS alright. I was very uninformed about this until now, and it sounds like no picnic. I am drastically changing up my mousing and work habits. Switching from claw to palm grip with my MX-518 and ditching the wrist rest are already helping a lot.

    A good friend of mine got CTS and it was so debilitating for him, he ditched the mouse altogether and uses only a Wacom tab. I don't want to go that route!
     
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