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Windows 7: having serious wrist pain with my current mouse

13 Jul 2014   #1

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600 Multiprocessor Free
having serious wrist pain with my current mouse

I work with computer and so mouse is something I cannot leave behind. Recently I am experiencing wrist pain as I move the mouse. My wrist could not rest on the mouse and it slips with the mouse pad. I can't use this ordinary mouse anymore. I am asking for advice. I know there is something like trackball or 'vertical' mouse. I'd like to know which one is better or anything else? I don't want to experience wrist pain anymore, at least for a while.

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13 Jul 2014   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

Changing mice may have a minimal effect, but the only way I've found to cope with that issue is to alternate hands. You can easily train your brain to compensate for using the opposite hand on the mouse buttons.

I'd also say you should use the largest mouse you can find that is reasonably comfortable. A lot of mice are designed for laptops and are smaller than normal and tend to lead to cramping or aching more quickly than a full-sized mouse.

And I'd probably avoid a mouse that was tapered in the middle and instead go with one that was widest in the middle.

Just my observations over many years of having a mouse in my hands many hours per day.

I haven't used a trackball a lot, but they drove me crazy when I tried. Never tried a vertical mouse.

You have to experiment a bit. The Logitech M100 is a good basic optical wired mouse. Most comfortable cheap mouse I've found, fairly large, no taper in the middle. I make it a point to switch hands regularly and take my hands off the thing entirely whenever possible.

You might talk to a doc about those wrist support gloves I see cashiers wearing. They cover the wrist and palm, leaving the fingers exposed. You can buy them in a drug store. I talked to a cashier who said it really helped her.
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13 Jul 2014   #3

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
mouse problems

Most people use an optical mouse that doesn't need a mouse mat or trackball.

Perhaps you could test this type of mouse?

Other than that check out the down-loadable guides here:

Advance Seating designs - How to - Guides
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13 Jul 2014   #4

Windows10 Pro - 64Bit vs.10547

my father-in-law has used a trackball for years - he swears by it..
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13 Jul 2014   #5
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1

I use two Microsoft wireless mouses 2000 and they are comfortable to me.
They are large enough to fit the hand and have side buttons you can set to do things.
You don't need a mouse pad. At times I do use my left hand but I do not change the mouse settings.
Sometime I will put a folded towel in front of the mouse to change the angle of my wrist. Doing this before the pain hits is helpful. You also might want to change the angle of your wrist while typing. It takes very little bit of change to make a difference.
It varies from keyboard to keyboard and person to person.
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14 Jul 2014   #6

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM

I used one of these when I was using a small Microsoft mouse, it gave excellent wrist support. I've since moved to a Gigabyte M6900 gaming mouse as I game a lot with a flat Corsair mouse mat, and the difference is quite surprising as you tend to you arm movements as opposed to wrist movements.
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11 Nov 2014   #7

Win 8 64

I had been suffering from RSI (repetitive strain injury) for a couple of years. Both my wrists, my arms and elbows hurt. I couldn’t even lift a cup without pain. Not to mention computer related work, that was nearly impossible.

July 2006
At the end of a three-month internship I felt a slight pain in my right wrist for the first time. In the following days I continued to work normally, hoping that after the next weekend everything would be okay again - but it was not. Even switching the mouse to my left hand did not help significantly. The pain had intensified within a week and now both wrists were already equally affected. On the weekend both forearms …
I have published my whole story on my website History - Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI). You’ll also find comprehensive information on what helped me in the end to overcome this pain (22,000+ words, so arrange enough time ). So if you are a fellow sufferer, I hope this can be of help.
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11 Nov 2014   #8
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1

Clem00 I would also suggest a quality mechanical keyboard. In about a week using my new keyboard the pain went away.

A mouse is a more difficult selection because their are so many.
I try to use one that is small to fit my hand. Their lies the problem. When shopping on line how does one know the size and whether or not it will fit their hand.
I have many keyboards and mice looking for just the right ones.
At this time I using a Microsoft wireless 5000 mouse and a Das 4 Professional keyboard.
Still looking for different mouses.
The keyboard solved my pain problem.

This thread might interest you.
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11 Nov 2014   #9

Win 8 64

I haven't heard of the "Das 4 Professional keyboard" yet, I'll check it out.

I usually have two mice connected at the same time. Primarily I use the E-Quill AirO2bic with my left hand. It looks&feels like cheap chinese plastic, but it works since 2008. I have fairly small hands for a man and it fits my left hand.

The Anker Vertical Ergonomic Optical Mouse fits my right hand. And it's a bargain, currently $14 at Amazon.
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11 Nov 2014   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1

I have a Logitech M570 Wireless Trackball mouse & I have used trackball mice for years & they say once you have used a trackball mouse you will never go back to the old drag about one again & I can vouch for that.

You have the body of the mouse in your hand & you move the pointer with your thumb on the ball & use fingers for the buttons & you don't have to move the mouse at all.

If you want move info on it go to this Logitech website.

M570 Wireless Trackball - Logitech
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