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shoulder pain


i dunno if i ever told you but i have shoulder pain everytime i sit in front of the computer for a long extended period of time. and recently it's only been on the left side... the thing is.... this is not good because i work in front of the computer, 5 days a week, 8 hrs a day. i cant figure out if i got it due to the car accident i had two - three years ago ... when i was rare ended by someone... we were stationary none the less... or if it's because of all the falls i had all the times i've snowboarded and landed wrong... or simply because the way my monitor is laid out on my desk... is the desk too low? is the monitor too low? is the chair too high? or all of the above... (not like it really matters) but mannnnn this gotta stop. i've already got the chair. i've got this monitor ledge thingy that boost the monitor a little higher. what's the deal?!?!? UGGH!!!!! this sucks.




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Jan. 24th, 2006 01:57 am (UTC)
If you aren't doing so already, you really should take frequent breaks away from sitting in front of the computer. This is a vague answer, but I think it might be muscle fatigue. Sometimes we aren't even aware that our muscles are clenching and they stay that way, tense, for many hours. As with any muscle that experiences overexertion, they usually become sore.

Jan. 24th, 2006 01:59 am (UTC)
i actually havent been taking breaks. the only one i take is for lunch.

thanks! i'll try it out.
like every five mins! bwhhahaha! jk
Jan. 24th, 2006 02:07 am (UTC)
When I worked in front of a puter for 8 hours a day I took a three-five minute bathroom/water break practically every two hours to a). wake me up b). waste time c). avoid fatigue.
Jan. 24th, 2006 02:48 am (UTC)
talk to the person in charge of ergonomics at your company!

Jan. 24th, 2006 09:09 am (UTC)
FUCKING!! Long posts won't work AGAIN!! FUCKING FUCK! This is the most annoying, FUCKY-WUCKEY problem!! Bear with me as I devide this reply.
Jan. 24th, 2006 09:13 am (UTC)
I know a lot about ergonomics using the computer. Ideally you want to take a 15 min break every 2 hours of computer usage. Your keyboard and mouse should be very low, ideally you want your elbows to be at a 90 degree angle and get into a habit of lifting your wrists when you type so that they are straight.
Jan. 24th, 2006 09:13 am (UTC)
Trackball mice are better than traditional mice for your hands, if you can, buy one and get used to it. Your monitor should not be too high. The ideal height should be so that the top of the screen is roughly the same height as your eye level, and it should be slightly angled upwards.
Jan. 24th, 2006 05:40 pm (UTC)
what's a trackball mice?
Jan. 24th, 2006 08:12 pm (UTC)
It's the mouse with the a ball on top or side of the mouse that you use your finger tips to to move the pointer instead of your wrist/arm.
Jan. 24th, 2006 05:54 pm (UTC)
ok so i fixed my chair so my arm is 90 degrees angel.

and i moved my monitor so the screen is at my eye level (almost) and it's tilted up.

let's hope this works!
Jan. 25th, 2006 02:21 am (UTC)
I know its not easy to set up EVERYTHING to be ergonomically sound...but you gotta start somewhere. I've been ergonomic (as much as I can) for years and I still get fatigued using the computer too long. Remember the height of the KEYBOARD is the key, not the height of your chair's armrests. Usually ideal keyboard height can only be obtained with a keyboard drawer right under your desk, but sometimes its possible without. Also note its the TOP of the screen that should be eye level, not the center. Hopefully changes you made start helping, but probably that 15 min break every 2 hours is the most important part (and also the part I forget about most of the time).

Jan. 25th, 2006 02:46 am (UTC)
everything well put and said!
Jan. 25th, 2006 05:09 am (UTC)
I didn't take any breaks. :| I changed my chair's height so my arm is 90 degrees when I use the keyboard. and the screen top is close to my eye level not the center :)
Jan. 25th, 2006 06:54 am (UTC)
I'm gonna give my 2 cent for this post. I should be way up there in terms of computer usage, so I do have some suggestions.

I don't think it's your monitor's height at all. If you are not looking straight, your neck will hurt, not your shoulder.

It's not your chair. If your chair sucks, your lower back would hurt, not your shoulder.

So, this is what i think you are doing. You might be leaning toward the computer, so your back might not be straight. Your shoulders probably are not upright, but instead slanted. I do that a LOT, since i use a tiny little laptop and i'm much wider than the screen. I also do this unconciously since i get excited over nerdy things, and we have a lot of nerdy things in the lab.

Anyway, one thing that helps me a lot is stretching. Just do it when you have time. Do it while you read, think, whatever.

Another thing is to take a break, like many of you said. Drink a bunch of water so you have excuse to go to the bathroom a lot, wonder around the office, talk to co-workers, or just stare out the window in the bathroom. -=]

Hope this helps

Jan. 25th, 2006 09:59 am (UTC)
boy, you must have a nice view outside YOUR window.
Jan. 25th, 2006 09:24 pm (UTC)
don't have a window. My lab is well hidden from the rest of the building -=]
Jan. 25th, 2006 09:27 pm (UTC)
so walking to a window is a good long break huh LoL
Jan. 25th, 2006 04:55 pm (UTC)
hey! didn't know you still read my journal (or have the time ;) thanks for your suggestions!
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Jan. 26th, 2006 05:10 pm (UTC)
hahah glad i'm an inspiration lol
Feb. 23rd, 2006 03:54 am (UTC)
Just something to try: perhaps try lowering your screen resolution if it is possibly set too high. I don't have any scientific data to support this, but I think that there may be a link between uncomfortably small font and muscle aches.

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