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Discussion on: Hand and wrist pain?

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Donald Merand

I'm so sorry to read about your pain. That must be frustrating and stressful, not to mention uncomfortable!

I've had pain like you describe, though not as severe. To be safe, it's good to limit any kind of typing until your wrists feel better. Once affected/aggravated, you won't know if any changes you make are helping.

For me, switching my typing position helped dramatically. Make sure your upper arms are relaxed and hanging loosely at your sides, with the forearms not bent more than 90 degrees. I found that a pad or rolled up kitchen towel under my wrists to keep them straight while I'm typing had the biggest positive effect. No bent wrists! Using the laptop on my actual lap hurts me in about 1 hour.

Also, trackpads are awful, ergonomically-speaking. A six dollar Amazon basics mouse will make a world of difference. Make sure you have a mouse pad too :-)

All the best luck to you, and I'm wishing you a fast recovery.