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As fate would have it, the day I decide "hey, I'm going to draw for myself for a little bit", I get a serious case of "mouse arm". For those who don't know what "mouse arm" is, its when youre on the computer too much (like me....I'm at my desk most of the day) and your arm's muscles get all tense and nasty and hurty and ouchy. *sadfats*

Anyone know of a good treatment for this? I have a 9 hour drive ahead of me on tuesday and I wanna at least have my dominant arm mobile. :(

Current Mood: sore sore

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griffin_bandida From: griffin_bandida Date: March 13th, 2006 09:31 am (UTC) (Link)
the only thing I get when I'm on the computer too much is a cold right hand, the circulation on it is not what is used to be >_>
Maybe a ointment you help you, it always cures my muscles' pains
and get out of the computer, go see the birds outside! XD
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: March 13th, 2006 09:32 am (UTC) (Link)
oh believe me i'm planning on taking maaaaany walks with my dog once I'm up north.

The glowing face of the computer ain't all its cracked up to be ;P
steppinrazor From: steppinrazor Date: March 13th, 2006 09:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Do a lot of gentle arm stretches, and maybe a heating pad?

Mouse arm never strikes me as badly as monitor neck. My monitor's huge, and at an angle, so my head is like, permanently crooked. ;_;
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: March 13th, 2006 09:52 am (UTC) (Link)
I used to get monitor neck pretty badly at my old job since I had to face forward all...the...time. Now I have many more distractions for my face to be looking at while my arm is happily busy at the mouse or tablet.

I'll probably seek out a heating pad, and possibly some BenGay
steppinrazor From: steppinrazor Date: March 13th, 2006 09:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Mmmmmm BenGay... So mentholy. So soothing. *snort snort huff*

Oh, Icyhot is also nice. \o/
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: March 13th, 2006 10:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Aren't they basically the same thing? Theyre both hurty then awesome XD

That reminds me of a hazing incident at my highschool involving some IcyHot, a broomstick and an all too trusting freshman >_> *cough*
steppinrazor From: steppinrazor Date: March 13th, 2006 10:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Hmm... They could be! I just know the BenGay comes in a squirty tube and is white, but IcyHot is blue and comes from a pot. At least, the kinds we've got do. XD

Oh man. Broomstick? IcyHot? Oh dear lord.
sfinder From: sfinder Date: March 13th, 2006 10:05 am (UTC) (Link)
I get a varient of 'mouse arm' only for mine my arm gets cold/tingly (circulation issues?) and sometimes my shoulder hurts. I find that it'll go away after a few hours though. I'm sure by tomorrow morning you'll feel fine.

I had a similar scare after working on some art for a friend the day before yesterday. My right hand/wrist started to hurt pretty bad and my hand (the top half, that portion between my knuckles and wrist) started to swell and bulge and parts of it turned blueish purple. It was...troubling to look at, but the next morning the pain and funky colors were gone, and the swelling was subsiding. It's still a bit swollen now, but nothing major. The pain is all gone, too.

I'd say just relax for the rest of the night and you should be fine.
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: March 13th, 2006 10:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks =) I think I'm going to take tomorrow off from internetting and focus on packing. I have a lot of stuff I need to do away from artwork and the computer fortunately, so that shouldn't be a problem. Its mostly my shoulder right now, hopefully a night's sleep and a little walking around with a steady swing pace will help it. Thanks!
shinigamigirl From: shinigamigirl Date: March 13th, 2006 10:34 am (UTC) (Link)
I get the pain if I use the mouse for even 3 minutes without a band. I just use an athletic wrap thinger and the only discomfort I feel is the slight cutting of the circulation to my hand. XP
gnistra From: gnistra Date: March 13th, 2006 01:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
I´ve had that. It sucks. Just rest your arm and it will go back to normal.
maggock From: maggock Date: March 13th, 2006 01:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aww, that sucks! But I also feel kind of happy-guilty because I'm left handed. ;> (I still mouse with my right hand.)
kylet From: kylet Date: March 13th, 2006 02:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
My roommate recommended stretching...since most mousing/drawing is with the hand forward, you'll mainly want to stretch your hand up and back with the arm straightened. Like pressing your hand palmdown on the desk and leanin' forward.
gatcat From: gatcat Date: March 13th, 2006 04:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
I get the shakes in my right arm sometimes if I've been working too long; this has gotten worse since starting the graphics job at the newspaper. One of the factors for my arm's issue is the way I rest it on the corner of the desk. I rearranged things to try to put my arm in a more comfortable position, but it still occasionally acts up if I pull a long, busy day. (For instance, I put in beaucoup overtime over the last few weeks, and my arm has been super sore and twitchy. Been making it difficult to shoot photos.)

I use Tiger Balm occasionally, but more importantly I get up every 30 minutes or so and cruise around the office, stretch the arm out, get some kawfee, annoy the reporters, that kind of thing. If I remember to do it, this seems to keep it mostly at bay.

dustmeat From: dustmeat Date: March 13th, 2006 04:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Turn your "mouse arm" upside down. Grab the fingers with your other hand. Pull back. Hold. Feel the stretch.
ssantara From: ssantara Date: March 13th, 2006 04:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Massage and stretching is what I reconmend. Stretching in the opposite motion of what you are doing will help since the muscles are being used in one way for hours. Maybe look into some yoga since you are on the computer so much.
spirit_of_kina From: spirit_of_kina Date: March 13th, 2006 06:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Omg the icon! Rotflmao
ssantara From: ssantara Date: March 13th, 2006 07:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I had fun making that one. =)
die_monster From: die_monster Date: March 13th, 2006 08:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Your icon hath slain me. 50xp for you.
spirit_of_kina From: spirit_of_kina Date: March 13th, 2006 05:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heading packs and pads!!! And ibuprofen!
desertcoyote From: desertcoyote Date: March 14th, 2006 04:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Like some mentioned already, Bengay is good. If you have time, I find an Epsom salt bath (pour a cup or more Epsom salt in a warm bath) works wonders on sore muscles- it's where I'm heading soon for my sore legs....
faybleofdoom From: faybleofdoom Date: March 14th, 2006 04:41 am (UTC) (Link)
it really sounds like you have the beginnings of carpel tunnel syndrome. Rest, as in don't use that arm, is really the only way to make it stop hurting. You could try some over the counter pain meds like Aleve or Advil to take a little of the ouchies away. This is not the kind of pain that tylenol was made for. The other thing that you may want to look into is getting a custom made wrist wrap to keep your arm in proper alignment while you are working on the computer. Sorry it hit so hard just before your time off.
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