Typing til it hurts...

By Leca
@lecanis (16664)
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
August 26, 2007 3:33pm CST
Today I realized just how big an addict I am, because I am in large amounts of pain while typing because I injured my shoulder falling, but I'm doing it anyway. I stayed offline two days ago after the injury happened, and yesterday as well, but today I just couldn't help but come online, post on mylot, update my blog, etc. What kind of crazy person types when it hurts? I do know someone who causes himself pain every time he plays a certain computer game because of the way he hold his arms, and yet plays it anyway. So I can't be the only person who lets their obsessions get the better of them even though it hurts. Still I feel a little dumb. Any of you ever come online and type even though you have an injury that makes it hurt, or just type until you're in pain because of it?
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@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
27 Aug 07
Agh! Watch it Lecan! I can understand your need to keep things up, but you sometimes do have to take it easy. Don't strain yourself. Well...I'm about to set myself up so maybe I shouldn't have said that. There are plenty of cases where I ignore physical, emotional or mental pain just to be on the computer. Yea probably an addiction. I'll type on carpal, I'll type on arm injuries or strains. I'll type with headaches, nausea and dizzyness. I've typed until it hurts too, 11 and 12 hour days can do that.
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
27 Aug 07
Well, my body forced me to take another break actually... I took another fall and then rested for a while, and then watched a few episodes of Naruto on the computer with my husband. I just popped back on for a couple minutes after my hubby left for work, and then I'm off to bed really. Since I've already taken medicine that tends to knock me out, I don't get much of a choice in the "going to bed soon" thing. =P I have been known to completely ignore pain to do things I want to as well. Right now my main issue is actually Meniere's disease, which causes vertigo, hearing loss, and this weird feeling of fullness, like you have a bad ear infection. I've been having pretty much continual vertigo for almost three months now, which is both why I'm on the computer so much (I can't go to work) and why I shouldn't be on the computer (I literally move my chair around to make it look like the computer is sitting still with my vertigo). That's what's causing all the falling and such as well, which is why I'm injured. But I'm traveling see a specialist on Tuesday (about 5 hours away from where I live), and might wind up having ear surgery. Yay. It'll be nice at least to have something being done though... my doctors here are all pretty stumped by my case it seems.
@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
27 Aug 07
Good luck Lecan. I'll keep you in my thoughts as you battle it. But really both of us should strain over the computer or anything else too much. (Yea yea, I'm going to bed, I'm going already!!) ;p
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
27 Aug 07
Thanks for all your kind words! Yup, yup, I'm going too, right now, really! Otherwise I'll not be very happy when my little one wakes me in the morning with "Momma, hungry! Momma, up!" =p
@Tukker (9)
• Netherlands
27 Aug 07
Yeah, i guess that its a known problem for us PC users/gamers. Im using pc's now for about 22 years but 2 years ago my shoulder started hurting due to the gaming position. Just going on and on till after 4 months i just couldnt go further anymore. Changed the chair, made it higher, equal with the desk and all probs are solved. Its a kind of addiction i guess that keeps you going through the pain.
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
27 Aug 07
*nods* Often those problems can be solved just by moving things around. Right now my husband is working on figuring out a better position for playing World of Warcraft, because it's causing him a lot of pain. Usually I don't have problems with the way our computer is set up now, but having the injured shoulder makes a difference. Thankfully tomorrow I won't be online anyway because I'll be in another state seeing a doctor, so I'll have to rest the shoulder.
• Netherlands
27 Aug 07
Good luck with your shoulder :)
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@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
27 Aug 07
I can understand your addiction to the PC and to being online, but you should rest your injured shoulder well before you attempt to use it for any prolonged physical activity. You risk slowing down your recovery, or worse, aggravating the injury to the extent that it becomes permanent and protracted. If you end up straining your shoulder, your injury may not heal well, and you may end up suffering long-term consequences. Do take care..it's better to be safe than sorry.
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
27 Aug 07
*nods* Those are all things I should think about. I am going to make sure I don't stay online too long today, and tomorrow I won't be online at all anyway because of other plans. So I should be all right. Thanks for your advice. =)
@sunshinecup (7881)
27 Aug 07
Bless your heart. I hope your shoulder gets to feeling better soon. Did you fracture anything? (BTW if that question was asked already sorry. But I am answering from email, YAY it works!) Anyways, I was sick about a month ago running fevers and the whole nine yards. Yet instead of lying in bed I was here. LOL, my hubby (my nurse) would get so upset with me. However Mylot and all my friends give me great pleasure and lying in bed does not. So at the risk of spiking my fevers even further, I was here. I figured if I can find some joy while not feeling good, it was worth it. But I did have to sneak to be here he was not home. Men can really nag don't let them try to claim it's just us women, LOL.
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
27 Aug 07
I'm pretty sure I didn't fracture anything, but I think I have some tears in there somewhere. If it doesn't feel all better in a couple of days then I guess I'll get it checked, but I'm hoping it'll just get better. I have too much other doctor's stuff going on this week to add that to it. Haha, I can just see you sneaking away to come to mylot... that's so funny! You bad girl you! =p
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@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
26 Aug 07
*stands...slowly...* "I am Crazynurse, and I am an addict." Ha! Yes, I can certainly identify with your situation. I have a rotator cuff injury in my left shoulder that sends pain down my right arm. Sitting at the computer with my hands stretched out to the keyboard irritates it terribly, yet I am planted here in the deskchair! I suppose all we can say is that we are addicted. We are willing to continue despite the 'pain' the 'substance' is causing in our lives!
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
27 Aug 07
Ah crazynurse, of all people you think you'd know better too! =P It is quite a scary addiction, when you put it in that way!
@pyewacket (44037)
• United States
26 Aug 07
Oh yup--you're not the only one who does this...I do a lot of typing myself, and every once in awhile I get my twinges of carpal tunnel, from mild to severe that it's almost completely incapacitating -- yet like a jerk, I'm still at it, and typing away. Ironically, sometimes by my typing, I seem to unkink the kinks in my hand and wrist so will feel better. Weird no?
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
27 Aug 07
Hey, that's neat, that sometimes it seems to have a positive effect! =) Very weird. Maybe it's just because you want it so badly, your mind has made your body accept it and take it to a positive place. Or maybe I'm just tired and overthinking. =P
@jpetals (314)
• Canada
26 Aug 07
Instead of addiction, you could say you have dedication.?.? I am certain you aren't the only one who would do it. I haven't had an injury that took me away from the computer, but I'm sure if it happened, I would figure out a way to get back on. I'm not that dedicated to mylot yet, but I do have sites that I think I would have to check in on. Thanks for a post that made me smile.
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
27 Aug 07
Oh, dedication, that does sound much better! *giggles* Well, let's hope you enjoy mylot enough to join us dedicated to it! It is an awfully fun place to be!
@1grnthmb (2063)
• United States
26 Aug 07
It doesn't take much for me to have bad pains in my hands because of arthritis. But I still plug away at it just to get the involved in disscussions to keep my mind active. Sore hands equal happy mind.
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
27 Aug 07
"Sore hands equal happy mind." That's an interesting way of putting a positive spin on it! I like that. =P
• United States
26 Aug 07
LMAO Lecanis..... Sorry for the laughter , but I know exactly how you are feeling. A few months ago well actually in the spring I had a bit of an embarrassing accident and hurt my tail bone rather badly. Crips it would kill me to sit at my desk and keyboard any length of time and type. But I did as much as I could tolerate. Why? Because It hurt me worse to not be here. LMAO I guess we all have addictive personalities in some way or another.
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
26 Aug 07
hehe Glad to hear that I'm not the only one like this! =p It drove me crazy yesterday when I couldn't seem to type at all, I kept looking at the computer wistfully! Even this morning I managed to resist the urge, but this afternoon I just couldn't!
@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
31 Aug 07
I guess it depends which comes first...the pain or the typing. I think you can alleviate some pain by gently working through it but if the typing is causing the pain you should rest or change the way you hold your mouth or something.
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@vicki2876 (5640)
• Canada
31 Aug 07
I can understand ya in being addicted to something till it hurts. I got a blister on my thumb from playing this one video game cause I just had to beat it. Also right now I am so sick with a flu and I was working out last night and it was killing me but I just had to do it. I already took a couple days off to rest and I needed to workout cause I was getting to stiff. The kids thought I was nuts, but I felt better that I did, mostly because it put my mind at ease that I wasn't letting a flu slow me down.
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
28 Aug 07
After I've been typing awhile my wrists and forearms get to hurting and yet I keep typing to get finished what I set out to do. Have a great day!! AT PEACE WITHIN
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• Philippines
27 Aug 07
I always type till it hurts. One of my professions is accepting typing jobs. I am always hurt and injured in a way because I would usually feel some pain on my elbows which I am trying to endure and ignore most of the time. I do not know why I could still go on. Anyway, I really do love typing and I enjoy it even when it hurts sometimes.
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@navtech (1776)
• India
31 Aug 07
Dear lecanis, I am sorry to learn you had injured your should falling. I am an accountant and I have a full time employment. I work on computer more than 8 to 10 hours in office and when I reach home I use my house computer for posting responses to mylot at least for 3 to 4 hours. I never get tired by working with computer. I do not get any sort of pain in my body due to the reason that might be I started my career as a typist at the age of 18. In those days I used to work more than 10 hours as typist on manual typewriter. I find old people like me who had worked as typist and stenographer do not get bodyache by working on computer but modern generation complain about working on computer is stressful. Moreover one reason might be they do not do blind typing as we the old poeple do in computer. Those who do not know blind typing in computer, have to have more concentration on the keyboard, thereby they strain their body more in order to have more concentration on the keyboard.