Have you ever suffered a painful overuse or repetitive motion injury at work?

@cricket1 (487)
United States
April 16, 2009 9:44pm CST
You may like your job and be good at it but then you start having severe pain due to overuse of the muscles required to get the job done. You have to see a doctor or go to the emergency room for unbearable pain and attempt to get a diagnosis. How does the company you work for react to this? You end up missing work, losing pay, and perhaps even going through intense pain. Do you get the funny looks from your superiors when you go back? Do you end up getting fired? Does it seem like they put even more on you after this happens? I have been through all this. I have suffered my last overuse injury at work, I'm done, it is not worth the pain for low pay and no or crappy insurance. I am off work due to a work related injury, overuse of my right arm and it is extremely painful, it affects my hand, arm, shoulder and rib area with muscle strain and torn muscles. (I am using my left hand to type) I was wondering if others have had this experience from working and what you have done about it or what has happened?
1 response
@spalladino (17923)
• United States
17 Apr 09
I have problems with my right wrist from overuse because I used to do a lot of work on the computer, using the mouse a lot. I did go to a doctor years ago for it and have a brace that I wear when it starts to act up. Other stress on that wrist also causes a flareup and I have recently found that letting my dog yank the leash when I'm holding it in that hand causes it to hurt all the way up to my shoulder. When I originally started having problems my employer was pretty understanding but my most recent employer seemed to have a problem when I was off my game and doing things slower because I was wearing the brace. Maybe she thought I was going to try to claim workman's comp against her or something.
@cricket1 (487)
• United States
17 Apr 09
Yes they get that way when you have problems like that and they are afraid of workman's comp. I had problems with my wrists for quite a while before this happened, but still had to work, I know now it gets worse when you have to work and can't stop when you need to and they act like you are being lazy if you are having problems. Believe me the pain is terrible if it goes too far.