I am getting a wrist problem... arghhh

farqueue

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Hi guys, i have a logitech mouse. I find pointing to precise buttons very hard. Coming from windows, all the mice moves with perfect precision and feels fast.

I am having a hard time closing applications, selecting or pointing at proper things and i am having wrist strains ever since i moved to using a mac. It feels blocky. I need it to accelerate faster

I need help.

PS: i am using an MX 300 Logitech.
 

annk

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First off, I'd learn as many keyboard shortcuts as possible, and use them until they become second nature.

Secondly, I'd take a look at how you're holding your mouse. Any tension in the shoulder? Is your chair at the right height compared to your desk? Do you have a big enough surface to rest your forearm on while using the mouse? Are you gripping the mouse harder than you need to?

I can't help you with mouse models - - I've had to deal with arm pain, but I've never noticed any difference at all from one mouse to the other, or between PC (which I use hours a day at work) and Mac (which I use constantly at home :D ).

At times, I've actually switched to using the mouse with my left hand. It's not as hard as you'd think.
 

Caesar0801

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I don't own a mac yet...
but aren't there any system preferences you can customize to increase sensitivity so you have to move your hand less to move the pointer?

grtz
 

Temujin

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Caesar0801 said:
I don't own a mac yet...
but aren't there any system preferences you can customize to increase sensitivity so you have to move your hand less to move the pointer?

grtz
There is, but changing the settings so you don't have to move your mouse as much will only increase the strain on your wrist. If you want to achieve less strain on the wrist you have to decrease the sensitivity. Using bigger movements will put the strain on a larger number of muscles, joints and so on, instead of only the wrist.
 

katie ta achoo

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if your wrists are hurting, stop using the computer so much. Get some pain reliever and wait for your wrists to heal. I've had to do that on numerous occasion when the weather is exacerbating by bad joints.
 

Axegrinder

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I've had severe wrist problems over the last couple of years due to many years of using computers all day at work and then coming home and using my own at night. I had physio at one point but in the end I bought one of these (well, work bought it for me) and the difference has been amazing.

I seriously considered changing career it was getting so bad. At home, I use a pen and graphics tablet. That works great too. Don't continue to struggle though, it will only get worse. Do something about it now.
 

redeye be

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I have set my mouse to a very high sensitivity and move it with my fingers mostly (started doing that with the puck-mouse and it stuck, i like it like that). Minimal to no wrist movement.

As for curing your wrist, a powerball is great fun.
http://www.powerballs.com/
 

iVersa

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I used to have a really bad wrist from using a logitech mouse, carpel tunnel type symptoms. And when id move my wrist it would click - horrible.

Ive been using a Mighty mouse for the past year and my wrist problems have completely vanished. Although I must add in this past year I have improved my sitting posture alot too.
 

dcv

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AndyR said:
http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/products/details/GB/EN,CRID=2150,CONTENTID=5145

I use one of these at work as I was getting seriously bad cramps in my wrist by the end of the day and my hand constantly felt like it wanted to curl up. Got this and after a day learning it my problems have gone and its a dream to use.

Almost tempted to replace my MM at home with one.
Am using exactly the same thing right now and for the exact same reason.

I can't recommend trackballs enough.
 

bousozoku

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The Logitech Control Center helps a lot with the acceleration. Without the software, it's pretty bad on any of the Logitech models.

I'm with annk. Use Command-Q to quit applications and command-x, command-c, and command-v to cut, copy, and paste. I only go to the menus and toolbars as necessary, even in Windows.
 

farqueue

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bousozoku said:
The Logitech Control Center helps a lot with the acceleration. Without the software, it's pretty bad on any of the Logitech models.

I'm with annk. Use Command-Q to quit applications and command-x, command-c, and command-v to cut, copy, and paste. I only go to the menus and toolbars as necessary, even in Windows.

I have a logitech media elite keyboard thats hooked up to my macbook.
I've downloaded logitech control centre but it doesnt detect the keyboard, just the mouse.

The problem i have with the mouse is that i find pointing to small little things eg filling up questionaires or forms where you have to check those checkboxes extremely difficult. Other than than its ok.

I spend the same amount of time i had on a PC and had no problems till i got this mac.

And how can i use the command button on a windows logitech keyboard??
Is there a hack?
 

Cooknn

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If you're using a keyboard tray under your desk - get it the heck out of there. Put your keyboard and your mouse on the same plane as your MacBook. Move your MacBook back a bit and keep your mouse back far enough so that you are resting your forearm on the desk as you move it around. Also make sure your chair will go high enough. You should not be reaching up.
 

bousozoku

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farqueue said:
I have a logitech media elite keyboard thats hooked up to my macbook.
I've downloaded logitech control centre but it doesnt detect the keyboard, just the mouse.

The problem i have with the mouse is that i find pointing to small little things eg filling up questionaires or forms where you have to check those checkboxes extremely difficult. Other than than its ok.

I spend the same amount of time i had on a PC and had no problems till i got this mac.

And how can i use the command button on a windows logitech keyboard??
Is there a hack?
I don't know about using a Windows keyboard on a Mac so I can't tell you anything but to experiment.

As far as filling out questionnaires online, I tend to use the full keyboard access and I tab and spacebar my way through checkboxes.

I believe that part of the problem is acclimation. I've noticed a lot of people who have only experienced one platform or the other tend to have great difficulties switching and those who have been on many platforms have fewer or none. Your age, of course, might be contributing but your muscle memory has already learnt a certain way of doing things. It takes time to change.
 

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lord patton

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Lots of good suggestions have already been made, especially keyboard shortcuts and using your left hand to mouse (this is an _excellent_ idea!).

If you're interested in learning more about how your whole body contributes to your comfort, look into these:

http://www.amazon.com/FeldenkraisThe-Persons-Guide-Easier-Movement/dp/1889618772/sr=8-4/qid=1157675074/ref=sr_1_4/002-3084397-1277652?ie=UTF8&s=books

and

http://www.amazon.com/Comfort-at-Your-Computer-Body-Awarness-Training-Pain-Free-Computer-Use/dp/1556433220/sr=1-1/qid=1157675128/ref=sr_1_1/002-3084397-1277652?ie=UTF8&s=books

Many, many times, the locus of the symptom isn't the source of the problem. Could it be shoulder tension, immobile pelvis, no support from the feet, clenched abdomen, narrow focus of the eyes?
 

farqueue

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above - my grandpa
below - me

They're testing out my new macbook.:rolleyes: