Shoulder joint pain while using the mouse anyone?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by lvjesus, Aug 24, 2005.

  1. lvjesus

    lvjesus Member

    My shoulder joint has been hurting really bad lately. I am wondering if it is from using the mouse here at work. I know FM does not cause joint pain, so I guess it is not that, but I am wondering if it is related.

    I thought it might have to do with my problems with my hip hurting when I sleep on my right side and it has been better since I have seemed to be able to keep off that side in the night, but today it really hurts.

    Thanks, I know that is kind of vague. It is like it hurts more when I hold it out from my body. If I keep my elbow against my side, it does not hurt as much. I hope that helps!

  2. smiffy79

    smiffy79 New Member

    yup,i keep deep heat nxt to my cpu so i dont have to leave so soon but i usually manage about an hour b4 i have to leave but the deep heat helps me reach that time.
  3. hoodnanny

    hoodnanny New Member

    i stay on the is like watching tv for me and this week it has hurt so has run into the back of the neck and giving me headaches. i just rest awhile and come back....i like reading about everyone.....the thing is i am worried about darude....any one heard.
  4. sunflowergirl

    sunflowergirl Well-Known Member

    I've noticed the pain in my right shoulder from using the mouse. I think I've solved my problem temporarily by moving the pad directly in front of me instead of to the right side.

    I can't use my left hand worth a darn otherwise I would use it off and on.
  5. lvjesus

    lvjesus Member

    for the replies. I don't mind no solution, Gigi. It is good to know others have it in deciding doc or no doc. I rarely go to the doctor. I find out here if I am wacked out or if it is an FM thing (something serious I would go anyway).

    If no one has this, it should be checked out, if others do, it is live and get by for me. Since my dx I have been to the doctor twice, both times for prescriptions that I wanted to ask for (no choice, had to go to the doc for the rx). The second visit got me a referral to a rheumy, so that might count as #3.

  6. allie42

    allie42 Guest

    Hi Sonya:

    Interesting to find someone else with exactly the same problem I have with both my right shoulder and my right hip.

    The last few days have been worse than I've had for a while, but sometimes when there's a storm coming, it gets worse. (We have a hurricane coming--again!)

  7. ilovecats94

    ilovecats94 New Member

    as I usually have wrist problems from the mouse. I'm wondering if the shoulder problem is just FM? Do you have it at other times of the day doing other things?

    The one thing that comes to mind is frozen shoulder. I hope you don't have that. Hope it will feel better.

    I've had both of my shoulders frozen and it has taken like 4 years or so for both of them to get back to normal. Hope that isn't your case.

    Big hugs,
  8. fivesue

    fivesue New Member

    It's hurting right now, so I think I'll stop for a bit. Need to put my brace back on and rest it a while.

    Ain't life grand? (-:

  9. lvjesus

    lvjesus Member

    I think it is reaching out at an angle. I have tendonitis in my right wrist and have an Microsoft ergonomic keyboard that all but eradicates that problem. I do not have a keyboard drawer, well I do, but it is one of those swing arm things attached to my countertop in my cube and I cannot use that thing, so the mouse is on the countertop and I think the angle of my arm when using it is causing the problem.

    My elbow sits out from my body at about a 45 degree angle. I have my armrest high enough so that I can rest my elbow on it, but I still think it is the angle.

    The real problem is that I am using the mouse to surf the board...!!!

  10. EllenComstock

    EllenComstock New Member

    My neck and right shoulder are my worst areas. They hurt all the time. I got my employer to get me a new computer table, wrist rests, mouse pad and mouse. It has helped with the pain in my arms, but has done nothing for my neck and shoulders.

    I was off for the summer and have no computer at home so I was curious to see if this would reduce the pain, but no change. Then I decided that getting a fanny pack instead of carring a heavy purse with a shoulder strap would help. No help.

    I asked my FMS doctor about this area during my last visit. He said the neck and shoulder areas are the hardest to treat in FMS. I was also hopeful that the morphine I'm on now might help.

    I can certainly relate to your frustration. I have decided I just have to accept the pain as there is nothing else I can do. I alternate heat and cold packs and that temporarily reduces the pain. Sometimes the hubby massages these areas gently and that feels good.


    LISALOO New Member

    It really helped when I got a mouse with a roller ball. It's on the right side so you use your thumb instead of your whole arm. Took a lot of my pain away.
  12. Dee33K

    Dee33K New Member

    I can sure help with this one!

    I am on the computer at work (Office Manager for a DDS, TMJ Specialist, I do the research for diseases and meds our patients come in with) and I am also on the computer at home.

    I was having LOTS of pain from using the mouse and I KNEW that repetition was causing it! I found my wonderful "Rocket Mouse" ! I have one at home and at work now. I have sold my patients at work on them, too because they come by my desk and see me using it and all want to know where I got it! You can only order it on the internet. Just type in Rocket mouse to your search engine or Ergonomics and look for Rocket Mouse. I will never be without one again! This guy was getting so much pain in his body from working on his computer he started his own company. He has all kinds of Ergonomically correct eqipment that will help you. The roller balls didn't do a thing for me. Same type of movement. This is different. You can hold it in your lap. Use your thumb and index finger. Takes a bit to get used to but wonderful.

    <br>[<i>This Message was Edited on 08/26/2005</i>]
  13. kbak

    kbak Member

    I get terrible pain all the way up my right arm from being on the computer. Especially if I type. So I don't post a whole lot because of it!
  14. LittleBluestem

    LittleBluestem New Member

    I hate my mouse. I have read that they bring about carpel tunnel syndrome more quickly than keyboarding. I use Ctrl/Alt key commands whenever possible. I switch my mouse from side to side regularly and reset it (Right Handed/Left Handed) when I do so.

    I sometimes uses my heated ‘bed buddy’ while I am at the computer and cold packs before and/or afterwards.

    I also do the neck and shoulder stretches that my chiropractor gave me at least once a day. It is supposed to be twice a day, but doesn't always happen. It is easier to spend 1.5 minutes heating up the bed buddy than 15 minutes doing stretches. {Sigh}

    For my hips, I currently have a wedge-shaped foam pad on my chair seat. I bought it when I was working. I bought a back support then, too, but it doesn't fit my chair here at home. I purchased one of those exercise ball because I read that they make good computer chairs, but I haven't blown it up yet.
    <br>[<i>This Message was Edited on 08/27/2005</i>]
  15. Karen27

    Karen27 New Member

    I too have chronic shoulder pain, and, yes, it was excruciating after using the trackball for just a few minutes.
    This is what has helped me.

    I have a mini-recliner (don't know what to call it...a metal and pad chair that reclines but takes up very little space)that just fits fine at the table upon which sits the computer. I have my heating pad on the back, and a pillow and large plastic cutting board on my lap. The keyboard and the trackball fit on the cutting board. Seems that having the trackball so close to my body, and down on my lap, helps mostly all the time. I still sometimes get the shoulder pain, but not as much. Oh, and there is the footstool under the table for my feet and legs. All in all, a very comfy arrangement.
  16. purpleleaves

    purpleleaves New Member

    I am in bed primarily, and a very good friend bought me a laptop and a wireless mouse. I can put the mouse wherever I need to, positioning my arm however I need to. The wrist support is helpful too, but having the ability to move about the page with the mouse on my stomach, leg, or mattress has helped a lot! (it works via laser-type light sensor--no roller ball. $30 at Wal-Mart.
  17. lvjesus

    lvjesus Member

    I will consider them more when I have a bit more time (like at work LOL).

    Everyone has been very helpful and given me a good amount of info to consider.

    I love the idea of moving the mouse to the other side and switching it to left handed. That would help a lot I think.

    Having it down on a keyboard drawer helped but that it not an option with my desk set up at work.

  18. KerryK

    KerryK Member

    Much of my computing/wrist/arm grief is relieved by using a touchpad, much like those you see on most notebook PC's. The most common ones for PC's are from Cirque, at . They are rarely found in stores anymore. A midline model will probably cost around $50. They work with just the lightest finger tap, are very reliable. You can easily switch arms with it, and if you want to lean back for comfort, you can place it on you belly.. Very comfortable to work with.
  19. dunnlb

    dunnlb New Member

    I really messed up my right shoulder with the mouse when I first got my computer. I had to use my left hand for about 6 months in order for my shoulder to heal.

    When I first switched to the left hand, it seemed like my brain wasn't half working. In about a week, it seemed natural using it.

    I am sure you know how to switch, but for those who don't: go to Start, Control Panel, then to Mouse. There you can switch from righthand to lefthand.
  20. Dolphin82

    Dolphin82 New Member

    but its not from using my r hand i get pain in my left shoulder and mid back from being on comp but not from using the mouse i have a rollerball one with the ball in the middle so i cannot work this one out must just be me ugh.


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