Question: I have been having the most aggravating time with my GP.  The pain started in my neck and down my right arm, I went to my GP and he gave me some pain pills. Well, they knocked me out, and kept me away from my computer for 3 days. (Which is a long time for me to be away from my computer) Well, when I quit taking the medication, I sat down at my computer and as soon as my hand closed around the mouse the pain went through my wrist, up my arm and right into my shoulder.

My wrist is now quite swollen and it is very difficult to even lift the kettle.  I have been sent for X-Rays and then sent to Casualty and now being referred to an Orthopedic Surgeon…But No one thinks it is computer related. I feel like I am losing my mind. I know WHEN my wrist hurts. And I also have been reading the stretches that have been posted. And the rest periods do seem to help but nothing really alleviates the pain.(Unless I take those bloody pain killers that also make me unconscious!

But every time I mention my computer, it seems because the pain ‘started in my shoulder/neck’ they do not think it is computer related.  Help someone, please tell me I am not alone in this THEY know my Body better than me theory!!!

Answer 1: Most of us have fairly bad posture and get tense at times in front of a computer. It seems to be common knowledge among RSI specialists that neck and shoulder problems can cause pain elsewhere such as hands and wrists.  I would suggest you need to see a physio and try to stretch and relax your shoulders and. Neck. You could also try and get a touchpad to replace the mouse

Answer 2: I think you can ask your GP for a referral. I went privately to a physio that I’d heard had knowledge of RSI. Expensive but worth it I think. If you’re GP does refer you may have to wait a few months for an appointment.

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