RSI, Tea n Coffee

Question: Does anybody know of any connection between RSI and drinking too much tea and coffee? Just a thought, because that’s what a lot of people consume during a working day!

Answer 1: I reckon it may be that RSI sufferers are more likely to drink tea and coffee so they can give their wrists a rest from the computer!

Answer 2: Seems like a good reason to me…

Answer 3: It’s got my vote!

Answer 4: Looking at my watch, I can see its “that time” again ..

Answer 5: Define “too much”.

Answer 6: I consider it self-medication.

Answer 7: Well, thanks to RSI, my little finger now sticks out uncontrollably, and this is especially noticeable when drinking tea and coffee! Perhaps the habit of sticking the little finger out whilst drinking WASN’T from the wish to look polite and elegant, but the results of RTI (Repetitive Tea Ingestion)?

Answer 8: After all the other types of replies, I just want to say that I do think that more than one mug of coffee a day does actually make things worse for me.

Answer 9: Notes on tea and coffee – and other things
Whilst recently in Canada I visited Chapters Bookstore – I love books and can spend hours just looking at them (plus they also have a Starbucks Coffee Shop inside). I happened to stumble upon a book on RSI and naturally had to peruse it! It had notes concerning all kinds of things believed possible to contribute to RSI, in not the cause, definitely seeming to cause additional side effects. For example – smoking – which reduces oxygen to the blood, and so makes sense? Many “women’s problems”, such as PMS and Menopause seem to exacerbate symptoms also – and they say “though not specifically a woman’s problem, RSI does seem to occur in women more than men (apologies to all males – these are not my findings!). Caffeine, as a stimulant can also be suspected to increase RSI problems – just like anything else we enjoy in life, these things are not good for us. It did not mention sex, I wonder if that is good or bad for RSI! As I believe we all know, the thing the experts do not seem to understand is why only some people are susceptible to RSI related problems – I suppose the answer to this could help prevent it and, therefore, is the key issue!

Answer 10: As far as I know, there’s no evidence to show that only some people are susceptible to RSI. When workloads go up, the incidence of RSI goes up. When workloads go down, and breaks and decent workstations come in, the incidence of RSI goes down. Statistically, more women suffer from RSI, but this is probably because statistically, women are more likely than men to be in jobs where they have little control over their working pattern, work setup, and workload. People differ in the workload they can handle, just as they differ in the distance they can swim or the weight they can lift. Some may start showing symptoms of RSI much earlier than others, but it isn’t because they’re susceptible, and the others aren’t — their tolerance levels are just somewhat lower. It’s like when the canary in the mine keels over — the problem isn’t in the canary, it’s in the conditions.

Answer 11: “People differ in the workload they can handle, just as they differ in the distance they can swim or the weight they can lift” – There is much logic in this comment, and I agree wholeheartedly with much of your statement. I have friends and colleagues who have used keyboards as much and possibly more than I, in the same or similar conditions – yet they do not have the problems I currently have. Tough luck, I suppose so, as you say some people can handle more than others – this is annoying for me as I have quite a high stress and workload tolerance, it is my arms/hands which cannot keep up the pace! My other frustration is lack of tolerance in non sufferers – but that is an old story!

Answer 12: I’ve been quiet for a while – apologies, still not pain free – but in my trainee nutritionist capacity (!), tea and coffee both deplete absorption of minerals and vitamins and I have read that vitamin B6 (or lack of) has been shown to have an effect on RSI. It’s a vitamin with an action on nerve impulses. I have an article I will dig out on B6 and RSI.


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