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Old 3rd January 2011, 13:04
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Wrist problems from sending morse?

Have other ex-R/O's suffered from carpal tunnel syndrome or ulnar nerve constriction? I do and I'm not sure whether it is down to sending morse or operating keyboards, typewriters and computers. What do others think?
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Old 3rd January 2011, 13:52
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Old 3rd January 2011, 14:43
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I didn't detect any such problem when I was an R/O years ago but today, 45 years later, I do get warning signs. My impression is that it can be caused by allowing one's hand to rest on the desk or keyboard for longish periods whilst one's attention is on the screen (pressure and deformation?). I've learned to be aware of it and so have kept out of trouble thus far.
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Old 3rd January 2011, 14:48
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Have other ex-R/O's suffered from carpal tunnel syndrome or ulnar nerve constriction? I do and I'm not sure whether it is down to sending morse or operating keyboards, typewriters and computers. What do others think?
Now you got me thinking-- I have had Carpal Tunnel Syndrome surgery- unfortunately for me the surgery went wrong and I,m left with 3 fingers that don't quite belong to me now !!!!!!
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Old 3rd January 2011, 15:02
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No real need to associate it with our old job because LOTS of people get it!
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No real need to associate it with our old job because LOTS of people get it!
I agree with this, I got it from playing tenor banjo.... very very
painfull afliction.

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Old 3rd January 2011, 16:28
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Now you got me thinking-- I have had Carpal Tunnel Syndrome surgery- unfortunately for me the surgery went wrong and I,m left with 3 fingers that don't quite belong to me now !!!!!!
I had this surgery done to my left wrist about 7 or 8 years ago thankfully it was successful - I don't know what caused the initial problem although i have continued using computers/keyboards since I left the navy. It wasn't the morse key as I am right handed.
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Old 3rd January 2011, 16:29
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I had problems with sending morse after I broke my right wrist in a car accident. It eventually got more or less better but as I get older I find that I get aches in places where I have had injuries in the past. I do a lot of editing on the computer and found that using a normal mouse made my hand ache. I now have a scrolling-thumb mouse which is much better for my wrist. (if I use it too much my thumb aches instead!)
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"I got it from playing tenor banjo.... very very
painfull afliction"


Yes, that IS an affliction.

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Old 3rd January 2011, 20:59
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"I got it from playing tenor banjo.... very very
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Yes, that IS an affliction.

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Old 3rd January 2011, 21:01
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ask your doctor for a cortisone injection i had the same problem in my wrists due to plastering for years it worked a treat hope it helps .john
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Any repetitive wrist action, over a long period, can cause this problem. Think of painters, and yes plasterers. It didn't happen so much when using typewriters apparently because the typist needed to shift the carriage at the end of each line, which was enough to change the angle of the wrist momentarily. Nowadays, we just keep typing and forget to do a few wrist exercises. Although the problem occurs mainly in the wrist, it can also be a problem at the elbow and shoulder.
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Old 3rd January 2011, 22:24
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I know a plasterer who has tennis elbow, but yet to meet a tennis player with plasterers elbow!
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Old 4th January 2011, 00:29
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Sis is quite correct, Carpel Tunnel Syndrome is another name for Repetitive Strain Injury, caused by repetitive movement. I was an Engineer but I can imagine that using a morse key would be very likely to be a cause of CPS. I have had surgery on my left wrist for CTS, and it was very succesful and not at all painful. Now my right wrist is heading the same way which I can only put down to using a mouse for long periods. But, who knows? I also had problems with my right elbow but injections eased that and have had no more problems with it. It may also have been caused by excessive use of a Tennants top end spanner in years gone by.
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Any repetitive wrist action, over a long period, can cause this problem.

I thought everyone's mothers warned them about this and the growing of hairs on your palm.
It could send you blind too!
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yes JB. winding ones automatic watch can cause eye weakness. Now wheres my glasses...LOL
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Always remember my No.1 R/O on Karanja listening to my morse then widening the gap on the key and telling me I would have a sore wrist if I used a narrow gap, nerve sending he called it and I reckon Nobby Clarke the No.1 was right as my wrist never bothered me, you can get up a nice rythm with a wide gap on the key too.
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I thought everyone's mothers warned them about this and the growing of hairs on your palm.
It could send you blind too!
That must be why I have to wear glasses now!
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I had Carpal Tunnel surgery last Thursday but mine seems to be connected with my Diabetes !
Too early yet to know result. Stitches come out on Friday.
Typing this with left hand
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I thought everyone's mothers warned them about this and the growing of hairs on your palm.
It could send you blind too!
Oh no, Carpel Tunnel Vision?

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Copper band

I developed joint pain in my right shoulder and elbow. Then I got one of those copper bracelets been wearing it now for five years. Must work, the problem has gone away.
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When I first went in passenger ships in 1965 (went to sea in early 61) I quickly developed problems when sending for long periods became a pain. Alway getting the usual from Portishead "You are slurring your dots get the chief!" Such statements didn't help as I would never dream of disturbing his pipe-smoking and frowning in the R/T section (out of view of passengers) and it only made my morse even worse. Chief objected to bug keys as well. Eventually, chief had a voyage off and 2nd went up to chief. On arrival Cape Town, he told me to get myself up to Hamrad and get a bug key. I did so and after about a week, found that I could send morse again without pain. At the end of voyage, chief returned and his replacement degenerated to 2nd again. By prior arrangement, I was in the W/T section sending a pile of messages when 2nd manouvered chief in and remarked on my improved sending. Chief looked in, saw bug key, listened to morse & just said "mmmh great improvement "and the bug was allowed to remain.
Used one for next 20 years and never had any more pain in wrist.
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Yes -playing my 5 string banjo for more than 35 years has taking its toll. Can hardly play it at all in the cold weather although the doctor says it is rhumatism. But only in right hand. CTS is a well known injury resulting from use of keyboards without adequate wrist supports and frequent breaks in activity.

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I developed joint pain in my right shoulder and elbow. Then I got one of those copper bracelets been wearing it now for five years. Must work, the problem has gone away.
I haven't heard of the copper bracelets working for RSI (repetitive strain injury) but does seem to work for arthritic type of problems. Anything is worth a try though.
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