I believe I have identified a new medical problem, which I will call "Blogger's arm". For the last week or so, my right wrist, the heel of my hand and the arm about 4 inches up toward my elbow have been feeling as though they have been pounded into the sand at the seashore - or maybe filed down with a rough emery board. It is especially apparent on the outer side of the hand and wrist, leading me to believe that the mouse pad I have is responsible for the sensitivity. Truth be known, it is likely the amount of time I spend with that wrist on a mouse pad that causes the problem.
Can any of you recommend a mouse pad that might alleviate the symptoms? I used to have a padded one, but that made my hand go numb. The one I have now was one sent to me by Rosie O'Donnell last year when her web-site started. It says "go blog urself" - rosie.com, and I like it a lot.
I have tried to adopt the concert pianist's hand "posture", that of arching the fingers and having contact with the mouse only through the fingertips, but that leaves a lot to be desired in the long haul, causing finger and wrist fatigue. I really do need your advice for a solution to the problem, since I am unlikely to give up the computer any time soon.....LOL
Added later: I have an optical mouse, with a scroll wheel, and back and forward buttons. I will check into a track ball mouse, though, if you think it cold help solve the problem. The last time I used a mouse pad with a gel insert for the wrist, my whole hand went numb. Perhaps I will try another type.
Thanks to everyone for your ideas. I don't think I explained it properly. It is more of a skin sensitivity than anything else. I don't have pain within the hand or wrist - just on the surface. I just got out an old gel mousepad. If that doesn't help, I will get an old beanie baby stuffed animal and try that - thanks Raggedy. I have about 20 of those - so one ought to help pad it!
Note: check back tonight for a post on our meeting with Ed Rabel (July 20th post)