So, this is gonna be a shitty blog post. But I need to explain whats going on so folks kinda understand.
Over the last 6 months my hands, specifically my index and ring fingers, and my thumbs, have been having issues. After prolounged use at work, or after about 30 minutes to an hour of playing games / using a controller / mouse+keyboard, they start to hurt. If I keep going, the pain magnifies.
I talked to my doctor about it a few months ago, and he told me that the tendons in my fingers / hands are tightening from overusage. Basically, I am overworking them and its becoming hard to use my hands. Resting them, heat, and some exercises help to lessen it however. But there is no fixing it. I can’t take most pain killers cause of medication interactions, so those are right out as well
I have tried a variety of things to help ease it. The biggest one is something my wife came up with: taking an Icy Hot patch, cutting it into strips, and literally lining my fingers / hand with em. I have been doing this right before I go to bed, and it helps tremendously…as long as I dont try to play video games.
Typing at work is a tad different then gaming, when you think about it. With gaming, you hold your hands in specific positions depending on how you control it, and you tend to tense up a bit. You can’t help it. When typing your hands are moving all over the place.
I have found it takes longer for my hands to start hurting at work now. I can usually manage about 4-5 hours of constant work (I do call center stuff so endless typing / data entry) with typing before the ache sets in. Then after 8 hours of it, my hands hurt quite a bit, I go home, have a hot shower, and then relax. By the time I go to bed and put the patches on the pain is pretty well gone, and the patches help keep things limber.
Then I wake up and do it all over again. 5 days in a row. 40 hours a week.
By the time I get to the weekend now the last thing I wanna do is touch a game. I know it will hurt. This past saturday (4/22/17) I tried to play Hearthstone, a game that ONLY uses the mouse, and managed an hour before my right hand started hurting. And it didnt stop for about two hours later.
I will no longer be doing my wrestling streams, for example. Setting up the cards / matches requires me to use a controller for about 30 minutes. After 15 minutes in a position holding the controller the ache sets in. Its not bad, but after 30 minutes its enough to make me not want to touch it. So I am going to avoid it.
Basically, video games are a no for me for a very long time. A friend of mine has told me he had similar issues. He had to stop gaming for nearly a year to get his hands to settle back down, and let things limber back up. And thats prolly where I am heading. And I may never play video games again (which SUCKS let me tell you)
On the plus side, this leaves me more time to work on things for Tabletop RPGs, like homebrewing a world, running DND games, ect. Nothing major, I still don’t wanna type too much at home. But its something.
Hell typing this up has made my hands hurt a bit. Then again I am at work so they kinda already were. At least I know now when I get home I have some relief.
Thats life. It sucks at times. But all we can do is adapt.