Health Advices and Longevity

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  1. David De Lucena

    David De Lucena Science Nut

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    I have seen this happens, but usually the kid has autism ( with very very selective alimentation), or some other PICA eating disorder. Cianocobalamine neuropathies only happens when people cut some key food for years (3-5 years). Also, supportive parents won't give children its kind of liberty.
     
  2. gixxerwimp

    gixxerwimp Professional tricycle rider

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    I was going to post in the All Purpose Flour thread, but there's too much random stuff there so ...

    I started getting some tingling and numbness running up the outside of my left hand and forearm. Pretty sure it's due to overuse of the shift/ctrl keys and other L-hand hotkey combos (I do a lot of copy/paste, undo/redo, cut, etc. at work). I'm going to start training myself to use alternate key combos to perform these tasks.

    I'm currently using this keyboard at work which is getting a bit old and the keys are starting to get stiff and sticky.

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    Does anyone have any reccos for a reasonably priced keyboard (<$100) with light smooth-action keys, maybe split? I've searched a bit and the fancy ergonomic ones aren't really an option.

    Also, any suggestions for DIY physio?
     
  3. JustAnotherRando

    JustAnotherRando My other bike is a Ferrari

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    A quick recommendation would be to swap the left control and caps lock keys. This is a common keyboard trick, as it involves far less hand contortion when doing cut/copy/paste. It's also very easy to adapt to.

    It's common enough that a good number of mechanical keyboards support the swap via DIP switches. Or you can remap in software- Sharpkeys is a little program that will write key mapping changes into the Windows registry.
     
  4. gixxerwimp

    gixxerwimp Professional tricycle rider

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    This is cool. Weird, but cool. Kinda like driving on the wrong side of the road in Australia/NZ/etc. Thanks for this tip, I can feel it taking some of the strain off already.
    :bow:
     
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  5. Armaegis

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    @gixxerwimp
    Many of the gaming keyboards and mice also have extra buttons which you can program. My most frequent use is on my mouse I reprogrammed the forward/backward buttons to CTRL+PGUP/PGDN so I can navigate spreadsheets and browser tabs more quickly.

    Then there's the super crazy custom keyboard world that can be customized with layers of commands, on top of whatever ergonomic whatchamallits you can think of.
     
  6. David De Lucena

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    You have to stop every 60-90 min to stand up and stretch tour arms and hands. No keyboard Will work unless you do those pauses .
     
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    @gixxerwimp , yeah, probably buttons vs fingers but: have you also considered your neck? Been craning/twisting since the eye thing?
     
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    This caught my attention - I suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding) in my sleep to the extent that on one particularly frantic night I chipped a front tooth. It happens without fail every night. On rare occasions I feel my jaw muscles involuntarily adopting the bite position even when I'm awake.

    The consequence of this is that the muscles supporting the jaw, which include muscles running down the neck, build with tension over time. I wouldn't describe this problem as seriously impairing the quality of life but I have no doubt it affects the quality of my sleep and it's something I'd like to correct.

    The trouble is, as David points out above, is that the contraction is automatic and seemingly irresistible, mainly because I'm unconscious when it happens.

    It's a relatively common condition and I was wondering if anyone out there has or had this and if they've found a way to reduce it or to stop it altogether.
     
  9. David De Lucena

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    Yes, I had this problem. I do use a teeth protection, I'm going every Monday to a chiropractor and once in the week, if things got tensioned, I do use cyclobenzaprine (muscle relaxant). For me, this routine improved my pain in 60-70%. But I do have it, sometimes. Welcome to the conversation . You have a nice avatar picture for our thread! \/
     
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    Don't think so. Looking at a monitor I don't notice it as much actually. I think it's just years of using ctrl functions catching up with me. Right hand on mouse and left hand doing the copying, pasting, finding, closing/opening tabs, selecting all... Geez, no wonder it's fucked up.

    I have break reminders set, but often your in the middle of something and ignore them.
     
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    This is really useful advice, especially the bit about Sharpkeys. I find that little registry hack indispensable when working on Windows systems. These seemingly small modifications to repetitive motions can make a big difference in the long run. For me, I spend a lot of time in emacs. This means using all sorts of funky key bindings. The setup that I find most comfortable is actually to re-map ctrl to the left alt key so I can press it with my thumb. This helps avoid the dreaded "emacs pinkie." I also find that I only ever press caps lock on accident, so my setup has no caps key at all. This took a little getting used to, but now I could never go back to the default layout. Setting up the key mappings is one of the first things I do on any new system.
     
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    As a vimmer I turn caps lock into esc :rolleyes:

    I do that in Vim though, in windows I do the caps lock into ctrl thing, and also most games unless shift is more necessary.

    It's saved many an hour of aching hands.
     
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    You could also train yourself to be mousebidextrous. I did this years ago in response to right-shoulder soreness (seismic interpretation is a killer), and even for unco-ordinated me it was surprisingly easy to get used to - I now mouse with the left hand as a matter of preference.

    My right shoulder is still always sore, but that's likely the masturbation.
     
  14. Armaegis

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    Or you can get a Thinkpad style keyboard with the nipple in the middle so your hands never leave homerow.

    So you're ambidextrous with a mouse but not with...[/quote][/QUOTE]
     
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    Sometimes strength is the absolute priority, you understand.
     
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    Why not go to a manual therapist? It's a physical therapist that also does manipulative stuff, like a chiropractor.
    The difference is that they are often cheaper, because they are supported by the state (atleast in my country), and actually fix your problem so that you dont have to come back every week...
     
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    S'all good man. Sometimes you gotta bunt or employ a pinch hitter strategy as well.
     
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    My thing is more like teeth chattering than grinding, because I don't do it hard, but I do it, and sometimes relentlessly. Even though it is often associated with some tune or rhythm in my head, it is a stress thing. Hey, I noticed: I didn't do it on holiday. It is an awake thing: as far as I know, I don't do it when I'm asleep.

    Anyway, sometimes I literally bit my tongue to stop myself. Again, not hard, it doesn't hurt. But like the water drop falling thing, I'm sure it doesn't do my teeth any good.
     
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    Actually cricket is probably the better analogy: if a batsman is injured, another team member can be employed to do the running - but it's still the original player who makes the shots.
     
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    I realize I meant switch hitter, not pinch. If another team member was an option... well, we wouldn't be having this conversation in the first place.
     
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