Repetitive motion issues are a bitch and they are almost universal for people who spend a lot of time on a keyboard, or a piano, or sewing, or other small hand-muscle activities.

My wrist and shoulder have been ongoing problems since I was in my twenties. Yes, they can last a whole lifetime if you never really stop what is causing the problem. Which is my problem. Almost all the stuff I like doing involves many small hand muscle activities. My right arm is getting very impolite about it.

And then there’s also arthritis.

My right arm is issuing orders that I stop lifting and putting back this heavy computer every day all day. So I’m not going to do much. I really need to let that shoulder calm down. It’s hard to not use the computer these days when our world is permanently at home, but my shoulder is pretty bad. Even the lidocaine patch that usually makes it feel better didn’t entirely work.

Meanwhile, my wrist and hand are sore — and it’s all repetitive motion issues which are really my problem and only I can fix it. Every time it gets a wee bit better, I start using it again and it is definitely annoyed with me.

When it feels better, I will do more. Right now, it’s reminding me of what I failed to do and not it’s making me pay. Oops.

Also, there’s again. After a certain point in time, whatever is going on in your body, aging has something to do with it. It makes it worse, it makes it more difficult to overcome. You don’t recuperate quickly past 60 and even less after 70. So when you fail to heed early signs of problems and you go ahead and let them get worse, you are going to pay. Soon.

So now I’m going to do what I would have done a week ago. Let the arm rest.

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Opinionated writer with hopes for a better future for all plus a big helping of cynicism.

15 thoughts on “ARMS AND WRISTS AND HANDS, OH MY! – Marilyn Armstrong”

  1. Rest up, Marilyn. That’s all you really can do. Yesterday, hubby and I put the privacy screen up on the back fence (to shield us from the loony neighbor), and today we’re both feeling it. 20 years ago, that little bit of effort would have been nothing to either one of us.


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