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TouchPad for PC w/Windows 7 vs. carpal tunnel ?

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^Ath - Tnx.  :Thmbsup:
Most people don't call their own phone number, or click on their own links.
So I don't know if you are aware of this, but when I clicked in your signature on the link to your software collection, I got the following mssg: "Lost connection to MySQL server at 'reading initial communication packet', system error: 111".

@bit: As a fellow sufferer of carpal tunnel syndrome, you have my every sympathy. I have used laptops with (variously) a thumb-ball mouse, a central pressure-sensitive joystick, a touchpad, and an ordinary mouse. My preference is for the touchpad, as these are ergonomically the most efficient - especially with, for example, chiral scrolling, the very large system pointer enabled, fast/accelerating pointer movement, constrained movement/direction using the Left Shift and Left Ctrl keys, and tap to lock-and-drag. Furthermore, the touchpad ergonomics definitely minimises the necessary movement of ligaments through the carpal tunnels.

Though I consider homoeopathy to be a fraud (mumbo-jumbo), I became pretty pragmatic about "non-medical" healthcare after the incredible curative effects on me of a couple of "experiments" I put myself through, one of which was wearing a simple copper bracelet (in 1998). Years of chronic back aches and pains, arthritic knee pains and severe chronic tina sinovitis (carpal tunnel syndrome) simply stopped within about 36 hours of putting the bracelet on - and this was at a time when I was in major pain in both arms as a result of aggravating the TS by doing some heavy labouring involving repetitive use of a builder's heavy lump hammer. It was going to take months to get better, and would have needed medication (anti-inflammatory drugs and pain relief).
What a great lifetime relief. Probably no-one was more surprised than me about this. I have given the bracelet to other people with similar aches/pains to try out, and it seems to have had no effect. If I take the bracelet off, then after about 4 weeks or so, the twinges start to come back, but they disappear quickly when I put the bracelet back on. I reckon it's an electro-chemical effect, and luckily it probably makes up for some deficiency in my metabolism.

After years of having to roll out of bed in the mornings due to chronic backache, I am now used to sitting up in bed and getting out of bed like a normal person, again. I never believed that a simple band of Cu could have done that.
-IainB (July 31, 2015, 07:55 AM)
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you serious about the copper band?  I am a little shocked.

Most people don't call their own phone number, or click on their own links.
So I don't know if you are aware of this, but when I clicked in your signature on the link to your software collection, I got the following mssg: "Lost connection to MySQL server at 'reading initial communication packet', system error: 111".-bit (July 31, 2015, 10:26 AM)
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Again an error on the dc-user MySQL server :huh: I'll have to pm mouser on that, thanks for the heads-up :up:

IainB, can you suggest a touchpad link please?
Also, same for Copper band?
-bit (July 31, 2015, 08:53 AM)
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Touchpads: The ones I have used always came as an integral part of the laptops I purchased (I almost never use desktop PCs). The most ubiquitous software (drivers) seems to be TouchPad – Synaptics. The drivers have settings for single, double and triple finger motions. Once experienced, I would reckon that chiral scrolling will become a must. Using an ordinary mouse can be a real pain in the wrist for TS sufferers.

Copper band: I still use the Copper Original Non-Magnetic | Sabona of London that I bought in Manila for about 100 or 200 pesos years back. It looks identical in shape/design to this image of a newer bracelet (now made in the USA, apparently) off the website:

However, copper (chemical symbol Cu) is copper is copper, so any strip of flattened copper with smoothed edges should do - just make sure that, if it has been coated with any varnish or plastic film, then that film is completely removed. I am assuming here that contact with the skin is important - it reacts with skin oils/sweat to make greenish and black stains on your forearm. It's bent into a circular "U" (or upside-down "C") shape to hang loosely about the wrist. I used to replace my car's galvanised steel hydraulic brake lines with copper pipe. I reckon that a strip of that pipe hammered flat and bent into a bracelet might do equally well.

you serious about the copper band?  I am a little shocked.
-superboyac (July 31, 2015, 11:23 AM)
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Why "shocked"? Yes, I'm quite serious about the copper band.

Somewhat off-topic, but here's my reply:
When I was shipped out to Manila (the Philippines) on a long-term consulting assignment some years back, I became quite ill with a stomach infection (vomiting and diarrhoea), and at the same time my TS (tina sinovitis) and tennis elbow flared up very badly (probably due to the increased humidity in my environment). Prior to leaving for Manila, I had been doing some labouring using a heavy builder's lump hammer, and this had certainly aggravated the TS and tennis elbow.

I walked to a nearby drugstore. I had to pause occasionally from near-fainting, I was running a very high temperature and there was a loud ringing in my ears. I was intent on buying some elelctrolytes (I was dehydrated), a wide spectrum antibiotic (Augmentin), something to stop the runs, and analgesics - the latter to reduce my temperature and especially the intense pain in both my forearms.

I had never previously experienced this high level of pain from the arthritis in my arms. When it had been painful before, it had always taken about three months to subside, with my being careful not to use my arms too much - that included typing on my laptop, which would aggravate the condition something rotten.

As I was leaving the drugstore with my medicines, I noticed they had copper bracelets for sale. As a sceptic of homoeopathy, quack remedies, and old wives' tales generally, I had always considered copper and magnetic bracelets to be bunkum. However, I went back into the drugstore and bought a bracelet because I thought, like a lottery ticket, it just might help, and anything to relieve the severe pain and discomfort would be welcome. Then I went back to my apartment, took my medicines, put on the bracelet, and went to bed. The medicines worked, and I began to get well.

It was about 36 hours after taking the medicines that I felt well enough to sit down at my laptop to do some work and started typing away. It was only then that I noticed that my arms were no longer hurting - like you notice when a burn stops hurting. The next day, as I got out of bed, I noticed that the old familiar twinges and stiffness in my lower back and neck - which I had lived with since age 17 - were gone, and that I could sit up in bed in the mornings, instead of having to roll out of the bed to avoid the pain. I know of no explanation for this.

I have experimented with the copper bracelet. If I leave it off for approx. 4½ weeks, the twinges and stiffness in my back start to gradually return. Putting the bracelet on seems to make them go away again. I have lent the bracelet to other sufferers, but they report no change after 3 weeks of wearing it. So far, the forearm problems have not returned. BCB (Before Copper Bracelet) they would give me pain and I would have to suspend weight-training for months until the pain went. Now there is no problem whilst weight-training. This includes wrist curls, which put a lot of strain on the tendons running through the carpal tunnels in the wrists.

I presume that there could be a scientific explanation as to why a copper bracelet seems to have this effect for me and not for other people. Wearing it leaves a black and green stain on the skin of my forearm, so I would guess that something in that is being absorbed into my skin and affects my metabolism.

As Aaron McLoughlin pointed out in The Fascination Principle , we are infinitely connected with, communicating with, responding to and interchanging chemicals with (and using them from) our environment on many levels, to the extent that there is no perceptible real dividing line between the environment and ourselves. So, wearing a copper bracelet might be, for my arthritis, similar to what taking a poison called stannous fluoride in my toothpaste is to my bones/teeth.


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