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November 1, 2011 5:16 AM
Over the past few weeks I have had shoulder pain. I shrugged it off at first as just having had a rough night's sleep. However, it's gotten progressively worse. Today I am in a lot of pain. When I raise my arms above my head, pain. Reach for something with my right hand, pain. I talked to my boss about it and she said it sounds like mouse shoulder, I looked it up and I have most, if not all, of the symptoms. Because my decuctible is so high, I've not made an appt to see my Dr, as I would have to pay for everything out of pocket but this pain is making me reconsider!

I'm curious to hear your story. How was your experience with this and how was it treated?
November 1, 2011 5:18 AM
My wife has that issue every once in a while, she had to get a new ergonomic chair at work, and go to physiotherapy, where they gave her exercises, worked on her shoulder, and taped the shoulder into its proper position. I would suggest physio for an assessment and treatment.
November 1, 2011 5:20 AM
Can you change your desk around so you have more support under your shoulder. My shoulder was so bad at my last desk because I had to reach all the time to get to my mouse. We moved to another office building and now my desk is set up so I have support under my right arm any time I reach for my mouse.
November 1, 2011 5:27 AM
Many years ago I worked for the Repetitive Strain Injury Association, and we wrote a lot of online resources which are still online. Although the charity has been wound up now, and the website has been taken over by a private company.

www.rsi.org.uk

It was more than ten years ago now, but from what I remember, the worst thing you could do is buy some random 'ergonomic' gadgets or chairs and hope that improves it. You really do need a proper physiotherapist to do a risk assessment of the way you personally work at your actual desk. Sometimes something as simple as changing the height of your chair or removing the arm rests so that you are not hunching your shoulders, makes a world of difference. In the UK your employer has a duty to provide you with a personalised risk assessment under the Health and Safety at Work Act. This should not be a 'tick box' exercise, as you already experience problems you would be within your rights to argue for a proper personalised assessment from a physio or qualified H&S assessor.

But as you're in the States, I don't know what the situation is. You say you can't afford to visit the doctor but does your employer still have an obligation to ensure you and your workstation is risk assessed?

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November 1, 2011 8:13 AM
QUOTE:

Over the past few weeks I have had shoulder pain. I shrugged it off at first as just having had a rough night's sleep. However, it's gotten progressively worse. Today I am in a lot of pain. When I raise my arms above my head, pain. Reach for something with my right hand, pain. I talked to my boss about it and she said it sounds like mouse shoulder, I looked it up and I have most, if not all, of the symptoms. Because my decuctible is so high, I've not made an appt to see my Dr, as I would have to pay for everything out of pocket but this pain is making me reconsider!

I'm curious to hear your story. How was your experience with this and how was it treated?


Work comp followed by FMLA (tell Kathy I said that) laugh
November 10, 2011 3:49 AM
I had this problem and switched to mousing with my left hand (as recommended in New Scientist weirdly enough), it's a bit awkward at first, but now I find mousing with the left hand very easy and comfortable and my shoulder is a lot better.
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