It has been awhile since I was last active on the Org. Before August, I used to go on the Org at least once a day, keeping up with tournaments, contests, friends, and everything amazing about AMV's. I spent long hours day and night editing and skyping with all of you, but all of that ended when a sudden onset of pain and pressure started developing in both of my hands.
Long story short, I developed Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) from too much AMV-editing. This has devastated me over the past three months. AMV ideas keep on coming to mind, but I cannot physically edit. The pain can be so terrible at times!
I guess why I'm writing this is so that other editors can be warned before it's too late. Pace yourself and take lots of breaks. Don't take your hands for granted.
I would also like to invite anyone to talk about their experiences on this topic. Feel free to offer advice, share stories, and promote awareness.
Tips to help hand-health
- Install WorkRave (a program that helps you take breaks)
Bump up your mouse sensitivity (allows dominate hand to stay in more neutral position)
Use a wrist-rest (or you can indulge on one of these bad boys)
Stretch your wrists and fingers frequently
Exercise and eat anti-inflammatory foods (ginger, cinnamon, turmeric, green tea, etc.)
Take care guys!