Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Back in Business

You must be wondering what was keeping me from writing on the blog for so long. First, the lack of some noteworthy themes, although some ideas were brewing in my head all the time, but the second reason was a compelling cause for me to stop all my computer related activities. To tell you I was completely beached. It's so surprising that the computers hardly made a mark in our life some years back but now they are so much a part of our lives that we have started contracting computer related diseases. Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is the name. It's a kind of RSI (Repetitive Stress Syndrome) that has struck me. Sounds dreadful, is it? Feels as bad as it sounds.

Of course it was me who invited this trouble. It gives you pain in your wrist, hand, chest, ribs and your neck on the affected side. When it gets worse it freezes your shoulders and back, to the extent that even lying down to rest, is a task.

Now, why am I trying to freak you out with this ugly experience of mine. Truly, I have been lucky to have been detected of this on the right time and I would like to educate as many people as I can, about this simple yet dreadful phenomenon, because everyone of us is equally vulnerable of it. If overlooked, RSI can render you useless after some time. Simple tasks like holding a cup or a pen will leave you in tears.

RSI happens to those who are subjected to sitting in one position for too long, like sitting in a chair and staring at the computer screen for long without moving your limbs and particularly when you are craning your neck. The irony is that it can happen to housewives too. Worse affected are those who work on their systems in non-ergonomic conditions. Having an ergonomically designed desk to work on is a must. Ergonomics is the science of designing the job, equipment, and workplace to fit the worker.

Many orgs even hold some sessions to educate their employees and get their workstations designed ergonomically. But it's the sole responsibility of an individual to mind and watch his/her posture.

In my case it started with some tingling and pain in my right hand's index finger and thumb, moving up and radiating to the back, leaving the right-half torso dull in pain. Seeing an RSI specialist (Dr. Shelza Gupta) really did help. Through physiotherapy the inflamed points were released gradually. Its a science and art of locating the points in the arterial mesh that are under stress thus causing all the pain that comes in spasms. The stress also obstructs the blood flow causing numbness and tingling from time to time. Some ultrasound waves were were also used on the pressure points for a speedy healing.

It did take a few weeks to get rid of the pain but the exercise was indeed fruitful. Some stretching movements were taught that I am practicing studiously. Now, I have resumed my jogging session, and my work in a full fledged manner, but the problem hasn't resolved completely as I still can't over strain myself if I intend to wake up pain free every morning, and in no time even the slightest of symptoms will subside, I hope. So, watch your posture while at work. Take care.

Tip: Switch your mouse from one hand to another every fifteen days. Believe me it works.


srijith sharma said...

It was a couple of weeks back that Deepti told me about her Repetitive Stress Syndrome. She was so depressed in those days and even expressed her desire to take a break from office to sit relaxingly back at home. I never had thought then that she was planning to convert her pain and anguish into words. If a good writer is someone who puts his/her experiences into papers and make the reader go with them, then I will definitely give full marks to Deepti Ahuja Balani. This write up is definitely something different from her other writings, something more serious which may stand out from the rest. But I appreciate her attempts to convey a message to her readers. Also I take this opportunity to express my happiness over her recovery from what she call ’ergonomics.’ I am sure she will create her own space in the literary world and will continue to come up with such excellent writings. Best of luck my dear friend for your stunning future.

Vamsee Modugula said...

Hey Deepti,
I am so glad you are feeling better. This post is so timely because I have been noticing pain in my wrist and neck and i am sure it is computer related. Thanks to your post, I will be more careful about posture.

Good to see you back in the blogging world