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Neo7  posted on Jun 24, 2012 8:26:16 PM - Report post

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My hands have been steadily developing a painful symptom when playing. So far this has only happened with StarCraft and games similar to it (such as DotA). What happens is that after playing about 3 or 4 games my hands start to feel extremely stiff and painful to move (almost like cemented in the home row position for touch typing). My fingers look and feel bent in a very unnatural position and just refuse to move. There's also a faint pins and needles feeling in them (though not as prominent as say a leg falling asleep). I usually finish the match I'm in and quit after that. It's really bothersome when I want to keep playing but it greatly reduced my ability to play matches.

Really hope it isn't anything too serious.

 
Beyuhz  posted on Jun 24, 2012 9:49:44 PM - Report post

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Sounds pretty similar to carpal tunnel syndrome. Sooner you get it checked out the easier it is to treat/heal.

Best of luck

 
fullmetal5550  posted on Jun 24, 2012 9:59:54 PM - Report post

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My hands have been steadily developing a painful symptom when playing. So far this has only happened with StarCraft and games similar to it (such as DotA). What happens is that after playing about 3 or 4 games my hands start to feel extremely stiff and painful to move (almost like cemented in the home row position for touch typing). My fingers look and feel bent in a very unnatural position and just refuse to move. There's also a faint pins and needles feeling in them (though not as prominent as say a leg falling asleep). I usually finish the match I'm in and quit after that. It's really bothersome when I want to keep playing but it greatly reduced my ability to play matches.

Really hope it isn't anything too serious.

The same thing has been happening to my right elbow. I think that I may be getting arthritis in my elbow though.

 
Semperskulls  posted on Jun 24, 2012 11:05:07 PM - Report post

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It sounds like RSI (repetitive strain injury), its pretty common for gamers who play games that require a lot of continuous rapid clicking, or keyboard action. Go see a doctor about it, depending on how serious it is, it can be managed or healed.
 
Shibby  posted on Jun 25, 2012 4:31:47 AM - Report post

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Maybe it's the way you're typing/clicking?

I do a crap load of typing/clicking at work in 10 hour shifts and I don't have any inhibiting side effects. Sometimes I have to click my knuckles to free them up a bit but never any pain etc.

[Edited by Shibby, 6/25/2012 4:32:12 AM]

 
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It sounds like RSI (repetitive strain injury), its pretty common for gamers who play games that require a lot of continuous rapid clicking, or keyboard action. Go see a doctor about it, depending on how serious it is, it can be managed or healed.

Yeah, it sounds a lot like the kind of stuff that RSI blankets. Definitely see a doctor. Probably just wind up with a referral to an orthopedic surgeon to actually get anything done, but hey.

 
DABhand  posted on Jun 25, 2012 5:09:03 AM - Report post

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Athritis?
 
Diablo1exp  posted on Jun 25, 2012 6:08:02 AM - Report post

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I had almost the same symptoms in my hands and feet. I was diagnosed with diabetes. Maybe you should have that checked out as well.

[Edited by Diablo1exp, 6/25/2012 6:08:26 AM]

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