I’ve had this dull, aggravating pain in my right upper arm all summer. Even after the paddling season ended, it hasn’t gone away. I was getting really concerned starting to imagine that I may have a bicep tear or some problem with my rotator cuff. It wasn’t excruciating, so I didn’t want to waste the money to go see a doctor, but worried how it would affect my teaching and paddling. I had no idea what I had done to cause the injury. Had I torn or sprained something while lifting kayaks?
The eureka moment came last night as I was working on cataloging all the photo files on a 2-gb memory card. My arm was getting more and more painful as I worked on moving the photos from my camera to my computer. It finally dawned on me that this wasn’t a paddling injury at all, at least not directly. I’m straining my arm by using my mouse! The surface is too high and too far to the right for comfort. I’ve been working on this stupid computer so much in the last year that I’ve injured my arm! I’ve been kayaking for over 20 years and never had an injury caused by paddling, but I’ve had tendonitis in my elbow twice from cutting down buckthorn bushes and scraping caulk from around the windows at my house. Now I can add a bicep injury caused by maintaining my kayaking website (I said it wasn’t directly caused by kayaking).
I’ve found a stool in the basement that is lower than the desk that I have the computer on and have moved it next to me in my office. I’ll use my mouse on this lower surface. I’m hoping my arm will start feeling better very soon. I’ve long suspected that all my computers have been conspiring to drive me crazy. Little did I know they were trying to kill me, or at least maim me. Well knowledge is power. They haven’t gotten the best of me yet. : )