Take regular breaks when using your computer!

  soy 13:48 08 Jun 03
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Hi,

Warning to those that spend long hours at the computer!

I was using the computer for over 2 hours contiuosly yesterday doing a mixture of web surfing and playing online games when a pain struck my side. It was one of the worst pains I've felt and it took me by surprise! A sharp stabbing feeling when I stood up or lean't to the side.

I had got a hernia! owwwwww!

I'm still surffering today, I only managed to sleep through the night be sleeping on my side.

Anyway, I just wanted to let you all know that the 'Take 15mins interval breaks' rule shouldn't be taken too lightly! I for one will be taking this rule seriously from now on.

Hope this pain heals soon, lol.

Soy.

  soy 13:53 08 Jun 03

ps, make sure you are comfortable when at your computer.

My monitor isn't particulary positioned in the optimum anle, its on my right( Due to such a big monitor and small desktop). So sitting straight while twisting right and sitting in that position a long time mustn't have been too good for me.

  -pops- 13:57 08 Jun 03

Very sound advice. For more information click here (hope that works)

Brian

  Willow12 14:05 08 Jun 03

You have clearly strained a muscle from the twisting side of things. I did exactly the same to my left side at work from having to twist that way to use my PC. Hopefully be a lot better by midweek as long you have managed to position yourself or the PC better to be more face-on.

Those breaks are still important though.

  Belatucadrus 14:29 08 Jun 03

Nice new word soy "surffering" I'm assuming it means Still hooked on the Internet despite the pain.
click here for some useful hints. About a year ago I spent big wads at the Chiropractor, so while I'm laughing it's sympathetically.

  pj123 15:33 08 Jun 03

Yes, I agree. I am a workstation assessor for a county council. part of the job is to make sure that all people working at computers take a 10 minute break every hour. That doesn't mean sitting doing nothing though. just do something else for a bit. or go for a coffe break. or go to the copier and do the copies you have been meaning to do for days, or even a bit of filing.

  hoverman 16:00 08 Jun 03

Quite agree. I have just had an operation for a hernia - came out of hospital on Friday. Unlike you, I had no pain at all, just a swelling on my left groin which appeared suddenly without warning. I must admit that the time spent at a computer might cause such a thing to happen - not that it did in my case. Thankfully I have private medical insurance - just 12 days from consulting my GP to having the op.

  hoverman 16:05 08 Jun 03

Quite agree. I have just had an operation for a hernia - came out of hospital on Friday. Unlike you, I had no pain at all, just a swelling on my left groin which appeared suddenly without warning. I must admit that it never occurred to me that the time spent at a computer might cause such a thing to happen - not that it did in my case. Thankfully I have private medical insurance - just 12 days from consulting my GP to having the op.

  hoverman 16:06 08 Jun 03

Sorry, clicked on the 'Post response' button before I checked what I had written.

  soy 16:59 08 Jun 03

Hi,

Will tick this thread as resolved!

I hope this thread has helped to make people more aware of the possible health problems improper usage of computers can cause.

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