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    Has anyone here had to deal with the loss of dexterity and use of your hands?

    As an artist it is frustrating, madding and depressing. As a person who uses eating utensils, it's dangerous!

    I've had a hand or arm out of commission before, but long term loss of use is making feel like a bumbling, clumsy idiot. I use the plastic plates and glasses now, my roommate was not happy about chipped plates!

    Has anyone experience with an "air mouse"? If so, are they accurate enough for Lightwave detail work?
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    Sorry to hear of your troubles, Shrox.

    I can't help but imagine that any dexterity issues would be magnified by a device that is so closely allied to the limb you have problems with.

    I'd never heard of this device before and there may be a reason why.

    I hope you are able to get a solution soon. Good luck.

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    It's a tough thing to deal with for sure. Sorry to hear about your situation. Have you been to a specialist? I took a spill reaching for a light switch in the dark and rolled over my left hand and shoulder. My hand started to lose "connection" in about 15 minutes after the fall. I went to see a specialist and she put electrodes on my hand and would "zap" it once a week for about three weeks and eventually got me back to full functionality. Couldn't thank her enough since my other hobby is guitar. Best of luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by spherical View Post
    It looked good, but then I read the reviews about it, they weren't so good.
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    Not trying to pry, but if you are able to do exercises, get a hand squeezer - http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_no...and%20squeezer

    But, maybe your hand / arms are dealing with other issues and this won't help. I know this helps my issues with possible carpal tunnel as long as I'm doing stretching exercises, too.
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    Recently I started getting pains and weakness in my wrists, thumbs and mouse fingers, not long after you first reported your condition, I thought it might be a similar deal, but I think it is slowly getting better. It made me think about what I'd do if I couldn't do computer work anymore and I was thinking about your situation a lot and how annoying it would be. That air mouse thing was possibly designed, or this one http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2403538,00.asp for carpal tunnel sufferers, at least that's what it says. I think you gotta try something if you want to get back on the horse.

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    Occasionally I wear either a brace or a hand wrap to help with discomfort in the wrists. I also use a program simply called "dimmer" when my eyes feel a little burnt out and I want to quickly adjust the monitor brightness (or when its like 1am and I'm working on something).

    To answer Shrox's question about air mice, I bought one a few months back. Basically, it makes a killer remote control device and in the right desk setup it can put a lot of convenience into browsing around or watching movies... but I wouldn't say it has a lot of practical uses for production work like one would do in Lightwave. The fact that you can just plug it in, turn it around, and have the cursor move around on the screen is really cool. The one I have is double-sided, with a thumbpad keyboard on the back which can be convenient. I also use it with nevron kinect capture to avoid having to walk back and fourth to the desk constantly. I got mine on ebay for about $15... but these things normally cost like $60+

    On another related topic, I couldn't consider any air mice on the market suitable for motion capture usages as they all lack a magnetometer or are not accurate enough to prevent drifting.
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    Thanks friends, I would like to get back on the horse.

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    There is a one finger mouse that looks more like a ring that may be promising. I almost bought one when I was having carpel tunnel but my Chiropractor fixed it.

    http://www.amazon.com/One-Finger-Mou.../dp/B000BSLTIS

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    My issue is in clicking the mouse buttons. Move your fingers in a mouse clicking action and you can see your muscles move all the way back to your elbow. It's given me tendonitis so now I use a Wacom for all of my computing needs and it has made world of difference. Clicking with the Wacom is a rotation of the wrist/forearm and much less stress on those muscles. Not sure if it relates to your issues or not, but I wish you all the best.

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    Sorry to hear of your problem Shrox. I've no idea what's upsetting your dexterity, but if it helps, I had a bad shoulder ache that kicked in a few years ago. It's not the best shoulder in the world, but I found that my posture was exacerbating it. I invested in a decent chair, which allowed me to raise the height of the seat and kept other ergonomic points in the correct place, and it has served me well for seven years. I never would have thought posture could effect a body so much, nor the cure be so quick!

    Good luck in finding a solution to easing the issue.
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    I go about mine a little differently. I've got pinched nerves in my neck that's causing pain in three fingers of my right hand. Luckily that is my dominant hand - sigh. Gone from a 100 wpm typist to doing point and peck. At times I'd like to put those fingers in a blender... only the pain would still be there, and I'd be missing some fingers.
    It's scary thinking about just how easy "normal" life can disappear.

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    1 - massage the arm regularly
    2 - get a Wacom pen, believe me, it helps
    3 - toggle between using a Wacom and a Mouse
    4 - heat aid patches helps at times
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