Hello, Ergonomics stress a neutral position while working on the computer. About five years ago, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia & it all began with severe neck pain, which can be directly attributed to long hours on the computer at a very un-ergonomic workstation.
If you are unsure of how your work station should be set up, there is much information online on this subject.
After my diagnosis I received physical therapy where I was told to get up from my work desk about every 20 minutes & move around. My PT also showed me some neck exercises to perform. Although I am no longer working, I continue to perform these exercises.
Like many with Fibro, I suffer from osteoarthritis as well & this, too, was aggravated by the poor posture & poor ergonomics at the work station.
I am not a doctor however, I disagree with yours as I've heard of many who suffer from long hours at the computer. If you must be in this position, be sure that it's a neutral one &, again, get up periodically & move around. My PT even suggested setting a timer to ensure that I do this.
The degenerative conditions you suffer from may be genetic however, symptoms as you describe can very well be exacerbated by poor posture as a consequence of poor ergonomics.
Please research proper ergonomics along with various exercises to perform while spending long hours at the computer.
Hi Dave, I am sorry to hear of the decline in your wife's health but pleased to know that she will soon be able to focus more on managing her condition by being home. If her attitude is anything like yours, she'll do fine.
I wish her luck with her disability claim. I was one of the "lucky" ones in that I was awarded SSDI upon my initial application without an attorney.
Hi Brenda, Thank you for sharing your experience. The doctor who conducted the lecture I attended led us to believe that just about any procedure could be performed using this technique.
Was your doctor able to accomplish anything using this technique or did he just stop when it was realized that your issue was more than could be handled at the time? Did you then go along with a more conventional form of surgery to correct your issues?
According to the surgeon who conducted the lecture, just about any back surgery can be done using the "minimally invasive" technique. It sounds very similar to the laparoscopic surgeries in that an x-raying machine is used in conjunction with the procedure.
The difference from the old-style (name escapes me) surgery versus the minimally invasive surgery is the learning curve involved with the new technology. The old school surgeons & those teaching the young residents really don't want to have to learn a whole new method of doing things.
With medical technology continuously advancing, we can only hope that some day spine problems won't be so problematic & perhaps might then be more easily addressed as musculoskeletal issues are in other areas of the body.
Hello fellow sufferers, This past week I attended a seminar advertised in our local paper on the subject of minimally invasive spinal surgery. Although I'm not yet a candidate for such surgery, I thought I would attend the seminar just the same as I like to become as educated as possible on the subject of treatments available.
The doctor giving the seminar was young & shared quite a bit of interesting information on the subject. It's still a new field & the doctor stated that it's tough attracting other doctors to this technology as the learning curve is a long one.
The doctor said that at present, only 15% of spinal surgeries are done using this technique. He was quite convincing with many success stories of various surgeries performed on a variety of ages with many successful results. In most cases, the procedure was performed on an out-patient basis with the patient going home the same or following day.
From a cosmetic prospective, the incisions were slight.
On the whole, it was very encouraging, If & when the time comes that I may need surgery on my degenerative spine, I believe I will choose this method.
Hello backbreaking, I had to chuckle reading your post as it reminded me of a comment JFK made during his presidency. Although he appeared to look healthy, he had his share of medical problems, some of which left him in chronic pain. In response to his pain, he once commented that he would drink "horse piss" if it were to help him.
Obviously those of us dealing with chronic pain can become desperate for relief. Please be sure to thoroughly research any new med, etc. that you may be considering. Often the side effects just aren't worth it.