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Why do my fingers hurt from using the touchpad?

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by Malia, Jul 9, 2007.

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  1. Malia

    Malia Notebook Evangelist NBR Reviewer

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    Is this normal?

    I've been using the touchpad since I got my lappy two years ago (has it been that long??), and everything has been fine. Until a month or two ago. First, my index finger began to hurt, so I switched to browsing with my middle finger. Not completely natural, but I got reasonably used to it. But now, my middle finger hurts, too! I could move on to the next finger, but that would only put off the inevitable by another month. So I pulled out a mouse. Wahh!! Touchpad is so much better, since then, hands are right by the keyboard! Why! Why!

    Oh yeah so, what am I doing differently without noticing? Maybe I'm spending more time browsing the net, since I'm not spending as much time in school. But other than that, is there any hope for regaining use of my outer appendages? :\
     
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    It may be you sit in an odd position and it restricts your muscles in your shoulder, leading to pain in the finger(s). If you crack your knuckles a lot, then that could be why. But it's most likely the way you sit and it messes something up.

    You could try to stop using the touchpad for a week (I know that very difficult) and see what happens
     
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    how long have you been on it for??? or get a mouse...
     
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    Try an external mouse for a while?
     
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    Sometimes a mouse isn't an option at all times. As for why, it's hard to say, I'd blame it on the positioning of the touchpad, cause if you really think about it, it's at a really bad ergonomic place to be - which is why a pointer stick can be much better.
     
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    Could the shiny coating on the touchpad have worn off and exposed a less pleasant finish?
     
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    Are you tapping the touch-pad for double clicks instead of using the touch-pad buttons? Perhaps you are tapping too hard?
     
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    Is the touchpad maybe small? If so you might be tensing the muscles in your finger to make precise movements which might lead to pain. :confused:
     
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    It's a large touchpad since it's a DTR, and I use buttons for clicking and scrolling (instead of tapping). So, I just touch the touchpad to move across the screen... And the finish around the center of the touchpad looks the same as near the corners, which I take to mean it hasn't rubbed through.

    Weird as it sounds, I keep thinking I rubbed off some of my skin, but I don't know if it's possible. The fingers don't look any different though, and I'm not sure if they feel different on the account that they hurt a bit now :\

    Can the heat from the touchpad have something to do with it? Not that it's been any hotter recently than before...
     
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    carpal tunnel syndrome maybe?
     
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