I used to be a medical transcriptionist and could merrily type away with no neck pain, but wore out my thumbs and wrists.....
I now am a billing clerk and still on the computer and lately my neck has been killing me (spasms and aching all the time). This coincides with my doing a new job duty on the computer with lots of using the mouse and looking at small icons and clicking on them. It has been about a month for the neck pains and the new duty (it is only 1 hour a day at present but supervisor wants to expand it to 3 or 4 hours).
I noticed my posture has been bad and things have been blurry looking on the computer. I am farsighted (presbyopia, meaning old eyes) and I have had to get lots of different glasses for different tasks. I need one strength for reading, one for playing the piano and another for the computer. I have been using 2.5 readers for everything and apparently that is not working anymore as I have been having problems focusing when on the computer and I get eye fatigue when trying to read. So I went out and bought glasses at Costco 3 pairs of 2.0 and 3 pairs of 2.25. Comparing prices, Target charges $12 a pair for identical glasses. Costco sells 3 pairs in a pack for $18. So I invested $36 plus tax on a hunch this is my problem making my neck hurt.
I will give an update in a day or so. Sometimes we are forced to make changes and I find that our bodies are always trying to tell us something. Right now my knees are saying, "Get off that computer and go swim before work." (They say this by aching and feeling stiff, and I need to listen.)
I think I solved the problem of my blankety blank aching neck....My glasses are too strong!!! Thissounds backwards but I am far sighted. I have been having trouble seeing the computer and have been leaning forward to get in focus...therefore, my glasses are too strong, so I went out and got readers in 2.00 and 2.25 (I have been using 2.5). I surely hope this is going to be an "easy fix," cause I certainly don't want any more surgery in my life..... I will write tomorrow after work and let you know if that helped my aching blankety-blank neck....
I am up at 4:30 this a.m. and ate breakfast (forgot I was supposed to take medicine an hour before eating...that's the thyroid med). After work I am going swimming and really missed swimming on Thursday and Tuesday last week as the pool was closed. I hope my eyes are getting better from the medicated drops. I noticed that the sun bothered them and I had to wear my shades even though it was cloudy over the weekend. Bringing hand sanitizer to work and am concentrating on NOT TOUCHING MY EYES (even though they are itchy and uncomfortable) as this eye infection is very contagious but I don't think I should stay home from work as this could last 10 days or so even with medication.
At least the sinus headache is better and my neck is pretty good this morning, too.
The highlight of my day? Swimming from 5 to 6 p.m. today.....yeah!!!!
I can't seem to stop myself from weighing myself every morning and for now I will just accept that I am a bit obsessed with the scale. A couple weeks ago when I bought my new scale it said 243 and now it says 36.6 and that is finally down a lb from the place I was stuck for 8 days. Spark pages suggest weighing once a week but right now I am focusing on sodium reduction and getting rid of excess fluid so I don't think once a day is a bad idea. However, I did weigh myself in the evening a few times and that appears to be my "fat" time of day so I won't do that anymore!!!
And the good news is I have not gained any weight in over a week. Weight still holding at 237.7. Watching calories and sodium and water intake. Saw on The Doctors show that 1 cup of cottage cheese is 800 mg of sodium and there it was on the label, exactly what they said (only the label said 400 mg for 1/2 cup serving). So I whipped it--threw out half of a large carton of cottage cheese and unless I find low sodium cottage cheese (the show said there is such a thing, which I have not seen) I will not buy cottage cheese again, in this lifetime.... I did check the sodium level on my no fat yogurt and that was only 150 mg for a full cup.
I really need to read all the labels more carefully when I am shopping so I don't have to waste food like that. I have read that cottage cheese can be rinsed and drained with a strainer but the residue does not sound very appetizing, does it?