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I don't like using touch pads very much so I use my own mouse but I always get a cold mouse hand. I know that this is due to circulation. Is there anything i can do to stop this, or will I just carry on using the touch pad?

asked Feb 25 '11 at 11:14

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it could be due to the surface that your using it on, a plastic mouse doesn't usually absorb that much heat from your hand to make it cold, if you have a glass top desk, that will probably absorb a lot of heat from your hand when your hand is in contact with it. using a mouse mat so your hand is resting on that rather then a cold surface might help.

if you have the mouse at an unusual angle or height that is not comfortable, it could place your wrist in a position that is restricting blood flow, and can cause a lot of other problems like RSI (repetitive strain injury) or carpal tunnel syndrome.

answered Feb 25 '11 at 11:44

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Thank you for calling it "carpel tunnel syndrome". I hate when people call it "carpel tunnel" since everyone has those.

(Feb 25 '11 at 11:48) FizzNakLe FizzNakLe's gravatar image

I understand what you are talking about. Have you tried to use different types of mice, because this would have your hand, wrist and arm in different positions so that you are always using different muscle groups so the extended pressure points causing circulation and stiffness issues would dramatically lessen.

I am definitely a bit out of the ordinary because I have been using mice since the late 1970's - so I have a lot of mileage and ware and tear on my mousing hand. I go a bit overkill, but my situation I have 7 mice attached to my computer for my comfort. I have 3 mice for the right hand and 3 for the left hand. And I finally have a wireless Xbox 360 controller configured as a wireless mouse so when my hands are tired and my wrist and elbows start going numb, I can just rest my hands comfortably in my lap and use my Xbox 360 controller to control my computer. By the way you can use any joystick or gaming controller as a mouse.

I use a combination of trackballs, wired, wireless mice and ambidextrous mice so I can use them with either hand (I am left handed anyway). I swap off to a different mouse just as soon as I start feeling any sign of discomfort (definitely don't wait too long), so that way it will alleviate any carpel tunnel syndrome, circulation problems and numbness due to potential nerve damage. Since I have set up my computer with various mice I have dramatically reduced all of the previously mention problems people eventually get from using mice.

My 6 mice (three for each hand). They consist of my MonsterGecko pistol mouse, my two trackball mice (Kensington and Logitech), two wireless mice (Kensington and Microsoft), and my Logitech G5 gaming mouse. I am left handed, but use two mice (one mouse for each hand) at the same time.

The two that I use the most are both of the trackball mice, because they are the most accurate, responsive, controllable and require the least amount of movement on the wrists - which makes them great to prevent carpel tunnel syndrome. And for me and my small hands, the trackballs are the most comfortable where I only use small finger movements instead of moving my entire hand, wrist and arm with traditional mice.

The rule of thumb is that not all mice are the same or move the same - they come in all sizes, shapes, and move differently on different types surfaces by use of different technology, so you may have to do some hunting to find the best possible fit for you hand and arm size.

answered Feb 25 '11 at 12:04

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Greg De Santis

Make sure the edge of the desk isn't sitting on the inside crease of your wrist. Stretch your wrists every hour to increase circulation and consider buying a gel mousepad.

answered Feb 25 '11 at 11:25

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Your mouse hand gets cold because you are holding it in the same position for a long period of time exposed to the air. This may also make your fingertips numb. This isn't a good thing. You need to look at how high or low you are sitting at your desk in comparison to where your mouse is. You are cutting off circulation to your arm/hand/fingers. If you have a wide enough keyboard tray, try setting your mouse next to your keyboard instead of up on the desk.

Try to elevate your arm at least so the blood flow is "continuing" down to the rest of your hand, instead of going "back up". (for lack of better descriptions)

answered Feb 25 '11 at 11:50

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Do you have slim wrists?

I do and that means that circulation is poor - amplified because i use the computer a lot and xbox etc.

If you do have slim wrists you can be more susceptible to carpel tunnel syndrome and RSI because the actual carpel tunnel is not as wide.

answered Feb 25 '11 at 13:36

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Switch to the other hand. I had the same problem and found that the angle of the mouse to my wrist was wrong. Switching to the other hand solved the problem.

answered Feb 25 '11 at 20:17

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