Pain in forearms / hands

Does anyone else have pain in their forearm muscles and palms from so much typing / keyboard use? What do you do to mitigate this?

I exercise a lot (4+ times a week), but that seems to make it worse. I'd rather not have to cut that out.

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May 5, 2021 - 12:05am

Take a lax ball and bear down on the spots that hurt. There's a little gadget called tiger claw or something like that which does the same thing. Always helps me after extended periods of writing/typing

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May 5, 2021 - 2:45am

GET A CARPAL TUNNEL BRACE.

Have had pain since I was 18 due to excessive gaming. I thought the braces were just pseudoscience… bought one, wore it overnight for a week, and the pain was gone.

Every 6 months, I slip it on for a night or two, and I'm good as new again

May 5, 2021 - 1:55pm

Which brace do you use? I have been using one without much help but I think it is cause it is fairly bulky with cushioning around the hand area

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May 5, 2021 - 3:11pm

I was wildly depressed and had extreme pain in my forearms in my first year as an analyst. The key to surviving in this business is to stay comfortable... you need to jerk off, I myself, I jerk off at least twice a day. Once in the morning right after I work out, then once right after lunch. Jerking off multiple times a day keeps the pain away. Sometimes I jerk off during my break and won't wash my hands after, so I assert dominance over my VPs/MD by shaking his hand raw

May 5, 2021 - 5:17pm

If exercising exacerbates the issue, try using wrist straps. I'm not talking about wrist wraps, which help stabilize the wrist joint, but the straps that help you grip the bar. 

Also, how do you have time to work out 4+ times a week? What time of day do you reserve or workouts? Does your group mind? What kind of bank/group do you work for? Always looking for info.

May 5, 2021 - 6:29pm

Gotcha, what do the straps do? Would that not make the grip weaker / increase hand pain by making it get used to working less to grip?

I normally can squeeze a lift in between 11pm-2am, but I condense a 45 min workout into a 20-30 min or less by using the timer on my phone between sets and doing a lot of super sets. Normally I only get one serious compound lift (5x5) in a session like the bench or rows, the rest are higher volume exercises like curls, lateral raises, t-bar rows, pullups, etc.

The workout is shorter, but it's about consistency that matters most for maintaining fitness. Going just 25 minutes a day adds up to nearly 3 hours by the end of the week, which is still more than most ppl.

Never worked legs since banking, too tired for that

I am at a MM Bank for industrials.

May 5, 2021 - 8:33pm

If exercising the grip makes the pain worse, you need to rest the muscles and joints. The wrist straps will take the load off, obviously this would make your grip strength gains slower, but they won't make your grip weaker. You aren't gaining any strength in your grip if working out causes pain...you're just doing damage at that point. 

May 5, 2021 - 11:07pm

Working your arms up too quickly can cause guitar/piano/tennis elbow.

If you keep pushing it, it can last for months.

Go to a PT.

I did PT and used a "flex bar" - these rubber cylinders they sell on Amazon. Totally cured it.

I type a ridiculous amount an keep my arms healthy with these things.

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