Lost ability to type on a keyboard at age 26, slowly recovered, created product to help others, AMA
This is an AMA / PSA: If you have ever had pain in your wrists/hands from being on a computer, DO NOT IGNORE IT. I repeat, DO NOT IGNORE IT.
** I launched a kickstarter last night, and a backer suggested I do this AMA because it is an issue so common to us all but not many people talk about. **
2 years ago my forearms and hands seized up on me. The best I can compare it to is that dramatic moment on TV when the surgeon hurts his hands, then panics because can no longer preform surgery, and their life is ruined... Sounds far fetched, never gonna happen to you because you're not a surgeon, right?? Wrong I realized. Odds are very high that your entirely livelihood will be tied to your ability to type on a keyboard (I happened to be an engineer).
When this happened to me, it was a pretty dark moment. I realized the entire future I had been studying for and dreaming about was in jeopardy, because I couldn't use such a simple thing as a damn keyboard. You never want to be confronted with a RSI (repetitive stress injury).
After taking a month off to let my hands recover a bit, I started doing 1 hour of PT a day. I was sort of back to normal in about 6 months, then got lazy and had a relapse a year ago.
It was then I realized the common denominator in the problem (minus being on the computer and internet way too long), was my laptop.
So I started working on a device to fix how bad laptops are for your posture, which directly leads to the RSI issues. While working on it, 2 out of my 4 roommates came down with hand/wrist issues, 1 of them worse than my condition, he was also 26. This galvanized me, so I threw all the money I had and my nights and weekends, into trying to build a solution.
The Roost is the result, and it is my attempt to pay it forward to try to help anyone who is facing this challenge. I launched kickstarter last night to try to make it a reality. The response has been overwhelming so far. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/86285180/the-roost-saving-your-neck-and-back-from-your-lapt
Ask me anything about the RSI and typing issues, the Roost, the kickstarter process.
Keep yourself healthy, best, James
edit: proof: http://imgur.com/haZlrZZ