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It involves all of the fingers from about the mid-palm to fingertips. I also have

Posted By: sm on 2006-05-10
In Reply to: Depends on which fingers it is. Guyon's canal syndrome is another possibility.nm - pooh

stiffness and pain in the knuckle of my middle finger, same hand. No swelling, redness, or warmth of the joint, though. Thanks!

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sore fingertips
I also type 10 to sometimes 12 hours a day between my regular 40 hour a week job and extras that I do - I found my right thumb was getting soooo tender so I have since improvised and put a foam ring (that is actually for toes) on it to take the brunt of my hitting the space bar all the time. It works wonders and can't do without it now. But never had any other trouble with fingertips....
Been typing up a storm, now have tender fingertips

I have to type for 10 hrs a day right now.  Can anyone recommend a soft touch keyboard that is under 100 dollars?  Has anyone ever typed so much that it felt as if the fingertips were bruised?  Mine feel so tender.  I have been doing this for over 20 years and have never had this happen! 

Thanks in advance!

An operation involves cutting, procedures do not.
This story involves a rude physician, as well.
He was dictating along, never pausing. I heard a door open and then close, a clunk (toilet seat being lifted) and well, the sound of rushing stream of water. He never stopped dictating, even while zipping up and leaving the restroom.

Like you, I was highly insulted, especially since he seemed to have a smile on his face when he was dictating - like he knew I would hear this - I never made eye contact with him after than unless he asked a question.
Do you mean the palm?
If you mean the palm of your hand, it could be Dupuytren's contractures (I may have spelled that wrong - don't have my Quick Correct on here - lol).  I have two or three cysts in the palm of my hand and that is what I have.  It supposedly will eventually cause the fourth and fifth digits to contract in.  This can also occur in the feet.  The strange thing is, I have them in my right hand and left foot.  Supposedly, this occurs in people of Viking descent, so know I can only picture my forefathers as these huge hairy horned men! 
Medical transcriptionist melts keyboard with fingertips
Ryan sez, "We have a medical Transcriptionist on staff who has been using the same keyboard for the last 8.5 years. My co-worker replaced it yesterday, and when he first showed it to me I thought someone had taken a blowtorch to it! The most frequently used keys have been completely worn through, exposing the mechanism beneath. Zoom in and check out the indentation on the Backspace key! The keyboard still works fine, so there's something to be said for durability. BTW, it's a NMB Technologies model RT2358TW."

Some people are hard on keyboards -- I tend the blow the contacts on the left side of the board really fast, knocking out the Ctrl, Alt and left side of the spacebar. Charlie Stross's keyboards lose their lettering in mere months, and my pal Seth Schoen types like a machinegun, but I've never noticed any particular wear on his keyboards.

This also involves AHDI, so I think it should be discussed here on the Main Board, not just MQ's
There is a palm demo but I don't see a regular one.
I use regular thin winter gloves and cut the fingertips off. Works great! nm
No, the 2000 is the small one without the palm rest.
When I saw the 4000 and the 6000, they were bigger and I think they were cordless. This one is small, has a cord, and is very inexpensive; something like $15 I think he said!

I do better without a wrist rest also.
Anyone try Express Dictate or Pocket or Palm
Yep. I have a couple docs that use laptops and some that prefer Palm Pilots, but they all point and

Yes, I'm sure an any problem always involves hundreds of ants, but it's still an ant problem.
How funny.
Dictate into computer, hand held, pocket pc or even palm pocket
Go to http://www.nch.com.au and see their dictation and transcription software. Works great, priced great, never had a problem with it!
same here- my fingers just do not

.... with fingers.
Could it be something on your fingers?
And I ask that in all seriousness and no offense meant. I have had 3 MS Keyboards and have not worn the letters off any of them. Are you maybe putting some kind of lotion on your hands that would eat the letters off? Maybe if you get the sticky letters another poster was talking about you could stick the letters on the front of the keys instead of the top so they don't wear off, but you can still see them.
Nothing to do with your fingers sm
The "Million Dollar Question" was once, "What is the most used vowel in the English Languate?" I supposed "E" as this lasts least on my keyboard.Guess what - it was "e" - DON'T THINK IT WAS ANSWRED CORRECTLY but we who pound the keyboard would have known. Understand 1110 per cent!
Ya know what FINGERS

You speak ridiculous.... let's all tell our employers we are not working until..........

The idea was to organize and get all your ducks in a row.  If you are going to do something, do it with a plan and organize.  You can't just jump the gun and go into something blindly.  You will look ridiculous and get nothing accomplished. 


Cold fingers
Even though I keep my house comfortable, I find my fingers getting cold when I type.  Is it just me. Does anyone have any suggestions.
frozen fingers
do you guys have troubles with her hands getting cold? and what do you do about it?
cold fingers
All the time when I start out before the work area is sufficiently warmed up with the SPACE HEATER. Space heater essential to get fingers going.
let ur fingers do the walking
No....but I transcribed asleep once. I was working 3rd shift and dozed off. I don't know how I managed to work the foot pedal and my C-phone and go through several reports. Luckily for me I woke up and realized what I had done. I scrambled to put my last several reports on hold to check them before the doctor received them who was one hallway over. It scared me so bad I wasn't sleepy for the rest of the night. I've never let myself sit there that sleepy anymore either. I get up and walk around to get myself more alert. Funny thing was I was not transcribing what the doctor was saying. I was using some of their phrases. I guess I would hear a word and it would trigger my memory and I would type a regular phrase. Scared the bejeebers outta me that is for sure!
trained fingers
Makes me think of what it is like for your fingers to "know" a telephone number but for the life of me I couldn't tell you what it is--I'd have to dial it for you.
Cold Fingers
Try typing gloves! I have the same problem. They do help some. I also have been known to sit on a heating pad while typing -- helps warm me up.
Actually the ones I have do not have fingers, just a thumb.

I really love them, There is a strap around the wrist to adjust the tightness, but the neoprene is a great fabric that seems to work really well for me.  I hate to recommend anything because sometimes what is good for one is not so good for another.  I would recommend going to a surgical supply store and they should let you try them on, that is what I did. 


fumbling fingers

When that happens to me, I consciously slow down and meticulously try to make no errors and eventually increase my speed.  That seems to help me. 

Another trick is to not think about your fingers at all, but still slow down a bit, and then you will find you are on the right track again after a while.  I think it also happens when the dictator does not speak in a good flow of words, is choppy and starts and stops a lot.  Your rhythm is off when that happens.

Hope this helps. 

Gee you must have bionic fingers

and/or a very good line rate.  How do you do it?

The only movement should be fingers. I have
 and keyboard where I dont have to reach up or down to type. I wedge a pillow between the arm of chair and my body so arm is resting on pillow and supported.  Also have comfort keyboard configured like capital L and reverse capital L.  Hands are in neutral handshake postion at all times.  Also have left backspace bar set up as backspace to stop groping of backspace key (I have small hands).  Took a lot of tweaking and paying attention to what I was doing to streamline things.  Also am streamlining all aspects of work.  Every second I can shave off is more money in my pocket.
lol. I figured my fingers
got all jumbled up and I somehow did it to myself.  It would be quite a coincidence if we both jumbled up the same way at the same time, I think.  Maybe we can get some help from the site administrators. 
fingers won't work
Your mind and fingers seem to be at odds. Try to relax more and have a look out the window and maybe free your mind some.
Could be other things also on the fingers sm
I have had my MS Natural keyboard for about 7 years, and the only key that is fading is the N. It wasn't until I left my previous company a few months ago and had to send back their computer that this key started getting messed up. The difference? My kids, my husband, and I all use this one computer now, and I am constantly on them to stop eating at the computer. My mother-in-law is a constant on-line game player and eats at her desk frequently. She has gone through about 5 keyboards in the same 7 years due to the letters wearing off. We're getting another computer soon, and I'm buying a new keyboard for myself so we do not have this issue again.
Let's hear it for bionic fingers!! (nm)
I was not pointing fingers at a particular region, sm
just pointing out that we in the Northeast have our share of bad weather.  In fact, we get just about everything here.  Blizzards, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, droughts, even earthquakes for that matter, albeit, minor earthquakes in the last century.  Highest recorded winds were on top of Mt. Washington in New Hamphshire.  Been there several times.  Cold.  It's expensive to live here, too.  Due to proximity to the Big Apple, we get a lot of celebrities and rich types living here, driving up the per capita, while the rest of us pay the price at the pump, for real estate, you name it.   Nobody tries to give us a hand.  Just take from us.  Funny, I work for a national, but don't get paid anymore than those in lower expense areas.  When I worked for corporations before MT, pay was gauged to the region of the country we lived in.  Those on west coast and Northeast made a little more because of the expenses in our areas. 
Painful fingers from typing
I experience sore, aching fingers each day from typing.  Because of this, I cannot do more than 1000 lines a day.  Ibuprofen helps somewhat.  I do not know what is wrong.  The knuckles appear a bit enlarged and upon waking in the morning each finger appears swollen.  I am a thin person.  I wear fleece gloves with no fingers all day while typing for warmth.  This is more than just an annoyance  but rather something that gets bad enough that I have trouble concentrating on typing because all I can think of is the pain.  The doctor I saw was no help at all.  Anyone else having this problem?
Keep your fingers on the keyboard and not the mouse. sm
I average anywhere from 500 to 600 lines an hour on recognized files; however, it took a little while to get there.

There are eScription provides tips and shortcut keys so you do not have to use the mouse (a lot of control + keys).

Do you have those tips? If not, I could try to e-mail them to you.
cause is brain going faster than fingers
I don't think there's anything we can *do* about it - except perhaps proof better as we type and/or not type as fast as we are.....it's our own flaw..I think.....and every time I re-read - I find something omitted - so I'm re-reading it all :) 
fingers not working today

I have had my days with horrible dictors, and today I have a dream dictor, could no thave been happier to get her and my fingers do not work.  I can't seem to type anything correctly. lol.  Thank goodness I proof my work before sending - thank goodness for spellcheckers and grammar checkers - cause I suck today lol

Does anybody else have that kind of day - or is it just me? Now be nice lol

QA response to flying fingers
I know exactly what you mean.  In the company I work for, there is 1 QA director which is in charge of 100% hold and then there are 7 shift QA people.  I was told by the head QA person what a great job I have done and was released 3 weeks into QA.  then begin to send to clininc with sending in docs with blanks and oh my god I am made to feel like my job is on the line at night when I sign off by these people. I was even told by one that if I though the doc was good enough with just a few blansk go ahead and send them in,  and of course my check is still not here from the 15th,  I guess we are just expected to keep up the typing with no pay and all the belittling we have to put up with.  If I do receive pay today I am not going to type today.  MY time is to valuable just to type for the heck of it. 
What do you use for cold fingers while typing?
and I disagree with your statement. It's all in the fingers.

I MEAN *lessen* - arthritic fingers let me down....
fingers feeling tingley

I have been doing medical transcription for a year and lately, if I type for more than an hour at a time, my fingers start to tingle and then get stiff and numb.  I am using an ergonomic keyboard and have a beanbag wrist rest.  Does anyone have a suggestion as to what I can do to keep my hands in the correct position while typing?  I have heard there are gloves I can get - does anyone have experience with this?


SRT shortcuts that are easier on your fingers

If you have Instant Text you can create command entries in your glossary for all the editing shortcut combinations of your platform and create short forms that are easier to type.

If you are using marker keys to expand, you can even give these short forms a longer, descriptive name which will be easier on your memory, knowing that you don't have to type the whole short form. The command entry will show as soon as you type 2 letters, and then you can jump ahead within the short form and type the most relevant letters. Each command entry should end with an underscore to avoid adding a space.

You can always email me if you have any questions.

Textware Solutions

opps - that's if they say...(fingers numb) NM
no need for stupid police to arrest me. lol
Help! My fingers aren't working!
Have you ever had a day when your fingers just don't want to cooperate? I feel like they have a mind of their own this morning! I'm having to backspace every other word because they keep throwing a letter in there or typing them out of order!

Maybe they are trying to tell me to TAKE A BREAK! LOL

Fingers aching. I want an MT supervisor position. What do I need to do?
Just can't take transcribing any more physically or mentally.  I just want to send e-mails to my team and take it easy.  Are there supervisor jobs posted anywhere?  How do I get started and what qualifications are necessary?  I've been MT for 10 long years.  Enough?
maybe it's just a tired supervisor who can't get those fingers working
Or do supervisors have to know how to type at all?  Just want a different job in MT field that's all and no smart A$$ answer from a "thinging" supervisor.
Yikes-stiff fingers--meant day of
Oooops. Meant to say for you and "greasy fingers."

Way toooooo much vodka tonight!

I honestly hope you guys know that I am kidding about the vodka thing.

ROFL! Using sugar to fuel your MT fingers?
I will admit to having a jar of Bit o' Honeys and Hershey kisses on my desk, but I only have one per day.  I'm happy right where I am, too.  I love working at home.  We've got huge windows and a sliding glass door, and I have total control of the thermostat.  It's nothing like any of my other jobs where it was always too hot or too cold and we never got to see the daylight.