If you’re a desk worker and right handed like me, eventually you will start to develop a pain in your right hand. At first I thought it was carpal tunnel, but that’s on the hand. My pain was near my forearm. Whether it was carpal tunnel or another issue, the fact was that I’d experience pain in my right arm after an hour or so of using the mouse. I tried to buy trackballs but still had pain. I thought about a joystick mouse that a coworker had, but I figured that’d just lead to shoulder pain. Plus I didn’t want to buy a joystick mouse for both at home and at work. My cheap and easy solution – train my brain to use the mouse with my left hand!
The first week
So what did I do? I just moved my mouse to the left side of the keyboard and used my left hand to move the mouse. I did NOT invert the buttons just because like I said, I didn’t want to do that for every computer I’d use in the future. This meant I’d use the middle finger on my left hand for a “left click” and the index finger as the “right click.” The first week was tough, especially since I work on spreadsheets all day. I could move the mouse around the monitor, but clicking on items wasn’t easy. Trying to click and drag was nearly impossible. Highlighting multiple cells was definitely impossible! I also moved the mouse to the left on my home computer as well to give me more “practice.”
After a month
For the entire month, I didn’t give up though. Eventually I could navigate around Windows just fine with my left hand. When I had to do rigorous things in Excel, I moved the mouse back to the right side. The funny thing was even after a few minutes with my right hand, the pain would come back. It was either use my left hand or get immediate pain in my right.
As time goes on
As time passed, I found myself no longer needing to move my mouse back to my right hand for Excel. Eventually I never moved it at all except when my coworkers would need to use my mouse. It’s been over a year now and it feels more foreign to go back to using the mouse with my right hand. I no longer have pain in my right hand and hopefully no pain in my left hand for a while.