By Lexxxiii - 17/6/2021 06:01

Getting on

Today, I realized that every time I play video games, my wrist and elbows always end up hurting so badly from holding my controller/handheld games. I always have to apply bengay and wear braces. Arthritis is creeping up on me harshly, and I’m still young so this sucks. FML
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By  rotflqtms_  |  19

When I started playing console games more competitively and for longer, I noticed my hands would hurt too. After playing for a while, it didn't hurt anymore. Then I made the switch to PC gaming and my hands hurt... I took 2 weeks off Console gaming when my hands stopped hurting from playing on mouse and keyboard, then I go to play on the console and I can't hold the controller right in my hands and my hands start to hurt not even 30 minutes into my first match. (was subbing for a team I left for PC gaming & work. Literally didn't even warm up, so I went in cold. Glad we still won.) My bones have been really crappy since forever, and I know when I get old I'll have really bad arthritis, but taking breaks helps for sure. When I ran track, I totally noticed it. Playing volleyball too, my knees would be iffy. I could kick my legs and hear bones crack. Sometimes my knees hurt and I had to if I wanted them to not hurt. I totally never mentioned this to my doctor when I did my physicals for teams. I realized that if I don't tell them something is wrong, they won't find it unless it's obvious. Totally always passed and never got any restrictions and I always played through the pain, or the pain disappeared. I wasn't the smartest kid for doing that. There were some really big health scares that I hid because I didn't want to give up sports... like, I thought I had heart problems and never even told my mom about the chest pains because I didn't want to give up sports...It never happened during a game or event and I'm lucky it wasn't more serious. It kinda passed, but I think it was precordial catch syndrome. The symptoms seem the same. I'd literally fall to my knees and have to hold my breath because it hurt so much to take a breath... then I'dtake the shallowest breaths I could until I had to take a big one, yet there I was hiding it.

Try not to put so much pressure on your elbows when you play handheld games. Your elbows shouldn't be hurting like that from playing.

By  breegilpin  |  7

I've had carpal tunnel and arthritis from piano. if you have a pillow that you can pay your hands on with the controller, it takes the pressure off and causes no pain. I also recommend wearing braces at night because most irritation is exacerbated greatly by moving them into weird positions while sleeping. hope this helps!

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By  rotflqtms_  |  19

When I started playing console games more competitively and for longer, I noticed my hands would hurt too. After playing for a while, it didn't hurt anymore. Then I made the switch to PC gaming and my hands hurt... I took 2 weeks off Console gaming when my hands stopped hurting from playing on mouse and keyboard, then I go to play on the console and I can't hold the controller right in my hands and my hands start to hurt not even 30 minutes into my first match. (was subbing for a team I left for PC gaming & work. Literally didn't even warm up, so I went in cold. Glad we still won.) My bones have been really crappy since forever, and I know when I get old I'll have really bad arthritis, but taking breaks helps for sure. When I ran track, I totally noticed it. Playing volleyball too, my knees would be iffy. I could kick my legs and hear bones crack. Sometimes my knees hurt and I had to if I wanted them to not hurt. I totally never mentioned this to my doctor when I did my physicals for teams. I realized that if I don't tell them something is wrong, they won't find it unless it's obvious. Totally always passed and never got any restrictions and I always played through the pain, or the pain disappeared. I wasn't the smartest kid for doing that. There were some really big health scares that I hid because I didn't want to give up sports... like, I thought I had heart problems and never even told my mom about the chest pains because I didn't want to give up sports...It never happened during a game or event and I'm lucky it wasn't more serious. It kinda passed, but I think it was precordial catch syndrome. The symptoms seem the same. I'd literally fall to my knees and have to hold my breath because it hurt so much to take a breath... then I'dtake the shallowest breaths I could until I had to take a big one, yet there I was hiding it.

Try not to put so much pressure on your elbows when you play handheld games. Your elbows shouldn't be hurting like that from playing.

By  breegilpin  |  7

I've had carpal tunnel and arthritis from piano. if you have a pillow that you can pay your hands on with the controller, it takes the pressure off and causes no pain. I also recommend wearing braces at night because most irritation is exacerbated greatly by moving them into weird positions while sleeping. hope this helps!

By  DarkAngelsBlade  |  25

Use the bracers while you play. Find a more ergonomic controller. Monitor your food intake as some cause inflammation and others can decrease it. It sucks but there's ways to help.