So lately I've been getting nasty, crippling pain running from my wrist up to my elbow, in the tendons you feel moving when you wiggle your fingers. This sucks, because I sit writing code for eight hours a day at work, and then come home and play games on my PC.
An official "workstation assessment" at work turned up the fact that my chair was too low for the desk. So now I've raised my chair, I need monitor risers and a footrest to get them at the right height too. (I can't help but think that making the desk lower would be easier, but unfortunately it's not adjustable.) So now I have a bunch of plastic stuff scattered over / under my desk (two monitor risers and a footrest), plus a giant old-skool white Microsoft Natural keyboard. Since then, things have been improving and I'm in a lot less pain than I was.
...until it gets to the weekend, when I sit for hours on end on a chair that's too low in an awful posture. I'm pretty sure I do more damage to myself when I'm at home than at work, so I'm taking steps to rectify this. I'm off to town today to get a better office chair that I can actually adjust to a useful height, and I suspect I'll end up needing monitor risers for home as well. What's bugging me is the keyboard. I find with normal keyboards I tend to roll my wrists outwards (especially to hit the Ctrl and Shift keys). Ergonomic keyboards tend to solve that, but at the expense of being utterly huge, so my mouse hand is miles off the other side of the desk. If only I could take a Microsoft Natural and saw off everything right of the Enter key, things would be vastly improved, although I really don't like the incredibly hard and clunky key action.
Now, small laptop-style keyboards are fairly common, as are ergonomic ones. The intersection of those two? Not so much. The best I can find is the Goldtouch, which looks incredibly weird but seems to have a pretty sound design (and also isn't as hideously expensive as the website says if you know where to look). But I don't have any experience of it.
How do you cope with your aches and pains? What have you found useful - and overpriced rubbish?