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Do You Get Headaches When You're On the Computer For Long Periods Of Time?

post #1 of 21
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I do. I also get knots in the muscles of the neck & shoulder area, and a pinched nerve that flairs up. Needless to say, it's very uncomfortable, so I have to limit my time on the computer..

Does anyone else have this problem?

~KK~
post #2 of 21
Yes, though mostly from my eyes. I'm rather tolerant of my neck issues - it's been very tender/sore for several days now but I don't notice it unless I turn my head.

My only advice is to make sure your monitor is level with your eyes so that you're not looking up or down. Sit properly in your chair, get a better chair if you have to, and have your keyboard at a proper level. Get up and stretch. If you've had physical therapy for your neck or back before you should have been taught how to help correct your posture - flexation and extension, and so on.

I also minimize some right shoulder issues by using more keyboard shortcuts and using my mouse less. Also, if you find yourself leaning forward to read then increase your font sizes.
post #3 of 21
i do. but, then, i also get headaches when i'm not - actually, i just think i'm 'headache prone'.
post #4 of 21
Yea I do also.
post #5 of 21
Yeah I do and I also get them when I read or concentrate on something for too long. I have glasses for that reason.
post #6 of 21
yes sometimes my friend.... but My work is 95% with the PC... but also I check TCS too..

I wear Glasses to rest my vision... do you wear too?...
post #7 of 21
Yes. Mine are posture related (neck problems), plus I can't tolerate sitting still for very long or I get stiff & sore all over. If you suspect posture may be the cause (the neck & shoulder tension is a sign), try to be conscious of your posture, and take frequent breaks. There are lots of freeware stretch break programs available online for download that you can use to remind you to stop & take a break at regular intervals - some even show you exercises to do to keep you from stiffening up. I use Ergociser.

It can also help to pay attention especially to your neck & head position...if you find yourself slouching a bit with your chin pointing up as you look down at the computer, try to remind yourself to sit with your head level, with your chin level and your ears over your shoulders, and your shoulders over your hips, with your shoulders relaxed and down (most people lift them unconsciously when they're concentrating or stressed). And if you use the phone at your computer, it's better to use a headset or your speakerphone rather than tucking the receiver between your shoulder & ear.
post #8 of 21
I do! And my neck and shoulders get really tense. I work on the computer all day and then come home and look at TCS and play computer games. I am a glutton for punishment, I think.

post #9 of 21
Yep, if I spend all day on the computer then I will get a headache. It's posture and neck problems for me. Also I find I'm squinty from staring at the screen too much.
post #10 of 21
I dont get a headache. But frequently when I stand up I find I black out, my vision turns black and I'm dizzy for about 5 seconds.
post #11 of 21
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I dont get a headache. But frequently when I stand up I find I black out, my vision turns black and I'm dizzy for about 5 seconds.
Lack of blood flow to your brain, in other words transient orthostatic hypotension. Get up slower, and if you're going to be sitting for a while tense the muscles in your legs, bounce/shake them a little or just generally move them around to get the blood circulating before you get up as it's natural for some blood to pool in the legs.

Look up orthostatic hypotension and see if the symptoms for it sound familiar to you.

I always have bad blood flow to my brain, and it's actually one of the causes for my frequent headaches.
post #12 of 21
Do you have headaches in the morning upon waking and don't go away with aspirin??
You might need an eye exam and bifocals!!
post #13 of 21
Yeah, it tends to usually just hurt my eyes, so I tend to have little breaks every now and again, and come on again later.
post #14 of 21
nope not anymore, but i work on computers all day anyway, i guess i just got used to it.

i do blame the x-rays coming off the monitor blasting thru my brain then out the back of my head for blowing out all my hair cells. (err, yea, i dont know if they put out xrays or not, but it sounds like a good excuse hehe )
post #15 of 21
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Originally Posted by strange_wings View Post

My only advice is to make sure your monitor is level with your eyes so that you're not looking up or down.
That's a big part of the problem, I think. I have to wear bifocals, and in order to see the computer screen well, I need to look through the bottom part of the bifocals - which means I have to raise my head to do so. Getting a better chair that I can raise higher will help, but then, of course, my back will be strained b/c my feet won't be level on the floor - and my back is already messed up. Once I can afford to get a better chair, I reckon I'll have to figure something out to keep my feet level so my back won't be strained..

Getting old sucks! Bifocals, special chairs, blah, blah, blah.

~KK~
post #16 of 21
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Originally Posted by laureen227 View Post
i do. but, then, i also get headaches when i'm not - actually, i just think i'm 'headache prone'.
Me too. I'm sure that's also a contributing factor..

post #17 of 21
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Originally Posted by CoolCat View Post

I wear Glasses to rest my vision... do you wear too?...

Yes, I have to wear bifocals. I'm a geek, too. But I'm a grandma now, so I reckon it's to be expected.
post #18 of 21
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Originally Posted by GailC View Post
Do you have headaches in the morning upon waking and don't go away with aspirin??
You might need an eye exam and bifocals!!
I sometimes wake up with a headache, but usually a couple Excedrins will ease the pain. And yes, I do wear bifocals..
post #19 of 21
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Originally Posted by theimp98 View Post
nope not anymore, but i work on computers all day anyway, i guess i just got used to it.

i do blame the x-rays coming off the monitor blasting thru my brain then out the back of my head for blowing out all my hair cells. (err, yea, i dont know if they put out xrays or not, but it sounds like a good excuse hehe )
Imp, as usual, you make me laugh!
post #20 of 21
I don't but Brandon does

If he sits on the computer for more then an hour or so he will wake up with a bad headache the next day from straining his eyes
post #21 of 21
I get visual migraines from being at a computer too long (as well as a couple of other things.) Changing to LCD displays from CRTs has helped a bit.

I also had to rearrange everything when I went to progressive lenses recently. My neck would be wrecked in a week, otherwise. A few years ago I learned that I should lower the arms on my computer chair. Doing that helped my shoulders a lot.

I've also got three different computers I move between through the day. When I don't, I pay. So I try to do different things at each one, and take breaks when moving from machine to machine. My daughters and I recently got back to work on some telescope mirrors we're making. That makes for a really good break, and we're at a point where we have to work every day now, so that prevents sloughing off.
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