Has anyone with De Quervain syndrome spent any significant amount of time with the Model 01 and its thumb keys? I have it pretty bad in my right hand and the reliance on thumbs has me a little worried.
I think that as long as I don’t need to flex my thumb I’ll be fine, but for example I tried using an ErgoDox for about three hours before its terrible thumb-key layout had me in agony. (On the other hand, the venerable DataHand never gave me any trouble with its thumb switches, although I used it long before I developed De Quervain.)
I’ve used the Kinesis Classic for 15 years. It too has a thumb cluster, which transfers some of the work of the other fingers to the thumb. I find the configuration more comfortable than a typical layout, including for my thumbs, and better ergonomically overall.
I can’t hazard a guess how the Model 1’s thumb cluster will impact someone with existing thumb problems, but I suspect that, to the extent the Model 1’s configuration is similar to the Kinesis, it wouldn’t be likely to create new thumb issues.
Until today deQuervain’s was my working diagnosis, and thumb mobility issues are why I remapped space and backspace to the right and left function keys, respectively, and am trying to figure out where to map control and function.
With the remapping it’s quite comfortable.
I just got back from learning that I have end stage degenerative arthritis in both wrists, and am supposed to wear these 23 hours a day:
No idea. Doc wants me to try them. I don’t think they are helping; it feels like they are immobilizing my wrists in the wrong ways and causing me to aggravate the issue by resisting the brace while trying to do basic but necessary tasks, like turning a car key.
TBH I just pulled them off and put them outside to air out, because the fumes from the neoprene were giving me a headache, and they’re sweaty & itchy. Feh. They will probably join the pile of useless braces.
So far the things that have helped the most are Feldenkreis and a double hair elastic putting pressure on the joint:
I’m looking at this brace as one that seems promising:
It went through clinical trials and got excellent results, both in terms of reported pain level and improved grip strength. It’s designed to immobilize only the CMC joint while allowing the hand to function normally, and is designed to be gotten wet by normal tasks such as washing your hands, dishes, hair, etc.
I’ll give the neoprene ones a fair shake and then see if the hand doc will prescribe the expensive ones.
So, my Model 01 arrived today, and my biggest problem with it is just that Shift and Ctrl should be reversed. Otherwise the layout feels pretty much fine! Hopefully I can get those two keys swapped and that will make things happier.
I recall someone working on a GUI tool for remapping the keys - has any progress happened on that front?