Gaming with an injury/illness

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Gday all. I know this isnt the technical forum, but I did post there but there seems to be a very slow or little response. So I thought you good people might have some ideas.

I'm an older player, love this game so much, been addicted to it for some years now. Problem is, I'm starting to develop issues with my right hand/arm (I'm right handed). What I'm wishing for probably doesnt exist, but I wondered if there was any way to set up the game to not use a mouse? (I've developed artritis in my right hand fingers, especially the fingers that click the mouse buttons.)

If there was something like a flat screen ala ipad that had buttons on a screen that could be adapted to be worked by different fingers (including left handed) that would be idea. Does such a thing actually exist?
I’m very sorry to hear of your plight.

To answer your question, I have not heard of such a device and what you are describing sounds very custom and complex. I suggest looking at the trackball mice but you may end up having the same issue with the clicking.

Depending on your home state, you may be able to acquire a prescription for !@#$%^-*! oil to rub into your affected hand. I have read that it helps relieve arthritis in the hands.

Best of luck to you.
Be sure to see a rheumatologist to address the arthritis. There are things they can do depending on the cause of the problem, plus they can prescribe physical therapy that can help things out a lot. Those folks would also be the ones that would be most likely to know about alternative devices like the one you are looking for.

Good luck and best wishes.
There are, not sure of correct name, game pads that "replace" the mouse for want of a better description. A google search for computer input devices should show some ideas.

They are basically a cut down keypad, think numerics, and a "hat" style joystick.
They are usually for the left hand though.

What I'm thinking is one of these, keybind for movement on the left hand, and the keyboard using keybinds for abilities on the right hand. (or vise-versa).

Maybe....
I'm sure it might be possible to play without the use of a mouse, but probably not in the way you're describing. You would probably have to get used to binding all of your keys if you haven't already and get very good at multitasking while pressing the movement keys while pressing tab to target, and occasionally using your left hand on the mouse to click on quests and such.

It's doable I'm sure, but not without a lot of effort. I've heard of blind people playing WoW, so I suppose anything is possible.

I hope you find some way to treat the arthritis symptoms so you can continue playing the game you love.
03/26/2018 09:00 PMPosted by Feytrois
I’m very sorry to hear of your plight.

To answer your question, I have not heard of such a device and what you are describing sounds very custom and complex. I suggest looking at the trackball mice but you may end up having the same issue with the clicking.

Depending on your home state, you may be able to acquire a prescription for !@#$%^-*! oil to rub into your affected hand. I have read that it helps relieve arthritis in the hands.

Best of luck to you.


Thanks for the kind words. I have considered the trackball but I don't think it addresses the clicking issue, which you mentioned.

I do use certain creams which help in other aspects but not at lot as far as the fingers go. But I do appreciate the input. ((:
03/26/2018 09:05 PMPosted by Mooriartee
Be sure to see a rheumatologist to address the arthritis. There are things they can do depending on the cause of the problem, plus they can prescribe physical therapy that can help things out a lot. Those folks would also be the ones that would be most likely to know about alternative devices like the one you are looking for.

Good luck and best wishes.


I plan to talk to my doctor about it soon, I have other arthritis issues but they havent severely impacted on my ability to play. The hand, though, is sort of central to being able to game. In the short term I'm cutting down on the amount of time i play, as much as I hate that. And I'm hoping the doc can point me to a therapist who might have some things and suggestions that can help.
03/26/2018 09:11 PMPosted by Mordahn
I'm sure it might be possible to play without the use of a mouse, but probably not in the way you're describing. You would probably have to get used to binding all of your keys if you haven't already and get very good at multitasking while pressing the movement keys while pressing tab to target, and occasionally using your left hand on the mouse to click on quests and such.

It's doable I'm sure, but not without a lot of effort. I've heard of blind people playing WoW, so I suppose anything is possible.

I hope you find some way to treat the arthritis symptoms so you can continue playing the game you love.


Thank you for the kind words. I do love this game, it has given me many friends in life outside the game, some wonderful people play it and are very supportive. I even healed a Normal Antorus last night...my RL is a very trusting soul, poor thing. ((:

I shall continue to look into it. If there was a clever techy person out there who could design some sort of app to work on a tablet or ipad in the way I describe it and see it in my head, I reckon they could make a serious amount of money from it, assuming it could be set up for games like WoW.
I know this is gonna sound mystical (aka silly), but I am a musician. About 30 years ago I started to have arthritis pain in my left hand. It got to be too much to continue to play. A friend of mine, who was into the holistic and new age ideology, recommended I put copper on that arm and wear it always.

Out of respect for my friend I purchased one of those cheap copper chain bracelets (at a casino gift shop no less) and wore it on my left wrist all the time so he would see that I was using his suggestion. After about three months, with no other treatment at all, the pain started to subside and I was able to play again soon afterwards.

It likely was totally coincidental but, after wearing that bracelet for a number of years, the pain went away completely. The bracelet finally broke (as I said, cheap) but I am still pain free in that hand some 30 years later.

I don't claim that this is in any way a cure. There are way too many other possibilities but even my physician couldn't explain the improvement. It isn't something that can do any harm and, if you can deal with a slightly green wrist, it wouldn't hurt to give it a try. "There are more things in Heaven and on earth" and all that.

No matter what you find, i wish you the best of luck and hopefully a speedy solution for your problems.

Good health and be well. :)
Have you looked into herbal supplements? I had severe arthritis and prescription meds did little to help. Someone recommended Moringa and I gave it a try. I've been arthritis free for nearly a year now. Don't know if it will help you, I can only tell you it worked for me.
I spent a good part on a Hospital Room in WoD (Head injury/Aphasia.) It was bad just like other players we have. All I can say is to speak up with your problems and 90% will help you.
My carpal tunnel was cured with acupuncture... if you haven't already tried everything at this point, I figured I'd mention it just in case.
03/26/2018 09:33 PMPosted by Daemonium
I know this is gonna sound mystical (aka silly), but I am a musician. About 30 years ago I started to have arthritis pain in my left hand. It got to be too much to continue to play. A friend of mine, who was into the holistic and new age ideology, recommended I put copper on that arm and wear it always.


Its interesting you mention that - I remember my dad buying just such a copper bracelet for himself and wearing it all his life, as he suffered from bad arthritis in his wrist and hand after many years of working as a boilermaker - it was hard work and very jarring on the hands. So thanks for the reminder - I don't find it odd at all and I will certainly go find one ((:
G'day there is a product I had seen called Razer Tartarus Chroma USB Gamepad
Also a Streamer / Youtuber did a full review who still to this day uses one.
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Other than that, I once read someone using a racing game wheel to control a mage and the foot pedals for forward and back and the wheel for turning.
There might be a youtube on it.
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Like others had said, get yourself checked out at the doctors. sugar levels checked etc, as high sugar can cause trouble with fingers and hands.
03/26/2018 09:34 PMPosted by Greyzen
Have you looked into herbal supplements? I had severe arthritis and prescription meds did little to help. Someone recommended Moringa and I gave it a try. I've been arthritis free for nearly a year now. Don't know if it will help you, I can only tell you it worked for me.


I use lots of treatments, some work and some don't. I'm currently using a cream recommended to my by my pharmacist whose son is a therapist. Its called Fisiocrem, and it contains Anica, Hypericum and Calendula. My wrist at the base of my thumb was aching like crazy and I used it for a day and next day that pain had vanished - its amazing stuff. So yes, alternate methods are often far better and less destructive of the innards. (This cream is made in Australia and I don't know if they export, but I do recommend it to my family.)
03/26/2018 09:37 PMPosted by Stride
My carpal tunnel was cured with acupuncture... if you haven't already tried everything at this point, I figured I'd mention it just in case.


I had carpal tunnel on my left wrist and had an operation for it, but I'm a bit leary of acupuncture. I know it works for some but it never did for me and I do so hate needles ((: but thanks for the suggestion.
03/26/2018 09:39 PMPosted by Iceacid
G'day there is a product I had seen called Razer Tartarus Chroma USB Gamepad
Also a Streamer / Youtuber did a full review who still to this day uses one.
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Other than that, I once read someone using a racing game wheel to control a mage and the foot pedals for forward and back and the wheel for turning.
There might be a youtube on it.
-
Like others had said, get yourself checked out at the doctors. sugar levels checked etc, as high sugar can cause trouble with fingers and hands.


Thanks for all that info, I will definitely check 'em all out. ((:
You can train your left hand to use the mouse. I am right-handed myself and whenever I eat a sandwich in front of the computer, I have been using my left hand to browse the internet(right hand to hold the sandwich.) I've been doing this for years and to my surprise, I now can use the mouse with my left hand!

Also, spending too much time in front of the computer can have a detrimental effect on your health in general, not just your hands but your back and eyes...etc.
Eat well, sleep well and exercise is my advice. WOW can wait.
I mean if dudes can figure out a way to play Dark Souls or Smash Bros with a fishing pole controller, I'm sure you can figure something
03/26/2018 09:52 PMPosted by Camuro
You can train your left hand to use the mouse. I am right-handed myself and whenever I eat a sandwich in front of the computer, I have been using my left hand to browse the internet(right hand to hold the sandwich.) I've been doing this for years and to my surprise, I now can use the mouse with my left hand!

Also, spending too much time in front of the computer can have a detrimental effect on your health in general, not just your hands but your back and eyes...etc.
Eat well, sleep well and exercise is my advice. WOW can wait.


I agree, as I said I am taking more breaks and gaming for only a short while. Its certainly not good for the back.

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