I did, and still do, a lot of hacking, which confronts me with a common disease, or rather injury: RSI, or Repetetive Strain Injury, or a numbing pain in the wrists and hands.
At one point, I thought I'd have to let go of my entire professional perspective. "I can't ever use a keyboard again! Let alone draw a picture! I can't even hold a book, for goodness' sake!"
Let me share some of my experiences with RSI. You can take my advice, but do see a doctor! Let me say this again.
However, it took me half a year to finally meet a doctor that was able to diagnose RSI. In my eyes, those that prescribed broadband pain killers, casts or even sea mud wraps were hardly professional. So, in your own interest, do reflect on doctors' advice. (One time, a doctor had a full scale MRI of my wrist lying between us on her desk, and she insisted on doing an x-ray, even though she obviously couldn't explain why. I think that's not good advice.) Luckily, in the end, I met a real doctor whose help is close to a miracle, which is why I'm writing this. The good ones are out there.
Also be aware that RSI and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can easily be mistaken for one another. Before you follow my humble advice, make sure you don't have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or any other mad disease, or you might seriously hurt yourself!
This document describes what was and is an extremely effective cure for my personal RSI. I am taking great care to make it fool proof. But I won't have your lawyers if you got it wrong. In other words:
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