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Should my hand be hurting after I play the Nintendo DS?

Asked by simone54 (7600points) August 11th, 2008

I’ve been playing a lot of Nintendo DS. I am right handed, so I use the stylus with right hand and hold the DS with my left. My left hand it hurting in that spot between my pointer and my thumb. It aches only a little, until I have to use those muscles, Then it hurt significantly more.

Am I hold the DS wrong? Am I just playing it to much? or is not normal for it to be hurting from this little usage?

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joeysefika's avatar

It’ll just be overuse, be careful or this can lead to RSI

wildflower's avatar

Yes. It’s to let you know it’s not good for you to spend so much time playing :)

LKidKyle1985's avatar

Don’t worry, korean and japanese chicks think this kind of injury is cool. keep up the good work

bodyhead's avatar

Yea it just means you’re playing too much. Cut back on your use and gradually build it up over time. It’s a muscle just like any other muscle in the body. It’s hard on you to go from no exercise to hours and hours of it a day (no matter what part of the body you are exercising).

On another note, I use to get “nintendo thumb” when we first got the original Nintendo and it would hurt for a day or so. It’s no big deal really. Just start slow and work up to it. Or you can just get an rpg.

MacBean's avatar

How long do you play before it starts to hurt?

trogdor_87's avatar

You need to give us more info if you want us to give you a solid answer. How long exactly do you play? And what games are you playing (ex. guitar hero world tour will end up hurting your hand).

simone54's avatar

I don’t think I’ve ever played for more then two hours at a time.

simone54's avatar

Yeah that is what I was thinking.

scamp's avatar

If you get the symptoms of it, you could buy yourself a bowling glove. I had wrist trouble when I had my dog grooming business, and somone suggested it. It helped alot!

simone54's avatar

What does it do?

scamp's avatar

It supports your wrist and thumb so the inflamation can settle down. it also helps protect against further injury. If you can’t find a bowling glove, you could go to your drugstore and get something like this. The ones you will find in the drugstore are not as costly as what I showed you in the link. They usually run around $20.00 give or take a few bucks.

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