This might be a common experience (or a well-known fact) among GIMP users. I just want to say that I just recovered from De Quervain's disease after an intensive week using GIMP. I'm not familiar with the new versions of this software, but mine requires keeping both my thumb and index finger pressed against the mouse while painting and retouching pictures. I did this for 4-5 days, 3-4 non-interrupted hours a day. I ended up with a strong pain in my wrist due to the inflammed tendons at the base of my thumb (De Quervain's disease). My right hand was practically inoperational for 2 1/2 months. A corticosteroid injection and a constant routine of ice and medication saved me from a wrist surgery. I could not believe a mouse could induce such damage to my hand while using GIMP.

H. Noriega

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