Anyhow, I used to make icons, but my reason for stopping making them is arthritis, and to some extent vertigo. I found that I couldn't sit at the PC for long periods making them, and getting up and coming back to them didn't work for me, so I had to stop. It's a pity because I enjoyed making them, but I can't force the body what it doesn't want to do, especially now that my mouse hand is buggered up with arthritis
Mark, I just found out today that I have bone spurs in my neck and shoulder. Along with Brachial Plexus injuries. Whatever the hell that is.
I have no idea what Brachial Plexus injuries are, but I'm familiar with bone spurs. I have one in my right wrist, which causes my hand to ache after longer periods of use, so with the arthritis and issues with my thumb, my right hand isn't up for much mouse work.
Oh, and I'm left-handed, BTW. However, I'm right-handed when using scissors, screwdrivers and a mouse. Go figure, but it just felt comfortable to me. I thought about retraining myself to use the mouse in my left hand, but it's a bit like how they say about old dogs and new tricks. While I can control a pen perfectly well in my left hand, I don't have that much control over a mouse.
Perhaps with practice I may learn to master it, but I now also have arthritis in my left hand, though not as bad... and then it's finding the time when I have so much else to do. Thing is I can still use a mouse in my right hand, just not for long periods or for anything intensive, such as painting or drawing in the various art programs.
Oh yeah, I also have bone spurs on both heels, which can make it quite painful to walk at times. I also have a bone spur on my right hip and the inner side of my right knee... and in my neck I have 4 discs completely missing, with C3 and C4 vertebrae now totally fused together, so yeah, with all the cracking and grinding I do sympathise with you regarding neck pain.
It's a pain in the neck... pun intended.
Yup, it's a bastard getting old, but then I don't know that I'd want to be starting out as a youngster in this day and age. For mine, the world is not a better place than when I grew up during the 50's, 60's and 70's. The technology may have advanced in leaps and bounds, but I recall doing real things in the real world. Kids these days are too often nose down in their phones or other devices and miss so much of what I enjoyed doing as a lad... like walking in the countryside; fishing; playing cricket and/or rugby; going camping.
They're becoming fat bastards before their time, and parents seem to be too busy and simply ignore this.