I was a cashier at a local supermarket (won’t name which!) There is a lot of punching in codes every few seconds, which has resulted in very bad pain in my fingers, upper arm and shoulder. I also developed a lump on my shoulder; not sure if that’s related. I have been told it is not work related, but I honestly can’t believe that. I never suffered from any pain in my arm before I work there. I have had to retire on medical grounds as I really was unable to continue with the register. The store never offered to rehabilitate me or cover any treatment to get back to work, which is what I really want. Before proceeding, I’d like to know if anyone thinks this is indeed RSI or something similar.
Who told you it wasn’t work related? Your doctor? If so, what did he say did cause it? If it really isn’t work-related, I doubt if your employer would have any liability. Usually any rehabilitation scheme, if there is one, is only for those injured in work (like a warehouse man, for instance, falling off a set of steps & hurting himself). However, it does sound to me like your symptoms are related to your work habits. Maybe they can give you a different position, even temporarily, until your symptoms go away? I suggest seeing a different physician and I’ll bet they’ll give you a different diagnosis.