Please talk to your doctor about this since your issues may not be the issues I experience.
My questions are about Carpel tunnel and notebooks. Is carpel tunnel related to a specific type of system, (desktop\laptop)? Is it just related to the mouse, (as I see in some of the prior postings)?
I have not used a notebook for a few years. I do remember that when I was using a notebook that my wrists did bother me a little. I was looking at a 17 inch the other day and found the keyboard uncomfortable for a few reasons, (some of it may be because I was standing at the display in the store). First, because there was a numeric keypad on the right, when I went to put my hands on the keyboard in the normal position, it was off center to the left of the screen and felt funny. This may be because with a detached keyboard on a desktop, the centering thing does not come into play. I noted that with the 15.5 inch screens the off center thing went away because the numeric keypad was the top row of keys. The other thing was that with the 17 inch screen, (and smaller ones), you have a wide area at the front of the keyboard before you actually get to the keys. You are basically on a flat surface as you are typing, and that feels funny also. With the desktop detached keyboard your wrist rests on the desk and thus things are not flat. Do a lot of people use a USB detached keyboard with notebooks? I would be using the laptop as a desktop replacement, possibly moving around the house a little, but very little travel.
One of my reasons for getting a notebook is that with bifocals and the large monitors, (that are all elevated), that I always have to raise my head?with a notebook you do not have to do that. Will a detached keyboard, putting myself farther away from the laptop screen, cause me to have to raise my head again?