peripheral neuropathy: cramp-like attacks in hands
Hi, anyone out there,
my dear friend (84 yrs) has been diagnosed with periopheral neuropathy some time ago, following a mastectomy. I understand that the cancer has something to do with the development of the peripheral neuropathy. GP siad nothing can be done to cure the neuropathy but she is on pain-killers and various other medications. I'm teaching her to use a PC, and we find it increasingly difficult to use the mouse because if she does sudden movements with her hands, such as stirring a pot or peeling potatoes, her hands cramp up and it is very, very painful. The hands and fingers just lock up, fingers go completely stiff and the pain is excrutiating. There are good days and bad days, but these cramp-like attacks seem to be increasing lately, and since she'd really like to learn to use a PC to keep in touch with friends and family via mails, I'd hate for the neuropathy to stop her.
Question is, does anyone know whether these cramp-like attacks are common in peripheral neuropathy?
If nothing can be done, is there any PC equipment available that would enable a person with this complaint to use a PC? I mean, there are people with no arms using PC so there must be something available somewhere.
We'd be most grateful for any hints, tips and help. Using a computer would make such a lot of difference to my friend, and it's me writing this on her behalf because she can't use the mouse at the moment.
Take care and thanks in advance