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    Old 03-17-2003, 07:35 PM   #1
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    Hi Guys-

    When my disk disintegrated one of my symptoms was great difficulty in writing. I know that my arm (tricep) is still quite weak and I have some tingling and numbness in my fingers, but I expcetd my handwriting to be much better by now. Don't let me mislead you, my handwriting has always been terrible, now it's illegible.

    Has anyone else run into this?

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    Old 03-17-2003, 11:23 PM   #2
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    Bad handwriting getting worse? Yep, that's me, too. Have you noticed that your typing skills deteriorated as well? I know that some days I just can't seem to find the right keys. I'm certain the numbness in the right fingers doesn't help matters there. It's kind of hard to feel the cute little bump on the home keys with the tip of a numb finger!



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    Old 03-18-2003, 05:21 AM   #3
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    Hi Nancy-
    So, I'm not going crazy. My typing has also been deteriorating and for some reason did not make the connection. I think that the numbness is only part of it though. Does it feel like you may be holding your pen too tightly and hence over controlling?

    Thanks!
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    Old 03-18-2003, 08:12 AM   #4
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    Hey guys,

    My numb fingers also interfere with my typing skill, but both of you have had already had surgery. How naive of me to think surgery would correct these symptoms. Does it just take time? Will PT help?

    Bruce, there will be no excuses for leaving this board, if you must, you will have to type with your nose. LOL In all seriousness, I do hope this improves for you. Does your Doc say it is temporary? Let me know? Babs
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    Old 03-18-2003, 04:53 PM   #5
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    Hi Babs-

    Fear not, I'll get a helper monkey if necessary to keep posting. This board and meeting all of you has been the best part of the fusion experience.

    I'll speak with the doc about handwriting next week. I think I need to just do some work at it as it seems to be more motor-related than numbness. Just another wait and see. The good news is that this problem came to light as I was trying to write a bunch of late post-op thank-you notes. Good excuse to not write them just yet.

    How are you feeling?

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    Old 03-18-2003, 06:02 PM   #6
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    Babs, don't give up hope. Those numb fingers are the last symptom to go. Mine were getting better four months after surgery, but now are back as bad as before, but that is not the surgery's fault. I've developed some new problems.

    I think if that hadn't happened I would be feeling a lot better by now. Don't let us discourage you from seeking what may be the best route for you to take for relief.

    It probably doesn't help matters that in the last 6 weeks I've also developed a cyst on the inside of my right (of course) wrist.



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    Old 03-18-2003, 06:16 PM   #7
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    Nancy-

    Are you going to have to have a procedure because of the cyst? Is that the cause of your numbness?

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    Old 03-18-2003, 10:04 PM   #8
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    I had ACDF C5-6 done a year ago. My writing is still terrible. My typing was horrible but has improved a teensy weensy bit. I just think there is no hope for my writing or typing.

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    Old 03-19-2003, 05:00 AM   #9
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    I have a sneaking suspicion this may not be temporary. Luckily, I've always believed that bad handwrting is a sign of brilliance. I would be more concerned if it were improving. I have to visit a client in PA tomorrow and I think I'll bring my little recorder, better to dictate my notes and type them after the fact as I can't even read it myself.

    It could always be worse.

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    Old 03-19-2003, 07:25 AM   #10
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    BWL
    I have to say I have always had NICE hand writing. Always got A's from teachers for this and others always saying here let Sherry write these out cause she writes so nice. But since the disc problem it changed and got sloppy and since surgery has not improved. My typing skills were never affected....

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    Old 03-19-2003, 07:56 AM   #11
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    I had noticed that my handwriting was not nearly as good as it used to be, but I chalked that up to all the typing I was doing; thought I just wasn't used to those fine motor skills anymore. But maybe it is a disc thing. So now I don't have to be so embarrassed about it?
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    Old 03-19-2003, 09:17 AM   #12
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    Hey BWL,
    By the time i went off work in July,(i'm a nurse) my handwriting made the Dr's all look like they had perfect penmanship. I do find its never good now, but it's variable. sometimes it is totally illegible, others you can read ,but boy it isn't pretty!
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    Old 03-19-2003, 01:17 PM   #13
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    Thanks for the feedback guys. I'll hope that I get some more control back, but again it's not the end of the world.

    Mel - that's pretty impressive (and funny) that your handwrtiting has surpassed that of a doctors.

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