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coordination loss??

PostPosted: November 22nd, 2003, 1:14 pm
by uber
Can any of you tell me what coordination loss in the hand is usually characterised by???

Recently, noticed that I struggle to type as well as I could on my PC, and Im often making a lot of spelling mistakes which In the past I never made.
Also on a more embarassing note, when I go to the toilet im finding it a little more difficult to "wipe" not a weakness as such, just like my fingers feel mildly uncoordinated. This only seems to happen with my left hand however...im still 99% convinced its MS Ive got, but neurologist says I dont due to clear phsycial testing and clean MRI, and that my symptoms arent in the pattern of MS. What other things could I have, that causes coming and going, random widespread sensory symptoms, twitching, mild jerks, muscle aches, slight loss of coordination in hand...etc etc and please bare in mind all my symptoms happened after a head cold back in march, at least thats when I remember the twitching starting, and things seemed to have migrated from there.

PostPosted: November 22nd, 2003, 3:03 pm
by Nole
It could just be BFS...dont believe you have something else if your tests came back normal than you dont have MS. BFS along with stress can cause the symptoms you are explaining. You say this all started after a cold, which is a virus, it could also be a virus in your body that has caused the onset of bfs,mine started after a virus also. With time it should improve, try not to get consumed with the "what ifs". Good luck to ya.

PostPosted: November 23rd, 2003, 3:58 am
by GaBelle
Have you ever considered fibromyalgia? I have all those symptoms - clear MRIs, etc. Started Ultram and Effexor - helps greatly with fibro symptoms. :roll: Don't always assume the worst. You're awfully young for ALS fears, dr. doesn't think MS - they're usually bright enough to know. Fibro fits all your symptoms.
GaBelle

PostPosted: November 24th, 2003, 4:10 am
by sarahtonin
I think loss of coordination is a typical anxiety symptom. When I started all my MS/MND fears I found that I didn't seem to be able to walk in a very coordinated way and was always walking into chairs, door frames etc - ouch :o It really freaked me out. It has got a lot better now.

Yesterday I was talking to my friend who is really stressed at work and she has exactly the same thing - dropping things, walking into things and she doesn't have BFS or anything else.

So, it's painful but nothing to worry about I don't think :)

Sarah

PostPosted: November 24th, 2003, 5:11 am
by Pole
Sarah is 100% right. Loss of coordination may be due to anxiety. In first months of my ALS fears I also thought that I had loss of coordination. Now I'm much calmer and my coordination is back :)

The one thing I need to be happy is getting rid of this f...ing twitches or at least decreasing.

M.

PostPosted: November 24th, 2003, 7:57 am
by uber
lol pole that made me laugh, I walk round all day saying to myself, my griflriend or anybody else thats around "i hate these f....ing twitches, I wish they'd just f...ck off, f...ing sick of this" It has been known for me to look at a certain part of my body that I can see just twitching or thumping or vibrating and just yell out loud "oh f...ck of!!!" my girlfriend often comes upstairs and says, who you shouting at?? and I tell her im shouting at my arm or leg

PostPosted: November 24th, 2003, 11:05 am
by garym
I have all the same symptoms you have, and the same nasty habit of telling them to "F___ Off!" this is the most fustrating thing I've ever dealt with, but it could always be worse. One good thing for me is that neurontin has really helped the muscle pain, not really the twitching.

Good luck,
Gary

PostPosted: November 24th, 2003, 3:17 pm
by Dale
Good afternoon Uber,

I believe there is a definite correlation between your hand coordination and anxiety. Last year, I went through a period where I was completely convinced that I had Parkinson’s disease. I started twitching in my left hand & soon became completely fixated on it. I noticed that writing became more difficult. My hand would cramp-up & I couldn’t finish a sentence without shaking it off. I found some PD tests on the internet that involved the use of the hands – finger tapping, hand opening/closing…I found that I had problems performing these tests.

It took some time but I eventually found ways of relaxing & my symptoms got better. The hardest part for me was rationalizing. If I didn’t feel that I did well on one of the “tests”, I automatically assumed that I had a serious neurological problem. It wasn’t until I calmed down that I realized the exercises I was doing was not something that I did in the normal course of a day. How often do you sit at a table and tap your index fingers as fast as you can for a minute?

You mentioned that you are making spelling mistakes now that you previously wouldn’t make. I would interpret that to indicate that your mind is fixated on something else. If you were able to clear your mind and focus, I’ll bet you wouldn’t be making those mistakes. As for your episodes in the washroom, I liken that to my experiences with the finger tapping. Let’s just slow down a minute and think about it. How often do you spend in the washroom “wiping” on a daily basis? Like most of us, probably not often. When you participate in an action that you do not normally perform, you are going to experience weird sensations.

My suggestions are as follows:
- Stay off all internet medical-related sites for a month (including this one).
- Learn relaxation techniques (praying, deep breathing, etc.)

It takes time to reduce anxiety. Don’t expect a change overnight. Try it for a month then come back and let us know how you feel.

Sincerely,

Dale

PostPosted: November 24th, 2003, 4:12 pm
by thetwitchkid
Dale:

Good suggestions. BFS can become consuming which makes it worse !!

Re: coordination loss??

PostPosted: December 3rd, 2003, 9:36 pm
by eric
uber wrote:Can any of you tell me what coordination loss in the hand is usually characterised by???

Recently, noticed that I struggle to type as well as I could on my PC, and Im often making a lot of spelling mistakes which In the past I never made.
Also on a more embarassing note, when I go to the toilet im finding it a little more difficult to "wipe" not a weakness as such, just like my fingers feel mildly uncoordinated. This only seems to happen with my left hand however...im still 99% convinced its MS Ive got, but neurologist says I dont due to clear phsycial testing and clean MRI, and that my symptoms arent in the pattern of MS. What other things could I have, that causes coming and going, random widespread sensory symptoms, twitching, mild jerks, muscle aches, slight loss of coordination in hand...etc etc and please bare in mind all my symptoms happened after a head cold back in march, at least thats when I remember the twitching starting, and things seemed to have migrated from there.

loss of coordination can be a sign of lyme disease, a head cold can be a sign of lyme disease, sensory nerves can inflame and you will be slightly off . check it out

PostPosted: December 4th, 2003, 6:38 am
by Pole
Eric,

in fact everything can be a sign od lyme :) I'm sorry that you have lyme but it doesn't mean that everybody here has it too. Lyme have a characteristic onset (rush) and lyme without it is a very rare case.

regards
Marcin

PostPosted: December 4th, 2003, 2:47 pm
by Nole
Actually it not rare to have lymes without a rash, I went to the doc last night because I had a tick on me a few weeks ago and I have been feelin gunder the weather (fatigue, chills, aches...) I may or may not have lymes, cant test until a month after I detected the tick , but I am being treated with antiboitics in case. My dic said many people do not get the rash, in fact my mother and brother have had it and both of them never had a rash!

PostPosted: December 4th, 2003, 2:48 pm
by Nole
oops, I should check my spelling alittle better! Sorry!

PostPosted: December 4th, 2003, 7:40 pm
by garym
I feel the same way about some of my [email protected], uhhhh, I mean my drs. :lol:

Gary