Difficulty writing

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By Andres Ara on Friday, April 08, 2005 - 11:05 pm:

I have been having lots of problems writing. I feel like I have no control over the pen. My handwriting has become real messy. I have seen different doctors and none of them seem to have an answer for it. The last doctor I saw, basically told me it must be just anxiety. But it has been going on for 3 years and I am still looking for an answer.

If anybody can help, please post a message or email me.

By Bill Wynne on Wednesday, May 11, 2005 - 06:56 pm:

Hello Andres Ara: I have been dealing with more and more difficulty writing over the past 3-4 years and my neuroMD says the cause of the condition is likely due to my neuropathy that I was diagnosed with 6 years ago. I have an appointment with him in three weeks and at present, I can barely read what I write. I have to use my left hand to steady my right hand and what's worse, is that it's very, very painful. I rely on my laptop for my jot and am at the point of changing my signature to a simple "W" and that's it. My job requires minimal writing but when needed, it's embarrasing as I look handicapped when I start using a pen or pencil and can't keep my hand steady. I hope you can resolve your complications as I'm told it will likely continue to progress to the point where I won't be able to write at all anymore. Not an assuring outlook on my future with this problem. Regards,

By Anonymous on Wednesday, August 31, 2005 - 12:34 am:

I have the same problem. I have not seen a doctor yet as Im not sure what kind of doctor I need to see. I am thinking maybe its carpal tunnel as I use the computer majority of the time. Part of it maybe due to stress as I noticed my hand and fingers couldnt seem to control the movement of the pen when Im tensed. This is very frustrating. I hope someone can help.

By Charles Fombrun on Saturday, January 14, 2006 - 06:06 pm:

I've been having the same problem for the past two years and it seems that it is getting worst. I can't properly sign a check without jerking my hand out of control as I am signing. The other day I went to a Builder's Show. I was asked to fill up a form. I started to sweat like crazy as I realized that I was not able to fill up the first part of it. I was filled up with shame when I had to request that my friend fill it up for me. I had no control what so ever over my writting. I was desperate. My doctor says it is related to SAD (Social Anxiety Disorder) and has prescribed Paxil CR and Toprol XL to reduce my anxiety and keep my blood pressure down. I've been taking it for over two months now. My blood pressure has decreased and I feel a little more relaxed than before, not that I ever felt that stressed. My writing ability has not improved, specially when I am asked to sign a check or an invoice. Don't know if anything has improved with you guys. If yes, I would appreciate hearing about it. Thanks

By Pa Muni on Tuesday, February 14, 2006 - 09:48 am:

I have had the same problem for the past 10 years. Some days are better than others. I too do not like to write in public or at work if I can avoid it. I've seen my regular doctor and a rhemotologist and neurologist none have been able to tell me what is wrong. I am so glad to see that there are others out there. If anyone has an new information to add please email me with your findings.

By Anonymous on Saturday, February 18, 2006 - 08:18 am:

I have just remembered that it was recommended that I treat my hand problem as if I had carple tunnel syndrom. I have been wearing the hand/wrist splints at night while sleeping. I have been able to write a better during the day without the stress. Some might want to try this. I bought the splints from an orthopedic place for about $20. You can wear the splints anytime. Pa Muni

By Anonymous on Wednesday, February 22, 2006 - 12:12 pm:

Here is one more suggestion that might be the reason for our hand problems. I sleep on my stomach with my hands underneath me. Sometimes I wake up with my hands in ackward positions. This might cut back on the correct circulation and cause my hands and wrist to not function as they should. I have been sleeping with the wrist splints and I am able to write better throughout the day but not continuous. Just another suggestion. Pa Muni

By joshkar24 on Friday, April 21, 2006 - 01:29 am:

I have had the same problem for the past 13 years or so, on and off but seeminly in ever increasing severity. Which is to say, my handwriting has gotten verty difficult at times, to the point where i try to avoid it as much as possible. If i must write something i am forced to slow way down and write in block letters for it to be legible. Occasionally if i don't think about it for a while and havn't written much of anything for a few days, I'll sort of forget that i have this "disability" and it more or less goes away. But this usually lasts only minutes before i remember and it comes back with a vengeance. I too have been diagnosed with social anxiety disorder, but a mild form of it and not soley responsible for this condition. I've seen several shrinks and medical doctors, read a lot of literature on OCD, mind over matter, social anxiety,even self hypnosis to try to figure out whats going on and what to do about it. I'm still at a loss as to the exact cause but have learned some things over the years that might provide clues to whomever is interested. This was the first manifestation of this condition i have, which began at the age of 16, and has continued in various forms for the last 13 years or so. It has had a pretty major impact in my life, but i've been able to invent coping measures for most of these "disabilities" however, the nagging anxiety, guilt, feelings of powerlessness, etc constantly wear away at me and are at the back of my mind almost every waking minute of the day. If there was some understanding or hope to be found, it woudl be an imense weight off my shoulders. In any case, after seeing various specialists i've found that my own conclusions have always been more or less correct - its something that seems like i self induced and the only way out is through finding the reverse process. Email me if you can identify with this in any way.

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