Dysfunctional Typing...Could it be a symptom of Brain fog?

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mom46
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   Posted 5/6/2008 9:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Again,
    I have been typing for 30 years and recently some days my typing is backwards or distorted. Does that make any sense? This is one of those days today.
    When trying to type the letters come out mixed up. They are the right letters but out of place. Does this happen to any of you and could it be a symptom of brain fog or a brain to hand malfunction?
    Just thought I'd throw this out to see if anyone else has this same problem. Tks all and take care.
                                                Love, Babs
 
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TiBoBi
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   Posted 5/6/2008 10:22 AM (GMT -7)   

I have been doing that too. I will hit the wrong combination once, twice..sometimes three times before getting the letters right. I just did it while typing this reply. Not sure if it is because of the medication or lupus or what. It's so hard to deal with the day to day sometimes. You question everything and don't know if it is because of Lupus or something else going on.

Ti


AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 5/6/2008 10:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Babs . . .

For YOU that is a definite symptoms of something. Because you are a "typist". Yes, it may be a neurological symptom. When is your next doctor visit??? I wouldn't think our typical "clumsy days" would count, but you really know your body and you don't worry about fleeting symptoms . . . I would definitely track this and mention it to your doc. With your history of stroke, I would do the smile test and kiss test too. I can't remember the specific "quick tests" for stroke. I'll see if I can find them.

Keep us posted!!

Blessings!

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AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 5/6/2008 10:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Babs . . . I did find one article with the "stroke test". You might need another person to evaluate your response to these::

Researchers at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Medicine developed this one-minute, three-step stroke assessment test to enable bystanders and first line emergency responders to quickly screen for a possible stroke diagnosis.

Step 1: Ask person to "smile broadly, showing your teeth." (This "smile test" is to look for one-sided facial weakness or paralysis.)

Step 2: Ask person to close their eyes, raise their arms in front of them and hold them out for a count of ten. (This is to test for arm or leg weakness or paralysis, dizziness, or loss of balance.)

Step 3: Ask person to repeat a simple phrase, such as "Don't cry over spilled milk." (This is check for difficulty speaking or understanding speech or basic instructions.)

This simple three-step test screens for the most common signs and symptoms of a stroke. Taking fast action will help improve the treatment and the outcome for stroke victims. The only approved medication to stop or reverse strokes must be given within three hours after the stroke begins. A stroke or suspected stroke is always a medical emergency and anyone exhibiting signs of a stroke should receive immediate medical attention.

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AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 5/6/2008 10:45 AM (GMT -7)   
OK . . . I feel like I'm your mother now . . . worrying over you. Sorry sis . . .. I just re-read your other post about Dr. appt for vasculitis . . . . Could this be an actual clumsiness from the vasculitis?????

((((((((( Babs )))))))))

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Butterflake
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   Posted 5/6/2008 11:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Babs. I'm with Rosie on this one. The typing is a definite lupus issue and I'm also concerned about the vasculitis involvement.  I used to be a great typist, but now it seems I spell more wrong than right. It became really bad this past January along with all my speech problems and severe cog disfunction, but I've noticed an improvement since I've been on CellCept. Oh, the medrol jitters might be part of the problem too. Just a thought. I hope you tell your rheumy about this symptom 'cause it's important. Babs I'm so sorry you are so sick! I'm running a bit low on positive energy right now, but I'll say a prayer for you. (((Hugs))) Love, Butterflake 

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mom46
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   Posted 5/6/2008 12:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Ti, Rosie and Donna,
   Thank you all very much...Rosie, I just had to laugh at the Mother comment...LOL. We are all Mother hens with each other and I think that is awesome!
   I just called and left a message for my rheumy just in case. I felt kinda silly telling the nurse the symptom.... scool . Anyway, I'm sure I will hear back if it is anything to be concerned about.
   Tks again all and take care. Heading to work for a little bit. You are all in my thoughts and prayers as well.
                                                   Love, Babs
 
Dx: Lupus,RLS,RA,Asthma,Fibro,Sjogren's,Raynaud's,Divertic, Stroke,Atherosclerosis,Seizures,Neuropathy,CAD
Meds:arava,prednisone,plavix,aspirin,protonix,,zanaflex,xanax,
mirapex,advair,foxamax,Vytorin,folicacid,lunesta,Tramadol
 
JOB 5:18 For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but his hands also heal.


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   Posted 5/6/2008 12:25 PM (GMT -7)   
That happens to me on and off as brain fog (or worse) has it's way with me. I've never been typist, per se, but have been typing stuff that has to be right (ie commands & code for computers) since 1978.....some days are much better or much worse than others -- I never thought of it as a separate symptom, but just as a measure of how tired/dysfunctional my brain is at any given moment.

Hope it's not anything too significant for your particular personal strain of lupus!

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Ginny
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   Posted 5/6/2008 3:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Babs,
 
Yep, happens to me too.  I also have trouble printing or writing things.  My printing looks like a child's!!  It's awful.  I only notice that if I'm flaring.  I think it's a symptom of brain fog too.  Let us know if it clears up for you.
 
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mom46
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   Posted 5/6/2008 6:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Tks Ginny and Lynn,
   It sounds like it fairly common with us lupuies. Just another one of those things I guess. It's just annoying.
Ginny, my printing is been awful for a long time now. It looks like chicken scratch!
Lynn, I'm not a typist either...I can only type about 50wpm, but accurate most of the time... smile .
Tks again ladies and have a good night. You are both in my thoughts and prayers.
                                                  Love, Babs
 
Dx: Lupus,RLS,RA,Asthma,Fibro,Sjogren's,Raynaud's,Divertic, Stroke,Atherosclerosis,Seizures,Neuropathy,CAD
Meds:arava,prednisone,plavix,aspirin,protonix,,zanaflex,xanax,
mirapex,advair,foxamax,Vytorin,folicacid,lunesta,Tramadol
 
JOB 5:18 For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but his hands also heal.


hippimom2
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   Posted 5/7/2008 9:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Babs, lately I've been having a worse time typing than usual for some reason. Sometimes I'll have to re-type a word several times becuase I can't get the letters in the right order. This is a little different but earlier today I was trying to type the word "news" and completely forgot how to spell it - I was sitting there thinking it was "noos" or "noose" and I knew those weren't right - I had a complete lapse there. The weird thing is that I've been feeling pretty good lately, so the typing thing doesn't really go along with how I'm feeling.

I hope this is nothing serious and that it's not a neurological thing. I'm glad you called the rheumy even if you did feel silly telling the nurse what was going on. Let us know what you find out.

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mom46
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   Posted 5/7/2008 8:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Hippi,
   I know what you mean about the spelling memory lapses...It can be a very simple word and just doesn't look right no matter how you write or type it..... confused .
   I don't think this is anything serious. I haven't heard back from my rheumy...she may think I'm nuts...lol.
   I'm glad you are feeling better lately. You had a rough time for awhile. Maybe between all of us we and figure out why we can't type anymore...lol. I had a hard time typing this, grrrr!! So frustrating...
    Take care.
                                                  Love, Babs
 
Dx: Lupus,RLS,RA,Asthma,Fibro,Sjogren's,Raynaud's,Divertic, Stroke,Atherosclerosis,Seizures,Neuropathy,CAD
Meds:arava,prednisone,plavix,aspirin,protonix,,zanaflex,xanax,
mirapex,advair,foxamax,Vytorin,folicacid,lunesta,Tramadol
 
JOB 5:18 For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but his hands also heal.

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