Deaf with Fibromyalgia

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
[ << Previous Thread | Next Thread >> ]

Krystal Morris
New Member

Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 6
   Posted 10/5/2008 11:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Soryr, forgot to post this in the last thread. I was curious if anyone else in here is Deaf with Fibromyalgia. Does it affect your ASL at all? I've noticed it's been hurting more to sign and didn't know if it will stay the same or progress to the point of not being able to sign anymore.

Forum Moderator

Date Joined Apr 2005
Total Posts : 17524
   Posted 10/5/2008 11:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Krystal, I answered you on your first post.  I am legally deaf but not totally deaf.  I'm profoundly deaf in the high ranges.  I do not use sign language so I can't help you there.  I read lips because I can still hear some sounds.
I know my hands and fingers will hurt at times but I keep moving them and stretching them.  Typing helps them, too.  You also may be going through a flare and you are hurting more lately.  The flares come and go, too. 
When I was at the doctor's office one time, I had to get blood work done.  They have those things you squeeze before they take the blood.  I asked if they had an extra one I could have and they gave me one.  I will squeeze that, alternating hands, when my hands are giving me some trouble.  It's good exercise for the fingers.  I squeeze, release, squeeze, release, etc.  I'll do this when watching TV.  Just an idea. 
Forum Moderator/ Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia, Crohn's Disease, Ostomy, Diabetes, Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease, Osteoporosis
God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.    2 Timothy 1:7

Veteran Member

Date Joined Apr 2004
Total Posts : 6056
   Posted 10/5/2008 2:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm a cake decorator and the fibro can really give me problems but I usually just take some ibuprophen to get thru the pain and keep going. I can't see where the fibro would get so bad you can't sign as long as you keep doing it every day. When we stop doing things is when we lose them.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

Veteran Member

Date Joined Aug 2004
Total Posts : 847
   Posted 10/5/2008 2:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm not Deaf, but I do sign fluently and have done some interpreting since I have friends and a nephew that is deaf. I interpreted with another gal for my AmeriCorps grad ceremony in August, because my frined and coworker's husband is deaf. I know that now my fingers and arms get a lot stiffer when sign. I had to do all the fingerspelled names and I was grateful to be sitting down, so when there was a pause I could lay my hands on my lap. As far as it progressing to where you cannot sign anymore, it should not prevent you from signing. You may modify your sign a bit. One of the gals that I used to see at the social I used to take my nephew to had rheumatoid arthirits. It did not stop her from signing, but it slowed her down a bit. She just made ways to modify some of her signing to limit excessive arm movement. It still had the basic handshapes and motions, but they were smaller, and often she would rest her elbow on a table or her lap or use her other hand to hold her forearm, so she was more anchored when she signed. It was still easy to understand what she was saying, so she didn't have any lapse in communication. I had an instructor for ASL that had nerve damage in her fingers from I think diabetes, and she did similar things to make signing easier for her. It may be beneficial to see if you can find some information on modifying sign to accomodate fibro, since it can affect your fingers and hands in similar ways to arthritis, without the degeneration.
fibromyalgia, herniated L4/5, compressed T10/11, fractured vertebrae, tachycardia

Co-Moderator for Chronic Pain

When life hands you lemons, stick em in your bra.....

Can't hurt, might help!


New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
Forum Information
Currently it is Tuesday, December 12, 2017 11:28 AM (GMT -7)
There are a total of 2,904,430 posts in 318,753 threads.
View Active Threads

Who's Online
This forum has 158145 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, spikel.
358 Guest(s), 7 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details
Spoff, Scaredy Cat, Laceymyaalayah, dbell, Tall Allen, straydog, Pam C