Thursday, January 28, 2016

Flying Pens and Other Fibromyalgia Symptoms

When we were learning to print in first grade - kindergarten was for play back then, the teacher would walk around the classroom and randomly try to remove the pencils from our hands. If using the proper amount of pressure, she could take the pencil out easily. She was never able to take mine away. I think it was the pressure, but it might also be the unusual way I hold writing implements. It is similar to the picture, but my thumb is on top of my fingers.

Source: Pre-Primary to Post-Graduation
Yes, this method of writing does cause my hand to ache after writing for an hour or so. 

Imagine my surprise when my pens started flying out of my hand, sometimes landing on the table/desk, but they would usually go a few feet. It was a mix of annoying and funny, and, fortunately, nobody was ever hit.

Fibromyalgia symptoms related to this: 
  • Painful weak grip that may let go
  • Dropping things
  • Handwriting difficulties
  • Carpal tunnel-like pain in wrist (watchband area)
(Source: http://fibroself-help.com/fibromyalgia)

When looking for the symptoms related to flying pens, I noticed others that I did not know were related to fibro. With over 100 symptoms, it might be impossible to remember all of them, particularly with fibro fog. 

Source: someecards.com

How many times have you lost a word? Did you know nail ridges were a symptom? My eyesight changes so often, I need new lenses several times each year. I do not get them, but I do notice the changes. 

My small school did not have a gymnastics team, but we did gymnastics every February. I could be found on the balance beam about 90% of the time. I doubt I could even stand on the balance beam today, much less do tricks on it. 

This is probably one of the more disconcerting of symptoms. I am nearing senior citizen status when bones break more easily. In the last six months, I have fallen backwards-ish onto the floor once, and lost my balance/was dizzy while showering. I do not want to be the person saying, "I've fallen, and I can't get up."

Source: someecards.com

I wonder if the balance issues and the flying pens are linked in the neurotransmitters of my brain. What do you think?