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    Share your experience with coordination problems. Get the conversation started.

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  • By Melalexa

    I have extreme difficulty picking up and holding onto small items, such as pills, coins, screws, etc., as well as difficulty letting them go properly. That is, getting pills back in the bottle, sorting coins into containers. I can’t tell where my fingers are on a keyboard and very often can’t tap the right letter on my phone keyboard, even when I’m looking right at it. Turning pages and separating papers are difficult as well. Part of the issue is lack of sensation in tips of all fingers on my right hand – constantly. I also have severe carpal tunnel syndrome (entrapment of nerve to thumb, index, middle, and half of ring finger) in both hands, severe cubital tunnel syndrome (entrapment of nerve to ring and little fingers) on both sides, and entrapment of spinal nerve root C4/5 on the left and C8 on the right. I have previously had surgery on both hands for carpal tunnel. The weakness and clumsiness now feels different. Any thoughts on how to differentiate between MS, cervical spine issues, and wrist/elbow issues? I don’t want unnecessary surgery that won’t help if the problems aren’t properly differentiated. Thanks.

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    • By ShelbyComito Keymaster

      Hi @melalexa, it must be so hard to experience these coordination changes and challenges, and I’m sure it’s all the more frustrating when it’s hard to decipher which affliction is causing what. We cannot give medical advice for your safety, but we encourage you to let your doctor know about this if you haven’t already, to help advise you and find the proper care for your situation. Additionally, some of our members have shared their tips for managing coordination challenges here: https://multiplesclerosis.net/living-with-ms/my-hands-poor-fine-motor-skills/ and https://multiplesclerosis.net/stories/dont-want-baby-hands/ I hope these are helpful. Please continue to keep us posted on how you’re doing. Best wishes, Shelby, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member

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