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Writing - It's a bloody pain!!

PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 7:30 pm
by MontyDyspraxia
When I'm writing, my hand just cramps up and I have to click my wrist and fingers and rest it. It really hurts!!! It used to happen when I was younger, at the age of when children learn to write, I was ambidextrous and then when my hand tired out I just swapped hands. Then I grew out of it, and I don't have any techniques to get rid of the cramps. My mum suggested a triangular(?) pen but I'm not sure about that because I'm all right with holding a pen or pencil. Does this pen really work? Where can I get it? What does it even look like? :oops:


Also, my legs get really painful. So painful that I can't stand up or move my legs (In fact, yesterday I was talking to my mum about Christmas and suddenly I just cried out "Going down!" and collapsed) My mum suggested having physiotherapy AGAIN and doing some exercises. But I don't to have physio again, or surgery on my calves. What can I do about it? By the way, I also walk on my toes, does anyone else do this? My mum was wondering...

PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 7:48 pm
by EmmaPrincess
I tend to write really really fast, in everything i do, and the teachers usually look at the way im writing, i dont know if its because i hold the pen weird or anything, but yeah, i also used to be ambidextrous too, but then i just settled more onto my right hand. my mum and teachers say that i should practice writing, cleaning my teeth and brushing my hair with my left hand, because it will give the left side of my brain some excersise.

Re: Writing - It's a bloody pain!!

PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 7:59 pm
by parnassus
MontyDyspraxia wrote:By the way, I also walk on my toes, does anyone else do this? My mum was wondering...


I used to do this A LOT, starting in early childhood and ending when I was about seventeen. I grew out of it eventually. The neurologist thought it was something to do with my muscle tone.

PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 10:20 pm
by Goldenhamster
My sister walks on her toes because her achilles tendon is 2cm too short so this naturally lifts her heels off the ground.

Re: Writing - It's a bloody pain!!

PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 11:32 pm
by Henri
parnassus wrote:
MontyDyspraxia wrote:By the way, I also walk on my toes, does anyone else do this? My mum was wondering...


I used to do this A LOT, starting in early childhood and ending when I was about seventeen. I grew out of it eventually. The neurologist thought it was something to do with my muscle tone.


Likewise, although it was never addressed in medical terms, purely bullying.


I deplore the physical act of writing, hence why I use my laptop in lessons. I'm thinking of buying a dictaphone, since it's quite hard to take notes effectively in a lesson, on a laptop.

PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2007 12:12 am
by Syrons
When i was young i use too walked on my toes a lot, also i use too sleep strange, i slept on my knees and head down basically like a dog lol.

There a reason why i am in ICT at college, too get away as much from pencils and pens, pencils i can barely write with a penicl and get so annoyed with the feel of it and pens im ok with but my written is still very messy and looks like a 5 year old has written it.

PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2007 8:16 am
by druchi
Well sometimes after just a few minutes my hand really aches and i reach for the coldest thing in sight wether its a chair leg or other becaus it hurts!

but other times i can be okay for up to 30 minutes and i try to use the laptop i have finally been given as much as possible as i type really quickly and can touch type as long as im not thinking about doing it :) but my typeing speed is very fast i can go very fast on a laptop and my writing can be fast but no matter my speed it stays the same Nuresery style writing

but the laptop has made such a diffrence but i can never figure when i should start printing things out so itend to do alot of work then forget to print it out :( but im working on that problem :wink:

PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2007 10:22 am
by Danni
Syrons wrote:When i was young i use too walked on my toes a lot, also i use too sleep strange, i slept on my knees and head down basically like a dog lol.


That's a pretty common sleeping position for babies, once they can roll over (Sammie could at 2 weeks...).

When she was in hospital at 2 months (she had E. Coli) I agreed to the students coming to look at her. She was in this position when they arrived and the doctor in charge spent about 5 minutes describing different sleeping positions to the students :P

PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2007 11:43 am
by Thirteen-thirty-seven
I still walk on my tiptoes.

http://www.dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk/s ... ucts_id=79 You can buy triangular pens here. Some people find them helpful, although they are not a magucal solution.

There are lots of other pens you could find helpful. There is one called the s-move and one called the yoropen. You can find them both in WHSmith's or online:
http://www.penheaven.co.uk/pen-families ... ectionId=4
http://www.cultpens.com/acatalog/Stabil ... _Easy.html

I think you should ask about getting a laptop and typing permission in exams, though.

PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2007 12:13 pm
by Cartouche
I used to have to rest my arm for ages after my exams, and on days when I had more than one exam (such as one where I had about 6 hours of exams), I used to really struggle to write anything and had to stop occassionaly to rest my wrist. It still happens when I have to write a lot.

My writing was a mess, but I eventually found a way to get around it. I hold my pen in a very strange way (but in a different strange way to cutlery*), and I write very slowly, but I've managed to make my handwriting fairly neat as a result of it. That's all well and good for most things, but not for exams when my slow writing speed means my brain goes too quickly for my hand and I forget what I am writing. Thankfully, I get to use computers for my exams at Uni now, negating the writing issue.

I used to avoid taking notes for similar reasons. I have a photographic memory, so after undertaking a small test, my Geography A-Level teacher allowed me to not take notes, because he knew I'd remember anyhow. I take notes in Uni lectures, but that's because I'm paranoid I'll miss an important detail: usually, the important details aren't even covered in lectures, and I'll have to find them through books and journal articles...

* = For this reason, you can forget chopsticks.

PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2007 12:26 pm
by Lucy_Rush
( whsmiths used to sell triangular handwriting pens. dont know if they still do but i know they used to. just in the section with all the other pens. )

PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2007 2:10 pm
by Bladen
I tire my wrist out easily, I hold in the pen in a position that puts stress on the wrist if I write at full speed which I do out of habbit.

nowadays I can barely even write at all since the GCSE exams because "I wasn't qualified enough" to use a laptop for the exams, so yeah, I couldn't even use my good hand for at least a week and a half.

PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2007 4:04 pm
by MontyDyspraxia
Thirteen-thirty-seven wrote:I think you should ask about getting a laptop and typing permission in exams, though.

My mum asked the headteacher if I could have someone else write the answers down for me because, like many people in this crazy mixed-up, know the answers and know how to write things but can't put it to paper. Thanks for that deary, I'll have a look at the links.

PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2007 5:35 pm
by carebear15
I hate writing and it is painful . Also i been told i have sensory issues and also I don't have much feeling in my fingers and that is why i grip very hard and tight. I write very very very slow and i have to make sure my letters are perfect which makes me irrated and upset and have to toss the pencil and hate the feeling of pencil , pens or anything to write with. I have low writing skills but also i walk on backs of my feet and also i walk on the sides of my feet which is odd. also letters look like they should be upside down and how they are they look like they are not the right way and should be upside down and makes me stress.

It take me 3 to 4 hours to get one assignment done and teachers would most of the time , write for me and i gave the answers.

PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2007 5:48 pm
by C
Handwriting has always been a big problem for me. I find it very hard to write neatly. Although messy, my writing is generally legible however deteriorates if I have to write a lot or if I am under pressure to write quickly. Writing makes my hand ache and is very tiring for me. My writing pace is usually fast because I get very anxious to get all the information I need onto paper as quickly as possible. The fast speed at which I write makes my writing even more untidy. I also frequently find that I have lots of thoughts running through my head at the same time and priritising them while writing is difficult. Typing on a computer is easier because I can always add things, delete things etc. without it looking messy.