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Difficulties moving fingers when typing

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Hello everybody,

For few months now when I try to write on the computer  I can no longer at least with my right hand have my usual typing speed my right hand is like rusty and my fingers twisting the strange movements to reach the keys on the keyboard so I do a lot more difficulties to write to the computer and many more typos by double or triple time.

As for all the other actions of everyday life everyday life take place normally without any obstacle The only problem I encounter is when I type or I try to type, thing that I do often for work.

At the beginning I thought about a problem of carpal tunnel or nerves tired from too much writing in fact the thing was manifested after a period in which I spent many hours of the day writing for many days. even after a week of rest, without having touched the computer, the problem has not been solved and after a few months it is still present

a few months ago I was diagnosed probably celiac due to the positive results to antibodies from the blood tests but I have not yet done the biopsy that should confirm the disease and for this I have not yet completely eliminated the gluten from my diet because I was told that otherwise the biopsy would be invalidated.

I have already taken an exam (EMG) from which nothing was found of abnormal neither the arms nor legs soon I will do further tests by both a neurologist and a rheumatologist in addition to the biopsy that I will have to perform.

From your direct or indirect experience could these my symptoms be linked to celiac disease?

Even writing this message I prefer now to do it with voice commands rather than straining my right hand. And I'm a 30 yo with very high skills in computer science and I used to type very very fast (my left hand still do)

Sorry for my mistakes in english (it's not my mother tongue)

Hope to read from you soon

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If you had positive antibodies you have celiac. I hope they get you in for your scope soon. As soon as that is done go ahead and get gluten free. You don't need to wait for the results. 

As to the issue with typing I developed that also. However I had severe nervous system impact even as a child. I did recover greatly but my right hand still has some degree of lag time. I can walk unaided now and don't fall over anymore so I can deal with the 'slow hand'. Since this just began with you a short time ago there is every chance that once gluten free it will resolve. Have they chacked you levels of B12? If not it would be a good idea for them to do so. Even if they can't check soon you could try some sub-lingual B12 tablets. Just be sure to tell your doctor as you would need to stop them for a bit before the doctor checks the level.

I hope this resolves for you soon. Welcome to the board and do ask any other questions you need as we have a lot of nice and knowledgeable folks here.

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I had about 70 lbs of water inflamation on me when diagnosed and lost it the first year gluten free. What was once soreness all over became nerve pain when doing repetative motion with any limb that had previous injury or past repetative use like my hands. For years i did tests. Nerve tests with needles in the muscle, but no neuropathy. I even did a brain mri and spinal tap looking for ms. All negative. The word fibtomyalgia was used as well. However a ne pain specialist said it seems like myofacial pain syndrome which is asymmetrical like mine, fibro is symetrical. This has to do with damage to the facia and it not healing correctly. I get episodes upon use of muscle groups. I often wake up with my hands numb but it leaves within minutes. Hope you get some amswers, i find the not knowing the hardest.

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Little update for you: since my last message I had a gastroscopy which confirmed my status of celiac and started to eat gluten free for now one month and half. I immediately saw a difference when going to the toilet, but concerning my fingers issue it's not gone yet. I also got a brain and spine MRI and nothing was detected. 

What do you suggest me? How could I see if I have nerve damages to my fingers?

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A month and a half is not a very long time when it comes to healing. Issues like you are having with your hand may take some patience. Do supplement with B12, sublingual, at the least. Many benefit from supplementing all the B's. A physical therapist can be helpful if you are able to see one. If you haven't already do read the Newbie 101 thread at the top of the Coping section. If you are dealing with nerve impact you need to be really sure you are as strict as you can be to speed healing. Hope things improve for you soon. The resolution of GI symptoms shows you are doing a reasonably good job with the diet but don't get discouraged if you make a few mistakes it happens to all of us. 

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Thanks Ravenwodglass. How could I see if I have nerve damages to my fingers?

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2 hours ago, EU-Celiac said:

Thanks Ravenwodglass. How could I see if I have nerve damages to my fingers?

A neurologist could do an electromylogram to see if nerve pathways are working properly if it is very debilitating. In the test they insert small needles into the muscles and then use low level current to see if the muscles respond. There really isn't a lot they can do though. They would likely refer you to a PT or OT.  Your GP can also refer you to a PT or OT you might not need to see a specialist.

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I agree that It takes a much longer time to heal nerve damage.  Be patient and heed Ravenwoodglass’ advice!  

Have you been tested for thyroid antibodies?  My brother has Hashimoto’s and his main symptom was carpal tunnel syndrome.  It resolved with thyroid hormone replacement.  Both celiac disease and thyroiditis could be contributing to your finger issues.  

 

 

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On 9/24/2018 at 2:01 PM, ravenwoodglass said:

A neurologist could do an electromylogram to see if nerve pathways are working properly if it is very debilitating. In the test they insert small needles into the muscles and then use low level current to see if the muscles respond. There really isn't a lot they can do though. They would likely refer you to a PT or OT.  Your GP can also refer you to a PT or OT you might not need to see a specialist.

I made two electromylogram (EMG) who didn't show anything strange. what you mean by PT and OT?

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On 9/24/2018 at 3:06 PM, cyclinglady said:

I agree that It takes a much longer time to heal nerve damage.  Be patient and heed Ravenwoodglass’ advice!  

Have you been tested for thyroid antibodies?  My brother has Hashimoto’s and his main symptom was carpal tunnel syndrome.  It resolved with thyroid hormone replacement.  Both celiac disease and thyroiditis could be contributing to your finger issues.  

I don't know if in the blood tests I made they also checked for thyroid antibodies, but if this will not improve this is something I'll ask my doctor to check. Thanks!

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On 9/26/2018 at 12:49 PM, EU-Celiac said:

I made two electromylogram (EMG) who didn't show anything strange. what you mean by PT and OT?

PT physical therapist  OT occupational therapist

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So Vitamine B12 has been checked and this is OK so I have to look somewhere else...

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