Is Dyslexia a symptom?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by PAT, Dec 21, 2002.

  1. PAT

    PAT New Member

    Maybe it's just fibro-fog, but it is something that has invaded my brain, and doesn't go away even during the occasional 'good spells.' It's not as bad with letters, but NUMBERS have turned into a foreign set of brain teasers for me! My husband has taken over balancing the checkbook, because I was bouncing checks! I wrote entries and balances entirely backwards all of the time!! The other wierd thing is putting appointments on the calendar! I have actually shown up at several Dr. appointments the day before or after they were scheduled! I check and recheck, and recheck myself again, but my brain just doesn't get things right. (You'd laugh at how long it takes me to type a post!!) Another thing, is dialing the phone! My memory programming is full, and the numbers that don't fit, I have to redial and redial, and have actually been yelled at by the wrong number people who must think I am making prank calls. It's so embarrassing, because I am sure most of them have caller I.D.!! So, I have sudden dyslexia, or severe brain fog. I know it's the fog that makes me mix up my words. My family has gotten used to finishing my sentences and jumping in with the correct word when I am talking. It's frustrating. I am an intelligent person who so often sounds like a bumbling idiot. The most serious concern is going back to work as an RN. I am truly afraid of making very serious med errors. I don't know if I am willing to risk a patient's life. Is this something common, or am I a lost cause? Patti G
  2. PAT

    PAT New Member

    I really want to hear from others
  3. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    It's all part of the Fibro Fog/cognitive problems we suffer from.

    I'm joining DAM, Mothers Against Dyslexia :)

    Love, Mikie
  4. PAT

    PAT New Member

    I know there is some kind of treatment, therapy, exercises, SOMETHING that is available for children who suffer from dylexia. Would that work for someone with FM? Or are we just doomed to be foggy and in my case, senile at age 35?
  5. PAT

    PAT New Member

    Check carbons have saved my marriage!!!!!!!!
  6. leonatilgator

    leonatilgator New Member

    I mix up my words. In occasional 'good spells I have problems. I never new why I couldn't type correctly nor call a number. Or look up a number in the telephone book. Find my doctors office nor even remember where my daughter lives, I often would go to her old place but didn't live there. I would see things that were not even there. I can tell you I just don't have any idea what is happening to me sometimes. I can't follow a map. My husband thinks I can't read a map things of that nature. I have called people and told them that there is a fire truck outside of my house, but no such thing. Nighmare like you won't beleive. I could go on and on.
    Don't feel bad thou because there is people like me that can relate to you and beyond. I am staying home because of all of this. I can't fit in no matter how hard I try.
    take care,
    ps try not to worry. I do that alot also.
    LP
  7. alsu

    alsu New Member

    I to have many of the problems you all mention.I sufferd from dyslexia since i was a child,only then it was not reconised,let alone treated.Although i did become an aircraft technician i always felt that dyslexia held me back,fear of looking daft. I did not get DD untill i was in my late 40s.Have good & bad spelling days.Spelling goes compleatly when under pressure.Can't stand anyone watching me write.
    Least of our problems now.
    Alan....U.K
  8. klutzo

    klutzo New Member

    Yes, this is part of our illness, and I have noticed it seems to be far worse, in general, for those with the CFS diagnosis.
    Some say it's due to hypoxia (lack of oxygen) in certain areas of the brain, or maybe a "slight seizure state". There are articles in the library here about this.
    I find some of the meds make this MUCH worse. Anticholinergic meds like anti-histamines and antidepressants esp. seem to mess up my memory since they suppress the main brain chemical in charge of memory. I stopped taking antidepressants for that reason, after my checkbook was off by $400 in one month. Since then, it balances perfectly,though I still need an adding machine to do the subtraction I used to do in my head.But, I still take a lot of antihistamines, so that may be part of the reason. I have had a BEAM scan of my brain which confirmed that oxygen is not getting to some areas the way it should. Don't know what to do about it though.
    However, I just want to make sure people know this is NOT dyslexia, which is a genetic condition that you are born with and has nothing to do with FMS.
    Regards,
    Klutzo
  9. enivalorac

    enivalorac New Member

    YES .. I was diagnosed as mildly dyslexic at the age of 42... Only picked up whilst at university !!! I think I have always been dyslexic, but I guess I developed a good memory for word shapes.Some days are worse than others, but on the really bad days I use voice recognition software .. but some of the mistakes that makes are often worse than the dyslexia itself!!! A good dictionary is also kept nearby, even so there are some words that still give me grief!
    ((( hugs )))
    Carol
  10. laurakay

    laurakay New Member

    Patti,
    I'm 26, got straight A's in college (yes, I'm obsessive), and have never had any problems with dyslexia until now. I got to read phone numbers at work and can't get them right. Every time that I have to read a phone number back to someone over the phone, I have to concentrate and go very slowly or I mix up the numbers or sometimes can't even remember what to call them. This and spelling have been a problem for me. I'm also starting to forget conversations that I've had, which is really embarrassing. I feel like my whole body has jumped ship from being 26. I feel like my own grandma!
    Laura
  11. Annette2

    Annette2 New Member

    I've never been dyslexic but I do have problems typing lately. I've always been a great typist - 90 w.p.m. But over the past few months I mix letters up. I always have to go back and check myslef. (see what I mean?). It drives me crazy! I have to be very careful in my job - I'm a legal secretary - so it bothers me. But I guess it's just one more thing we have to deal with.....

    Annette2 (yuk)!!!!
  12. ssMarilyn

    ssMarilyn New Member

    You're either born with it or you're not. I have it and when I get the fog on top of it, I'm REALLY in a quandry! There is no treatment for dyslexia, but rather, a different learning system.

    Marilyn :)
    [This Message was Edited on 12/23/2002]
  13. dlizard

    dlizard New Member

    this is something that has happened to me this year... and I'm one fo the ones that says I've had most of this stuff all my life.... so I think that's interesting.... this year it started with days and times of appointments getting mixed up and now its progressed to alot more.... I apparantly "hid" the keys of a visiting friend two days ago... we looked all over my hosue for them and I found them the next day when I opened my purse..... and nope they don't look a thing like mine... I went to a psychiatrist today... wanted an eval for neuro cognitive function.... he asked me to draw a clock that said 3:30... my first smart a** thought was to draw a digital one but my realistic hand drew a clock.... a circle with the big hand at 12 and teh smaller hand between the three and the four..... he handed it back to me and told me to put numbers on it... LOL>>>> that shoulda been a hint huh..... cause about 4 hours later I thought about it and I had the big hand of that dang clock in the wrong place.... but you know.... I thought it was right the first time LOL>>>>>> I'm foggy.... very foggy and of course "they" are blaming it on depression.... well how come I don't feel depressed???????? lawdie ya'll.... it just seems to never end!!! Good luck!
  14. JP

    JP New Member

    I am currently and recently doing fairly well in this area. I started a new thyroid hormone that seems to be helping my cognitive function. However, I do have a learning disability much like Dyslexia. It is an optic nerve instability, dx from an eye specialist about 12 years ago. I have worked with this challenge ranging from relearning to crawl to training my brain to see things in less creative ways, creating new neuropathways for information flow-shorter, more direct pathways. It's actually not a bad thing. It is almost like training the muscles of your body. I have managed to complete a post graduate degree with honors. However, I left my career last December due to the symptoms that you describe, my chronic pain condition in my back and from FM. It was so awful and I can only hope to continue to improve my cognitive function with this hormone.

    Happy Holidays! I hope you are able to find some help and or find some peace with this stuff.

    Take care,
    Jan
  15. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    We can learn and unlearn things, but anything which puts an extra workload on the brain goes to hell in a handbasket when we get tired. That is why it is so important to get enough rest.

    I wear a monovision contact in my right eye. My brain has made new connections which, when I'm wearing the contact, only accepts info from my right eye when I'm focusing closeup. It accepts info from my left eye when I'm focusing for distance. To me, it's an amazing thing and a miracle. When I get tired, it doesn't work as well as when I'm rested.

    Strangely, when I had surgery on my right arm and had to learn to write only with my left hand, the monovision didn't work well.

    BTW, it's healthy to use one's nondominant hand from time to time. It creates new neurological connections in the brain. It helps with our memories and cognitive problems. The closer we can get to being ambidexterous, the better off we are. This is especially true in the case of a stroke, God forbid.

    It took six months in a cast/splint for my right arm to heal, so I really got in the habit of using my left hand. I now change off for many tasks except writing. I make it a habit to sit down and do crossword puzzles left handed just to keep in practice.

    Love, Mikie
  16. susabar

    susabar New Member

    My experience is similar to Laura's, always a good student etc.. it's just been recently that I call everyone by the wrong name, kids, dog, oh and call hubby by ex- hubby's name. LOL But what was really scary was I prepared a new dish for Xmas, I swear I had to read the directions 5 times, then I could'nt remember whether or not I already added an ingredient. This is one reason I fear returning to work as a lab tech ! we learn alot of new procedures, that are often, "cook book" lab tests......

    I bet none of you would want me to perform your lab work!!!
    Sue


  17. LauraLea

    LauraLea New Member

    Just not sure how much it's for. I ran up $150 in bounced charges because I keep making the same error. This was terrible because I was so broke I had to get a cash advance from my boss then when it came time to pay it back I still wasn't caught up.

    Well as least she has a great sense of hummor... It's not always funny is it???