yep i had what i think you could describe as SEVERE clumsiness. part of my original sensory loss in 2006 was my position sense. i had to control movements from visual and vibration feedback. i would drop anything i wasn't looking at to make sure i was still holding it. i could not tell how hard i was gripping objects. i couldn't just reach for objects - my hand and arm would take this zig zag sight-corrected course toward any object i wanted to pick up. needless to say i was useless at writing, typing, playing guitar, etc.
three days into my modified, oral version of the klenner protocol there was major improvement - a few seconds of pins and needles in my hands and i felt my position sense return. i literally ran to the keyboard to make sure, and yes i could type normally again, ie not having to look at my hands and jab a pointer finger at one letter at a time!
originally i thought it was all the b vitamins that did it but later i realized it might have been the high doses of vitamin e.
Vitamin E Deficiency and Neurologic Disease
in Adults with Cystic Fibrosis
"severe vitamin E deficiency and neurologic disease. The most prominent clinical features were abnormal eye movements, diminished reflexes, decreased vibratory and position sense
, ataxia, and muscle weakness"
associated with a selective defect of vitamin E absorption
"The neurologic disorder observed in this patient was very similar to that previously described in patients with vitamin E deficiency
associated with chronic fat malabsorption.1 The most striking features were areflexia and a marked disturbance of proprioception
vitamin e deficiency syndrome:
Large fiber modalities
Tendon reflexes: Absent
Sensory potentials: Usually small; May be normal
Abnormal somatosensory evoked potentials
Posterior column sensory loss
Extensor plantar responses
i never got a baseline vitamin e test. i got one later on, but it was after i was much better, and the result was fine.
but, if i look back at the kind of vegan i was and whether there was much vitamin e in my diet, and whether i would be able to absorb it, the answer is no. i used to avoid nuts and seeds due to the fat (stupid, in hindsight my diet was actually fat-deficient), i never ate fortified cereals (still don't) and i didn't eat dark leafy greens in anything like the amounts needed.
nowadays large sides of spinach, chard or kale are included in meals almost daily. i cook with nuts and seeds, or sprinkle them on salads. i take 400IU each day of mixed tocopherol and tocotrienol vitamin E8 complex.
Vitamin E Intakes and Status
Three national surveys—the 2001-2002 NHANES , NHANES III (1988-1994) , and the Continuing Survey of Food Intakes by Individuals (1994-1996) —have found that the diets of most Americans provide less than the RDA levels of vitamin E. These intake estimates might be low, however, because the amounts and types of fat added during cooking are often unknown and not accounted for .
The FNB suggests that mean intakes of vitamin E among healthy adults are probably higher than the RDA but cautions that low-fat diets might provide insufficient amounts unless people make their food choices carefully by, for example, increasing their intakes of nuts, seeds, fruits, and vegetables [6,9].
your clumsiness may or may not have links to vitamin e, shiny, but if any of the above makes sense, then you have some ideas to go forward with.
my approach: no meds so far - just nutrient-dense anti-inflammatory whole foods, and supplements where needed
info: www.whfoods.com, www.nutritiondata.com