jcoleman316 wrote:I got my rebif yesterday. The nurse will be here monday to show my wife and I how to use it. Im nervous about side effects,.I know theres no cure,. but I'm really hopeing to get back to some kind of normal. At least feel that way. My hand and balance are progressing really well. Got a hacky sack that I constantly fiddle with to try and get some dexterity back.
jcoleman316 wrote: My hand and balance are progressing really well. Got a hacky sack that I constantly fiddle with to try and get some dexterity back.
I definitely want to try one of those (the prohands), especially since I'm a musician (a musician with a finger tremor) and typist. I've been talking about my own great results from using hand exercise balls for a long time, so I'm anxious to try the one you've recommended, too.
My hand/finger exercises have given me enough control that I no longer hit double letters with every stroke of my left hand and I can now play every note of a piano piece, although more slowly than pre-tremor. It's been nothing short of amazing to see the difference that hand exercises have made in my life.
Here's a link to a thread where I gave my experiences:
Here's a link to the brand of ball I've been using (I get no profits from this one either.) You can find them at all different prices on the net, however, but the main link gives the different resistance weights.
http://www.thera-band.com/store/product ... oductID=21
I actually bought the balls for everyone in my family for Christmas one year. (If you can believe it, I've been the healthiest person in my family for awhile. )
Theraband ball resistance sizes:
yellow - 1.5 lb (super SOFT - great to squeeze between fingers)
red - 3 lb
green - 5 lb
blue - 8 lb (the original one I got at a PT session. It was pretty stiff until I got used to it. I would start with a lower weight, like a 5 lb.)
black - 17 lb (Yikes. Too hard.)
I was given a therapeutic hand exercise ball at PT several years ago, which I kept forgetting to use. Then I started doing 5 minutes of specific finger exercises with it twice a day a couple of years ago while I used eye drops. I noticed the benefit immediately, but now, although I still feel the tremor, I have 90 % control over it. It's been nothing short of amazing!
Before, I couldn't even touch any of my fingers to my thumb, but now I can do anything I want with them (a little slower than usual, though). My typing speed is superfast, no double letters at all, and, although I can't play piano like I once did, I can play every single note of any piece I want to try.
Another benefit of the exercising has been total relief from the arthritis I have in my hands. I haven't felt one speck of pain in my bulging finger joints during the entire couple of years doing these exercises. Seriously! And they used to really throb now and then.
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