Micrographia (Handwriting Difficulties) and Parkinson's

Posted on May 25, 2018

Micrographia is handwriting that becomes progressively smaller, more cramped, and harder to read. Micrographia is a common symptom of neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson's. It is common for handwriting to become more of a challenge as time goes on. For some, this can be a frustrating and confusing stressor.

On MyParkinsonsTeam, the social network and online support group for those living with Parkinson's, members talk about a range of personal experiences and struggles. Micrographia is one of the most-discussed subjects.

Here are some question-and-answer threads about micrographia:

Does anyone else have a problem with their handwriting and being able to read it?

Has anybody found any solution to micrographia using brain plasticity or something similar?

Here are some conversations about micrographia:

I miss teaching, but my handwriting has become unreadable and I can't come up with any volunteer job where I don't have to write.

One of the first things the neuro doc asked me was, had I noticed a change in my handwriting. Yes, it had gotten so small I would have difficulty reading it. I have found if my meds are working, I don't get anxious and I take my time my handwriting can look pretty good.

My husband's handwriting has gotten noticeably smaller and sometimes looks like an EKG; however, he works on concentrating on this when he has to write something.

Can you relate?

Have another topic you'd like to discuss or explore? Go to MyParkinsonsTeam today and start the conversation. You'll be surprised just how many others may share similar stories.

Feel free to ask a question here.

A MyParkinsonsTeam Member said:

I used to have beautiful handwriting. Since my DBS surgery my handwriting has become very small and cramped. I’m not sure whether the surgery was the… read more

posted 5 days ago


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