writer's cramp


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writer's cramp

A cramp in one's hand that arises from gripping a pen or pencil too tightly or for too long at a time. I started getting writer's cramp about two hours into the exam. She was taking notes so fastidiously during class that I worried she'd end up with writer's cramp.
See also: cramp

writer's cramp

A painful spasm in the hand that restricts the ability to use a pen or pencil. Back in the Paleozoic Era when people wrote by hand instead of typewriters and then computers (you youngsters can ask your parents or grandparents if you don't believe me), excessive use of a pen or pencil would cause a person's hand to tense up or go into a spasm that made further writing painful or impossible or both. The condition wasn't called “repetitive stress syndrome” back then. It was “writer's cramp,” and that was no excuse for the schoolroom punishment of being made to write “I will not talk in class” one hundred times on the blackboard.
See also: cramp
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Subthreshold lowfrequency repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation over the premotor cortex modulates writer's cramp. Brain 2005; 128:104-15.
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The guy who pens Owen's scripts must have writer's cramp. His story has more chapters than The Lord of The Rings.
We expect policemen to be out collaring criminals and not getting writer's cramp. '
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PHIL MICKELSON somehow keeps on smiling and almost gets writer's cramp as he remains a crowd favourite with the number of autographs he signs.
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Just press the top of the pen against your neck or shoulders and the pen vibrates away the aches in a very soothing way - especially good for writer's cramp.
I've seen Beckham, the Neville brothers, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Andy Cole on England duty, only too willing to sign scraps of paper until their arms seize with writer's cramp as well as posing for precious snapshots, smiles firmly clamped in place.
My brother lives abroad and has writer's cramp. He has seen a doctor who suggested he might benefit from something called a Botox injection.
A common type of temporary dystonia is writer's cramp while another more severe form accompanies Parkinson's Disease.