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Simple tips for telling your right from left

October 1, 2013


My coworkers have noticed that I have been getting my lefts and rights confused. It started a couple of days ago, but at the time I did not think anything about it. But, today was different. All day long I wasn't sure which was which. My coworkers and I just laughed about it, but on the inside I was becoming concerned.

How can I find out what's causing this? I'm really worried about it and any input would be greatly appreciated!

Concerned I'm Losing My Memory

Nurse Claire replies:

The first thing to do is to discuss the problem with your doctor. Only he or she can determine if this symptom is related to your MS or another medical issue. If it is, in fact, a symptom of your MS, the next step is to find a way to help manage the symptom. For a lot of people, managing MS is about finding the best possible workaround. In this case, I think having a visual cue to help you sort out left from right would be a good place to start. Right starts with the letter “R,” so you could try wearing a red ring on your right hand. You could even do something as simple as putting a small red dot on your hand or wrist. Just find something, like the red ring, that will trigger in your mind “this is my right hand.”

Also, don't feel ashamed or embarrassed with your coworkers. MS can sometimes affect certain parts of the brain, and some things that seem very simple can become difficult. Things like determining left and right can cause confusion and a slower or delayed response. Talk to your doctor first, and then find a workaround.

I wish you the best of luck.

— Nurse Claire, MS One to One® Nurse

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