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What could cause twitching in your fingers and thumb along with a strange feeling in your forearm?
- I just recently experienced twitching in my thumb while trying to write. I had carpel tunnel surgery about 14 years ago and have had no problems so far till now. Just recently I also started experience pain in the middle of my hand traveling up my arm. This could all be related to the previous carpel tunnel problem. I don't know.
Old axiom: "If you hear hoofbeats, suspect horses" applies here. In other words there are a myriad of injuries or diseases that cause what you describe, so odds are it's likely this is a repetitive motion injury. If you have insurance that does not require a referral, go straight to a neurologist, because you are describing something that involves a nerve trauma or change. If you need a referral, (unfortunately, most specialists do even if your insurance does not) call your primary care doctor and ask for one rather than visit the PC doc because you will be wasting your money. Insist on it. He or she cannot help you; you need very specific tests having to do with how and why those nerves are malfunctioning. A family practice doc simply isn't equipped and you've already wasted your money. You need a neurologist to start with some simple tests to rule out the most common causes (carpal tunnel as you and many here have stated) down to a complicated condition known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (or regional pain dystrophy was the old name). Paula Abdul has this condition and it makes me sick when people ridicule her. The condition is so severe she requires non-narcotic medication, but it starts with tingling and numbness due to nerve injury (in her case, dancing). There is also a genetic condition that can cause your symptoms and it starts in the shoulder and/or rib area. Parkinson's Disease starts this way, too, as does some forms of epilepsy. Family history and the type of work/play you do (diabetes? stroke? heart attack? autoimmune diseases? long hours on the x-box?) is most important for the physician to know. You are describing a type of neuropathy and your answers to the doctor may lead to a clinical diagnosis. Educate yourself about the difference between a clinical diagnosis or one made by an exact fact or set of exact, indisputable facts. Have you ever used street drugs? Doc needs to know. It's imperative to be completely honest with the doctor. If he or she passes judgment, fire the idiot. That's not a part of the oath. Tests are numerous so if a clinical diagnosis is not made right away, be prepared. Some tests can be done in the office like nerve conduction tests, fasting blood sugar, specialized urine tests, basic blood work that will look for vitamin, mineral, numerous factors that are out of the norm as other writers have noted correctly. Other tests must be performed at an outpatient facility, like a spinal tap, MRI (to rule out a brain tumor, spinal cord, or disc disease or injury), sophisticated blood work that require supervision (like NPO, brain wave studies, etc). Most important, don't ignore your symptoms. There's a 99% chance they are caused by repetitive motion and will heal on their own by a change in the way you use your arm. You need to know, though, and the sooner the better. If you find yourself down the road with no answers, get to a Pain Management doctor (usually an anesthesiologist). Not so much for the pain, but these physicians simply will not treat a patient for pain without knowing what is causing it. Therefore, they tend to be the best and most gifted diagnosticians out there. An added bonus is that they truly don't care to see patients suffer and are devoted to finding solutions/answers.
- There are a number of conditions that could possibly cause the feelings you are describing. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is certainly one of them, however, depending on symptoms, CTS can be easily ruled out by a qualified Physician. The problem in your hand and arm could be more proximally located and could be a result of a cervical radiculopathy or other cervical pathology e.g. spondylolisthesis, or cervical stenosis. The twitching may also be a result of a systemic imbalance in electrolytes that can cause cramping and/or pain. Also, consider that muscle twitching is a normal part of human physiology as the muscles may spontaneously depolarize for any number of reasons. Overall lesson, go to a doctor and recognize that most of what's on this website is anecdotal and should not be trusted.
- Yes, to some extent it is true that carpal tunnel can be a major cause of twitching in the forearm. But it can be caused by the nutritional deficiencies too like hypocalcaemia (and hypomagnesemia) i.e. calcium deficiency is the most usual cause which leads to twitching.
- It can be caused by many things. Certainly many of the above things that been listed, but also Multiple Sclerosis, or ALS (or Motor Neuron Disease) in rare circumstances. ALS has an incidence of approximately 1 in 100,000 and generally strikes around the age of 50. Please get this checked out by a neurologist.
- The most pertinent advice offered so far is for you to have an evaluation by your primary care doctor. Pending your doctor's evaluation you may require a consultation with a specialist known as a neurologist. While there are a variety of conditions that can cause your symptoms, 'intention' or 'positional' tremor should be added to the list already offered (i.e. electrolyte imbalance, neck or cervical problems, and various neurological disorders including Multiple Sclerosis(MS) or Amytrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) This is why you should begin your evaluation with your primary care doctor who, through physical exam, laboratory testing and possible radiographic imaging, can either provide you a diagnosis or an appropriately directed referral to a specialist who can provide further insight into the cause of your condition.
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What does it mean when you have twitches in your eyelids middle finger index finger ring finger and forearm?
Most likely the muscle tics are caused by stress or fatigue.Drinking lots of coffee or taking other stimulents could also causeit. but it is also possibly caused by less commo…n but more seriousmedical conditions. So if it continues for a long time or getsworse, see a physician.
What causes an intermittent pain in your shoulder down to your forearm and thumb and could it be caused by arthritis?
Answer Arthritis may be to blame, however, any time you have pain from your shoulder or chest area going down your arm, it is advisable to visit you doctor… immediately, so as to rule out any cardiac involvement.
A twitch is a sudden muscle spasm. It can be caused by a nervous condition, a problem with motor neurons or a host of other illnesses or diseases. If it persists, see your doc…tor. Your finger twitching could be a sign that your true love or crush is near you or possibly that you have Parkinson's disease.
The simplest thing is a spur or a misalignment of the cervical vertebrae. Sometimes an impingement of the radial nerve due to osteoarthritis in the wrist or elbow can ca…use this. A tightness of the fibrous band which binds the carpal bones becomes too tight due to overworking the wrist and a resultant swelling can cause this. It is called carpal tunnel sydrome. ******************************************************** If you are having some pain and numbness and tingling in the first three fingers and or thumb, especially at night, you may have carpal tunnel syndrome(CTS). This is caused by pressure on the median nerve as it passes through the wrist joint(the carpal tunnel canal). Risk factors for getting CTS include repetitive hand use, diabetes, hypothyroidism, obesity, pregnancy just to name a few. The median nerve does originate from the neck and passes through the shoulder area and elbow area as well, and sometimes other conditions in these areas mimic CTS, you may have to end up getting xrays, MRI of the neck and nerve conduction tests of the arms before you get a clear diagnosis.
probably u have diabetes in your genes........
nothing reaally. -hilary duff
I am not an expert, but do you have neck pain at all? If so, C6 (Cervical Spine) is the where the nerve is for your thumb and forefinger. As far as your forearm, it depe…nds on the severity of the nerve pinch. If you lay on your arm with your neck turned a different way, that might be your problem. Try a smaller pillow to get your neck in more of a natural line with the rest of your spine.
The skin sensationskin sensation of partial numbness or "pins and needles" or a typea type of "burning", "tingling" or "creeping" sensation of the skin, is known as a "paresth…esia". Symptoms may start as a tingling (paresthesia) and change to a numbness, or there may be a combination of decreased sensationdecreased sensation (numbness) but with heightened sensations at certain times or with stimulation. Any type of tingling, burning, or numbness is usually a symptom related to a sensory nervesensory nerve being damaged, diseased, or injured. Causes depend on the exact location of the paresthesia sensations, but typically include a physical nerve injury type condition (e.g. a nerve entrapment or some type of pressure being applied to a nerve directly or to the spinal attachment of that nerve), or a disease condition affecting the nerves (e.g. neuropathy, diabetic neuropathy, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, and others). Having these sensory symptoms in multiple locations, or the recurrence of similar symptoms in different locations is a hallmark symptom of multiple sclerosis, so your doctor will likely ask about the past history of similar symptoms to assess the likelihood of multiple sclerosis as a diagnosis (see symptoms of multiple sclerosis). Any of these tingling or numbness symptoms are more than just annoying; they can indicate a serious medical condition and require promptmedical diagnosismedical diagnosis by a professional.
A nerve could cause twitching in your body in different parts. Muscle spasms might as well. See a doctor to make sure nothing serious is going on.
It depends. Twitches are commonly known to be activated by a abnormal amount of stress. Ask yourself if you are being put under any stress lately whatsoever. If so, you need t…o think about who may be causing a lot of stress in your life and then eliminate the source. Twitches aren't always caused by stress. If you are nervous, that may also explain your thumb twitching. I am not entirely sure, but I do know that your brain controls your body's movements, so I wouldn't jump to unnecessary conclusions here, but it may be linked to the brain... I am not a certified M.D, so I suggest that you consult a doctor, because my answers are mere theory's! I used to have a twitching problem and I found out that the reason why I had it was revolving around the fact that I had stress in my life and my body had problems coping with constant stress. It went away once I eliminated the root cause of the problem.
Twitching, little muscle spasms, could be caused by dehydration and lack of calcium and potassium. No matter what the cause, a physician should address this problem. If the …twitching is painful, it may be some type of inflammation in the nerve or neuritis.
Maybe a nerve was pinched. Just stretch it out and rub it.
Twitching in your sleep can be caused by: StressTirednessEye strainCaffeineAlcoholDry eyesNutritional imbalancesAllergies
You have been experiencing twitching in your forefinger and thumb on your left hand for several weeks It is not painful but is very irritating What could be causing this to happen?
The twitching or tingling could be caused by carpal tunnel ,which is a ligament that runs from your arm down to the wrist and fingers . The tingling happens when the carpal tu…nnel causes pressure to the nerve which is also situated in the wrist called the median nerve. Usually carpal tunnel syndrome causes tingling and or numbness in the thumb , fore finger and middle finger. Also a burning sensation with the feeling that the fingers are swollen may occur . These symptoms usually get worse during the night and are caused by a number of reasons but mainly strain on the wrist such as in typing, cleaning , or any work which involves repetitive strain. The best thing i have found is wrist splints , these reduce the irritation and help keep the wrist from bending. You can obtain these from your doctor. Also your doctor will advise other ways to help such as hot wax treatments or physiotherapy .
It is possible that a nerve is being pinched somehow; thereby causing pain in the arm and fingers.
well, wrap a string around it until it turns purple. then when it falls off, wrap it up with a snotty snot rag, grab a needle and some thread, run out then window, dont trip o…ver anything, then go fall down a sewer and sew it back on!
Your nerves tense up