First off, let me apologize for not posting much lately... we just completed a major exercise in Yuma that was eating up pretty much all of my time. I'm back in NC now, but we're kneedeep in predeployment prep, so I probably won't have much more free time even though I'm home for a little while... sorry. I feel like I'm abandoning my snopes family...
Anyway, for those who have some degree of medical savvy, I was hoping you could offer some quick wisdom. I'd like to get some informed opinions BEFORE I address the issue with Navy Medical, and start that whole spool-ex. My situations deals with my hands--specifically, my right hand. This is the first time in my life I've had this problem--it started infrequently (every few days), but now it happens almost every day, sometimes several times a day.
The problem: for the past, oh, six weeks or so, my right ring finger has been having very short (anywhere from 1-10 seconds, varies every time) involuntary trembling spasms, in which it...well, trembles rapidly and uncontrollably. A few days ago, my right index finger also did this, though this was the only time.
I have been attributing this solely to stress, and hadn't given it a second thought until today, when one of my Marines informed me that trembling appendages is a sign of early Parkinsons.
Now, before I start spooling, I'm sure there can be a million others causes for this, but I'm not the most adept at medical research, especially online.
Sooo... does anyone out there have any suggestions on what else this may be? Is this nothing to worry about, or do I need to get this checked? Any wisdom y'all can offer would be greatly appreciated. Thanks much!
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I had a student who did this non-stop, and it was due to stress, so don't panic just yet. In her case, there was a pressure point in the underside of her wrist that she could press to make it stop. I discovered it by accident one day, and told her parents. They got her an anti-nausea wristband to wear with the bump on that spot, and the trembling was controlled, but it never did go away that school year.
I always find that after heavy lifting or carrying something for a while that my hands tremble a bit and I have spasms in my fingers as well. I do have early onset arthritis though and I know that its just from the exertion that was put on the joint. It usually stops after a few seconds or minutes. I sometimes have to shake out my hands a bit to make my fingers relax better.
If it seems like it isn't merely from exertion or stress, or if you just want to put your mind at ease, getting it checked out just in case would be the best thing that you can do.
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It could be stress. It also could be a pinched nerve. Nerves can do strange things when pressed just so. Have you injured/strained/sprained/pinched any part of your arm from your neck to your fingers? Carry anything regularly on that shoulder that could cause pressure?
Eaten any bananas recently? Magnesium deficieny can cause muscle spasms (Googling 'muscle' 'tremors' 'magnesium' turns up a heap of info). Bananas are a pretty decent source of magnesium as are dried pumpkin seeds. Of course you could also just take a supplement instead.
Not that I'm suggesting you load up on magnesium-rich food immediately, it is something I'd definitely research first and speak to a medical practionier before doing anything.
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I get tremors occasionally - sometimes it's so bad I can't write, but that never lasts long. I've been getting them for years and saw a doctor about it when I was at uni. He said it can be (and thinks it is in my case) a form of muscle imbalance which a lot of people have but don't normally notice because the tremors are so minor. It just so happened I was feeling stressed as well which was probably why it was more pronounced.
But I would certainly recommend getting checked out by a doctor. As people have said, there can be many reasons for tremors it's just that Parkinson's is best known.
DesertRat, you said you just finished a major execise. Bet you stressed something; something's now out of alignment and pinching a nerve. I usually notice tingling in my fingers when that happens; the twitch happens when I have my hand in the same position for a while (like using a mouse).
Ditto the sentiments on taking care of yourself and staying safe. I greatly appreciate our Service people too.
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I inheirited shaky hands from my father. I usually get the worst shakes when my wrists are tired or strained. I wear a brace when it gets really bad for a prolongued period and that helps.
Neither of us had shaky hands as children, but rather developed them as we became teenagers- more writing, typing, stress, and joining the workforce causes it, I think. So maybe there's a particular activity that you're doing that's causing it?
You're taking medical advice from a Marine? (j/k) <-- for me.
Seriously though, while trembling appendages can be an early sign of Parkinson, you are describling spasms isolated to individual muscle groups, not trembling of the whole hand.
Anyway, given your situation, have you been drinking a lot of coffee recently? The caffeine twitches can be very isolated. Also, anything that could have compressed or irritated either a nerve or or artery higher up in your arm- near the elbow or biceps, such as sleeping on a hard surface in the field, lifting, carrying, hand-to-hand combat training, etc. (Sorry, I don't know what your duties or training were, but you get the idea,) or in the wrist?
All of that said, this is of course general information- I don't even have a 4 minute video of you to use for my diagnosis. If it was a nerve iritation, it should improve unless you keep experiencing repeated "trauma." But if it progresses any, given that you will soon be deployed, it would probably be best to get it checked out state-side.
Godspeed to you and your comrades.
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I agree with the others, get it checked out, it's probably related to an irritated nerve.
It could also be something called benign Essential Tremor. Usually if it is ET the tremor will happen when you are trying to do something. Like for me if I am trying to push the button on the garage door opener my hand will tremble. If the tremor gets more pronounced with exertion, I am told that is a pretty good sign that it is not Parkinson's, since Parkinson's tremors are resting tremors and get worse as the muscle relaxes. It could also be benign Fasiculation Syndrome. Which is twitches in voluntary muscle groups. ET and BFS are both irritating, but neither lead to any kind of fatal condition. But the trick is getting the tremor to do its thing in front of the doctor so they can see what kind of movement it has.
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I also vote with the temporary nerve problem. The thing with nerves is, they can get better on their own, but sometimes don't. Sometimes they get worse. A doctor should be able to help you sort it out. The last you want is to end up with any permanent damage.
I am not a doctor and I didn't even stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night. But I do have a bit of permanent nerve damage in my hands, and familial temors. So don't end up with any permanent damage, and see the doc. And I second godspeed to you and your comrades.
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quote:Originally posted by ThistleSoftware: Rhiandmoi, Essential Tremor sounds from your brief description like what my dad and I have, which freaked me out because I thought it said essential Tumor at first.
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Ok, nothing to see here, move along
DR, I hope you're doing ok, and good luck with the upcoming deployment.
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I am not a doctor of course but I would suspect carpal tunnel syndrom, especially is you spent a lot of extra time on the computer recently.
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