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Old 12-09-2009, 07:28 PM   #1
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Can RSD move into one hand from another?

I had surgery on my left thumb to repair the tendon I cut in half with a grinder.Its been four months now and the doctor thinks I have RSD.The pain started in the hand i had surgery on but is moving up my arm,I think it is starting to happen in my other hand.I was wondering if RSD can move to my other hand cause it feels like it has,I just found out yesterday that I might have this and dont really know much about it yet.Thanks for the help.

 
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Hi,

Sorry you have RSD, but to answer your question, RSD does whatever it wants to so yes, it can go from one hand to the other.

I'm glad you found us early on in your RSD journey. This is a great place for knowledge and support.

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Re: Can RSD move into one hand too another

unfortunetly sharon is very right. the thing here is both sides share the very same sympathetic ganloin so it can happen,and happen just about anywhere really. what i am wondering herwe tho is just EXACTLY what are the symptoms you have been showing or having that lead the doc to think RSD? and what particular symptoms are you having in that opposite hand? this juist could be a spinal related issue too that can cause some pretty intense symptoms. i am talking of course about that opposite hand? but depending upon just what real symptoms you are also displaying in that possible RSD hand too could also be a possible spinal related issue or at some level even part of? it just really needs some in depth diagnosing to really know, thats all.

believe me, some particular spinal related issues up in the c spine can cause some very extreme pain, numbness, tingling and big old zingers to run to the hand/ fingers too. just knowing what your exacting symptoms are would really help us to help you in the very best ways. marcia
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Old 12-13-2009, 11:41 AM   #4
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Re: Can RSD move into one hand too another

Thanks for the help!My symtoms are chronic pain in the hand I had surgery on it moves all around my hand like in my middle finger for 10 to 20 minutes then other fingers,palm wrist and is now moving slowly up my arm and some fingers in my other handand the color in my hand is redish and shiny compared to the other hand.the bone scan showed dark spots in my wrist and a little in my nuckles.The doctor who did the bone scan said it looks like a infection in my wrist buy the doc who did the surgery ruled that out said I could have something that started with hyper not sure what the rest of what he said on that and he said it could be RSD.So the doc who did thw surgery sent me to a pain specialist for further treatment but havent had a chance to go cause the claims dep. denied it so I had to get a court order and that will take a week.The doc who did the surgery took mw off light duty so im back at work in which Im having a hard time doing my job.Anyways enough about.I do have a hernisted disc in my lower back but it doesnt bother me at all.Another thing that happened after the surgery to my hand,when they put the first cast on they put it on crooked and thts when I started havig pain in my fingers and muscle spasms in my forarm,I had it on for 5 days and went back in to have a new one put on.Two weeks later when they took the new cast off i couldnt move my my wrist it acutally dropped me to the ground cause it hurt so bad.After a week i could start moving my wrist and the pain went away but could feel somethin wasnt right.I told my doctor all about this and he said it not his fault cause he worked on my thumb not my other fingers or wrist.Oh yeah my fingers are stiff and cant grip some thing the tip of my fingers have been hurting lately to.When I take my pain meds they dont work at all,Ive been taking darvcets,lori tabs,ultram.Thanks for the help,Im glad I found this site

 
Old 12-13-2009, 02:29 PM   #5
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Re: Can RSD move into one hand from another?

Buster,

I'm sorry to hear about you having to go through all this. But you have come to the right place. Rather you are looking for someone to vent to or you are just wanting to understand more about the rsd.
We all have been there and it can be hard to deal with this disease on your own. A good place for support can do a lot of good when dealing with rsd. It's not just the physical pain but the mental too.
I have heard many times of the rsd moving to different sides of the body,different parts or change in pain levels. I know rsd can travel. I am good friends with a women"not on here" that has had rsd for a couple years now. It was just in her leg but now it's in her hand on the opposite side of her body. I know from personal experiences that rsd can travel. When I was diagnosed it was just in my left knee and parts of my calf. Now the rsd effects the whole leg from hip down.
Knowledge is power and speaking up for yourself with talking with your doctors is what is needed in this case. This is your body and this is your life,you need to be in the drivers seat at all times. Learn to listen to what your body is telling you. If you need any help,have any questions or just want to vent because you hate the rsd please come on here and share. We've all had those days and sometimes the best medicine is just getting your concerns or frustration off your chest.
Take care and stay warm,
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Re: Can RSD move into one hand from another?

Buster, sorry for the late reply, I just found this awesome place. I'm sorry to hear about your pain. RSD does and goes where it wants. Mine started in my back and then spread to both legs and arms. Mine spread due to non-treatment. The docs couldn't find the cause of my pain, therefore, it had to be in my head. I wish it had been. I pray you have a compassionate well informed Dr. I'll keep you in my prayers.

 
Old 12-29-2009, 03:59 PM   #7
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Re: Can RSD move into one hand from another?

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I had surgery on my left thumb to repair the tendon I cut in half with a grinder.Its been four months now and the doctor thinks I have RSD.The pain started in the hand i had surgery on but is moving up my arm,I think it is starting to happen in my other hand.I was wondering if RSD can move to my other hand cause it feels like it has,I just found out yesterday that I might have this and dont really know much about it yet.Thanks for the help.
From what I've been told, RSD can spread to other parts of the body. If you have any injuries somewhere else it will attack that area. I hope this helps.

 
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Re: Can RSD move into one hand from another?

just exactly what real symptoms are you displaying in that other hand right now? while you really could have RSD developing in the injured hand, there is ALWAYS a good possibility that some of what you may be feeling in the opposite, and even IN that injured hand too just could be some level of a spinal related problem too? alot of people just have problems within their spines(that c spine really IS the MOST vulnerable of the spinal segments) that don't always show themselves til the areas impacted reach that certain point where they start to really impact nerve roots or even the spinal cord itself? this just could be a very commonly seen type of issue that occurs in us over time or from injuries from before? some types of spinal issues just really DO take some time to really show themselves.

this is just one real possibility for what you are experiencing in that opposite hand mostly. alot of what is possible would really depend upon what your EXACT symptoms are in it right now? when it comes to the human body and with RSD and possible spinal related issues too, ANYTHING really IS possible. its the nature of how our bodies just are, ya know what i mean?

just knowing what is always possible here, i just really do think that obtaining at least one good contrasted MRI on the c spine level really would show what could be also involved here in the opposite and also contributing to the RSD side as far as some of the motor, sensory issues since that is all governed from that c spine nerves on down thru the fingers. trust me, i had absolutely no real clue as to how really messed up my c spine was til i had that one MRI done when i was certain just based upon my symptoms that i DID herniate a disc(was the c 6-7). that MRI really found alot of deterioration, bone spurring, stenosis impinging nerve roots and something that was also hiding inside of my spinal cord too. that c spine just needs a good eval just to either rule it out as a possible generator or in. just based upon the RSD side symptoms(fine motor and sensory), it needs to be done. tho RSD too can create its own types of motor and sensory crap, it needs to be checked out too. also knowing what that opposite hand or arm is actually feeling would REALLY help to know too.

i am just telling you to do this ONLY to be absolutely certain that you and your docs just KNOW without a doubt exactly what just IS making up(all) your symptoms and pain processes. its just a rule in rule out type of test. Marcia
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Old 01-14-2010, 07:45 AM   #9
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I had surgery on my left thumb to repair the tendon I cut in half with a grinder.Its been four months now and the doctor thinks I have RSD.The pain started in the hand i had surgery on but is moving up my arm,I think it is starting to happen in my other hand.I was wondering if RSD can move to my other hand cause it feels like it has,I just found out yesterday that I might have this and dont really know much about it yet.Thanks for the help.
buster2013, welcome to the club no one wants to join. The dr will rightly need to confirm but it is absolutely possible. Proper treatment EARLY is key. the x4 in my name indicates rsd affecting fourth limb. Affecting 2 limbs is not uncommon but further than that the percentages drop drastically which i pray will be your case. As you will find as you research, finding the right meds/treatments for each case is random. One med we tried later as a shot in dark when last limb(l-hand ) started was skelaxin(muscle relaxer) it is not miracle but did slow progression for me. < edited > feel free to throw ?s my way. Stay positive, it will be your best tool. God bless

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I had surgery on my left thumb to repair the tendon I cut in half with a grinder.Its been four months now and the doctor thinks I have RSD.The pain started in the hand i had surgery on but is moving up my arm,I think it is starting to happen in my other hand.I was wondering if RSD can move to my other hand cause it feels like it has,I just found out yesterday that I might have this and dont really know much about it yet.Thanks for the help.
I also have rsd in my right wrist to start off with now it has spread up my hole right arm, head and left arm. nerve shocking, numbing, severe pain and all of thee above. it has a mind of its own. where it spreads and how bad the pain wants to be. Sorry to hear your in the same boat as all of us. I have had rsd for 6 years now it doesn"t get any better only can get worse.

 
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I also have rsd in my right wrist to start off with now it has spread up my hole right arm, head and left arm. nerve shocking, numbing, severe pain and all of thee above. it has a mind of its own. where it spreads and how bad the pain wants to be. Sorry to hear your in the same boat as all of us. I have had rsd for 6 years now it doesn"t get any better only can get worse.
New here. Not sure if I can use swear words; but D*A*M*N*...!!! I've had this RSD/CRAP for 7 months now in my right hand/wrist and cannot imagine it spreading to my "good" hand! So many of you are suffering so much more than I... I "survive" -somehow -with 2 or 3 Aleve each day which is obviously pain-wise NOTHING compared to the agony/stories I read here.

Hang in there,

J.D.

 
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