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Old 02-12-2005, 07:09 PM   #1
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Fingers twitching???


I'm going on my 6th year of multiple herniated/protruding discs (Lumbar, Thoracic, and Cervical) - and I'm still in my 20's!!!. I've been working out, tried PLDD on L4-L5, C5-C6, and just trying to manage and coup like most. Unfortunately my case has degenerated to burning, numbness, lots of pain and muscle spasms in both my legs and arms. Things have been barely tolerable over the years as is, but now things have gone down hill. I use to be in triathelete condition; now, it's a good day if I can move from my bed to the sofa.

A few weeks ago I started to get these zings of pain in the middle of my neck. Now it's a rather constant pain with aches/burning in my forearms *AND* the fingers on my right hand (started with the middle and progressed outwards) are twicthing uncontrollably from side to side. Each finger is random in its movement, that is, it's not synchronized and not something I can replicate even if I tried. In my research of neck problems, I have not seen anyone quote this behavior, does anyone know what it is? I can cause if by lifting something light, stretching, and it happens on it's own 20+ times a day. When I mentioned this to my doctor, he just mumbled something about it being strange.

I'll be getting new MRIs this week. Unfortunately my work demands 60+ hours sitting in front of the computer. So, I guess it could be something from repetitive typing. Would people recommend an EMG in this case?

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Old 02-12-2005, 08:03 PM   #2
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Re: Fingers twitching???

I have had cervicle surgery on C5,6,7. My fingers tremble sometimes but mostly numbness and the nerves down my arms into my wrist and hands are painful. I do know with cervicle problems that weight lifting causes the muscles to tighten up and when they tighten up it affects the nerves going into the fingers and can cause worse problems. I was told not to fool with weights with cervicle problems it only worsens it and my daughter has the smae problem and the weight lifting made her worse and she had to quit doing it. Maybe you need to heal first then go back to the weights.

Old 02-13-2005, 04:39 AM   #3
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Re: Fingers twitching???

You need a spine specialist, one with a spine fellowship. And lay off the weights!

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Re: Fingers twitching???

Does your twitching look more like some sort of a contortion or spasm like?The reason I am asking is that while what you are experiencing could be related in some way to all of your disc issues, it could also be a deficiency of your magnesium or potassium.magnesium would probably be the most likey culprit though.My son experienced these hidious contortions of his hands fingers and the entire arm when his magnesium was really low do to another condition.i would at the very least, try taking a mag suppliment for about a week and see if you note any difference.or just ask your doc to check your mag and potassium levels.I hope this helps.Marcia
3-22-01,herniated C-6-7
11-20-01,placement of hardware for failed fusion
9-22-03,removal of cavernous hemangioma that was inside spinal cord. Neuro damage to L hand L leg and R leg.

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