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Thumb and Index finger Flexion

PostPosted: February 3rd, 2013, 3:25 pm
by shankzy28
Hello Forum Members,

I’ve been lurking for quite a while here (this forum has been an immense source of comfort for me), but my latest symptom has had me very worried, so I decided to post. I've been going through the same panic as everyone else regarding **S. I started twitching 2 years ago after developing really bad anxiety and panic. I looked up online, after the initial freak out caused by Dr. Google, I came across this forum and somehow managed to calm myself. After being laughed at by the psychiatrist for suggesting MND without any weakness, and at this age (I was 20 then), I was able to put the issue to rest. I had twitching on and off, at random locations in my body, without any weakness. However, over the course of two years, I did develop some trembling (whenever I would hold a heavy plate, or a glass or something). But I did notice a correlation between the trembling and my anxiety and decided to attribute it to that.
A month ago I noticed some stiffness in my hands, which again led me to google and this time it has been a nightmare. I've been doing strength tests every day since then. I'm experiencing a little more stiffness in my left thumb when I bend it. But I tried not to freak out about it, attributing that to the constant strength tests and anxiety. However, my latest observation has had me through the roof.

When I bend my thumb, it also seems to bend my index finger along with it. It’s only there in my left hand. I have no idea if this is due to a motor neuron problem or just some regular (not so scary) tendon/muscle issue.

Apart from that, I think I perceive a general loss of dexterity. Its really hard to describe it, but its almost like there’s this weird hesitation when I try to do dexterous tasks (such as picking up screws and putting them in their housing). I am still able to do them (even though my fingers are trembling). I don’t think I’ve had a significant loss of strength. Last night I was able to assemble a bed and study table from IKEA all by myself.

It’s just this stiffness and this latest issue that has had me worried, and I won’t be able to rest easy until I see a doctor. (I haven’t been able to as I was waiting for my insurance to kick in). Should I go bother the Neuros directly or start with a GP?

Any responses would be highly appreciated.
Thank you
-shankzy

Re: Thumb and Index finger Flexion

PostPosted: February 4th, 2013, 1:00 am
by Yuliasir
Hi, in fact it is rather normal to have thumb and index moving together. it could be more prominent or less prominent, but it is normal and does not imply any troubles or weakness or innervation problems. If you try to flex the pinky one, your 4 and partly 3 finger would be flexing too because of common innervation by one of ulnar nerve branches. Same of thumb and index - they have common innervation and it is not easy to flex them separately. people learning to play music or pickpocketers have to train their fingers to move separately from each other :)))

Re: Thumb and Index finger Flexion

PostPosted: February 4th, 2013, 10:16 pm
by shankzy28
Thank you for your response! A huge relief I musts say.

Today I noticed some numbness and slight weakness on my left index finger and had a freak out.. immediately started strength testing (trying to lift up my laptop with left and right index fingers and comparing the strength). Failed the first few .. had a bigger freak out... tested again.. barely managed to pass it, calmed down slightly.. noticed my forearm muscles cramping and really tired... another scare.. realized the muscles controlling the finger are on the forearm, so its probably from the strength test.. calmed down slightly. . . .. .. and the cycle repeats..
sigh.
Unfortunately my appointment with the Neuro is 3 weeks away.

Re: Thumb and Index finger Flexion

PostPosted: February 4th, 2013, 10:16 pm
by shankzy28
Thank you for your response! A huge relief I musts say.

Today I noticed some numbness and slight weakness on my left index finger and had a freak out.. immediately started strength testing (trying to lift up my laptop with left and right index fingers and comparing the strength). Failed the first few .. had a bigger freak out... tested again.. barely managed to pass it, calmed down slightly.. noticed my forearm muscles cramping and really tired... another scare.. realized the muscles controlling the finger are on the forearm, so its probably from the strength test.. calmed down slightly. . . .. .. and the cycle repeats..
sigh.
Unfortunately my appointment with the Neuro is 3 weeks away.