Persistent finger twitch scaring me. Please help!

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Persistent finger twitch scaring me. Please help!

Postby Ava on September 13th, 2004, 5:43 pm

Okay, now I have something that's bugging me. I know that my clean neuro exams and emgs (2) one from the UCSF ALS specialist mean that I do indeed have benign fasciculation. However, I am freaking out about a persistent twitch of my left middle finger. It is set off when I make a fist or lift something heavy. It is like a pulsating twitch - sometimes it twitches once and sometimes it twitches 3 or 4 times in a row. I feel an electrical sensation every time it happens. This happens almost every time I use my left hand in the ways described above. Somehow, I have convinced myself that this is clonus and thus indicative of upper motor neuron problems. I am too embarrassed to call the UCSF neuro about this, but should I for reassurance? Does any one else get this upon using a hand. Before, I got finger twitches that moved the fingers, but this one is so consistent that it is scaring me.

Please help!

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Postby Floater on September 13th, 2004, 7:28 pm

i use to get it all the time.. it was annoying and scarry at the same time... its all a part of this syndrome we call benign fasciculations
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Postby Stephanie on September 13th, 2004, 8:13 pm

I've had more twitching in my fingers lately than ever before.
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Postby Ginlyn on September 15th, 2004, 12:28 am

Ava,

Could it possibly some type of carpal tunnel syndrome?

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Postby Ava on September 15th, 2004, 2:45 pm

Thanks for your replies. No carpal tunnel. It's just a persistant twitch of the left middle finger. I took 1 dose (.50mg) of klonopin and after 3 weeks of twitching in that finger on and off, all day every day, it is GREATLY reduced. It still twitches from time to time but like 10% of what it was. The klonopin gave me that warm, fuzzy feeling and I didn't notice the rest of my twitching that much for a few hours. My leg twitches are on full blast today, but these don't bother me nearly as much as the finger and left eye (which is a bit better today).

I think klonopin does a good job of interrupting hand twitches, maybe because they are of the larger variety. It feels great to have taken a dose, but I can't go back to being an "on drugs" mother - it's just not my thing. I think I will keep the bottle on hand though for times when I just need a 1 dose break from bfs.

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Postby speg on September 19th, 2004, 12:17 pm

Hi,

I have had VERY persistent hand and finger twitches. They are scary. I have a spot on my palm and another on the pad beneath my thumb. Both on right hand.

BTW, my neuro told me if klonopin works on your twitches, you don't have ALS.

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Postby FargoND on October 7th, 2004, 3:53 pm

Diagnosed with BFs about a week ago..at the same time my doc prescibed Xanex..and besides being a little sleepy the finger twitches have stopped.
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Postby Bree on October 7th, 2004, 10:10 pm

Fargo, Hi!

I'm taking Xanax as well. (.5 at bedtime) If you're getting sleepy during the day, just crank it back a little. Glad it's helping!


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Postby speg on October 8th, 2004, 8:30 am

Ava,

Does your finger move/jerk when it twitches or is it the skin pulsating back and forth?
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Postby Ava on October 8th, 2004, 10:14 am

Peg,

My finger moves - but it hasn't in quite awhile.

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Postby Barb916 on October 14th, 2004, 7:22 pm

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My fingers move back and forth. Sometime even up and down! The majority of the time it happens after I've just done something with my hands like opening a jar, squeezing out a washcloth, carrying a plasitc grocery bag by the handles. Occasionally, it just happens for no apparent reason too.

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