Anyone ever get stiffness in fingers?

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Anyone ever get stiffness in fingers?

Postby Barb916 on September 7th, 2004, 4:13 pm

Hi all,

I haven't posted in a couple weeks. I was doing "good", mentally. Now, I've done a nose dive into that bad place again ! I need some help getting out of this negative thinking.

Recap: Twitching for 5 mths. Normal EMG (left side) 3 mths ago. Neuro exam basically normal with slight weakness in rt hand and foot.

The fingers on my right hand just seem so stiff lately. I especially notice this when I try to write. I can still type ok but writing seems to be very difficult lately. It's like my fingers don't want to move. My writing is not smooth. I'm not dropping things and I can still button clothes. Having this stiffness doesn't help matters since I have previously posted I concerned with atrophy in my right hand. The back of my right hand has definite groves in it whereas my left had doesn't. Of course, I didn't notice this when I was at the neuro months ago so I didn't get to show her.

Ironically, my twitching has not been that bad lately!! If I truely had hand atrophy, wouldn't I been really weak on that hand? What exactly does it look like? Does it matter that my EMG was done on the left limbs?

Anyone else ever experience this? Should I be concerned? I'm not due back to neuro until Jan (4 months...that's a long wait!).


Thanks for any feedback.

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Postby garym on September 7th, 2004, 7:12 pm

Barb,

I've had a ton of stiffness in my hands. It's not to bad right now, but it has been in the past. I think it is pretty common with BFS and nothing to get worked up over. Get back to that good place, and try not to focus on the hands, it will get better.

Take care,

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Postby Barb916 on September 7th, 2004, 8:36 pm

Thanks Gary, you just put a smile on my face ! That's just what I needed to hear :D
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Postby Stephanie on September 7th, 2004, 11:08 pm

As soon as it get below 70 degrees my hands stiffen up. My left arm and hand has less muscle mass than the right. It's very noticable. No one is symetrical-you probably just never noticed it before.
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Postby Stephanie on September 7th, 2004, 11:10 pm

ps-maybe your right hand is not atrophied, but rather your left hand is just more muscular.
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Postby puggriffey on September 8th, 2004, 10:21 am

Barb-

I think you're just fine. This is very much the classic progression of this thing. I think deep down we all know where our own personal "concern" areas are when we leave that neuro's office, and it's so likely that when each of us has recurrence of symptoms, it seems to show up in that one place we're acutely aware of, but for one reason or another never really had the neuro take a hard look at.

For example, my first EMG was just arms...wouldn't you know it, then my left ankle started getting stiff and sore and feeling weird, etc. Once my leg EMG was done, then my throat started getting tight, and I couldn't swallow. It's hard to get yourself out of the dark place, but give yourself just one worry free day ("I'll worry tomorrow, but not today"), and if you can really push that through, you'll be fine.

Smile and have a great day!!

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Postby Heater on September 8th, 2004, 1:40 pm

Barb,

Stiffness in my hands has been common for me. I too have been convinced that writing was becoming more difficult.

I find that I can't grip tools as long as I used to. Holding a paintbrush or roller for any length of time can get quite painful.

As with most of my BFS symptoms, the stiffness problems seem to wax and wane for me. Just give it time and I'm sure your symptoms will do the same.

Cheers,
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Postby Jayel on September 9th, 2004, 12:51 pm

Barb-

I saw a hand specialist for the stiffness I feel off and on. He labeled it as dystonia where the muscles just freeze up for no apparent reason. He sayd he himself gets it and cannot write a paragraph any more by hand. Nothing to be done/fixed. Mine seems better lately. It could be a neck problem I have, have you had that checked out?

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Postby Barb916 on September 9th, 2004, 3:09 pm

Jayel

My neuro did do an MRI of my neck back in June. It said I have some mild arthritis and a possible buldging disc. I was told the MRI was basically OK and no further testing was needed for my neck.

Thanks for the updated from the hand Doc. That was helpful!

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Postby Arron on September 9th, 2004, 4:03 pm

I get stiffness in my fingers too and other limbs too on occasion, especially when trying to hold something or hang-onto something rather tightly. It'll actually get painful sometimes and I have to put whatever it is, down for a while. I also get stiffness in my forarms and occasionally my legs.
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Postby Brendon on October 8th, 2004, 1:34 am

I get stiffness in my fingers and I continually click (pop) my finger joints . This helps heaps !

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