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Fingers -- buzzing/tingling

Postby nik00 on July 19th, 2011, 3:12 am

Hi guys,

I have been having neurological symptoms for the past year. I can cover them later in this post. The new one that I have for the last 40 days or so is the strange feeling in my fingers. In a very well defined spot on a finger (~1/4” diameter) I will have a feeling of vibration right under my skin. It comes in waves. ½ second vibration – 2-3 seconds of rest. It can last hours or sometimes 2-3 days in one spot. Then it moves to a different finger. Sometimes it happens in two fingers at once. Both hands are affected. Does this happen to others on this board? Does my description sound familiar? Specifically with fingers (I don’t think they have muscles in them). Is this what people here call buzzing?

A bit more data about myself. Male 44. Persistent muscle twitches was the first reason why I visited a neurologist back in November 2010. He didn’t see any reason to worry, but wanted to do EMG. Then I found this board and other sources of info about BFS and I relaxed about the twitches and decided to not do the EMG. Twitches subsided more or less after I relaxed or I just stopped registering them. Then other small symptoms started popping up, but at a time I didn’t think much about them – such as problems with vision in one eye when exercising, hearing abnormalities in one ear as a response to a specific sound (running water). Then in April 2011 I suddenly began having head/eye pain, what after another visit to a neurologist turned out to be an atypical trigeminal neuralgia that currently affects ophthalmic branch on one side. This is painful, but I can tolerate it, at least for now. I have it on and off for three months now. More on than off now. This time around I did the tests. Also I have MS in my immediate family, so I got worried a little. Then more symptoms started popping up, such as funny feeling in one foot, which resulted in one of the muscles that moves the 5-th toe being completely weak, so that the toe always feels foreign there. Neurologist said this is due to ageing, although he admitted that muscle is much weaker that on the other foot (actually it practically doesn’t work at all, but maybe it was always much weaker, I don’t know).

Done blood work, MRI of the brain (1.5 Tesla) w/ and w/o contrast, EMG, VEP – all negative.

I don’t really worry about ALS at all. I have mild concerns about possible MS. But my question to this board now is about the specific abnormal feeling in fingers. This is not perceived or imagined – it is unmistakable. It drives me crazy, benign or not -- it is difficult to concentrate when working or doing anything, when there is this periodic buzz in fingers. If it stayed there all the time – it would’ve been easier, but it comes in waves with this exact frequency – every 2-3 seconds!
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Re: Fingers -- buzzing/tingling

Postby Richard on July 19th, 2011, 4:43 pm

Some sort of nerve compression on the upper spine (the neck) could be the cause of buzzing and tingling on the neck.

Though the EMG should have provided some info about this.

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Re: Fingers -- buzzing/tingling

Postby nik00 on July 19th, 2011, 4:54 pm

Neurologist only performed EMG on my legs, not arms, because at the time of the EMG I didn't yet have all those finger symptoms. So the question remains -- are my finger symptoms what people on this board call "buzzing" or not? Meaning -- are these normal for anxiety/bfs?
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Re: Fingers -- buzzing/tingling

Postby nik00 on July 27th, 2011, 10:39 am

Anybody?
Doesn't look good then -- it looks like this symptom is not known on this board...
I have this one fingertip buzzing for 48 hours straight now. Just to the right of the fingernail.
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Re: Fingers -- buzzing/tingling

Postby NLMinSTL on July 27th, 2011, 12:55 pm

nik00 wrote:Anybody?
Doesn't look good then -- it looks like this symptom is not known on this board...
I have this one fingertip buzzing for 48 hours straight now. Just to the right of the fingernail.


I've had buzzing just not in my fingers. It's normal, so try not to worry (I know, easier said than done!)

It will be okay.

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Re: Fingers -- buzzing/tingling

Postby nik00 on July 27th, 2011, 3:59 pm

Well -- I understand about buzzing where there are muscles, but fingertips -- no muscles there...
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Re: Fingers -- buzzing/tingling

Postby Shawn on August 12th, 2011, 2:18 pm

I would ask for an Mri on Spine with contrast.
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Re: Fingers -- buzzing/tingling

Postby revan on February 10th, 2012, 8:49 am

I realize this post if a few months old, but I felt I had to post since the symptoms in the original post seem exactly the same as mine. I have a buzzing/tingling/twitching in the fingers that affects a small spot for a day or a few days and then migrates to another spot on the same finger. It also occurs every few seconds. Please let me know if anyone else has experienced this. Nik00, if you've had any changes or answers since you posted this, please let me know. Thanks.
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Re: Fingers -- buzzing/tingling

Postby nik00 on February 23rd, 2012, 1:02 pm

Here is an update. Buzzing/tingling in fingers continues without much change, except I am now used to it, so I don't freak out much about it. I also now get similar feelings in feet and legs sometimes. Two weeks ago I had a very bothersome experience, when my hand went very numb, which then subsided and turned into tingling and pins and needles all over that hand, which then began to twitch with fingers jerking around. The good thing is that this whole episode took less than 24 hours to resolve with little residual symptoms in that hand. In the prior six months that hand often went semi-numb, which would last for days on and off, but never as much as this last episode. The most bothersome symptom that I continue to have is the trigeminal pain. Meanwhile since my last post I had the EMG of arms and 3 MRIs covering the entire spine. I also did B12 blood test. Nothing found that can explain the symptoms. Symptoms as is do not bother me anymore -- what bothers me are the new ones that I never experienced yet. This thing I can live with as it is -- what I hate to see is it's progressing.
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Re: Fingers -- buzzing/tingling

Postby revan on February 25th, 2012, 3:27 pm

Thank you very much for the response Nik, our finger symptoms sound pretty much identical. I haven't heard of this anywhere else. Hopefully everything will work out for you, when I get headaches it tends to be centered near my right eye and I did have a hemorrhage in that eye a few months ago (seems to be unrelated however, it was due to physical strain). I guess it is something of a relief that your EMG/MRI was clean. I am now a bit past the 1 month mark for my tingling fingers. I'm trying my best not to over-worry about it. My only other symptom so far, which preceded the buzzing fingers, is an intermittent pain in my left little toe and calf. My original thought was maybe sciatica, though my brain has begun linking the issues together. I also get the occasional "buzz" in my toes at random as well. I've only been to PCP so far and had blood-work done. Only abnormalities seem to be very low Vitamin D and high muscle enzymes. I'm going to have a follow-up on Monday to discuss. I'm considering neurologist visit at some point for the MRI/EMG but I'll see what the PCP says on Monday.

If you get anymore changes or ever find out what the issue is, I'd love it if you'd keep in touch. I will be checking this board and posting with any findings I have. Thanks.
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Re: Fingers -- buzzing/tingling

Postby nik00 on February 25th, 2012, 11:35 pm

@revan: You mentioned eye problem - was it central serous retinopathy (CSR) by any chance?
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Re: Fingers -- buzzing/tingling

Postby revan on February 26th, 2012, 1:24 am

It was a retinal hemorrhage due to physical strain (was doing pushups).
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Re: Fingers -- buzzing/tingling

Postby nik00 on February 26th, 2012, 2:53 am

Did you see retina specialist? How long did it take to clear?
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Re: Fingers -- buzzing/tingling

Postby revan on February 26th, 2012, 7:42 am

Yes, I saw the specialist. It took a little under 2 months for the blood to reabsorb. Haven't had any problems since, this was about 4 months ago.
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Re: Fingers -- buzzing/tingling

Postby nik00 on February 26th, 2012, 11:59 am

I had similar retinal problem three years ago, which cleared in six weeks, but then reoccurred a year ago and that time left nasty scars on retina. I've been told it is CSR and it is due to emotional stress and anxiety, and possibly to the use of nasal corticosteroids (which I did use several years ago once or twice per year to treat alergies). Of course what that really means is that the cause is unknown.
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