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Offline davinius

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twitching thumb - help!
« on: December 26, 2010, 11:26:37 AM »
I injured my right elbow lifting weights a couple of weeks ago.  Now my right thumb is twitching, but only when I extend my arm out fully.  My lizard brain is now working overtime.  Is this related to my injury?  Help!     
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Re: twitching thumb - help!
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2010, 11:53:19 AM »
This was the start of my HA freak-out.

Mine twitch from texting......ever since I got a smartphone.  DON'T google whatever you do! Read here.

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Re: twitching thumb - help!
« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2010, 03:20:08 PM »
I have a twitchy thumb, and it's been freaking me out.. but realistically, it's a pinched nerve.  Especially since it started after your injury... might be something a bit of Phys Therapy can fix!
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Re: twitching thumb - help!
« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2010, 03:57:58 PM »
A couple of years ago my thumb twitched off and on for 6 weeks.  Don't know what caused it, but it hasn't happened since.   My HA wasn't in overdrive at the time so I waited it out and sure enough it stopped.
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Re: twitching thumb - help!
« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2010, 10:03:33 AM »
I have an injured shoulder and it makes my pointer and thumb twitch occasionally.  It's muscle related.
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Re: twitching thumb - help!
« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2010, 06:26:12 PM »
Thanks so much everyone.  Yes, it happened soon after exercising as well.  I just wish I could process things logically.  Welcome to the wonderful world of HA. 
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Re: twitching thumb - help!
« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2010, 09:33:13 PM »
Go see a Dr and make sure.
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Re: twitching thumb - help!
« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2010, 04:55:22 PM »
How is everyone's twitching fingers ?

Mine first occurred in August but its better now then back then.  I think mine is related to trapped nerves and overuse.
Curious how long it takes to heal if you let it rest.

Mine also seems to be better when anxiety is down. I know its not completely anxiety since its always the same finger and when I was super anxious it spread to other places.  I also have some upper back issues with tight muscles and posture not to mention a bad shoulder (other side).

I am trying to fix the anxiety problem and also working on correctly the posture and ergonomic issues and running with better form.
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Re: twitching thumb - help!
« Reply #8 on: December 29, 2010, 06:25:13 PM »
My twitching has just about stopped. The only time I notice it is once in awhile when I get an adjustment from my chiro.
Yea-it definitely freaked me out there for awhile.....DON'T GOOGLE....lol
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Re: twitching thumb - help!
« Reply #9 on: December 30, 2010, 01:37:50 AM »
renaed,

was yours from a pinched nerve or overuse or carpal tunnel or something else or was it never determined ?

I am treating mine as either overuse (give it rest with a splint) or pinched nerve (chiro working on some time muscle areas or a combo of both or maybe some CT.  I figured one of those items will help finally resolve it.
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Re: twitching thumb - help!
« Reply #10 on: December 30, 2010, 10:08:14 AM »
ACtually I never even asked a doc b/c it mostly stopped.

I am thinking its overuse causing carpal tunnel. Next time I will ask at the doc but I am not too worried.
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Re: twitching thumb - help!
« Reply #11 on: December 30, 2010, 12:22:24 PM »
how long did it take to heal ?
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Re: twitching thumb - help!
« Reply #12 on: December 30, 2010, 12:51:00 PM »
hmmmm, I noticed it at first sitting on the beach in August/September....then on and off for a couple of months...It sort of comes and goes.

Now every once in awhile it will twitch a bit.

So maybe four months?
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Re: twitching thumb - help!
« Reply #13 on: December 30, 2010, 01:59:44 PM »
Thank you. mine freaked me out too which kicked off new HA and the mess I am in.
I am much better and taking a low dosage of paxil (12.5) for two months and plan to keep that up for about a year or so assuming I get much better with some therapy and other self-help.

I also started in mid-August. It calmed down in Sept. The original twitches were quite big and obvious. In October it came back when my anxiety was high and my usage increased. That kicked off my biggest mess. In november a few bad ones including one that was on and off for hours but the twitch was not as severe. In December its been better. The twitch is less when it occurs. I can make it occur by just pushing on the finger a few times. I hope it heals up over the next few months for good.  Working on posture and ergonomics.

Sounds like a similar timeframe.  Google killed me plus I am an engineer that always wants to know why and then fix the issue but this was so bizarre it freaked me out.

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Re: twitching thumb - help!
« Reply #14 on: December 30, 2010, 03:22:29 PM »
Yes, google had my in a fit of terror >:(
not good.
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