A lot of it has to deal with leaning on your elbow.
Nerve compression in the elbow (Ulnar Nerve) triggers, numbness, tingling in the pink and ring finger as well as weird sensations in the forearm as well as sporadic muscle twitching, that nerve ( the same one you smack when you hit your "funny bone", pretty much runs the whole arm....so find a way to protect the elbow until it subsides
HI there, I'm a 26 years single man working in an IT firm. Most of the day I work on my computer with my right hand dedicated to hold the mouse. since last night I have noticed that my right hand thunb finger shakes almost periodically in a minute or two laps.
I had this sort of feeling previously but I never noticed.
Do anyone has any explaination to this. What should I do, please advise...
Twitching limited to one muscle or muscle group is either fatigue or idiopathic. If you Google "myoclonus", there is a lot of information about the topic. It's usually not a problem, unless it spreads to other muscles about the body, you develop pain from it, or it interferes significantly with your daily activities.
Hello...I am having constant twitching in my right index finger and thumb over the past 4 months. I have had ACDF surgery in June 2007 with fixation/fusion of my C6/C7 disc, right ulnar decompression surgery, and recently shoulder impingement/Mumford procedure surgery. I just recently had another MRI of my cervical spine for the pain in my neck and shoulder area is at a high level again. My shoulder, though 6 months post-surgery, is very sore to the touch and feels as if if is burning. My right elbow that was operated on back in July 2009 is still sore! Both of my arms/hands are numb and I can only talk on a cell phone for a short period pf time before I have absolutely no feeling in the arm that holds the phone. Just had another MRI and being sent to another neurosurgeon for what the doctor coldly told me that I "had a bad disc." That was it...this was the doctor who did my shoulder back in Dec. 2010. Not a whole lot of compassion by this doctor or details! Bad disc? Which one? I already had my C6/C7 removed and replaced by cadevor bones. The EMG I had done a month ago shows cervical disc problem and the doctor who administered the EMG stated that it looks like I have a permanent nerve damage. This all began with an injury at work back in April 2007 and the entire process has been pure hell! Waiting for a year to get MRI approval...investigators still sitting in front of my home even after 3 surgeries, and the system making me feel like a bum after being in the workforce for over 30 years without any injuries until this! Now this finger/thumb involuntary constant movements is another nuisance along with the constant pain!
Get a triggerpoint and myofasical massage done on your arms and hands. Willing to bet that it's mostly a muscle stressing problem. Have problems with that myself sometimes and when I get that done it goes away. If you do the same thing repeatativly then it will keep coming back. You have to keep muscles lose by learning how to release them yourself, change your routine, or go in for regular massages about once a month or so.
I am a 17 year old male in very good health, and just this week the muscle between my thumb and index finger on the left hand started twitching occasionally, making my left index finger move. When I clench my fist and let it go, this often triggers it, which makes me pretty sure this isnt anything neurological because it is triggered by me doing something mechanical with my hand. can someone please confirm so I can stop worrying about this? I'm such a hypochondriac
I'm 27, male, a designer, and having the same problem as everyone else. Left index finger twitching on and off uncontrollably for over a week. Doctor said it's probably RSI and to rest the finger for a while and see if it gets any better. Thinking about acupuncture, massage, and seeing a chriporactor possibly. Amazed to see so many other people suffering from the same issue.
I get it, too, (twitching left index) from time to time (Graphic Designer, now job-hunting all day!). I have bilateral CTS* and use the computer alot and knit or crochet. Always using my hands. I firmly believe it is from overuse and rest is key. You have to ease up and give your hands a break sometimes. I've stopped altogether for 2-3 days at a time and it helps immensely. Don't work so long without a break, too. Do some hand stretches meant to prevent CTS, in between hours of work.
Solve it with water therapy. It worked for me. I am on the computer almost all day long and went to bed very late.
Can't help avoid the work stress but water helped me a lot prevent the twitching. I got the twitch for more than a month then realized that I did not get to drink the complete 8 glasses of water. Coffee is not equal to pure water. I used to consider liquids as equal to the number of glasses of water I took. It was a bad idea.
38 yo non-smoking white male. No genetic neurological disease in family history that I know of.
Left thumb started twitching Friday morning and got steadily worse through the day and night. I was at the point Friday night of almost a panic as I was worried about it being something awful. I woke up Saturday and no twitch, well at least I thought that was the case until....it twitched about 30 seconds after I woke up. I came downstairs and did a Google search and of course find the Yahoo Answers where someone posted that someone with a similar story should go get checked for MS or Parkinson's. (Panic ensued) I decided to take ibuprofen and the twitching seemed to stop for a while and then came back with less intensity Saturday night. The twitching seemed to less frequent at times and if I focused on it it seemed to be more frequent. Sunday kind of the same story and I did not take any ibuprofen. Yesterday I woke up and took ibuprofen and the twitching stopped. I went and got a massage and had them focus on my back, neck, and left arm and I have not twitched since.
I work on a laptop 8+ hours a day and think that my left arm resting on the edge of the table must have pinched a nerve or irritated it somehow. I am going to get a keyboard and try to keep my wrist and arms elevated.
I hope this helps as I know anytime you do a search on a symptom we tend to focus on worse case scenario. I know I was and so far so good.
Just wanted to point out a few things that have been posted on here for a few years.
When I turned 50 I started getting a twitch in my right index finger. I gradually got worse with my neck and spine over the next few months. Got where I was almost bedridden for a month.
Long story short... after getting a cat scan I was diagnosed with degenerative cervical spondylosis, bulging disc at c6, bone spurs, degenerative joints.
I get a lot of inflammaion off and on it my neck and use ice and aspirin. But what I noticed with flare ups, is my left index finger twitches, but only when I have ice on my neck.
So it might be helpful if your not sure to get a cat scan of your neck and try and get it corrected before it got as bad as mine did.
Left index finger started twitching/jumping ~2 weeks ago. Am a programmer as well - heavy keyboard use 8+ hrs/day. 35 yr old male. The elbow thing might have something to do with this coz I have bursitis in left elbow. But I have had that for a very long time. I have been keeping the finger splinted with middle finger so I can type, but has made no diff to twitch - as in when I release the splint it happens again. Am planning to see the dr, but judging from the responses here this isnt gonna help much so am hoping it will subside on its own...
Hi, I'm an 18-year-old female who has problems with the left-hand thumb and more recently index and middle fingers twitching... I do have some discomfort in my wrist and elbow as well, and I type a lot on the computer. A few months ago it was really bad, and my wrist, elbow, and ring and pinkie fingers were affected--a lot of discomfort in the elbow and wrist, and the fingers were experiencing tingling sensations (paraesthesia). I did google the latter of those symptoms, and it is due to ulnar nerve entrapment, i.e., the ulnar nerve which runs through the "funny bone" and down the wrist into the last two digits of the hand. This just means that the nerve was pinched or pressed underneath something else (I forget if it's a bone or another nerve). This can also be a number of syndromes, often minor. Here is the link in case anyone wants it; seems to be what most of you are talking about:
Not sure what to say about index, middle, and thumbs... Any ideas, anyone? I think there's a weird nerve on the palm of my hand between my index and thumb that causes discomfort and twitching if I'm carrying a bag and the handle slips onto that area... Don't know what that's from, either, but I guess it's another nerve.
Hope some of this information helps, and maybe someone will get a response...?
Alternatively medicine such as "Ayurveda" can provide real help.. the twitching is interruption in energy/electrical flow usually due to poor lifestyle and mixing of two or more things. Poor lifestyle such as going to bed past 10pm is a major long term cause for "Vata imbalance". The body detox's itself during 10pm-2am ... and by keeping awake you interrupt that detox process and add to imbalance. Excessive sex or hours watching porn also taxes the nervous system heavily. Stress that is unattended will compromise the nervous system - meditation and "pranayama" will help restore balance. Finally do not drink caffeinated when under stress! Under stress body produces cortisol and adrenaline and when that mixes with caffeine in many people with an already compromised nervous system, produces twitching and sometimes even tremors. As for a nervous disorder - only a neurologist can properly diagnose that ... and so what if you have that? We can choose natural death which is a release from an ill body that can no longer serve us.. the fear though that we feel is over having run out of time to repent for our past wrongs-sins.. so be good always, always .. and there'll be no regrets when its time to go .. because you'll have performed well here on Earth you've got nothing to fear with your "performance appraisal" on the other side
I too got paranoid after developing a twitch in my thumb and index finger last night, with the thought that I'd turn into Michael J Fox or something.... though I do feel like it could also have something to do with Coffee/Caffine, I know we all sit at a desk designing all day, but we also all bash the coffee as well, I've not drank any for two years now until yesterday afternoon, 1 hour later I started to get this twitch that now won't go away.
I am a healthy 41 year old woman (also into computers a lot - not programming though) I actually had an incident almost 6 years ago with a nerve compression in my neck (c-spine area)... it caused two of my fingers on my left hand and my tricep muscle to actually stop working for about 6 weeks. I saw a surgeon and was going to have surgery but started seeing a chiropractor. To make a long story short, the chiropractic care has kept me symptom free up until this past month. I just started noticing my left index finger moving on its own (it will start moving towards the thumb) I talked to my chiropractor thinking it was a nerve thing and it was related and she told me NO!!! She told me to see a Dr. as soon as possible that my symptom is usually a spinal cord issue. *sigh* I have an appointment coming up and I will keep you posted. Bottom line: For my chiropractor to tell me that after she's been treating me for the nerve symptoms is really scary. Just sayin. Hopefully, I read something good here or bring back good news.
I haven't read all the entries in this forum but a few seem relevant to my situation. My left hand ring finger has started twitching, no pain, just obnoxious. This winter I did a long bicycle trip (900 km) but nothing else out of the ordinary. Now I have just realized that at night I lean on my elbow reading before going to sleep for about an hour. I suppose this could be the cause of the twitching nerve.