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This my story from last year, sorry if its long this was first written 4-2004

about 30 months ago, I started noticing slight twitches in my fingers while on my computer. They were very infrequent at that time. I wasnt diagnosed with diabtes at that time for I dint go to the doctor. About a year later, as the twitches were more frequent I got on the net and started looking. I saw that my thisrt and frequent urination and twitches(neuropathy) were possible diabetes. I went to the doctor in 1-03 and I was correct. I caught it in early stages, for my sugars were like in the 200-300 range at that time. My md said the twitches would probably go away when the sugar went down. I went and got my feet checked, eyes checked, and I was still good on it all. With glucofage and amaryl after 3 months my sugars span was 6.9% with that hemoglobin test they do. I was under control. The twitches remained. Next 3 month visit, sugar was 6.5%, twitches still getting more frequent. That was 7-03, and my md couldnt explain why I had the twitches. He said I had no neuropathy and couldnt explain it. He sent me to a neurologist. The neurologist could not diagnose it. Said I seemed ok on all his physical checks on me as far as thepushing and pulling of me and walking and such. He said if I wanted further test, they would do it. I said ok. Thyroid checks ok. Potssium and calcium all ok. He then said I could have a mri brain scan. I had that last october and it was clear. Next was the emg(didnt realize what that meant). I went thru the whole thing with the needles all over. They said on that all was ok, allthough they did possibly see some borderline paraneurpathy. There diagnosis that my md translated to me was neuropathy. In 1-04 when I asked my md about it, he said I had no neuropathy so he didnt understand. In 5-04 sugars still ok, and diabetes under control. Twitches still progressing.
Twitches seem to be allover my body, but never above the neck. Mostly I feel them in my legs and arms, allthough I have felt them in my sides and shoulders too. They seem to move from place to place. Throught out the day and night. I cant say they are more frequent at any time. Somedays they will be in my left hand, and make my fingers wiggle alot. The next day it may go to my right hand. Somedays its a forearm that does it all day. When its in my fingers, thats when I get most concerned. The twitches never hurt. I have no muscle weakness. Sometimes after working out in the yard, I do feel a little more tired in my arms, but thats probably for getting old and goes away anyway. They never hurt. I never get any cramping. Its just over the last 30 months, they have progressed and still seem to be. They happen mostly when I am relaxed. If my finger is twitching, I can clinch a fist and override it. If my hand is on the mouse and it twitches I can tell it, and its nerve wracking, but it doesnt really stop me from doing anything. Sometimes if my arm and hand are extended holding a paper, it will shake some, but not always.

I have been to chiropracter/acupuncterer and he looked at my xrays and said he would treat me 3 times a week, but he couldnt say I had a problem to cause that stuff. I have taken vitamina,c, and d and multi vitamins. I dont drink or smoke. I have even tried excercising daily. I cant seem to do anything to stop this proression.

I can live my life fine with the way it is now, I just I am so worried it will continue to get worse until I look like muhamad ali shaking uncontrolably.

I am considering now going to a pschologist to see if it is a mental thing and stress is causing it. I also have been looking on the net about benignfasciculations. That sounds like what I have. Idon't know.

I would say that I worry alot about diabetes, but iworry alot more about these twtches. I can lose weight,eat right, or worse case take insulin one day for diabetes. These twitches though, I seem to have no control over and it worries me badly.

Update 5-05

what I know now.
1) b12. I have been eating all kinds of massive b12 for 8 months now. Md said b12 level was high. I have been eating about 10,000 mcg average a day in lozenges on straight methylcobalimin. I dont think its b12.
2) md said calcium,potassium, and the thyroid were ok.
3) neurologist after doing brain scan and the needles all over me said it just showed a slight amount of neuropathy sporadically and it must be attributed to to diabetes, which the endocrinilogist said it couldnt be since I was in great control of diabtes and shouldnt even be seeing a specialist.
4) endocronoligst said all my symptoms had nothing to do with diabetes after my md referred me to him.

Bfs I am wondering? I dunno. All I do know it is still getting worse. I will have a week once in a while where the twitches seem around 80-90% gone, then the next week, like now, they are back worse than ever. At the moment its in my different fingers . They sometimes get sorta stiffish or curled from the twitches now and I seem to have less control of whichever finger is twitching. I still get twitches allover too from my lower legs to my chest. I am outta answers and dont even know where to go now, except maybe here. I am really betting on bfs, but since this keeps getting worse, I am wondering where that would end if it was it. My fingers actually feel kinda like carpal tunnel slightly, but since I get twitches allover, I know it isnt that, but that is how I kinda describe tem .Please any more ideas?,,,,7
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replied April 20th, 2009
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I feel exactly the same way. It's been going on for about five months now. I've had diabetes for 5 years, but I'm 21. I get twitches in my right hand for my thumb and my hand shakes a little too much for my own comfort. I can't write very well and I cramp up when I cut my food with a knife. No doctors can find something wrong with me and it only occurs on and off. I'd like to hear an update from what's happened in the last few years. I should probably go to a neurologist but Im beginning to believe it's a pinched nerve or general neuropathy or overuse. I am stopping using my right and only using my left hand now.
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replied October 24th, 2012
Twitching Parts Of The Body
I had the same problem few years back with the twitching in different parts of my body.I've tried all sorts of things until someone told me that I was possessed!!! I was laughing when I he told me, it's absurd me possessed?
Few months later the twitching was getting stronger again the doctors couldn't find what was wrong with me and told me that it's just the stress, I told them I was NOT stressed... useless doctors. Then I started thinking about what my friend has told me about being possessed and all the rest of it. I went on on youtube and typed in Exorcism which was a bit scary,I've seen that sort of staff in the movies but this was for real. then I thought to my self they're people just like me, what's so special about me?
The next day I went to my local church to speak to someone. Then I saw a priest told him about everything and I mentioned exorcism as a treatment only to tell me that they don't do it. That was a bit discouraging. When I was doing my research about the best way to get the exorcism done my only way is to get in touch with the nearest mosque and speak to the (Imam) meaning the (Leader)I did just that and told him about the story. Then the Imam started asking me other questions related to my condition answered all the questions and confirmed that I was possessed by evil spirits and the only treatment is exorcism. I told him that I'm a Christian that wasn't a problem at all. The Imam then invited me to start the first session of exorcism as he started reciting few verses of the Holy Quran the twiching was extremely strong and only getting stronger then it ever was before I started freaking out big time he cried on reciting after few minutes something was talking it wasn't me but my body is used for that it's really weird
I couldn't control my body at that moment but after a little while a regained control and I was told by the Imam that the (jinns) or bad spirits that was inside me have left my body. I couldn't help the way I was feeling after that basically I was free and the twitching was finely gone thank God for that. That's what was wrong with me all of those years and no wonder the doctors couldn't see what was wrong, It wasn't a physical illness as such but more of a spiritual one. There is your answer for the twitching
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replied May 1st, 2009
same thing
I have similar symptoms...my fingers twitch the most, but it is also arms, legs. I am pre-diabetic, overweight and have anxiety. Wonder if there is a sugar related cause here...the twitches are very manageable right now, but fear it getting worse.
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replied May 1st, 2009
Treatment
I've laid off my hand, it still hurts a little but I think it's overuse and general weakness. Two things help: Alcohol (Not a Good Long-Term Fix) and Lorazepam, an anxiety reducer. My hand feels perfect when I take Lorazepam. I would suggest it, but it's also addictive.
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replied May 19th, 2009
Same here
I am 15years old and for the last 6 or 7 months my right index figer has twitched everyday on and off. Somedays have been better than others but the last two weeks it hasnt taken a break. Sometimes my big toe on my right foot twitches to, not all of the time like my finger but enough to scare me because I can not even move my toe the way it twitches. Ive had a MRI on my brain, came back fine and a EMG on my finger which also came back fine. Im still scared though because my school teacher and friends have talked about the show where Michael J fox said he woke up one day with a twitching finger and he was currently diagnosed with parkinsons disease. His whole body now shakes and he can not control it. I am scared that this is what is wrong with me.
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replied September 9th, 2009
My sister has a similar story as well. her left hand fingers have started twitching constently for the past two weeks now.The MRI has come back fine we are going to do more brain test on her. She is only 18 years old. None of the doctors know whats going on.
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replied September 23rd, 2009
Understood!
I am totally goin through the same thing right now and am sure I have type 2 diabetes. I go in for my tests in a couple of weeks. But all of this fear based anxiety I am feeling is contibuting to the problem. When I wak up in the morning I think about it therefore the twitching begins. I really think it's a psychological issue because when I got the referral to the neuorologist I was not onyl twitching but in serious pain. After the neuro said I was fine and needed a glucose test the pain subsided and I felt fine. Mind over matter is what I presume. I quote over and over again to myself "The victory is mine, the battle is the Lord's" and I keep claiming the absence of fear in my life as I don't want fear to take me out!
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replied September 30th, 2009
Muscle twitches
It's an odd one - I've had random twitches in my fingers and thumb for ages but only very rarely. Recently I've had them for hours at a time and they don't hurt, it's just weird and irritating and potentially scary. I've been told it could be repetitive strain injury, and I guess I should go to the doctors but I feel like they won't do much.
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replied January 1st, 2010
Finger twitching
I am having the same problem it started in my middel finger and now is in my ring finger and pinky finger. I went to the neuro doc and he has no idea he is checking my sugar Monday and also thyroid. But my sugar has been fine this happens if if I hold my hand out but not at rest and he has told me it does not look like parkinsons. But it is freaking me out somtimes I'll drop stuff I do have bad anxiety also and will look into that next
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replied January 18th, 2010
Yeah, I know what you mean. I have that problem with my fingers. I've found that squeezing a rubber or foam ball for 10-20 reps relieves the situation. I got it from using the pad on my computer too much.
Best!
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replied February 16th, 2010
WoW, I am thankful I found this post and replies. you know, I was just laying down one night, and my toes began to twitch, very strange. Then over time, it started in my middle finger on my left hand. Not any of the others ones, yet. So it's toes and fingers. I am 5'10 inches, 290 lbs, but just started dieting and exercising, and male of 43. I have type 2 diabetes and use the computer 8 hours a day. And the computer key board is too high for my height level from where I sit. When I am out side a lot walking around I first thought the toe twitching was from being too heavy on my feet and ankles because my ankles would hurt. Then I was feeling that the finger twitching was from using the computer too much and the keyboard being too high for me. Maybe it is. I have not went to a Dr. yet for these specific problems. I have feet test ever few months at my regular family Dr and Endocrinologist and no neuropothy has been detected. And as for eyes, there is some minor farsightedness from the sugerlevels being so high, but the latest eye appt detect NO neuropothy either. I hope by losing 100 lbs and getting a new computer stand and maybe spending less time on it this will maybe take care of it. Oh yea, and praying about. Thanks. Carl
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replied February 25th, 2010
I have developed the same symptoms over the past two weeks mostly in my fingers...I do not have diabetes but did start taking alot of B12 prior to this starting. I also work on a computer all day and have a new Magic Mouse that came with my new Mac. This mouse is quite a bit different from the ones I have used in the past...also, from these posts, just noticed as well that my keyboard was not in the correct position and therefore I may have been straining since these symptoms do seem to coincide with the arrival of the new computer...could be that or the B12?...also always battling high anxiety, but no worse than usual....Janice
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replied March 4th, 2010
Finger Twitches
Im actually really glad to hear all these replys because for the past 1-2 months now ive had twitches in my left middle finger that is just driving me up the wall. It twitches all the time, some times giving me a break. I just had my B12 checked and it was fine, so im pretty sure its not that. At work, im on the computer all the time and type all the time. My keyboard stand is where it should be and has been like this for about three years and if it was that, wouldnt you think it would have come sooner. But who knows, everyone is different. I think out all the replys that ive seen, the main thing that everyone has in common is the anxiety thing. I have it as well. And ive noticed in the past 4-6 months, mine has just gotten worse, my stress has which causes my anxiety. So to me thats what i think is the cause but i definatly want to make sure that i go and talk to my doctor about it. Also, i havent seen any twitches in the face. Ill get some twitches on the left side of my face that will last for like 10 seconds long but it only ever happens like in a great while. I didnt know if anyone else has gotten that. I have gotten leg twitches from time to time but rare, and some foot twitches again thats rare too, the only thing i get all the time is just that one damn finger that twitches all the time. People laugh when i show them that cause its so funny looking, its like my finger has a mind of its own. But anyways, im 25 years old and a female and was recently diagnosed with Crohns Disease and i dont know if that would have anything to do with it, and i started the meds after the twitching started, so i know its not the meds that are doing that. But again as i said, i need to get it checked by my doctor. Hopefully he can tell me something.
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replied July 14th, 2010
I've had twitches like this in every part of my body since the first time I was around 12 in the hospital with a broken arm after an operation in the broken arm under my bandage and scared the heck out of me.I've always been a bit of a stressed out guy growing up to this day but do find relax time like anybody else.Had a twitch in my left eye for over 2 weeks and one day it was gone I think after getting a couple nights better sleep and less pc.But now its moved to my middle finger but not constant like it has.It seems for me it has to be somewhere as if something was moving around in my brain causing it.Doubt that.Another thing is if my left middle finger or other part is twitching it sometimes goes to the opposite same spot of my body like my right middle finger.I think It's mainly anxiety for me and or a combination of little things like sugar balance changes and such.I'm 38 now.
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replied July 26th, 2010
Twitching in my right pinky finger started yesterday. It continues at night time when my hand is relaxed. I just started taking 5 hr energy drinks 5 weeks ago(once a week). I noticed the B-12 Vitamin in this drink is 8,000% the daily necessary value. I also have high nervousness for my entire life. I will also check for sugar diabetes since both of my garandfathers have this disease. This thread is now over 5 years old and I've noticed common causes and effects(excessive B-12, high anxiety, diabetes/ uncontrollable twitching of body parts, worsens as time goes on and that doctors know nothing of this problem). It appears that nobody has found a cure or the main cause of this problem and extensive research needs to be done in order to prevent more of these twitching cases and stop or limit current ones.
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replied May 12th, 2011
Wow! I am 46 years old female(S/W Engr working on computer at least 8 hrs a day), going thru same boat as you all. But not seen my B12 levels (I am daibetic for last 12 years) any time in my blod work. Again I believe STRESS is the root cause (IMO). Since 2008 I am going thru stressful life and right thumb, thighs shakes a lot (quite recently) and today it was worse and looking for answers on the web. Lucky, I found this chain..I have been dignosed some issue with my nerves (NOT related to diabetes as it is controlled thru Avandamet; I some times suspect the medication side effect may be?) thru EMG (Electro Maganetic Test) test by passing current thru various nerves. I am not ready for surgery either!

For all of you I can advise onething will resolve or lessen your stress ( I exercised my self) is any breathing techniques. The most effectinve and easy to practice everyday atleast 5-10 minutes morning & evening. Try practice see the result...
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replied August 3rd, 2010
Little finger shock
Hi i am 35 and started going to the gym after 10 yrs. I have been working out for the past 6 months, very recently my little finger on the right foot feels like passing current. It becomes even more sensitive when i walk barefoot. please advice. I also sometimes have neck/shoulder pain.
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replied October 17th, 2010
My right fingers twitches and then spreaded to my left fingers.
i had twitching on my right index and middle fingers right in the middle of a meeting. Luckily for me, i can write using my left hand. So i hid my right hand under my thigh to stop the twitching. It stopped and then continued on and off for the next 5 hours. I went to see a GP the following day and was prescribed an analgesic - Ibuprofen for the next 10 days. Last night, the twitching has got worse;my left fingers were twitching as well and it was uncontrollable. It is not painful but it feels like an electrical shock coming through- quite inconvenient when i was out socialising with friends.
If things dont improve, i will have to return to GP for more investigation and more tests. I hope it is not related to Carpal Tunnel syndrome or an onset of Parkinson's disease.
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replied November 8th, 2010
Re: Little finger shock
shalabh wrote:
Hi i am 35 and started going to the gym after 10 yrs. I have been working out for the past 6 months, very recently my little finger on the right foot feels like passing current. It becomes even more sensitive when i walk barefoot. please advice. I also sometimes have neck/shoulder pain.


My story is almost the same. I've hardly worked out until eight months ago. After daily excercise (mostly jogging) for six months, I started having finger twitching (like you describe, passing current) on my thumb and pointer finger. I also happen to start having fasciculations all over (although recently they subsided). As for fasciculations, I wonder if they have to do with my rigourous excerise for the last eight months. As for finger twitching, can use of keyboard overtime cause this?

How are you doing now? If you have something you found that can ease our mind, please share.
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replied November 8th, 2010
I want to hear from anybody who've had twitches. How are you guys doing now? I'd really like to know.
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replied December 6th, 2011
left middle finger twitch
Iam 48 female and have been having my left middle and finger twitching for the past 2mos. I was so glad to find this site and read all of the different experiences. I have low blood sugar and have had for years. I have also had major stress in my life for the last 8 to 9 mos. Stress can cause things to our bodies that Dr.s may never relate to the cause. We have all heard that. I have also had anxiety due to the stress I really believe that stress could be a major factor and seems to be talked about in alot of the responses on here. Anyway Im glad I checked in here. Best of luck to all.
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replied December 6th, 2011
left middle finger twitch
Iam 48 female and have been having my left middle and finger twitching for the past 2mos. I was so glad to find this site and read all of the different experiences. I have low blood sugar and have had for years. I have also had major stress in my life for the last 8 to 9 mos. Stress can cause things to our bodies that Dr.s may never relate to the cause. We have all heard that. I have also had anxiety due to the stress I really believe that stress could be a major factor and seems to be talked about in alot of the responses on here. Anyway Im glad I checked in here. Best of luck to all.
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replied November 12th, 2010
In the car i went down to reach something and went to far and really pulled my left shoulder or neck, like the nerves. day or two later feels like Right hand pulse is stronger and more visible, cause some finger twitching in my right hand, particularly R pointer and thumb and on outside of hand between the two. Lots of stress too , possibly from using the mouse? No pain really, but it sucks
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