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Old 05-23-2007, 02:13 PM
Gimpy Gimpy is offline
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Default Does anyone have hand tremors associated with cervical nerve damage?

I'm trying to sort things out and was wondering if anyone else had these tremors? I already have an appt with a movement disorder specialist to see exactly what this is.

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Old 05-23-2007, 02:26 PM
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Linda,

I was having hand tremors from the cervical spine before my fusion and was having some problems again, but was given four steroid shots into my right shoulder area and two into the left and it seems to have calmed things down...I think they hit the nerve with steorids that comes down from the neck into the arm. My surgeon was not very happy about this for some reason. He got very red in the face when I told him my hand surgeon did this...but it worked for me...They thought at first it was carpel tunnel, but that proved negative in the right hand and then thought maybe it was cubital tunnel, but that was negative as well. Since the steroid shots things have calmed down a bit...The numbness in the fingers and termors and dropping things has stopped....for whatever reason...I will take the results I have gotten from the steroids for now...I also had hand surgery on the right hand and that has helped a bit.
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Old 05-23-2007, 02:49 PM
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((((((Linda)))))),

HMMM

Never even thought of that. My hands are shaky sometimes. I've never thought about what's causing it. Probably didn't really want to know

My neck is shot to heck. But, I also have MGUS -- a blood condition (possible precursor to multiple myeloma) which causes about 25%-30% of the people affected with it to get hand-and-glove neuropathy. My feet, my hands, my forearms and my lower legs are "futzy".

I would expect that anything that affects your nerves long enough to cause damage would affect your motor control.

I can't wait for the 'cure' that's coming to repair nerve damage. Believe or not, I think all this research that they're doing to grow hair on mice (and men ) will eventually be used in some way to repair or regrow nerves.

I'd be interested to see how many more of us are also shaky.

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Barb
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Old 05-23-2007, 03:21 PM
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Linda, sorry to hear you are having these tremors. I know that I don't have as much control over my hands and until this post hadn't really thought about it as tremors but that is what they are. I have a loss of strength and tremors that make it hard to be on the computer. I hope your visit to the specialist helps determine the cause of your tremors.
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Old 05-23-2007, 03:41 PM
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Linda,

I had them for quite awhile after this second fusion and the came on suddenly. Well, what I mean is, they came on about 3 months AFTER the fusion. To make a long story short, I went to four doctors to get this figured out. All four told me it was probably just due to disuse because of restrictions. But I did get a steroid shot in my shoulder. Then my NS told me I was fused and to "get out there and plant flowers!" I thought he was crazy! For two weeks I did a little more each day in the yard and it HURT and I trembled the whole time! BUT...now I have my strength back and the tremors are gone.

For awhile there I thought they were ALL wrong and it was quite weird and fun to watch my right thumb just move on its own all the time. Plus have twitches and nervousness or jumpiness in both arms. But it is gone now.

Anyway, that is just my story. Your situation could be caused by something totally different. But mine was, evidently, just from having restrictions for so long.
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Old 05-23-2007, 06:48 PM
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Definitely yes, Linda!
Before surgery I had finger tremors in my left hand. After surgery my whole left hand trembled. I listened to the good advice of a friend (Frost) who suggested that doing something precise with your hands (like working on models) was important during recovery. Although I didn't build any models, I did exercise my fingers and hands every day.....while I was sitting watching TV or even while I was walking. The trembling was mostly gone by 3rd week after surgery. Sometimes in the morning after my shower my hands are clumsy again, but throughout the day they get better and its certainly no where close to what I had immediately after surgery. Wish all my symptoms were gone that quickly!
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Old 05-23-2007, 10:22 PM
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Yes....me too. I have a really messed up cervical spine and get tremors in my right hand. They come and go and always worse when I put my hand out in front of me. Sometimes the tremors hang around for days and other times it's just hours at a time. I have no idea what level or activity causes these tremors. I've never had any surgery. I know they were worse a few years ago when my Dad was dying and I was really stressed. I do think my stress level affects the tremor level. It's a very irritating symptom that I cuss at when it happens.
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Old 05-24-2007, 09:09 PM
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I definitely have hand tremors due to my cervical spine. I still have a herniated disc at C5. The pinky and ring finger on my left hand are weak and shake if I try to pick things up. I drop things alot. I have been putting off getting it fused for almost 3 years.

All of your nerves exit from your spinal cord so it makes sense that you could be having tremors related to your C spine.
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Old 05-24-2007, 09:31 PM
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I didn't expect so many replies of the same! Interesting. It does make me feel better about "maybe" it's something other than Parkinsons or Essential Tremor.

I was at the pain dr. today and due to the long wait was in an explosive flare up by the time he saw me. I'm almost glad that it took that long and he could see what I was talking about over the last few months. Not that it's going to change what we're doing right now, but at least he now knows just how bad it really is. I could hardly breath and had to lay down, I was almost hysterical with tears. The pain was from the base of my neck all the way to my lower back. Any thing that could hurt, did.

I also told her of something that happened yesterday that made me think maybe this is my neck again or still, either way. I eating and a piece of food got stuck in throat. Not choking. It was just like my esophagus froze and I could not make it swallow and started to panic after about 20 seconds. I could not swallow. I could not make myself swallow, it was a horrible feeling. Not gaging down the wrong pipe, just not working. I started panicking and hitting the counter to get my daughters attention, poor kid I thought I was going to have to take care of her afterwards. Obviously it finally released and I was able to swallow. I have also been having trouble swallowing pills.

So on top of the hand tremors, I'm have swallowing problems. Which can also be Parkinsons related. I don't know how they tell them apart. But the dr. asked when was the last time I had a neck x-ray and it's been since August. I have stenosis all the way through and cord compression at C3/4 I believe and of course, the wonder arthritis everywhere. On Tuesday we are doing all the injections again and see if that helps the other pains.

For the first time, I asked him to do my neck. All this time I've said nobody can touch my neck, he looked surprised when I brought it up.

That's where I stand, in shaking ground to say the least.

Linda
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Old 05-24-2007, 11:24 PM
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((((((Linda)))))),

I know from experience when my neck pain gets real bad, it affects everything else -- it's sort of like you're trying to back away from the pain so you start positioning your body 'weird' and then everything else starts hurting.

I hate the needles in my neck. They've finally figured out, they better give me an IV before they start and put something in there to prevent me from passing out, otherwise, they're going to be scraping me off the floor

The first time I had it done, I said "I'm laying down NOW", I almost laid down on the sterile field on the bed right smack on top of all the instruments. Never saw a roomful of people move so fast.

I just had one done a few weeks ago. I did still get wobbly, but I didn't pass out. It knocked the pain back quite a bit too -- I was getting really bad pain in my neck, all the way down my arm, into my hand and fingers. I still have to wear my 'flea collar' when I sleep and when I ride in a motor vehicle 'cause my neck's not stable. But, I do feel much better

I hope you get good relief from all this pain you're having.

I'll be glad when the researchers find ways of really preventing or stopping pain and fixing the things that cause pain. They've come a long way since I was born -- but still, not fast enough.

Healing hugs.

Barb
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