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Last night about 2 am, my right index finger and thumb started twitching. I play a lot of video games. Today it's only my thumb twitching. What is it?

Last night about 2 am, my right index finger and thumb started twitching. I play a lot of video games. Today it's only my thumb twitching. What is it?

Probably excess game: When twitcihing in thumb, it might occur for a variety of reasons, including overuse of the muscle from playing video games or texting, nutritional deficiencies, video game modules and remotes, cell phones and other electronic gadgets require unnatural and constant use of the thumb, irritating the nerves that control the thumb muscles. Other causes might include neurological disorders, side effects from prescription drugs, anxiety or a chronic state of tension. ...Read more

Dr. Donald McCarren
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Muscle Twitching (Definition)

Muscle twitching is caused by minor muscle contractions in the area, or uncontrollable twitching of a muscle group that is served by a single motor nerve fiber. Muscle twitches are minor and often go unnoticed. Some are common and normal. Others are signs of ...Read more


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Please tell me, could a stroke cause thumb twitching?

Please tell me, could a stroke cause thumb twitching?

Yes: Strokes can cause partial or complete weakness and sensory loss. Reflexes are often increased which can cause thumb twitching. ...Read more

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Left thumb twitching. I have left trapesius and left rhomboid ache also. Any ideas?

Left thumb twitching. I have left trapesius and left rhomboid ache also. Any ideas?

Maybe spinal: Depending on neck pain, the cause may be from the cervical spine (neck). Possible local muscle strain, possible nerve dysfunction (likelihood in that order). ...Read more

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My left index finger and my thumb keep twitching. I've tried massaging my hand but it won't stop. I notice it more when my hand is at rest.

My left index finger and my thumb keep twitching. I've tried massaging my hand but it won't stop. I notice it more when my hand is at rest.

Muscle Twitch: May simply be a benign muscle tic, and probably is. However more information is needed for me to provide you more educated advice. You may wish to try a virtual consult.

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Twitching thumb, pain, now burning in fingers?

Twitching thumb, pain, now burning in fingers?

Carpal tunnel: Since common diagnoses are common, consider possible carpal tunnel syndrome. I have seen cramping and twitching in the hands with this diagnosis. Slightly less common is anxiety and hyperventilation, and brain disease like stroke or seizure is least common. ...Read more

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My hand (mostly my thumb and index finger) just started twitching randomly. This has been going on for an hour and I'm worried. What could it be?

My hand (mostly my thumb and index finger) just started twitching randomly. This has been going on for an hour and I'm worried. What could it be?

Twitching: Suspect you have pinched nerve in arm from resting it on chair or table. Review what you have been doing. Go to wikipedia and review nerve paths to your arm and review again what you have been dong. ...Read more

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Hi for over a week now my finger next to my thumb on my right hand keeps on twitching like a jerking movement like it tightens and spasms. Age 35?

Hi for over a week now my finger next to my thumb on my right hand keeps on twitching like a jerking movement like it tightens and spasms. Age 35?

Spasm: Many possible causes. If it's just that one finger, you may be developing a trigger finger which may be able to be cured or significantly helped by a properly placed steroid injection. If you are having spasms in other muscles in your body, other potential causes may be an electrolyte imbalance (potassium, calcium) or the onset of a neurological disorder, so see a doctor. ...Read more

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My thumbs and small fingers on both hands are twitching, my neuro induced fasciculations on both hands, recommended emg and now I am really scared. ALS?

My thumbs and small fingers on both hands are twitching, my neuro induced fasciculations on both hands, recommended emg and now I am really scared. ALS?

Many possibilities: There are a myriad of possibilities causing fasciculations, some of which are normal. Before assuming a diagnosis, it is better to be evaluated with the nerve conduction and needle exam (EMG) which can help localize the issue, if there is one. Some sort of imaging study (e.g. MRI) will also most likely be required for a full evaluation. ...Read more

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Mild neck pain, moderate wrist and arm pain, random twitching in thumb, pointer, middle, and ring fingers.?

Mild neck pain, moderate wrist and arm pain, random twitching in thumb, pointer, middle, and ring fingers.?

See a neurologist: You may have 2 problems not one. Check EMG-NCS for median nerve issue at the wrist and neck problem. Brachilal plexus pathology can do this but is quite uncommon. Focal seizures can cause random jerking of fingers but usually it does not re-occur in an isolated peripheral nerve distribution (thumb, index, middle finger and the inside 1/2 of the ring finger). EMG can be done if symptoms > 2 weeks. ...Read more

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I've had a pair full headache on left side since last Saturday with left eyelid twitching. Yesterday my thumb and pointer finger muscles pulled them in?

I've had a pair full headache on left side since last Saturday with left eyelid twitching. Yesterday my thumb and pointer finger muscles pulled them in?

Cut To The Chase: If you took simple measures to get rid of the headache, like Tylenol (acetaminophen) and/or Motrin, resting, avoiding stress and bright lights-- and you still have it, you'd best see a doctor. Especially if you've never had anything like this before, it came on suddenly, you've had a recent infection or head injury, but whatever, it's time to see someone about this headache. ...Read more

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Thumb and index finger will suddenly contract and move inwards towards my palm. Is this twitching, tremor or what? It happens after I use my hand

Thumb and index finger will suddenly contract and move inwards towards my palm. Is this twitching, tremor or what? It happens after I use my hand

Muscle cramp/spasm: A sudden cramp in your fingers can cause this If all your fingers do it it is called carpopedal spasm which can be due to a problem with calcium levels in your body. This is less likely when only 2 fingers are involved. Muscle spasms can happen if you don't do an activity much, then do it more than you you usually do. I get it when digging many holes for bulbs/plants in the fall/spring. But see MD ...Read more

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Fingers twitching specially left hand and thumb and index fingers, with pain, and the doctor said elbow compression, is twitching normal in elbow compression?

Fingers twitching specially left hand and thumb and index fingers, with pain, and the doctor said elbow compression, is twitching normal in elbow compression?

Carpal tunnel: It is due to excessive use like on computer/ tennis/ golf. Rest wrist brace and trial of avil. If no relief see a hand (orthopedic) specialist. ...Read more

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Right eyelid twitching along with the top of my right hand between my index finger and thumb.?

Right eyelid twitching along with the top of my right hand between my index finger and thumb.?

Impression: Regarding your eyelid, sounds like "myokymia", and regarding your hand, likely benign fasciculations. Seriously would doubt profound underlying neurological disease. ...Read more

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22/m going to see pcp in a week need ideas plz, left hand, leg feel a little weak, on & off, my thumb and index fingers as well, also have twitching?

22/m going to see pcp in a week need ideas plz, left hand, leg feel a little weak, on & off, my thumb and index fingers as well, also have twitching?

Pinched nerve?: Have your doctor check you for a pinched nerve n neck or back, another possibility would be amyotrophic lateral sclerosis which can cause weakness, numbness in extremities, and muscle twitching. Good luck! ...Read more

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Thumb/hand twitches ~2 days, today is 3rd day & feeling some pain when pressed on area below thumb & between thumb & 1st finger. What could it be?

Thumb/hand twitches ~2 days, today is 3rd day & feeling some pain when pressed on area below thumb & between thumb & 1st finger. What could it be?

Irritability: This type of irritability of a nerve or muscle may have been part of a sprain or overuse syndrome and often resolves without any specific treatment. See an orthopedic surgeon if symptoms persist. In the meantime avoid stressing the area. ...Read more

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I have a corn on my thumb and it seems that I am getting two more on other two fingers. ... What could be the reason for that and it's treatment?

I have a corn on my thumb and it seems that I am getting two more on other two fingers. ... What could be the reason for that and it's treatment?

Warts: Most likely a wart caused by a virus. The growth is hard and thickened above the skin. Can spread since it is caused by a virus. A corn is a callus on the foot caused by pressure points. Should see the doctor for the right diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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My right thumb twitches whenever I put any pressure on it like when I squeeze something with fingers or unscrew a cap. Should I be worried? Its been 5 d

My right thumb twitches whenever I put any pressure on it like when I squeeze something with fingers or unscrew a cap. Should I be worried? Its been 5 d

No: As long as it is isolated to one small part of your body, it is unlikely that fasciculations as you are describing is anything potentiallly serious. ...Read more

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I currently have a muscle twitch in my thumb and index finger, I am 26, I had two sets of blood work done and everything came back fine.

I currently have a muscle twitch in my thumb and index finger, I am 26, I had two sets of blood work done and everything came back fine.

Overuse: Myokimea describes the overuse of muscle which leads to these twitchings, and while that may be one solution, an EMG will be helpful to determine nerve and muscle responses to suggest if a disease is present. Be sure your magnesium, calcium, potassium are stable. ...Read more

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My thumbs and fingers twitch when they're bent in certain positions. Is this a cause for worry? They don't twitch any other time.

Spasms: This sounds like muscle spasms. Common causes are a relative dehydration or a vitamin deficiency. Consider drinking more water and adding a multivitamin daily. If it does not resolve then talk to your doctor about it. ...Read more

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Numbness and pain in thumb, index finger from spinal bruising. Recovery & treatment?

Numbness and pain in thumb, index finger from spinal bruising. Recovery & treatment?

Hard to say: For sure without knowing the extent of the injury and your medical conditions but if there is no functional deficit and it is just sensory I would say a reasonable chance for improvement. Psysio may help but what have your doctors told you? ...Read more

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Is ice an effective non-drug treatment for trigger finger alongside splint? How long to ice if it is? Thumb is swollen at joint.

Is ice an effective non-drug treatment for trigger finger alongside splint? How long to ice if it is? Thumb is swollen at joint.

Probably not: Because trigger finger is caused by chronic, not acute, inflammation. But trigger finger does not usually present with swelling. Ask your doctor if it could be something else. ...Read more

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I have a spasm in the webbing of my left hand between the thumb and index finger. Sometimes my thumb/index/middle finger will twitch. What could it be?

I have a spasm in the webbing of my left hand between the thumb and index finger. Sometimes my thumb/index/middle finger will twitch. What could it be?

Nerve pressure: Could be pressure on the nerves in the hand, or muscle spasms due to use or overuse. Try ice, massage. Try to determine what actions trigger it. ...Read more

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I have a spasm in the webbing of my left hand between the thumb and index finger. Sometimes my thumb/index/middle finger will twitch. What could it be?

I have a spasm in the webbing of my left hand between the thumb and index finger. Sometimes my thumb/index/middle finger will twitch. What could it be?

The most common: ...cause of symptoms like these is irritation of a nerve leading to the hand. This can be anything from carpal tunnel syndrome & median nerve irritation to a herniated disk in the neck. There are some neurologic disorders that could cause these symptoms. Anyway, if it persists, gets worse or new symptoms occur, you need to see a doctor. Dr. Anne. ...Read more

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Which is better: Naproxen or Voltaren (diclofenac) for trigger finger (thumb) treatment? Want least side effects but effective inflammation treatment.

Which is better: Naproxen or Voltaren (diclofenac) for trigger finger (thumb) treatment? Want least side effects but effective inflammation treatment.

Naproxen v Voltaren (diclofenac): That's like asking if Batman is better than Superman! Both Naproxen & Voltaren (diclofenac) are NSAIDs. For that matter, so is Ibuprofen. It's just that Naproxen & Ibuprofen are available w/o prescription in States whereas Voltaren (diclofenac) requires prescription. Because they're all NSAIDs, they function exactly the same. For each drug, risk & benefit varies depending upon dose. In the end, only you can decide which 4u ...Read more