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Can nerve pain med help post op pain for digit widget when there's ulnar nerve damage, claw hand, crps?

Can nerve pain med help post op pain for digit widget when there's ulnar nerve damage, claw hand, crps?

It can: Neuropathic pain is notoriously difficult to treat. Treatment involves many different aspects such as medications, nerve block injections, therapy, even surgery. While medication can have a good effect, it is typically not used alone. Crps itself usually requires a significant and multi-disciplinary treatment plan, and it is best treated aggressively and quickly/early! ...Read more

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20 yr old female w/ MS. sudden onset intense tingling, temporary paralysis and claw position of hands. MD told me acidosis. concur??

20 yr old female w/ MS. sudden onset intense tingling, temporary paralysis and claw position of hands. MD told me acidosis. concur??

?alkalosis?: Sounds to me more like the opposite of acidosis, a condition called alkalosis. This is caused by breathing too fast, usually when upset/anxious. It's whyyou breath into a paper bag when you're breathing too fast - because this exactly can happen, and it's because you are blowing off too much acid too fast and become alkalotic. Your symptoms are classic. If happens again, breath into paper bag. ...Read more

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20 yr old female w/ MS. sudden onset intense tingling, temporary paralysis and claw position of hands. not breathing abnormally and was very calm?

20 yr old female w/ MS. sudden onset intense tingling, temporary paralysis and claw position of hands. not breathing abnormally and was very calm?

Thots: Might want to check ionized Calcium levels, but also consider whether you are experiencing relapse, or even MS brief seizure-like spells. Note you are taking IVIG and FFP besides Rebif, and wonder if you would do far better with a more potent single medication such as Gilenya, Tysabri, (natalizumab) or Lemtrada. Talk to your neurologist about all of this, as my opinion is based on data provided only. ...Read more

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A few years ago went to emerg with resp of 40 heart rate 90 and carpopedal spasm, my hands were clawed inward and couldn't move arms. Stroke? Mi?

A few years ago went to emerg with resp of 40 heart rate 90 and carpopedal spasm, my hands were clawed inward and couldn't move arms. Stroke? Mi?

Not necessarily...: Carpopedal spasm could have happened as a result of acute loss of co2, when you were hyperventilating for some reason; especially if your muscles were sensitized (genetically, or chemically/pharmacologically) a reversible "mini stroke" is a possible diagnosis, but it has to be supported by other findings. Heart rate of 90 is not diagnostic at all. Absolutely not enough evidence to label it an mi. ...Read more

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Should I get my hand checked out for my cat claw punture?

Should I get my hand checked out for my cat claw punture?

Yes: Cabis ratchets are serious and need to be treated quickly. Get to your doc soon! you will most likely need abx treatment. ...Read more

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My hands were swollen and could not be moved one day after being bitten and clawed by cat. Is it rabies? How to help first?

My hands were swollen and could not be moved one day after being bitten and clawed by cat. Is it rabies? How to help first?

Infection: The bites of a cat can inject multiple organisms like pasturella, strep, staph & others which can set up an infection rather quickly. Rabies could be passed at the same time but domestic cats are rare vectors (you can call the local health department to see if any rabies is in the area)cat scratch takes days to weeks to become symptomatic. See the doc soon.Delay can lead to surgical clean out. ...Read more

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What causes both hands to draw up in a claw and can't move fingers? Is it from my cervical disc herniations?

What causes both hands to draw up in a claw and can't move fingers? Is it from my cervical disc herniations?

Various causes of: such type of acute cramping. May be due to electrolyte deficiencies/imbalance. Eg. not enough potassium. Some blood pressure meds can cause decrease in potassium. See your PCP. Also dehydration can cause this as well, & over use of certain muscle groups (like your wrist flexors can cause this). A cervical problem can also be considered, if this is suggested based on exam, then see spine specialist ...Read more