SRS Hand Problem -- Freaking me out

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  1. JustJeff

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    Okay, I always joke around that I'm going to have carpel tunnel and not be able to feel my hands by the time I'm 21... and... wel... I think I might be seeing the first stages of that.

    And just so you know... I've been playing video games for about 9 years and a little bit of guitar for the last 2 months. A lot of strain on your hands >.<

    I woke up this morning to my roommate who was packing up cause he is now on his way home (Lucky bastard! I got 3 more finals to do :( ) Anywho, I tried to grab the sheets with my left hand and roll over, but i couldn't fully close my hand. It felt dead... like there was no feeling in it. This isn't the first time it's happened.... I've slept on my arm a few times badly and the feeling would go away and it'd be numb. So I wasn't worried.


    PS: I didn't know if this was supposed to go here, but this is the forum I find gets the most help... and I just think it will benefit me the most here. If there's another subforum that's better for this, willa n admin please move it? Thanks <3



    However, this time it's different. I'll try to explain this the best i can.

    I cannot really feel both my middle finger and my index finger. I can move it a little bit, but I can't force it closed into a fist. Though, I can push it into a fist and keep it there.

    Here's the freaky part: When i Try to open my fist, my index finger lags behind cause I can't really move it. Then all of a sudden, it "Pops" it's way open. It's such a weird feeling, and the best way for me to describe it is "Pops." The just jumps... I wish I could take a picture and show you, but I can't :(


    Do you know what this might be? I really hope it was just me sleeping on my arm again... though I think it might be a little more serious now. Any suggestions on what to do?
     
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    you think you're going to get sound advice from a web forum?

    doesn't your campus have a clinic? Go!
     
  3. JustJeff

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    The campus clinic is known for diagnosing stupid things to patients...

    I can get examples for you at another time, but I really don't think it would be worth it.

    My friend broke a bone in his hand trying to punch a board. He was better off waiting 2 weeks until he went home to get it looked at than going to the clinic on campus and having them look at it. They would of diagnosed him with a rare bone cancer that only attacked his hand.
     
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    Our college newspaper had comic strips making fun of our campus doctor's office. It joked that they would only diagnose you with mono or being pregnant. lol.
     
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    Go see a doctor. If the doctor can't diagnose you, I would request a brain and (upper) spine MRI. These are incredibly rare, but your symptoms are symptoms of these types of tumors... ependymomas. Two months ago, I was diagnosed with an ependy in my lower back. It was about 8 inches long. Before I got an MRI, the doctors told me it was probably just sciatica or a slipped disk causing me pain and causing me to lose mobility and strength. I would get it checked out fast. Maybe you have other symptoms... an X-ray might indicate something else...

    But these tumors are hell.
     
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    My campus clinic told me to lose weight when i went to see them about my loss of mobility. I am 5'3" and 126 lbs. It was an absurd suggestion.
     
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    could be a deficit with the radial nerve or median nerve

    no way to really tell from on-line (as everyone said)

    go see a doctor or a therapist
     
  8. JustJeff

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    When I get back to Long Island, I'm going to talk to my father about it (he's a pharmacist) and see if I can get an appointment to see a physician/doctor. Hopefully that will help >.<

    Maybe he won't say no because our health insurance probably doesn't cover any of it... (Yay Wal-Mart!)
     
  9. Carrots

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    I used to have a condition called "trigger finger" that sounds a lot like what you;re experiencing. The popping sensation is really, really :ugh: at first.

    The tendons that you use to move your fingers run through these tight sheaths inside your fingers. If one of the sheath gets irritated, it will swell up slightly, and that makes it harder for the tendon to get through. If it's swollen enough, when you try to straighten your finger, it will get stuck in a bent position (as if you were pulling a trigger) for a moment and then as you keep trying to straighten it, it will pop through the tight spot (ouch!) and act all normal until you close your hand again.

    Usually, its older people who get this, and on only one finger, but I had it on three or four when I was really young. If it's trigger finger, you should be able to grab your index finger with your other hand and bend it and straighten it without any problem. The popping only happens when you try to move your finger itself.

    The doctor had me fix the problem that was causing the inflammation in the first place (not wearing gloves when working) and take anti-inflammatories to cut into the vicious cycle of tendons re-irritating themselves. If you can't get to the doctor right away you might try doing the same: take anti-inflammatories and cut back on anything that could be stressing your hands. Wouldn't hurt to try.
     
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    Eh, but it's Winter break! I started playing guitar and I have to show off my skills >.<

    But I noticed last night that my entire forearm is completely "tightened." Like, if you rub my right forearm, it's soft and cushy, but when you rub my left forearm, it's like somebody pulled a bunch of layers of string tight as possible and you are pressing down on that... :/

    I'll look into the anti-inflammatories and see if it's POSSIBLE for me to stop playing guitar for a bit. I don't think it's gonna happen >.<
     
  11. Darketernal

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    You basically have a repetitive stress injury. Basically take this to a bigger stretch, lets say you work 24 hours, you really want to goto bed, you wake up because the house is on fire, after a dreadfull night all the ods are against you and you have to work another 24 hours, your entire body refuses to move, it goes out like a candle and you fall asleep. What does this learn us? It learns us we have a body LIMIT!. You have been doing the same, raping your arm and overusing it without giving it a decent rest. Making it force you to stop. Basically, give your arm rest. Visit a fysiotherapist, and let that person massage your arm, after you tell about the strains you have in your hand. They will give you specialist advice on how to deal with it.
     

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