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Pulsating Fingers

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • June 20, 2007
  • 03:25 PM

The new thing: I can feel the pulse in my fingers (from 2nd joint to tips) when I hold them or rest them on a surface.

I have had pain starting in my thumb progressing to all fingers but my pinkies. The pain is in my fingers above the knuckle joints going to the tip. It hurts all the way up, not just in the 2 outer joints of the fingers. My hands are also numb. They are not red. Slightly swollen. Gout ruled out (visual inspection only).

Pretty sure I also have a UTI right now if this is of consequence. When I called my Dr., they said I did not need to come in, but they are sending me for a urinalysis and am supposed to take Cipro when results are in. At least they are trying to help me...but....is it helping me?

Also strange pain on my Right Iliac Crest (hip bone), bad at the moment. Yep, and bad pain in my right flank (last xray showed I had 2 stones).

I just called them back and left a msg, asking them to also run some bloodwork...why not?...since I have to go pee in the cup anyway....I'll be at the lab.

Suggestions? If I get a hold of that lab slip....I'll just go wild and order a bunch of things. Why not? I pretty much just diagnosed myself FOR THEM!!!

But despite my sarcastic, annoyed attitude....what is really going on with my fingers? They are getting worse. Should I just get a ***n uric acid test run? Maybe it is gout. I have been trying to eat cherries.....just in case.

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  • I like to believe that it is a toxic overload.I worked on a detox diet and drank lots of water and herbal teas like dandelion root. I had pulsation all over my thights and fingers- sometimes it got so bad I could see it shaking my flesh through my pajama pants.The fingers where bad for a while, I could not even use the keyboard.I guess it means that your body is overproducing toxins in order to fight off invaders- so the toxins accumulate in joints and tissue.The detox diet is hard- but it helped me a lot. Also Dead sea salt bath, clay bath, either one with white vinegar helps a lot. Also baking soda baths...hmmm.You can also drink or take apple cider vinegar tablets.Best.ps: you might not have a UTI- just the body is acting as if there was one. it is like an inflammatory response that does not want to stop. coconut water and boiled chayote squash and its cooking water are very cooling for the urinary track.
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  • Could it be high blood pressure? I know that sometimes when I run alot and my pulse is high from the exercise, my hands will pulse. Not sure, I would say "see a doctor" but he will probably diagnose you with fibromyalgia.
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  • I forgot to mentioned that I had an extensive urine and blood health panel when this occurred to me. There was no explanation. My doctor said that I was reacting violently to something. After a week on the detox diet- my doctor said that I was "getting better". She tought that my diet choice was just a sign of poor appetite and my body had decided to change its protocol and heal because that is what happens everytime (????). Yes- she dismissed all my efforts to get better, but I feel like I pushed out the toxins.
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  • Forgot to add: breast pain on left side. Mainly toward the chest wall and under the arm. Hurts worse when "examined". Mammogram and ultrasound is negative. After the probing with the ultrasound wand, it seems like the area under my arm/side of breast is geting slightly more solid. No lumps were detected.The $600,000 radiologist told me not to drink a lot of caffeine. I dont' drink more than 6 oz. of coffee and nothing else but water and occasional OJ, cran. and pomegranite juice. Oh....the occasional Fresca.
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  • Sounds like high blood pressure. Temporarily induced by what? not sure. - fuild retention? I had an unknown-food allergy make my arms swell once, and it was similar to what you describe.
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  • I am certain I am filled with toxins and have allergies, too. Lo and Behold: My blood pressure was up. Went to get my B12 shot and BP was 138/95ish (not certain of bottom #). Pulse 76. I am in a bit of pain, don't really feel good. Slight fever, so maybe that could explain the elevation in BP. Less pain in my iliac crest and in flank than this morning. So weird, this evening, I could even feel it when standing still, feet on the ground. Kind of like when you are on a bridge and a truck drives by and you feel the bridge kind of bouncing. Even after getting a bit of the run around today, the next appt available was July 11th. My physical was sched. for the 16th, so I will just go in then. I will have MRI and a nerve conduction study next week. I am to go in for the urinalysis and bloodwork at a lab, and they will call me with the results and scrip info because they are too busy to see me. I pick a new practice to avoid this kind of thing and the Dr. herself ends up on leave due to Breast Cancer. Then, another Doc starts his own practice. All that is left is one part-time Doc, nurse and PA. Go figure. I guess I know everyone will say: GET a NEW DOC! I feel so much better going in with the information I have learned from everyone here. My sincerest thanks to everyone who has replied to my threads.
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  • I am sitting here in bed and started to feel a lump in my throat. I figured I was thirsty b/c I ate a salty dinner. My throat is dry, but I still feel a little "thick" when swallowing. I noticed that my face is flushed: cheeks are red, feel a little feverish, hot in the face. Now for the last 2 hours, I am getting the oddest sensation: I feel as if someone has rubbed cayenne pepper on either side of my lips down to my chin! Now my whole chin/lip/mouth is burning! The front of my throat (where my thyroid is) feels...big, but on the inside. I can feel the "numbness" spreading down the front of my throat to my chest and sternum. It is actually a cold sensation rather than the hot one on my face. ODD!! Only the front of my throat hurts a little, in addition to the pain in my right flank and on my hip. I can breathe OK. Heart isn't racing. I do feel tingly/numb in different areas, too. on my shoulder, a streak below my elbow. A patch on my thigh. On my right hip. They come and go. Now it is on top of my left forearm. Now my hands are numb again! Some thoughts would be appreciated!!!! Not new momentarily, but ongoing: Visual disurbance. When I look at a bright/white or mostly solid color, there seems to be a layer of what looks like "static" Like when the TV is on and it isn't tuned to a channel. Everything is calming a bit. What is this??????????
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  • Was this an anaphalactic rxn to something?
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  • I don't think so, you would be in a coma or not able to breathe. I think that next time you should take a cool shower, it may cleanse whatever is irritating your body and keep a phone nearby, if you feel like you are ever going to pass out, and you live alone, you should call 911. You don't want to be a statistic. But try meditation. I really think that next time you have an attack like this, you should try to visualize your heart slowing down and breathe deeply. I am not saying that its in your head, I wouldn't do that. docs do that to me all the time and it sucks. But if you start to panic, it won't help. And it will hinder you when talking to the docs later.
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  • Been there, done that:Your immune response is worsening. All of these already happened to me, starting last November.I had the pain on breast and around my belly button and flanks- it was allergy to my bedding (polyester) and to the chlorine in the water.I had the flushing on face, thirst, lump in throat about 2 hours after my meal. The only way I could be better was not eating anything! not taking a shower! only drinking pure water. You need to get an Rx for epinefrin and carry it all the time- but it gets tricky, because doctors expect the blood pressure to drop, not to raise and you could as well be allergic to the epinefrin.The detergent you use in your clothes can also be a trigger. Actually, you could be reacting to anything.Take a large dosage of Vitamin C to bowel tolerance and keep benadryl handy. Unless, you suspect being allergic to Vitamin C.Journal everything that you eat, and read all labels.If you take benadryl and you have palpitations or you have a strange reaction, don't take it again. Then try Chloritrimeton.
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  • Could be leading to complete anaphylactic shock. You don't necessarily go all the way to coma when it comes to anaphylaxis and allergic reactions. SHOCK accompanied by anaphylactic is the answer.I went to ER several times, once when pregnant with chest pain.On the third visit, they thought maybe anaphylactic. Referred to allergist.Turns out am allergic to peanuts, milk, eggs, and etc.Kidneys not working properly?
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  • go to the ER it could be a stroke.
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  • Couldn't believe I stumbled across this post. I've had pulsating fingers for a while now, along with soreness and cramping in my thumbs etc as V52 mentioned.More importantly I can't sleep because of it (the pulsating), it drives me nuts. Obviously they don't pulsate consistently all day and it's normally worse when I've just gone to bed/at night.I've had optic neuritis twice, resulting in a lot of tests for MS - none of which proved that I had the disease. Would this be related?
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  • Couldn't believe I stumbled across this post. I've had pulsating fingers for a while now, along with soreness and cramping in my thumbs etc as V52 mentioned. More importantly I can't sleep because of it (the pulsating), it drives me nuts. Obviously they don't pulsate consistently all day and it's normally worse when I've just gone to bed/at night. I've had optic neuritis twice, resulting in a lot of tests for MS - none of which proved that I had the disease. Would this be related? I am awaiting tests, but I have had vision problems...they do not know what, exactly. I am pretty sure I have ME/CFS. Oddly, my hands feel pretty good now. My BP was up and i was in pain. I have not gotten a good explanation from my Dr. So, it is just in your thumbs? Mind progressed into my 1st 2nd and 3rd finger. But...it is weird...it has improved. I am just ina lot of pain on my R side, now...Check back....we will figure it out!
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  • Hi V52,Surprisingly my thumbs aren't as bad as they were a month ago, but they're still quite tender. It's interesting you talk about your sight, as I went completely blind through optic neuritis twice and it started with sore eyes and then a slight tint, and then darkness.Do you work in IT by any chance? I was wondering if mine may be assoicated with some sort of arthritic condition.Excuse my stupidity, but what is ME & CFS?
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  • Hi V52, Surprisingly my thumbs aren't as bad as they were a month ago, but they're still quite tender. It's interesting you talk about your sight, as I went completely blind through optic neuritis twice and it started with sore eyes and then a slight tint, and then darkness. Do you work in IT by any chance? I was wondering if mine may be assoicated with some sort of arthritic condition. Excuse my stupidity, but what is ME & CFS? The Canadian ME/CFS diagnostic criteria are below " patient with ME/CFS will meet the criteria for fatigue, post-exertional malaise and/or fatigue, sleep dysfunction, and pain; with two or more neurological/ cognitive manifestations and one or more symptoms from two of the categories of autonomic, neuroendocrine and immune manifestations; and adhere to item 7.1. Fatigue: The patient must have a significant degree of new onset, unexplained, persistent, or recurrent physical and mental fatigue that substantially reduces activity level.2. Post-Exertional Malaise and/or Fatigue: There is an appropriate loss of physical and mental stamina, rapid muscular and cognitive fatigability, post-exertional malaise and/or fatigue and/or pain and a tendency for other associated symptoms within the patient’s cluster of symptoms to worsen. There is a pathologically slow recovery period – usually 24 hours or longer.3. Sleep Dysfunction:* There is a unrefreshed sleep or sleep quantity or rhythm disturbances such as reversed or chaotic diurnal sleep rhythms.4. Pain:* There is a significant degree of myalgia. Pain can be experienced in the muscles and/or joints, and is often widespread and migratory in nature. Often there are significant headaches of new type, pattern or severity.5. Neurological/Cognitive Manifestations: Two or more of the following difficulties should be present: confusion, impairment of concentration and short-term memory consolidation, disorientation, difficulty with information processing, categorizing and word retrieval, and perceptual and sensory disturbances- e.g. spatial instability and disorientation and inability to focus vision. Ataxia, muscle weakness and fasciculations are common. There may be overload phenomena: cognitive, sensory-e.g. photophobia and hypersensitivity to noise- and/or emotional overload, which may lead to “crash’ periods and/or anxiety.6. At least One Symptom from Two of the Following Categories:a. Autonomic Manifestations: orthostatic intolerance-neurally medicated hypotension (NMH), postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), delayed postural hypotension; light-headedness; extreme pallor; nausea and irritable bowel syndrome; urinary frequency and bladder dysfunction; palpitations with or without cardiac arrhythmias; exertional dyspnea.b. Neuroendocrine Manifestations: loss of thermostatic stability-subnormal body temperature and marked diurnal fluctuation, sweating episodes, recurrent feelings of feverishness and cold extremities; intolerance of extremes of heat and cold; marked weight change- anorexia or abnormal appetite; loss of adaptability and worsening of symptoms with stress.c. Immune Manifestations: tender lymph nodes, recurrent sore throat, recurrent flu-like symptoms, general malaise, new sensitivities to food, medications, and/or chemicals.7. The illness persists for at least six months. It usually has a distinct onset, ** although it may be gradual. Preliminary diagnosis may be possible earlier. Three months is appropriate for children.To be included, the symptoms have begun or have been significantly altered after the onset of this illness. It is unlikely that a patient will suffer from all symptoms in criteria 5 and 6. The disturbances tend to form symptom clusters that may fluctuate and change over time. Children often have numerous prominent symptoms but their order of severity tends to vary from day to day.*There is a small number of patients who have no pain or sleep dysfunction, but no other diagnosis fits except ME/CFS. A diagnosis of ME/CFS can be entertained when this group has an infectious illness type onset. ** Some patients have been unhealthy for other reasons prior to the onset of ME/CFS and lack detectable triggers at onset and/or have a more gradual or insidious onset.Exclusions: Exclude active disease processes that explain most of the major symptoms or fatigue, sleep disturbance, pain, and cognitive dysfunction. It is essential to exclude certain diseases, which would be tragic to miss: Addison’s disease, Cushing’s Syndrome, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, iron deficiency, other treatable forms of anemia, iron overload syndrome, diabetes mellitus, and cancer. It is also essential to exclude treatable sleep disorders such as upper airway resistance syndrome and obstructive or central sleep apnea; rheumatological disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, polymyositis and polymyalgia rheumatica; immune disorders such as AIDS; neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinsonism, myasthenia gravis and B12 deficiency; infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, chronic hepatitis, Lyme disease, etc.; primary psychiatric disorders and substance abuse. Exclusion of other diagnoses, which cannot be reasonable excluded by the patient’s history and physical examination, is achieved by laboratory testing and imaging. If a potentially confounding medical condition is under control, then the diagnosis of ME/CFS can be entertained if patients meet the criteria otherwise."
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