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Arm Weakness and Shaky Hands -- Sudden Onset

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  • Posted By: pcguru83
  • December 11, 2006
  • 07:58 PM

Hello! Hopefully someone might be able to offer some insight into the issues I've been experiencing the last few weeks.

First off, I'm a (seemingly) healthy 23 year old male. My problems started a few weeks ago and seemed to present rather suddenly. First off, I noticed a general feeling of weakness, and a VERY slight lack of coordination, primarily in my right hand. After a few days, the problem persisted, and seemed to now effect my left hand as well, although to a sligtly lesser degree. I've been dealing with this for the past week and a half or so.

I woke up this morning though with a pretty bad (but not debilitating) headache (migraine?) on the left side of my head. I took some Excedrin Migraine, and the headache responded very quickly to the medication and went away shortly. After I went about my day, I noticed my hands were somewhat "shaky"--to the extent that it has effected my typing at work today. I've been experiencing other symptoms over the two weeks or so as well. Perhaps it would be best if I just used a bulletted list:


Overall weakness (as if weights attached) to arms, and to a lesser degree legs
Seemingly slight lack of coordination (may be due to weakness) in hands
Shaky hands
Headaches in the base of my head/neck area, usually one-sided.
Strange "gurgling" or "bubbling" noise in my neck that I've noticed over the last few monthsI've brought these issues up with my primary physician, and he didn't seem to be concerned about any of them. He seemed to blow it off as something like a pinched nerve.

I'd like to get another opinion, and I'm considering just going directly to a specialist. Any recommendations on that? Should I see another general physician, or just go straight to a neurologist? Thoughts on my symtoms?

Thanks all!!

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  • Go to a neurologist. Don't let someone brush this off. I had symptoms like this last year. They did an MRI and nothing came up. 1 year later my symtoms are far worse and my neurologist is very concerned about my MRI results from this year. It could be a pinched nerve, or it could be more severe, like MS. Don't let it settle. See someone.Good luck,Leah
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 11, 2006
    • 08:30 PM
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  • If you have HMO you need a referral from your primary caring physician. Otherwise, if you're PPO or cash you can just go to the Neurologist yourself. Did you hit your head recently? were you involved in an accdient? if so that can be the root of your sympotms. or it could be something in your family history. Please take the time to note down your symptoms and trace your history. but definately get a second opinion. good luck.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 11, 2006
    • 10:54 PM
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  • Hello,Back in October I noticed my right hand starting to shake or tremor. I then got a sore throat and felt generally sick for about a week (like a cold). Another week went by, I then noticed the tremor moved to my left hand as well with a bit of weakness. It was then that I felt general weakness, fatigue, dizziness, and many of the other symptoms you described. I also had headaches and a fever at times, along with a cough and some stomach issues recently as well. Many of these symptoms sound like the flu, but the off balace feeling and tremors really worried me. I had a MRI and it was normal. Other tests all came out fine too. It has been almost 3 months since the onset. I think I am finally starting to feel better. My tremor seems like its going away, but the "off balance" feeling and what feels like muscle weakness/fatigue is still somewhat present. Anxiety can also play a big part in aggravating symptoms, I KNOW! I am just as concerned as anyone who can use the internet to look up possible causes and diseases. I'm going to stay on top of it to see if symptoms persist or get worse.Has there been any progress on your diagnosis? What region of the country are you located? I was wondering if you have had any of these other symptoms (like flu or cold) to go along with the shaking, etc.Regards,
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 24, 2006
    • 07:06 PM
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  • I've been having some similar symptoms as ya'll. The first thing I noticed was the shakiness in my hands, which resulted in that weak feeling. This was about 2 months ago. I have a lot going on right now so I assumed it was just anxiety and got some herbal supplements to help calm my nerves. It didn't help the shakiness one bit. I also am having trouble sleeping and have occasional headaches. In addition, I get a sore throat about once a week and haven't had my normal voice because of it for about 2 months now. I just went to see my doctor and he tested me for thyroid problems. He also thinks it could just be anxiety. I should find out the thyroid results sometime in the next day or so.So, while it might be neurological, I would check all other possible causes as well. If you've had a large fluctuation in weight recently, that could also be a sign of thyroid disorders. Hope everyone figures it all out! :)
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  • try drinking more water , keep notes for a month of when symtoms happen and what you are doing if you have ate or not..........you can get self test things at drugstores to check things like your blood sugar level and blood presure...and so on rest prayer and thanksgiving also help
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  • Try looking into hypoglycemia and it's symptoms.
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  • Try looking into hypoglycemia and it's symptoms.Consider that your resistance is low. Have your blood checkout for LOW blood sugar and look in to taking a higher dose of a good vitamin C as well as wellness formula and new life colostrum. This will help! It helped me when I walked thru Home depot and someone had sprayed something in the air and it stripped my mucus membranes and immune was down. NO matter how much antibiotics they gave me, it was worse, voice gone and they finally put me on codeine to make sure I didnt crack a rib, I was coghing so much. Finally I took myself off everything and went to a health food store, sat down with them and we came up with a better plan. All if the above I mentioned, hot teas, penta water and foods that digest quickly thru your system. Hope this helps.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 1, 2011
    • 10:44 PM
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  • Check this: http://www.medhelp.org/posts/Undiagnosed-Symptoms/Light-headed-dizzy--shaking--weak--numb-tingling-on-fingers-and-toes--flushed/show/202911Hello! Hopefully someone might be able to offer some insight into the issues I've been experiencing the last few weeks. First off, I'm a (seemingly) healthy 23 year old male. My problems started a few weeks ago and seemed to present rather suddenly. First off, I noticed a general feeling of weakness, and a VERY slight lack of coordination, primarily in my right hand. After a few days, the problem persisted, and seemed to now effect my left hand as well, although to a sligtly lesser degree. I've been dealing with this for the past week and a half or so. I woke up this morning though with a pretty bad (but not debilitating) headache (migraine?) on the left side of my head. I took some Excedrin Migraine, and the headache responded very quickly to the medication and went away shortly. After I went about my day, I noticed my hands were somewhat "shaky"--to the extent that it has effected my typing at work today. I've been experiencing other symptoms over the two weeks or so as well. Perhaps it would be best if I just used a bulletted list:Overall weakness (as if weights attached) to arms, and to a lesser degree legsSeemingly slight lack of coordination (may be due to weakness) in handsShaky handsHeadaches in the base of my head/neck area, usually one-sided.Strange "gurgling" or "bubbling" noise in my neck that I've noticed over the last few monthsI've brought these issues up with my primary physician, and he didn't seem to be concerned about any of them. He seemed to blow it off as something like a pinched nerve. I'd like to get another opinion, and I'm considering just going directly to a specialist. Any recommendations on that? Should I see another general physician, or just go straight to a neurologist? Thoughts on my symtoms? Thanks all!!
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