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(Message started by: starlight on May 22nd, 2008, 9:51am)

Title: Weird--Hand Tremor--Now Fine
Post by starlight on May 22nd, 2008, 9:51am
This doesn't have to do with CH but does anyone know what this is--I guess it would fall under neurological something or other.  This doesn't happen to me very often but it happened again yesterday--for about 7 hours yesterday when I would use my right hand or bend my elbow so that my hand was pointing up it would start shaking really fast.  I was in a store yesterday and went to run my debit card and my hand was shaking so bad that the card almost flew out of my hand (I knew my hand was doing that and it has done it a couple other times in the past year but yesterday it was worse).  Today it is totally fine.  And my other hand never does that.  It is kind of weird.  Am I a neurological mess?  Anyone know what that is?

Title: Re: Weird--Hand Tremor--Now Fine
Post by DennisM1045 on May 22nd, 2008, 10:14am
I wouldn't panic but I would schedule a visit with my Neuro to get it checked out.

Could be a lot of things but it would be best to let a professional give you his/her opinion.

Good luck...

-Dennis-

Title: Re: Weird--Hand Tremor--Now Fine
Post by Brew on May 22nd, 2008, 10:15am
Might be lithium toxicity.

Are you taking lithium?

Title: Re: Weird--Hand Tremor--Now Fine
Post by starlight on May 22nd, 2008, 10:40am
No, not on anything right now but melatonin.  
I was weirded out cause it was kind of embarrassing.  Maybe some kind of stress thing, dunno.  

Title: Re: Weird--Hand Tremor--Now Fine
Post by BMoneeTheMoneeMan on May 22nd, 2008, 11:20am
Not taking anything, huh?  Thats weird.  Verapimil can cause the shakes or tremors.
Shaking can also be a symptom of hyperactive thyroid, plus probably a multitude of other things.

Title: Re: Weird--Hand Tremor--Now Fine
Post by starlight on May 22nd, 2008, 11:28am
BMonee,

Thanks--yeah, I thought about that with the thyroid.  The more I think about it I think it was stress or anxiety cause I have been really stressed out this past week.
Not taking any meds right now cause not in cycle--I take melatonin every night even while out of cycle cause when I stop taking it I start getting shadows after a few days off it so I just stay on it.   Star

Title: Re: Weird--Hand Tremor--Now Fine
Post by DennisM1045 on May 22nd, 2008, 12:52pm
I'd still talk to a Dr about it.

-Dennis-

Title: Re: Weird--Hand Tremor--Now Fine
Post by Brew on May 22nd, 2008, 1:24pm

on 05/22/08 at 12:52:45, DennisM1045 wrote:
I'd still talk to a Dr about it.

ESPECIALLY if you're not taking any meds right now.

Title: Re: Weird--Hand Tremor--Now Fine
Post by Barry_T_Coles on May 22nd, 2008, 10:23pm
What the others have said, worth getting the Docís opinion.
I could be Restless limb syndrome usually referred to as restless leg; I get it occasionally in both arm & leg on my cluster side (left) along with Exploding head syndrome.
C.H., R.L.S. & E.H.S. are all symptoms of a wonky Hypothalamus.
Is the shaky arm the same side as your CH.?
Cheers
Barry

Title: Re: Weird--Hand Tremor--Now Fine
Post by Annette on May 22nd, 2008, 11:45pm

If the shake only happen to one hand and not the other, then its likely to be some forms of focal seizure such as temporal lobe epilepsy. You should see your neuro and ask for an EEG.

Other condition such as thyroid, chemical toxicity, medication side effects etc should produce shakes on both hands, not just one as they affect the whole brain/body globally.

Stress and anxiety can cause isolated shakes on the dominant hand only, especially on purposeful activities, but it should not last 7 hours unless the stress is really profound.

You really should have this checked.

Title: Re: Weird--Hand Tremor--Now Fine
Post by starlight on May 23rd, 2008, 3:17pm
You guys,

Thank you for helping me with this.  I agree it is weird and should probably get checked out, so thanks for telling me to take my stubborn Irish self to the doctor.
Barry, the hand tremor is always on the right side (dominant hand)--my CH is on left.  So, you get that stuff on the same side as CH?  I have always wanted to know--what is exploding head syndrome?  It does not sound pleasant.  

Annette, thank you for the information.  With what you are saying about epilepsy, my only question, could it last that long and only be when moving the hand or holding it upright?  
Thank you you guys for the information.  People on here are smart and seem to know about stuff so I figured I'd ask.  

Title: Re: Weird--Hand Tremor--Now Fine
Post by Barry_T_Coles on May 23rd, 2008, 10:29pm
Hi Star
Below are a couple of links to the EHS; When I went chronic with CH back in 2004 is the first time I experienced RLS & EHS I researched the conditionís while I was waiting to see my Nuro & couldnít find any reference to the after shock pain I was experiencing so when I eventually got to the Nuro I quizzed him about why I should be getting the pain when most if not all articles on the subject referred to it as only a loud noise without pain, he told me that the condition is very rare & that only in the most severe cases a person would experience pain or bruising as I was, he went to great pains to assure me that this was not going to kill me & that it would settle in time along with the RLS & he was right it lasted for about 6 months and reduced in intensity over that time & now I only get one on the very odd occasion & not as severe as before.
My simple explanation of EHS is that its like being wakened by a round house punch from Mohammad Ali & when the really big ones hit I would experience a constant dull pain like bruising to the inside of my head for a few days after on the cluster side much like a severe shadow, some of the big whackís would physically jolt me sideways scaring the hell out of my wife when I landed on top of her, her usual response was GET BACK ON YOUR OWN SIDE.
Such is life †:D
Edited to add:
I should note that these only happen to me at night when laying down, it has never happend during the day.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exploding_head_syndrome

http://thepit.typepad.com/thepit/2006/01/exploding_head_.html

Cheers
Barry

Title: Re: Weird--Hand Tremor--Now Fine
Post by Annette on May 24th, 2008, 12:12am

on 05/23/08 at 15:17:35, starlight wrote:
Annette, thank you for the information. †With what you are saying about epilepsy, my only question, could it last that long and only be when moving the hand or holding it upright? †



Star, I am not a neurologist so when you ask me the nitty gritty of how long a particular type of epileptic fit can last , its going beyond my limit of expertise.

There are many different types of epileptic seizures, each with different symptoms. People who have epilepsy may have more than one type of seizure. With a simple partial seizure, the abnormal electrical discharges occur in just a small area of the brain, called the focal area. Symptoms depend upon what part of the brain is affected. For example, if the electrical discharge occurs in the part of the brain that controls left arm muscle movement, the left arm may shake and jerk. The patient does not usually lose consciousness, and can describe the seizure when it is over.

Partial or focal seizures can be triggered and maintained by stress and/or anxiety.

Then on the other hand, there is pseudoseizure which is often precipitated by stress where the electrical wave of the brain is normal.

Only a neurologist can fully answer your question. I can only tell you that what you experienced was unlikely to be due to something global like toxicity or medical side effects or thyroid problems.

You should go see your neurologist.

Good luck and best wishes.

Title: Re: Weird--Hand Tremor--Now Fine
Post by starlight on May 25th, 2008, 10:11pm
Barry,

Thank you for the information and the links--it is so odd what the brain can do--and it sounds like you have a severe form of EHS-- it seems though like us CHers don't seem to get mild forms of anything though.  I am glad you are getting them less frequently now--that would be so startling and disturbing to have that happen while asleep or anytime for that matter.  
Annette, thanks for the information.  It has helped me a lot to get your take on it, and I appreciate you ruling some stuff out.  I appreciate you and everyone responding as I realize this is not CH specific.
Hope you all had a good weekend,
Star



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