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About one month ago, I noticed the index finger of

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Dr. Ashok Kumar

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Posted on Mon, 1 Apr 2019 in Sleep Disorders
Question: About one month ago, I noticed the index finger of my left hand would twitch uncontrollably if I held my hand in a specific position such as holding up a paper with my index finger but exerting no muscular effort. The area at the base of my finger between the index finger and thumb appeared to be where the twitching emanated from. I have no loss of strength in the finger or my hand and only when my hand is at rest and I hold my index finger gently away from my other fingers does this occur. few days ago, I was using my right hand to vigorously mix some frozen food by twisting and turning a kitchen tool. I noticed a short time afterward that when I attempted to type on my key pad, my fingers were twitching uncontrollably as if playing a piano. It stopped within twenty minutes or so and has not returned since. Are these two conditions related? does this sound serious? I have not lost any strength in either hand. Thank you
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Answered by Dr. Ashok Kumar 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Consultation

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thanks for using Healthcaremagic.

I read your query and understand your concerns.

There are following possibilities which could be the cause for the experienced twitching over the last one month.

1. Loss of muscle tone- As we all are aware that with advanced age the tone of muscle loses which becomes much evident when the muscle is unsupported. While you are keeping the particular fingers away in certain positions this seems to be most likely cause. The possibility is more as there is no loss of muscle strength.

The second event is also appears related as there was twitching after some form of exertion which occurs often with advanced age.

The available description does not signify something serious as this is common problem with advancement of age and often non serious.

However if the problem recurs frequently or there is loss of muscle strength you need to seek a neurologist for examination as this could be something serious such as motor neuron diseases.

I hope this helps you.
Feel free to write back to me if you have more questions.
Thanks and regards.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Prasad
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Follow up: Dr. Ashok Kumar 2 hours later
Doctor, as I explained, the issue with the fingers of my right hand twitching has not returned and was related to vigorously mixing food and utilizing moderate strength over a few minutes..
The problem with the twitching of my index finger of my left hand when holding it away from my other fingers but not exerting any force against anything seems to be constant. .It does not twitch if applying strength such as opening a bottle or picking up something with my thumb and index finger. It seems to only twitch when holding it away and upward but not exerting any muscular force. it does not twitch at all if I hold my fingers together and out stretched.
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Answered by Dr. Ashok Kumar 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Follow up

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thanks for follow up.

Although both the events of muscle twitching are related, there is clear distinction between both of events. The one was due to excessive fatigue while the other was positional. The reason for relating both of them is based on the fact that both of them arose from loss of muscle tone due to ageing.

I understand that you provided more details but I do not think it will change my answer in any form at this stage.

In case you have more questions, feel free to post to me.
I will be glad to answer you further.
Thanks again.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Raju A.T
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