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Can twitching of nose, biceps, thigh and thumb be symptoms of rabies?

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Posted on Thu, 31 Jul 2014
Question: Can twitching of my nose, biceps, thigh and thumb be symptoms of rabies. Got bit 10 weeks ago. Am having these twitches and also sometimes my jaw feels funny. I have had these twitches for weeks now. The dog was vaccinated two days before the bite and I was told by my physician that I didn't need the vaccine due to the condition of the wound and the status of the dog. Am really scared now. I need a doctor who would have time to explain this very well to me . Thanks
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Answered by Dr. T Shobha Deepak (3 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Clinical examination is required

Detailed Answer:
Hi
Welcome to Healthcare-Magic
Greetings of the day

Dear Sir,

I assume you did not get appropriate vaccination after being bitten by dog.

The incubation period of rabies (defined as the interval between virus exposure and onset of clinical disease) is usually 1–3 months but in rare cases is as short as 2 weeks or >1 year. The incubation period in dogs is somewhat shorter than in human. If the dog which has bitten you is still alive and healthy, its unlikely to have had rabies.
The symptoms which you are experiencing are not typical of Rabies symptoms.


Clinically apparent rabies infection begins with nonspecific prodromal symptoms, including fever, malaise, headache, nausea, and vomiting. Anxiety or agitation may also occur. Paresthesias, pain, or pruritus near the site of the exposure occurs in 50–80% of patients and suggests rabies.

Even though the symptoms are not typical of Rabies, a thorough clinical examination by your Physician is definitely called for.

Do get back to me if you need any further assistance, will be glad to assist you.

Take CAre
Best Regards
Dr T Shobha Deepak
MBBS,MD
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. T Shobha Deepak (7 hours later)
Is it possible to get infected if your trash was messed up by raccoons and you decided to clear it up the next morning with a minor cut on your hand.
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Answered by Dr. T Shobha Deepak (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Unlilely to be the cause

Detailed Answer:
Hi
Greetings

Its unlikely to be the cause. Rabies usually get transmitted either by bites or licks by infected animals.

Take Care

Regards
Dr Shobha
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vinay Bhardwaj
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Follow up: Dr. T Shobha Deepak (34 hours later)
How about heartburns, slight head aches, as well as feeling like my brain is pushing against my skull. I also have a lot of hiccups and slight pain in my thighs,arm and back. They don't last long tho. They come and go. i also have this bitter taste in my mouth. I sometimes feel like my mind is playing tricks on me.
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Answered by Dr. T Shobha Deepak (10 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Symptoms due to gastro-oesophageal reflux

Detailed Answer:
Hi
Heart burns, hiccups are unrelated to bite. The cause of symptoms is likely to be due to gastro-oesophageal reflux.
Stress , associated gastritis could be cause of odd sensation in brain.


I would suggest you the following

1. Avoid alcohol and excess caffeine beverage
2. Avoid sleeping or lying down immediately after food.
3. Combination of Pantoprozole and Domperidone will be helpful : To Be taken for 15 days
4. Empirical Helicobacter Pylori eradication: H Pylori eradication kit like Ulcikit or HP kit , one kit per day for 10 days will prevent recurrence
5. Regular exercise
6. Consume food on time.


Do get back to me if you need any further assistance, will be glad to assist you.

Keep me updated

Take care

Best Regards
Dr Shobha Deepak
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. T Shobha Deepak (12 hours later)
I also feel this inconsistent beat in my julugar at times. It gets me scared and I don't know if it's a muscle spasm in the throat or the julugar.
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Answered by Dr. T Shobha Deepak (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Related to anxiety and stress

Detailed Answer:
Hi
Greetings

Jugular is a vein and they never pulsate. What you could be experiencing is pulsation of carotid. This could possibly be related to anxiety and stress.

Take care
Best regards
Dr T Shobha Deepak
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. T Shobha Deepak (10 hours later)
Wow! You very helpful. You really helping me get over my anxiety. I was told by the doctors rabies is rare here in the United States but I have been paranoid for 11 weeks now.
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Answered by Dr. T Shobha Deepak (43 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
No need to worry about rabies

Detailed Answer:
Hi
Greetings

Ear blockade is likely to be due to Eustachian tube blockade. Chewing chewing gum or valsalva maneur will be helpful in relieving the blockade.
Rabies usually produces symptoms at site of bite and generalized symptoms. Ear blockade is not a symptom of Rabies.
I am practicing Physician in " Republic of India" . Its very unusual to have incubation period of greater than 4 weeks. Majority of times it ranges between 10 to 25 days. So regarding your case there is no cause for concern.

Take Care

Best Regards
DR T Shobha Deepak
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. T Shobha Deepak (2 minutes later)
What do you mean by generalised Symptoms.
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Answered by Dr. T Shobha Deepak (3 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Laryngospasm and Hydrophobia

Detailed Answer:
Hi

Generalised symptoms are like Laryngospasm, Hydrophobia, convulsions and features of Encephalitis.

None of your symptoms fit into it. The probability of it being Rabies is nill.

Take care

Best regards
Dr T Shobha
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. T Shobha Deepak (2 days later)
Thanks for your help. You have been really helpful. I got scared because of the generalized muscle twitches and also if I may ask, what about slight pain in jaw which occur once in a while?
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Answered by Dr. T Shobha Deepak (4 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Jaw pain is not symptom of Rabies

Detailed Answer:
Hi
Greetings

Slight pain in jaw is not symptom of Rabies. It's unrelated symptom.
Rest be assured there is no cause for concern.

Take care

Best regards
Dr T Shobha Deepak
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. T Shobha Deepak (2 days later)
Also I feel this discomfort in my throat when there is noise from the tap or something but when I shower there is no discomfort. Are there signs to watch out before the manifestation of throat spasms?
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Answered by Dr. T Shobha Deepak (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
There is no cause for concern

Detailed Answer:
Hi

The symptoms which you are experiencing are due to anxiety and stress associated with Rabies.
The reflex spasm associated with air or water or sound are quite severe in Rabies.
There is absolutely no need to be worried about.

Take care

Best regards
Dr Deepak
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. T Shobha Deepak (2 hours later)
I handled garbage that was messed up by raccoons one morning when I woke up . This was about 12 weeks ago and I had a cut on my hand. Isn't this a risk factor. And would it be too late to get the vaccine. Thanks
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Answered by Dr. T Shobha Deepak (47 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Vaccination nor useful neither required

Detailed Answer:
Hi

Greetings

I understand your concern completely. Do always remember rabies spread through raccoons is no very common. Also the incident you have mentioned above has taken place almost 12 weeks back. In case if you were exposed, by now you will have had full blown manifestation of symptoms of rabies. What symptoms you are currently experiencing is unrelated to rabies and are very minor symptoms.

Hence now please relax. You are completely safe. There is no use of any vaccination currently.

Take care and wish you great health.
Do let me know for any additional information.

Regards
Dr. T. Shobha Deepak




Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. T Shobha Deepak (45 hours later)
I heard the incubation can be more than 12 weeks. I have been having these bubble bursting sounds in my nose and I hear it can be rhinitis which is associated with rabies . Can u please enlighten me on the symptoms and how often they begin because most of the rabies cases reported here in he US began after 3 month. Also I need you to enlighten me since XXXXXXX doctors have more knowledge on the rabies virus
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Answered by Dr. T Shobha Deepak (47 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
rhinitis is not symptom typical to rabies

Detailed Answer:
Hi

When we speak of incubation period, we speak about average incubation period. Only on rare occasions is incubation period more than 12 weeks.
Bubbling and bursting sound in nose is not symptom typical for Rabies. I would not normally recommend vaccination in your case.
In rare cases the incubation period may range in months and due to your fear associated with Rabies, I would suggest you to go ahead with vaccination. Any protection is better than no protection.

Take care

Best regards
Dr T Shobha Deepak
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. T Shobha Deepak (2 hours later)
Actually I have been denied the vaccination because they don't think its serious. And they believe I am not exposed. Thanks ! I speak with you because uake me feel better about it.
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Answered by Dr. T Shobha Deepak (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Take care

Detailed Answer:
Hi

I am glad to know you are relaxed .
I would once again reassure you that there is definitely no cause for concern.

Keep me updated

Take care

Best regards
Dr T Shobha Deepak
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. T Shobha Deepak (17 hours later)
What is the pain and tingling at the site of the wound like? And also is it on and off or it's a constant pain.
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Answered by Dr. T Shobha Deepak (1 minute later)
Brief Answer:
Severity of tingling varies

Detailed Answer:
Hi
Greetings

The tingling sensation varies from mild to severe at site of bite.
It is usually the first symptom to appear .

Take care

Best regards
Dr T Shobha Deepak
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. T Shobha Deepak (24 minutes later)
How long does this sensation last?
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Answered by Dr. T Shobha Deepak (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
May last upto couple of week.

Detailed Answer:
Hi

The duration of tingling sensation usually varies from few days to couple of weeks.

Take care

Best regards
Dr T Shobha Deepak
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. T Shobha Deepak (19 hours later)
I feel my pulse under my feet ... What may be the cause ..
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Answered by Dr. T Shobha Deepak (23 hours later)
Brief Answer:
unrelated to Rabies

Detailed Answer:
Hi
Greetings

The symptoms could be due to anxiety.
Did you sustain trauma?
No relation with Rabies.

Take care
Best regards
Dr Deepak Shobha
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. T Shobha Deepak (20 minutes later)
I had this strange headache about 2 months ago. Was very severe and lasted for about 10 seconds . It was followed by sinus feeling right above my nose the area between my eyes. This happened again last 2 weeks but was around my forehead. I don't sleep well also. Wake up about 3-5 times before I finally wake. And also my hand sometimes gets stiff and it takes about 5 seconds before I open it up. This occurs occasionally tho.
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Answered by Dr. T Shobha Deepak (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
likely to be anxiety

Detailed Answer:
Hi
Greetings

These could possibly be symptoms of anxiety you could be experiencing due to fear of Rabies.

I would suggest you the following
1. Avoid caffeinated / alcohol and carbonated beverages.
2. Meditation and Yoga will be helpful
3. Sufficient water intake and we'll balanced nutritious diet

Take care

Best regards
Dr T Shobha
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. T Shobha Deepak (2 hours later)
What does trauma feel like ?
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Answered by Dr. T Shobha Deepak (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
depends on intensity of trauma

Detailed Answer:
Hi

The feeling of trauma depends on intensity, severity and location of trauma.

Take care
Best regards
Dr T Shobha Deepak
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. T Shobha Deepak (19 hours later)
Lastly if I may ask. During the initial stages do black spots occur on the tongue. These black spots come one at a time and leave after a day or two . Then about 3 or 4 XXXXXXX another appears. What might e the cause . Thanks
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Answered by Dr. T Shobha Deepak (20 hours later)
Brief Answer:
It is geographical tongue

Detailed Answer:
Hi
Greetings

It is known as geographical tongue. It is usually related to Vitamin deficiency especially B 12 and B2


Take care

Best regards
Dr T Shobha Deepak
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. T Shobha Deepak (1 hour later)
What about the strange feeling as if the muscles of your scUlp are contracting and relaxing . Lasts only for about 10 seconds. Not painful tho . Just creepy and unusual .
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Answered by Dr. T Shobha Deepak (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Its related to stress and anxiety

Detailed Answer:
Hi

Its just a vague feeling often experienced by people who are under stress or anxiety. Please stop worrying now. Just chill. What you need currently is relaxation. Plan for a good vacation with family or your best friends.

Take care.

Best regards,
Dr. T. Shobha Deepak
MBBS, MD
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. T Shobha Deepak (2 hours later)
Thanks . My last question will be. What causes these bumps in the palm. Sort of like pimples. But in the palm. Thanks ... Really appreciate your help
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Answered by Dr. T Shobha Deepak (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Clinical picture required for assessment

Detailed Answer:
Hi

Could you please send me clinical picture of your palm with bumps. It will help me to provide accurate diagnosis and treatment to you for those bumps /pimple like elevations.

Best regards,
Dr. T. Shobha Deepak
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Brief Answer: Clinical examination is required Detailed Answer: Hi Welcome to Healthcare-Magic Greetings of the day Dear Sir, I assume you did not get appropriate vaccination after being bitten by dog. The incubation period of rabies (defined as the interval between virus exposure and onset of clinical disease) is usually 1–3 months but in rare cases is as short as 2 weeks or >1 year. The incubation period in dogs is somewhat shorter than in human. If the dog which has bitten you is still alive and healthy, its unlikely to have had rabies. The symptoms which you are experiencing are not typical of Rabies symptoms. Clinically apparent rabies infection begins with nonspecific prodromal symptoms, including fever, malaise, headache, nausea, and vomiting. Anxiety or agitation may also occur. Paresthesias, pain, or pruritus near the site of the exposure occurs in 50–80% of patients and suggests rabies. Even though the symptoms are not typical of Rabies, a thorough clinical examination by your Physician is definitely called for. Do get back to me if you need any further assistance, will be glad to assist you. Take CAre Best Regards Dr T Shobha Deepak MBBS,MD