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What causes muscle twitches in the left thumb?

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Posted on Thu, 30 Jun 2016
Question: I started out with my left thumb catching. The doctor has put my in a cast for the swelling to go down. My CBC was great been tested for arthritis. ANA was neg. My have anxiety very bad thinking its als. My sed rate was great and so was CK. After I read symptoms of als now I've have occasional muscle twitch
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Answered by Dr. Albana Sejdini (26 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
I need to have a few more details regarding your actual health problems....

Detailed Answer:
Hi XXXXX,

I have gone through your medical history carefully and I need to have a few more details regarding your actual health problems:

- are you having pain?
- numbness?

If yes, was that prior to putting your hand/finger in cast or after?
Why did your doctor put in cast ? (broken bones?)

Can you please give more details to assist your adequately?
Thank you!
Dr.Albana
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Albana Sejdini (11 minutes later)
My thumb was from pulled tended I'm hung up on having als and cannot shake the anxiety
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Answered by Dr. Albana Sejdini (8 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Explained below...

Detailed Answer:
Hi back,

If you have gone through a pulled tendon, and your ortopedician put on cast, that will be ok in a few weeks. It is normal to feel numb the cast area even some days after the removal of cast due to immobilization.

The muscle twitch can be involuntary due to immobilization. Can take magnesium supplements and physiotherapy can help.

If you have sever anxiety, then, should consult further with your caring doctor to prescribe some anti-anxiety meds until improvement.

With regards to ALS, was this diagnosis made by your doctor? Do you have any test report so far?
Thank you.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Albana Sejdini (10 minutes later)
No my blood work is great CK was normal sed rate was normal my doctor says I do not have it I'm having anxiety
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Answered by Dr. Albana Sejdini (15 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Then try to relax and think positively

Detailed Answer:
Hi back,

That's fine, nothing worrisome came out from lab tests, so don't get anxious unnecessarily.

I advise to add magnesium supplement and see the difference.

All the best.
Dr.Albana
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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What causes muscle twitches in the left thumb?

Brief Answer: I need to have a few more details regarding your actual health problems.... Detailed Answer: Hi XXXXX, I have gone through your medical history carefully and I need to have a few more details regarding your actual health problems: - are you having pain? - numbness? If yes, was that prior to putting your hand/finger in cast or after? Why did your doctor put in cast ? (broken bones?) Can you please give more details to assist your adequately? Thank you! Dr.Albana