daniel wrote:I don't really feel any numbness in my fingers, I do however feel like I'm really anxious for some reason.
Has anyone ever went to physical therapy for improving hand coordination? I'll have to talk to my neuro about this next time I see them...
I'm sorry your hands are shaking. It sounds like it might be (don't take this as a definite diagnosis) an intention tremor like mine. There are several kinds of tremors, but this kind doesn't happen "at rest"- only when you're trying to actually do something with your hand. Here's a link and a couple of quotes:
"Intention Tremor, also known as Kinetic, Action and Cerebellar Tremor, is a condition where goal-directed movements produce shaking in the moving body parts - most noticeably in the hands."
"Intention Tremor is quite difficult to treat - Isoniazid, Zofran (Ondansetron), Propranolol and Primodone are drugs that have been tried with moderate results. Some people with MS find that cannabis is effective for tremors. Physical Therapy is often useful and wearing wrist weights can often mask out the effects."
The tremor is what gave my forum name the double letters
and it led to my "overnight" dx of MS & HNPP. It had developed in one finger over several years and was gradually progressing to my other fingers - a bit discouraging for a secretary/musician.
I do have an answer for you, though. I was given a therapeutic hand exercise ball
at PT several years ago, which I kept forgetting to use. Then I started doing 5 minutes of specific finger exercises with it twice a day a couple of years ago while I used eye drops. I noticed the benefit immediately, but now, although I still feel the tremor, I have 90 % control over it. It's been nothing short of amazing!
Before, I couldn't even touch any of my fingers to my thumb, but now I can do anything I want with them (a little slower than usual, though). My typing speed is super fast, no double letters at all, and, although I can't play piano like I once did, I can play every single note of any piece I want to try.
I'm not sure if I'm supposed to post a link to the brand, but I'll be glad to answer any questions through a PM. Seriously, relieving the tremor without even resorting to drugs has been one of my most exciting accomplishments.
I hope it helps someone else!