Osteoarthritis symptoms

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I have osteoarthritis in several joints, particularly hands. I have had tremors for a while, mostly hands and fingers but have not been investigated. What I am most intrigued about is that when at rest, a finger, thumb or whole hand/forearm will move very very slowly. Either up or down or the hand will curl into itself. Individual fingers will also tremor very rapidly, my toes and feet also do this to a certain extent without the tremor. It's like I'm a string puppet being manipulated in slow motion. I have looked at symptoms for Parkinsons, MS, Essential Tremor even MND but nowhere can I find anyone with similar movements. Dystonia always seem to be described as jerky. I have also had fasiculations for some time. Has anyone heard of or experienced these involuntary very slow movements? Thankyou.

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    I can't say that I have that in my hands , but I do in my toes. I take magnesium supplement which has helped. I always think of it as a muscle spasm. You should talk to your doctor about this.

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      Thanks Amkoffe, I do already take magnesium which has helped with spasms I get down my legs especially when waking. But my hands and fingers don't what I think of spasm, odd fingers or thumbs sometimes lock. It is the very very slow involuntary movement I can't find an answer to . I've decided to go to the doctor next week and hope I can get seen by a neurologist. Thanks for replying, I'll post again if I get any answers but I suppose it will take months and then be inconclusive! Best wishes to you.

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    I wonder if you would get more responses to this question if you actually put a bit of a description into the title? Osteoarthritis symptoms is rather vague, and possibly inaccurate as you don't know what is causing the involuntary curling.

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      Thanks Anhaga, I have posted on all sorts of different forums for various nervous conditions to try to find out if anyone else experiences these peculiar slow involuntary movements. I suddenly thought that as I have osteoarthritis I would try that forum as well in case there is a connection.

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    Hi there,

    From my experience, looking online opens up all sorts of things and you will end up convincing yourself of all sorts of things.

    Much quicker, easier and accurate to see a GP !

    All the best

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    Hi JayJay

    Tks for yr reply. I'm afraid I don't have any faith in my GP's knowledge. They very rarely see the rarer conditions. I did go 4 years ago and saw a neurologist. My GP said it was my body aging and the neuro was not concerned. However things are worse now and before I go back I thought I would try and find if this slow involuntary movement I experience in my limbs is a common symptom of any condition. Unfortunately I can't find anything like it. Dystonias seem to involve jerky movements which I don't have - yet!

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    Hello Linda,

    what you're describing is eerily close to what my father's condition was when he was diagnosed with ALS or Lou Gerighs disease...

    I'm not saying that that is what you may have but it's a neurological situation you may want to look closely at.

    good luck on your mystery and praying for your full recovery

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