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Thumb tremor

I have problems with the thumb on my left hand.  It twitches -not all the time - only when I am holding something.  For example if I am holding the phone in my left hand and trying to write a number down with my right hand, my thumb starts twitching and will make the phone move back and forth.  I am a flute player and this symptom is interferring with my performance - especially if I am anxious-nervous, etc.    When I am holding my flute and playing if my thumb starts twitching, obviously it make my whole instrument move - any ideas/experience with this issue out there?  I have stopped drinking caffeine - that seems to help somewhat, but it is still a problem.
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I have that, and I am a flute player too. Sometimes I think the flute is the devils own instrument for repetitive strain injuries.

I also saw someone post about a similar tremor in the archive, this tremor seems different from my random twitches and is only associated with holding things in particular positions. I would like to know what causes it too, sometimes all the fingers in my hand will tremor, but while I am playing the flute they do not, only to increase in severity when I stop.

I am supposed to have carpal tunnel syndrome in my hand and it would seem to be the median nerve that controls the thumb. I don't know whether tremor is ever part of nerve compression or whether weakness and numbness are more usual.

My appointment with the neuro is still a month away so I am unlikely to find out till then any official reason for this particular annoying tremor.
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Interesting that you are experiencing the same symptoms - and are also a flutist.  My symptoms have seemed to increase the last couple of years and that coincides with an increase in my playing the flute.  That is not good news to me.  I have also done some searching regarding carpal tunnel syndrome to see if there is any correlation - however, I do not have any of the other symptoms (numbness, pain, etc.)  I would be interested to know how your appointment with the doctor goes - and any recommendations the doctor may have.  I used to think my whole hand was shaking, but have just figured out that it's just my thumb!  
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It is holding the flute up with the elbows bent that is the biggest strain for me, as that involves the Ulnar nerves being stretched and I have an Ulnar nerve problem too, which affects the other fingers. I have had one arm operated on and I don't think it has been a complete success, I am putting off the other arm until I have seen the neuro again. I believe I have some neck involvement too, and with this whole twitching thing it is my tongue I am most worried about in case it is a sign of ALS which would mean my  flute playing days won't last much longer at all.

I suspect any weakness in the face would soon impact on the ability to play a flute as I would have difficulty in making the embouchure, and tonguing. Mercifully although my tongue quivers that seems to have no effect on my playing. I do however  feel the strain in my shoulders and neck of holding the flute steady.

One thing is for sure anxiety has an effect on my embouchure, if I am not sufficiently relaxed, I just lose it, as for me it is not easy to begin with, with my uneven dentistry over the years.
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I have a similar problem when only playing the flute and as a professional it is making my life a misery'
Have seen a neurologist with no problems pathologically.
I have a pinched nerve emanating from the neck resulting I think in hand and arm tremors. This is pure hell and am at a loss as no therapy I have tried helps at all. The tremors can sometimes be accompanied by pain in the arm and shoulder.
Anybody advise?
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