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Weakness in hand

I am a 30 year old female.

About a year ago I was experiencing tremors in both of my hands with very mild weakness and aching in my left hand.  I saw my PCP who couldn't find anything wrong and the symptoms went away on their own.  At the time I had a 10 month old son.

I recently had another baby and towards the end of my pregnancy I started feeling the achiness and weakness in my left hand again. (The tremors have not really returned although my fingers do shake slightly when held straight out and spread apart.) The problem seems to be centered around the 3 middle fingers in that hand.  My ob mentioned that carpal tunnel is common in late pregnancy but I am now 3 months post partum and it has not improved at all.  Also I do not wake with pain during the night which I have read is a common characteristic of CTS.  The pain and weakness is not always apparent, I notice it when I am trying to do a specific task such as folding laundry or making a sandwich.

I am right handed so I am often holding either the baby or my 2 year old in my left arm.  I'm not sure if this is putting stress on my wrist.

Do you think the 2 episodes happening a year apart are related?  The recurrance of the weakness has me worried about MS.  Does the weakness that is characteristic of MS come and go, even over the course of a single day?  Any information of insight you could give me would be appreciated.
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Some of your symptoms sound like there may be a problem with a nerve in your hand or arm. Your OB is right, carpal tunnel is common during pregnancy.  But the persistence of your pain and weakness need to be checked out by a neurologist followed by an EMG which is a study that will look at the nerves and muscles in your arm and help localize the problem.

The episodes certainly could be related, especially because they both occurred in the setting of pregnancy. MS is always a possiblity when we're dealing with a young woman with focal neurological problems. But at this point in time, it's not as likely to be causing your symptoms as a nerve problem in your arm. A thorough exam of your hand strength and sensation by a neurologist should help direct you in the right direction. Best of luck.
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Hi,
Your symptoms are related if you can trace them to using the artificial sweetener, aspartame, Equal, NutraSweet.  
In 1995, the FDA was forced to reveal, under the Freedom of Infromation Act, 91 symptoms caused by aspartame.   No. 10 is fatigue, weakness.  I have personally read many cases of 'carpal tunnel' that subsided or disappeared after abstinence from aspartame, now in 9,000 products.
Check out www.dorway.com' http://aspartamekills.com and www.presidiotex.com/aspartame.  There is a support group at yahoogroups.com
and/or post me at ***@****
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Here we go with the artificial sweetner again.  Maybe this person doesn't use it!  Then what is your theory?
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Hi,

My birthdate is 10/6/67. A week ago I noticed tingling in my left hand. It is slightly weaker than my right although I am right handed. However, as a martial artist I've been told my left hand is actually stronger. I have no health insurance and very concerned as this hasn't gone away and I notice the difference when I try to use my left hand. It almost feels like you have to crack your knuckels but it doesn't go away and unforatable to deal with. Even typing I notice a difference. Is this just "all in my head?"
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I CUT MY HAND AND DAMAGED A TENDON ON THE TOP OF MY HAND.  ALONG WITH THIS I ALSO DAMAGED THE MOTOR NERVE ALONG THE OUTSIDE OF MY LEFT HAND.  THIS HAS CAUSED ME TO NOT HAVE ANY FEELING IN MY PINKY AND RING FINGER.  ALSO, I AM NOT ABLE TO TOUCH MY THUMB AND PINKY TOGETHER.  I HAD SURGERY YESTERDAY THE 5TH OF NOVEMBER.  AND THE FINAL DECISION THAT WAS GIVEN TO ME IS THAT THEY WERE NOT ABLE TO REPAIR THE NERVE AND I WOULD PROBABLY END UP WITH ONLY A 25% USAGE OF MY LEFT HAND.  THE DOCTOR THAT PERFORMED THE SURGERY ON ME WAS AN ORTHOPEDIC DOCTOR.  IF HE WAS NOT ABLE TO DO BETTER THAN THIS SHOULD I HAVE BEEN REFFERRED TO A NEUROLOGIST?  IS THERE A CHANCE THAT IF I AM ABLE TO SEE A SPECIALIST SOON THAT SOMEONE ELSE MORE QUALIFIED COULD HELP?  I AM IN THE USMC.  ANY INPUT THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE IS GREATLY APPRECIATED.

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