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Hand weakness and muscle wasting related to depo shot?

In May 2006, I noticed that I could not extend my right thumb all the way or move my middle finger independantly.  There is significant muscle wasting in my forearm now.  I have been to several neurologists and stumped them all.  One of them says it looks like poliomyletis, but I am too young (31).  The test where they put a needle into your muscle and listen to it shows that there is some abnormality, but the shock test shows there is nothing blocking the electricity.

I have been on depo provera for 3 years.

I was looking at the side effects to the depo shot online a few days ago - one of the side effects is paralysis.  However, I cannot find any stories on how this paralysis is manifested.  Does the depo shot cause nerve damage, and how does it go about it?
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First of all, keep in mind that I am unable to diagnose you because I am unable to examine you, this forum is for educational purposes.      
   The symptoms and story that you provide are concerning for some process interupting the flow of nerve signals from the spinal cord to the hand/arm muscles.  The process begins at the alpha motor neuron (in the spinal cord) which projects an axon (wire) out of the spinal column through a network of nerves (the brachial plexus) and eventually to the muscles.  A disruption at any point in this process can cause weakness and atrophy of the muscles (with abnormal EMGs).  Some diseases that affect the alpha motor neuron include ALS and Polio.  Radiculopathy (pinched nerve) and root avulsion affect nerves as they exit the spinal column.  Trauma, diabetes, neuralgic amyotrophy, compression injuries all can affect the brachial plexus.  Compression of peripheral nerves are also quite common including compression of the radial nerve at the spiral groove (of the humerous (upper arm bone)), compression of the ulnar nerve at the elbow (funny bone) and compression of the median nerve at the wrist (carpal tunnel syndrome).  Given the history that you have provided, I can not localize your problems any further, but would recommend an MRI of the cervical spine, and a repeat EMG at a major academic center.  As far a Depo-Provera shots go, it is likely unrelated.  The side effect 'paralysis' is listed in the less than 1% of possible reactions to the medication and has no statistically significant association (there is also no information provided about a possible mechanism). One side effect that is very real is osteoporosis (thinning of the bones).  With long term use, you may be at risk for compression fractures of the vertebrae (which can cause a pinched nerve or 'radiculopathy').  But given your age and the fact that you have only used it for three years, this is less likely.  I hope this has been helpful.
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I quit depo 10 yrs ago, i started having numbness on my left hand baby finger and ring finger up the side to elbow, about 5 mo ago, I don't know if its related to depo.

But I have had cognitive problems, short term memory loss, and attention deficet like problems, 2 brain lesions, doctors don't want to say anything bad about Depo, but once I stopped it, all my problems started.

Hope this helps some
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Interesting, I was on it for 3 years from 19-22 years old.  I gained 30lbs, so I went off.  Now I'm 31 and having burning feet and what I think to be muscle wasting in my calves (very weak and shaky).  It is synthetic progesterone I think.  Depo was a relatively new thing 10-15 yrs ago, so they may not know the long term side effects.  As for my diagnosis now, they are down to Myofascial pain syndrome??  Anyway, hope Depo isn't doing this to people.  Take care:)
176722 tn?1193381858
There were some lawsuits filed against the depo people, class actions, one legal firm had the case, then it got transferred to another legal firm, then i email them and they say it was dropped.

Sounds like a payoff to me.

Search web for depoprovera, you will see what some women are saying.
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A related discussion, DEPO SHOT, DEPRESSION, ADD AND GAD was started.
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A related discussion, Problems since Depro injection was started.
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