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Pinky tremor as first sign?

gwill
1 post
Jan 17, 2010
3:32 PM
How many of you experienced pinky tremor as a first sign? If so, how long was it before other symptoms presented?

Reason I ask....my husband is 41yrs old and has been having pinky tremor since last August. He has also had one episode of forearm tremor and one chin tremor. He is otherwise having no other problems and has no other health issues.

He saw a MDS who said it sounded like dystonia, and to return in 6mths if symptoms increased or if new ones appeared (of course this was before the forearm and chin tremors), at the time of his appt he was only having pinky issues.

He seems to only have the tremor when under stress, and mostly when at rest, but sometimes when he is using the keyboard or using his hands.

Does this sound like anyone else's experience with PD?

Modemdavid
98 posts
Jan 17, 2010
4:49 PM
That was my first symptom....began ~ age 45 (now 50).
As a musician (keyboards) noted intermittent tremor for a few months before the long process of differential diagnosis.
john65
32 posts
Jan 17, 2010
5:52 PM
Mine started the same at 40-41 now 45.Initial observation was essential tremor,but it soon was a pd diagnosis.
ttm
5 posts
Jan 18, 2010
10:27 AM
Did any of your pinky tremors look like this?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6817sAtwlr8

ajs99
3 posts
Jan 18, 2010
3:54 PM
My first sign of pd was a pinky tremor that started in Feb 09. It was very very slight and alternated between my pinky and index finger. I also developed a writer's cramp around the same time. First visit to neuro in 4/09 said it was essential tremor.

Tremor and cramp worsened thru the summer. Stress, writing, and keyboard were factors in worsening symptoms. Appt with Movement Disorder Specialist in 9/09 gave differential diagnosis of parkinson's and dystonia.

PeterL
2 posts
Jan 19, 2010
3:32 PM
Yes,Gwill it sounds very familiar. I first started with headaches and feeling tired.That lasted for about 6 months before arm tremors started with left arm only.When I am under stress it really acts up and especially when arm is at rest.I have just been diagnosed with PD about 2 months ago.I am now experiencing more rigidity in my muscles especially my neck.It is progressing but not starting meds until it gets bad.I heard that the longer you hold off taken meds the better.Good luck
gwill
2 posts
Jan 19, 2010
6:16 PM
Thanks so much for all of your replies to this post. Just wondering if the pinky tremors that you experienced were more of a side to side motion (moving away from ring finger to the side), or were they more of an up and down type movement (toward palm of hand)? My husband's tremor creates a pit on the side of his hand (below his pinky) when the muscle there starts to tremor, thus making his pinky finger move in a side to side motion. Has anyone else experienced this?
ttm
6 posts
Jan 20, 2010
6:38 PM
Gwill, this is what mine looks like (this isn't my pinky in the video, but this is very similar to what mine looks like, and I have not been DX with PD yet - going to movement disorder specialist next month).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6817sAtwlr8

Also, what do you mean by "creates a pit" on the side of his hand?

gwill
3 posts
Jan 20, 2010
6:47 PM
The muscle on the side of his hand (the one that controls that finger) will draw inward as it starts to tremor side to side.
ttm
7 posts
Jan 20, 2010
7:22 PM
Thanks. What about the video? Does his look similar to that?
gwill
4 posts
Jan 21, 2010
7:28 PM
His tremor looks more like the one in this video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFId9Dhc1qA&NR=1
(Except that it is his pinky and not the index finger that has the problem).
donR
38 posts
Jan 22, 2010
12:07 AM
Hi gwill, from the research I've done and input from three specialists I've concluded that PD can show up in a number of different ways. Mine started as a shaking thumb but before that I experienced regidity, arm pain, slower walking gate, sleeplesness and foot dragging ...which are other symptoms of PD. Be aware though that my neurologist was looking for symptoms that showed on one side of the body and not the other to rule out other neurologic disorders.

As for progression....everyone is different. I exercise so I hope that slows the progression

as for meds: some neurologists say to start meds (ie dopamine) right away and others prefer to wait starting first with a MAOB inhibitor or possibly CoQ10 and mucuna supplements if going natural). As you'll see by reading the blogs - neurologists have just one thing in common....they prescribe treatments and diagnose in a myriad of different ways.

Above all, find a good Movement Disorder Specialist and develop an early plan.
Keep in touch and God Bless Don R

ttm
8 posts
Feb 10, 2010
2:38 PM
Had my appt. with a movement disorder specialist today in Elkridge, MD. Really liked her. Dr. Bowman. She is an associate of Dr. Grill who is a very well known neurologist in MD and treats a lot of PD patients. She put me through quite a few tests and even though my pinky wasn't tremoring while I was there, she said it sounded more like a benign tremor since I showed no other signs of PD. But she wants me to come back in 4 months and keep an eye on whether or not any other symptoms are showing up. She said my tremor (from how I was describing it) was faster than a typical PD tremor. She said that the fact that it hasn't progressed in almost 2 years is also a good sign. So we shall see, but good news for now.