Last reply 2 years ago
Index finger twitch

Good morning (from the states),

My index finger has been twitching uncontrollably for 2-3 weeks now. Every day, multiples times per day. I’m trying to rule out everything…. some things I know that can cause this are vitamin deficiencies (Mg, vit B, calcium) – I take all of those, so I don’t believe it would be that. I do have a desk job & spend a lot of time on the computer, using a mouse. I’ve read that carpel tunnel does not generally cause finger twitching, but not sure how accurate that information is (my wrist doesn’t hurt, it’s just my finger twitching). I’ve been at this same job for 14 years, so if it is a mouse, wouldn’t it be odd that it took 14 years for something to go wrong? My last thought is, of course, MS, because I know it can cause some twitching.

Is there anything else (other than a tumor!) that would cause this? I have an appt to see my neuro for MRIs and exam but not until mid-March. This isn’t an urgent issue anyway so if I can’t find a way to resolve this, I’ll just bring it up to him in March.

Going to try a new mouse that helps with index finger fatigue. Just wondering if anybody has some other ideas I can try?

Thank you!

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2 years ago


i had a very similar thing, where i was getting twitches on my right hand. it happened first last august and soon went.
and then maybe 3 weeks ago came back.. i mentioned to MS nurse during my medicine appointment, and they said just to monitor.
Anyway i noticed that i had stopped taking my magnesium supplements as i ran out, and since I’ve started again, coincidence or not, the twitches have gone. so for me it might have been related.
or i may have just been a passing issue, which i hope it turns out to be for you.


2 years ago

I’m glad yours went away. The first few days this went on, it was just mildly annoying and I didn’t think much of it. Now, nearly 3 weeks in, it’s maddening!! It twitches all the time, night & day, weekends & evenings, not just when I’m using the computer. Even when it’s not actually twitching, it feels like it’s about to.

I just ordered a new mouse for my computer where you scroll with your thumb, arrives tomorrow. Sounds like I’ll still use my index finger to click but apparently it’s at a different angle & it’s a very light click so we’ll see if that will help. If it doesn’t, I’ll ….. well I don’t know. I guess just wait until my March appt with the neuro & see what he says. I tried using my mouse with my left hand, to rest my right. That was sort of funny.

2 years ago

I hope that helps mate.

Typically, I noticed my hand twitch today, first time in a while. I sometimes think, I personally notice things more when I’m a little bit worried about them.
No underplaying your issue at all. I just hope like mine it become point when perhaps even if it’s there, you don’t notice it.
If that makes sense?
Anyway, let us know if things improve

2 years ago

OK so the right index finger stopped twitching after about 3.5 weeks. Everything was good for a couple days, and then my left thumb started up. Really irritating. Now my left index finger has started. This has been going on for a couple of months now between both hands.

I haven’t called my neuro, I’ve got MRIs scheduled already for March 12, just in a few weeks so I suppose I can wait. But I’ve looked this up and seems like twitching fingers is really not an MS issue. It’s not a tremor, it’s just a twitch. So maybe not ms. ???? Whatever is going on, it is horribly annoying. And of course, my brain goes to terrible things like Parkinsons.

2 years ago

@isaacson72 , Spasms, tremors and twitching are all indicative of MS.

2 years ago

I knew tremors & spams were, but I figured twitching was something else. I don’t want to hear that it’s ms!! Ugh. I’ll still hold off calling the neuro since my MRIs (and the results with the neuro) are scheduled March 12 anyway. I hope there’s no new lesion. Dang it.

2 years ago

My left upper eyelid has been twitching on and off for about 2 weeks. Ugh.
Hand tremors in the morning only.

BTW: My neuro said my cramps, and tremors and twitches and such are related to the lesions in my neck. Your neuro’s gonna want to see that. Not just the brain.

2 years ago

I emailed him (my neuro) last night. I’m sure I could get the MRIs done earlier than March 12 but I doubt I could get in to see him until then so we’ll see what he says. It’s not like I can’t see or can’t drive or something that would make it more urgent so I’m betting he waits until my appointment. Last year’s MRIs didn’t show any lesions in my neck – just brain & thoracic but nothing new from the year before that. Really, really hope there aren’t any now. I like copaxone, I’m not interested in switching. I will if it’s not working, but I like the no-side-effect medicines.

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