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    Hands flickering...strange muscle fatigue

    I'm 15 months post, realistically not expecting more recovery but always hopeful.

    I've always had that phantom feeling of being able to move my hands/fingers if I shut my eyes and I've always known something was trying to work because the tendons in my forearm move.

    Just recently I've had bouts of intense burning everywhere that I have impaired sensation..........this has lasted a couple of days and really fatigued me. After each session, typically about once a fortnight, I could swear my sensation has improved.

    I've also noticed a strange fatigue feeling in muscles which typically haven't worked - tris, pecs, lats - as well as in my hands. Previously, they just haven't worked, never felt anything but touch sensation from them, although I had a similar feeling in left tricep when I got partial return.

    Tonight, my hands feel heavy - I know this sounds weird....I am sober - and I've just watched tendons in hand and the muscle between thumb and forefinger flicker each time I tried to move it. I've had thumb flickers before but never so consistently.

    Am I going mad? Could the fatigue be muscles I haven't used partially waking up and going 'fck me, that's hard work' because they haven't been used?

    Anyone experienced similar?
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    that's how my hands were when i got return. it was freakier for me because i'd try everyday, then one day, my finger would twich out of nowhere when i tried, etc.

    don't stop. forced use is the key i believe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cali
    that's how my hands were when i got return. it was freakier for me because i'd try everyday, then one day, my finger would twich out of nowhere when i tried, etc.

    don't stop. forced use is the key i believe.
    Thanks Cali. How far post were you?
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    my left hand was working at c8 at about 6 months post. it's 1yr 9 mo post now and my left hand works at t1 and my right hand works at c8.

    i'm c6-7inc though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RehabRhino
    Tonight, my hands feel heavy - I know this sounds weird....I am sober - and I've just watched tendons in hand and the muscle between thumb and forefinger flicker each time I tried to move it. I've had thumb flickers before but never so consistently.

    Am I going mad? Could the fatigue be muscles I haven't used partially waking up and going 'fck me, that's hard work' because they haven't been used?

    Anyone experienced similar?
    I'm 25 months post and have just recently had the same thing going on in my right hand....It's not a controlled movement by any means, but each time I try to move it, I can usually get a flicker like you are describing....Not giving up yet man....

    I haven't gotten the sensation return you are describing, but I sure as heck know the fatigue feeling you are talking about....Some days I feel like I just got through with 2-a-day football pravtices(real football ) and I will just ache in my shoulders, triceps, and hands....

    Who knows what's going on in these bloody nerve cells of ours?


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    RR, a flicker is contraction. Contraction is graded from 0 to 5, what you are describing is at least a 1. In other words, you are experiencing...

    RETURN

    So now work from 1 to 2, to 3...
    I am working my muscles and got my gluts back from 1 to 3. And it all started with a flicker.
    Every return counts toward making life easier. My gluts have made a huge difference, for example, for turning in bed.
    It´s also not unusual for return to disappear, then to re-return.
    Man, I wish you the best.

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    i agree about it coming and going. that's fatigue i believe, that's how my foot and ham are right now.
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    When they first wake up they fatigue real easy. I'd work them in bed, then nobody would believe me because I couldn't do it later.

    I think you are ready for the secret. FOLD TOWELS! It will be slow, frustrating and require teeth, but it works. Towels and smoking, best OT avalable.

    Good luck!

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    *shrug*

    i played dominoes and cards
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    I got finger function back around the year-year and a half mark also. Not full or especially strong, but whatever comes back is definitely good.

    Good luck!
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