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Lungs Holding Up Well, But Now New Symptom Emerges!

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#1 millerscrossing


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Posted 01 January 2008 - 03:28 PM

Was shaving today and suddenly my hand seized up which stopped me from being ale to shave....had to wait until the cramp passed which happened as soon as I tried to shave some more.

An hour later, I experianced spasms of cramps in my hands...and I was just watching TV....seizing up in agony - both hands and lasted around 5 minutes - the pain was undescriable........any one experiance this.....?

I am spending a VERY lot of time on the laptop....could it just be that I need to stop typing all day!!

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Posted 01 January 2008 - 04:21 PM

Hi Millerscrossing,
Sorry to hear that you are going through a difficult time right now, if it doesn't rain, it pours , so to speak!.

I seem to have bouts of cramps in my calves ( which never seems to fully emerge into anything). My calves feel as though they are going to go into a full spasm, but that is it, weird. :huh: . This can go on for a few weeks then leave me.

The only thing I can think of is that you are not drinking enough fluids or you need more potassium or sodium in your diet.

For me personally I don't usually have salt in my diet unless it is already added to my food, and I must say I am pretty lazy for drinking fluids.

It might also be that you need to give your hands a break from typing for awhile and see what happens.

Take care

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Posted 01 January 2008 - 05:47 PM

Hey James,
I wish life would cut you a break. Maybe a banana or potassium like Celia suggested. I have cramps in my feet. Its like they're paralyzed for 5 minutes. Weird. I just try to shake it out.

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Posted 02 January 2008 - 04:13 AM

From time to time, my hands lock up. I'm not sure why but it seems that when they are in a certain position they cramp up as you describe. Unfortunately, I have not figured out what causes this or how to make them lock up on demand to show the doctors. Good Luck Gidget

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Posted 02 January 2008 - 06:27 AM

My hands seize up frequently and it is very painful. My thumb moves inward and it is difficult to pull it back into it's normal position. This happens to me frequently after dialysis but occurs at other times as well. I can't have potassium due to the kidney failure so I just wait it out. It scares me because my hands look like they have sclerodactyl and I worry that they won't straighten out again.
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Posted 02 January 2008 - 04:43 PM

Hi Millercrossing:

I also have a hard time when I'm shaving or blowdrying my hair. My hands don't cramp that bad but they "go to sleep". This is something that happens all the time. I didn't kow about the potassium ( I will start that) but the doctor told me that excercise and he gave me splints to put on my hands and arms to help. I also went to get physical therapy. I can't say it worked but It seems to work for other people.

I hope you feel better and that tgis doesn't come back.


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Posted 02 January 2008 - 05:27 PM

Hi Miller,

Yep, been there, done that. I think every part of my body has at one time or other cramped up on me. Lately it's my feet. It feels like my big toe is being pulled up and back. and when I try to straighten it out, it hurts like crazy. I have to get up and walk it out. My hands do the same. I've even had what I like to call a "fat cramp" in my belly if I sneeze too hard. When that one hits me I have to bend over and wait til it passes, it will not go away by doing anything like massaging it out, it has to pass on it's own.

I'm sorry you are having this issue. Some one mentioned to me in the chat room one time, that when I get a cramp to put some salt in my hand, just a little bit, and let it disolve on my tongue. I've tried it when I was having bad calf cramps one night, and I'll be darned, it actually worked. I keep forgetting to try that when I have other cramps.

Good luck to you..
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Posted 06 January 2008 - 10:24 AM

Im sitting in the movies this afternoon with my 2 kids and all of a suddent my hand start to cramp on me, this never happened before to be ever, it lasted a few minutes and went away very weird, is this all related to scleroderma?

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Posted 06 January 2008 - 01:20 PM

Had the cramping in my legs. Since the operation, I have constant spasms in the leg of the area near the amputation. I think it's just a mental thing remembering all the pain involved with the whole situation.

It is what it is...........

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Posted 10 January 2008 - 12:06 PM

i have htese and there called vasospasms its a part of raynauds and scleroderma...they are quiet painful except my finger get stiff and kinda freak out on me causing them to hurt more... I have to soak my hands in water or just rub the **** out of them... look up hand vasospasms its associated with scleroderma...

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Posted 11 January 2008 - 06:46 AM

Yup... I think you have something there... about the typing at the computer, that is! lol It isn't funny... but I also notice that when I've been typing for quite awhile, my hands will lock up... My neck will also give me trouble as a result of sitting in the same position for a bit too long!

Didn't think abou the potassium, but that's a good suggestion!

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