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#1 Sam

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Posted 03 March 2009 - 03:56 AM

Does anyone have like electrical pulses going through their elbow area or maybe a pinkie? My doctor told me to take diuretic and I have but I still have it. I do have edema and have it for awhile. But the electrical pulses kinda is worrisome. I have appointment soon with my rheumatologist. So I was wondering if anyone else has this.

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Posted 03 March 2009 - 04:27 AM

Sam,

So does your elbow light up? :lol: Seriously, I'm not sure what you mean? It is a sensation of electrical pulses? Does it hurt? I've never heard of it, so I'm having a hard time relating. I certainly hope it doesn't hurt. Are the diuretics helping?

Please let us know what your rheumatologist says. You've got my curiosity up.

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Posted 03 March 2009 - 04:32 AM

Hi Sam,

I may be wrong, I often am, and I have no medical training at all. Your description sounds a bit like a pinched nerve, and sometimes nerves can be pinched by the pressure of too much fluid (edema). So the diuretics might work yet. My doctor advised me to drink a lot of water when I am on diuretics, to avoid dehydration and to help flush the excess fluid out of the system.

Since it seems to be at the elbow, you may want to consider the idea of not leaning or putting any pressure on your elbows. For example, while at the computer, you could put a pillow on the arm of the chair. Also consider avoiding leaning on your elbows when you are sitting at a table, and so forth. All that will just make a bad situation worse.

My husband gets "tennis elbow" sometimes, where there is an excess accumulation of fluid in the elbow. They usually try some meds and icing first, to try to reduce the swelling, and if that doesn't work, the doctor just aspirates the fluid out (takes it out with a needle) in the office. It takes just a few minutes and his elbow is good as new.

Of course, that may or may not be what is happening in your particular circumstance. So keep us posted on how things go and what the remedy turns out to be!
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Posted 03 March 2009 - 05:18 AM

Hi Sam,

I'm no doctor either, but...I have spurring on my kneecap, my ankle and my elbow. However, it isn't a constant problem, but it DOES get my attention every so often!

Concerning my elbow, the spur affects the nerve, which radiates down my arm. Depending on what I'm doing and the position, it will affect my wrist and other times, it affects my little finger!

At any rate, it's bothersome, but in my case, not life threatening, so we do nothing.

I hope that it stops giving you trouble, soon.
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#5 Jeannie McClelland

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Posted 03 March 2009 - 05:28 AM

Susie described the elbow thing perfectly. I get it too and my doctor has labeled it as a combination of tendonitis and pinched nerve and dubbed it 'knitter's elbow' in my case. :lol: That goes along nicely with what my dermatologist calls my 'gardener's hand'.

If I use that arm too much or foolishly lift something heavy one-handed, it gets worse. Rest and moist heat seem to help it.

Hope you get some relief soon!

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#6 Sam

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Posted 03 March 2009 - 06:54 AM

Thanks everyone. It feels like an electric pulse. Its kinda hard to describe. Will talk with my rheumatologist again. He didn't mention tennis elbow to me the last time I was there but at that time my pinkie wasn't affected. Again thanks.

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Posted 03 March 2009 - 09:52 AM

Hi Sam:

I am not sure if this is related or not, but I have electrical shock feelings in my head, of all places. This topic came up recently, and is in the Topic, Brain Involvement or Not.

They are feelings of shock, shock, shock, rather than pulses.

It worried me, also, but didn't seem to worry my internist or my rheumatologist.

I hope this helps you a little bit.

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Posted 03 March 2009 - 10:12 AM

Here's a link to the topic Janet mentioned: Brain Involvement or Not.
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Posted 03 March 2009 - 10:16 AM

If you are able to find out, Sam...please let us know? Thanks!

Jeannie,

YOU are the talented one, my Friend.

For me, this is how I associate it to anything: Every time my elbow bends, my mouth flies open! As I've mentioned before, I only WISH I could knit. I can only crochet a chain from here to Australia
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Posted 03 March 2009 - 12:14 PM

<<They are feelings of shock, shock, shock, rather than pulses.>>

Hi Janet,

Did you ask your doctor about the possibility of the *shocks* being seizures? Gareth complains about *cracking* in his brain when he lays down at night and he's on seizure meds. Not all seizures are severe; most people don't know they have them till they get a bad one. A simple EEG would rule that out. Also, seizures are a possibility with undifferentiated connective tissue disease (UCTD).

Take care, Everyone.
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Posted 03 March 2009 - 04:04 PM

Hi Margaret,

No, I hadn't even thought of that at the time. I had first brought up the shocks with my internist prior to diagnosis, and she did not seem concerned, then with the rheumatologist later, and he also didn't seem concerned. I had read your posts about Gareth's "cracking" and it did make me think. It is very interesting, because I have also noticed times that my eyeballs seem to shake back and forth very quickly. This, along with the shocking feelings, really makes me wonder.

I am going to make a note about asking about seizures. I didn't know that they were a possibility with UCTD.

Many thanks to you, Margaret, for bring this to my attention.

Warm, warm hugs to you and Gareth.

Many warm hugs to all.

Janet :)

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Posted 03 March 2009 - 04:32 PM

Hi there, Sam,

It sounds like maybe cubital tunnel syndrome. That is a little like it's better known cousin, carpal tunnel syndrome but happens in the elbow and not the wrist.

As I understand it, cubital tunnel syndrome symptoms often include pain, tingling and numbness and if often felt in the ring and little finger. It is caused by irritation of the Cubital nerve, which is the one that gives you that "funny bone" feeling when you hit your elbow wrong. Things like keeping your elbow bent for a long time (i.e., keeping it on an armrest, a long time on the phone, resting your elbow on a table, or bent while sleeping.) It can cause weakness while doing a pinching motion and can cause you to drop things.

The way this is evaluated is an EMG usually preformed by a Neurologist to test the nerve conductivity.

You can do some things to try to make it feel better such as not resting your elbows on tables, switch hands and sides when on the phone more than 15 minutes and flexing and bending your arms when sitting every once in a while.

Hope this helps,

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Posted 03 March 2009 - 04:56 PM

I had the same kind of pain years ago. They told me I had an irritated ulnal nerve. What finally made the pain go away was an accupuncturist put a needle in the pressure point next to the clavical bone where the nerve travels up and it cured it. The nerve was pinched was all.

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Posted 04 March 2009 - 04:34 AM

Well I do sleep with my arms bent at night, so that could be the problem on my right arm but the other is on my left hand. So I will mention this to the rheumatologist when I see him. Thanks.
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Posted 04 March 2009 - 03:25 PM

Hi Sam, I know what you mean by electrical impulse feeling. I used to get this in my knee area and it went sort of like this, buzz....buzz.....buzz. I went for physio therapy of my knee because among other things my MRI said I had a torn meniscus, acl tear and chondromalacia. When I told the therapist about the electrical feeling she massaged down the front of my shin. Wow, there were some painful spots there but she said they were knots in the muscle. After several weeks of massage in that spot, I no longer have that feeling. I assume something was pressing on a nerve.

I hope you find something to help yours because it is very annoying.

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Posted 05 March 2009 - 07:22 AM

Hi Sam.
I am amazed! Yes, I know exactly what you mean by electrical pulses. Actually, this sounds nuts, but I thought that there may be something with the overhead power lines or something. I recently moved so I figured it was something that I was just sensitive to in this house. I didn't even mention it to my husband because I think it sounds so crazy. I really only notice when I am still- like lying in bed. It feels like I am picking up some sort of current that feels like low level electricity going through my body. It doesn't hurt- just weird. It comes & goes. Don't know what else to say. If you get any info about what it is- I'd love to know.
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Posted 05 March 2009 - 09:24 AM

Hi Lucy, That is too funny because I thought that I was also picking up some electrical pulses from somewhere. As my husband is an electrician I first thought maybe he was giving off something in bed at night that he'd accumulated during the day. lol That is exactly what it feels like. You are not alone.
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