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The neurologist asks me to bend my head forward and immediately I feel a shock of sensation travel down my arms into my fingers. It’s kind of a vibration, buzzing, or tingling more than a shooting pain. I have just shown a positive L’Hermitte's sign .
The extra buzzing I felt is called a dysesthesia since the unusual sensation was provoked by bending my head forward, in contrast to a paresthesia which describes spontaneous tingling, buzzing, partial numbness, sharp pains, or electrical shocks. I get those too.
Not everybody experiences the L’Hermitte's symptom in the same way. For some patients, it is described as an intense electric shock which feels like you’ve just shoved a finger or toe into an electrical outlet. For some, it may just be a very subtle tingling in the fingers, legs, or toes. Or for others, the wave of sensation can also travel down the truck or upwards to the head.
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Although I have been offered the latest chemicals like antipyrine , I prefer not to use treatments that could interfere with my creativity. My goal is to just keep moving. So, I have taken up juggling daily to keep my arms and hands limber. I also enjoy playing billiards because I have to get into so many different poses just for a chance to beat my wife. With each bend in the knee or twist of the arm, I believe I can ma...
Researchers from Harvard Medical School got a surprise this year. They studied the use of acupuncture for the treatment of arm pain from repetitive strain injuries (RSI). The expected result was that the patients treated with acupuncture would have better outcomes than those treated with sham (placebo) acupuncture. The actual results showed that the sham acupuncture treatment reduced arm pain in patients more effectively than for those patients in the actual acupuncture group. The patients in both groups had forearm and/or hand pain for three months or more from repetitive use. Each group received eight treatments over a four-week period of time. The sham group had what looked like a real acupuncture needle. But in reality, it had a blunt (not sharp) tip. The tip of the needle touched the skin but wasn't inserted into the skin. The true acupuncture group had skin penetration with real needles. The patients did not know if they were getting true acupuncture or sham acupuncture treatments...
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