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Pain at back of head and lack of ability to clench fingers

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Pain at back of head and lack of ability to clench fingers
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 2 years ago.

Hi. How long has this been going on?

Is the clenching problem with both hands?

Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Yes both hands. Pain at back of head started a month ago after a cold with stiffness leading down to neck.

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 2 years ago.
OK Rushton--have you seen a doctor about this and gotten any tests or studies?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

No

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 2 years ago.

Well you really need to see a doctor about this Rushton.

There are two possibilities here--

Most likely you have a disk problem in your neck and there may be some spinal cord compression that's causing both the pain and the inability to clench your hands.

But even more worrisome would be that you may have had a stroke

You need a full exam and MRI's of your brain and cervical spine right away

Let me know if you need any more information

Customer: replied 2 years ago.

I didnt say that

After a 3 miles walk I noticed that both ankles and hands were swollen about 10 days ago. That was the first time I had the clenching symptom.

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 2 years ago.
OK. So the basic problem with the hand clenching is that they are too swollen to fully make a fist?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Apologies: I don't know where the text " I didn't say that" came from. (You must have thought I was very rude)

Yes the swelling of the hands could explain difficulty clenching.

The ankles went down the next day. But the stiff neck is also improving but the pain at the back of the head especially if I shake my head is still present.

Thank you very much for your kind help so far.

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 2 years ago.

No need to apologize Rushton

One other question then--do you have any medical conditions and do you take any medications?

Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Yes 10mg of Statins for the last two years and three years ago a scrape to L4 and L5 for a trapped nerve/Sciatica which was successful.

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 2 years ago.

OK Rushton. I still think an MRI of your neck is in order to look for a disk problem

As for the hand and ankle swelling, that could be a problem with low potassium levels, low vitamin D levels, liver or kidney problems, or possibly an autoimmune disorder like rheumatoid arthritis

I suggest you see your doctor about this and get some studies

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