Patient Comments: Muscle Spasms - Experience

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Comment from: Marilyn, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 06

I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia 12 years ago and really struggle with constant pain. The past couple of years I have had constant muscle spasms in the trunk of my body mostly but sometimes in the legs and many times multiple areas at one time. None of my doctors ever seemed to associate it with fibromyalgia and have no clue how to treat it, and I am miserable because it happens daily. I ended up in the hospital almost in a coma from high lactic acid and rhabdomyolysis. Often lab tests show I continue to have high lactic acid but doctors haven't given me any indication as to why this happens or what I can do to prevent it. I drink a lot of water, take magnesium and potassium but it doesn't seem to make a difference.

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Comment from: judye, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 16

I have been experiencing leg cramps in my left hip down since early part of June 2016 and the muscle spasms usually wake me in the wee hours of the morning. I sought chiropractic care in early August 2016 and I was diagnosed with degenerative scoliosis and I am receiving ongoing chiropractic adjustments and deep tissue massage. I am using ibuprofen and Icy Hot patches as needed. The pain has curtailed my activity level but I just try to keep moving.

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Comment from: judda, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: March 29

After a heavy fall in on January 14 I have progressive muscle problems in my back. The muscle spasms started in my lower back and was debilitating, if I lay down I could not get up without severe pain and I could not stoop to pick something up from knee height. Over the ten weeks I have started cramping in other back muscles without cause or reason. The latest is below my left shoulder and is affecting my breathing.

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Comment from: American girl, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 21

I have had Charlie horses, stomach cramps and trigger finger but I am wanting to know what these leg cramps are. Mostly in the evening, even before I fall asleep, my legs spasm out of control and jerk back and forth. They draw up, kick out and hurt. I cannot be still if I try. Sometimes my legs will kick up in the air, in quick repetitive motions, as well as make my knee bend and quickly burst back out. My husband says at night it continues. I do not notice it at night but if I sit for long periods of time, say 30 to 40 minutes, my legs begin their dancing painful routine. There is no rhyme or reason to it. I have trouble walking at times in terms of getting my body ready to move.

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Comment from: Ruthie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 01

I have had restless leg syndrome (RLS) for several years. Over time the attacks have crept up even into my face and hair. When I was 19 I fell into a sitting position while skating. I felt like my spine went through my head. In 1989 I had a neck injury suffering whiplash for 20 years. I can hear the bones of my spine grinding. Now the RLS suddenly attacks. When I get the least bit stressed my body goes into muscle spasms. I tremble. My muscles used to jerk me into fetal position. They still jerk but not as severely since I had surgery, radiofrequency lesioning (RFL) to my neck in 2010. Sweet relief to my neck and from seizure-like spells, but for my lower spine I am just now getting treatment for multiple bulges and multiple spurs. A muscle relaxer that was prescribed to me has helped me so much. No more waking with burning feet, legs flying in the air or the fiberglass feeling all over my scalp or the burning sensation in my skin. Gabapentin is not effective any more. I have taken it for years. Tizanidine has eased the spasms. Pain I've had for years and have learned to live with it. Any new pain is very notable though. I have radiculopathy, cervical and lumbar. Neurologist is a must!

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