Spasms in the hands and feet

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Kimber
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   Posted 2/25/2006 3:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi,

I've gotten accustomed to living with pain on a daily basis, the new med is helping some with that thankfully. Lately though, I'm getting these waves of excruciating pain in my hands and feet like someone is putting them in a vise and crushing them. It doesn't last long but brings me to tears. I'm guessing it's some kind of spasm. I haven't mentioned it to doc yet, I will when I go next week. In the meantime does anyone else experience this? and does anything help?

Thanks!
Kimber
 
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CaMama
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   Posted 2/26/2006 1:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kimber,
 
So sorry to hear about this pain! I used to get something like that in my feet - only it was definitely a cramping/spasm type pain. From toe to ankle and they lasted about 20 minutes. I always felt like I was hit by a semi for days afterwards and it was strange to look at my feet and not see bruises when it felt black and blue all over.
 
I eventually got muscle relaxants. I took them on a regular basis for many months..eventually I cut back in dosage and then went on an "as needed" basis. I no longer have an Rx for them, but occasionally still feel the need for them.
 
Please don't forget to discuss this with your doctor and if he dismisses you - go to someone else for it.
 
Good luck.
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Morticia32
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   Posted 2/26/2006 9:22 AM (GMT -7)   
I get these spams in my joints on my thumbs and big toes. Feels like someone has smashed them or is sticking a knife in and moving it around. I go sit in a hot bath, it seems to help loosen them up.
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LeeLee123
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   Posted 2/26/2006 1:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kimber. I have episodes of what you are talking about in both my hands and feet. In fact, I had it last week all over my body when I had a bad RA flare. I don't know why, but if you can grab hold of the place doing that and put as much pressure on it as you can... try to cut the blood off from it, it will help. You said that it felt like the joint was in a vice. Yes. It feels like that and like a tank is running over it and pulverizing your bones. Just put as much pressure as you can on and above the place and also use heat (a heating pad and/or a hot bath). Sometimes it goes quickly, and you have only time to scream or cry before it ends. I learned that if I would quickly grab and put all the pressure I could above the place, that it would help it stop. If you get a time that it does not go away soon, get into a hot bath or get some heat on it. I hope you do better soon. :) I know also that when you are in that bad of pain you can't make a bath or get in a bath. You can't even turn on the faucet or get your clothes off. I keep the heating pad out all the time for emergencies. Sometimes it is hard to even turn the switch to get it on. Hopefully your medicine will help with these flares. I have also had the pain that is like electrical shocks. Have you had any of these?

Kimber
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   Posted 2/26/2006 3:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all very much. I will try the heat and the pressure see it that helps. I will bring it up to doc when i go next week.

Lee, I don't get electric shock sensations just burning, numbness, and that pins and needles feeling like things falling asleep.
 
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erin.K
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   Posted 2/27/2006 7:34 AM (GMT -7)   
yikes, i hate spasms.  the ones i get are from AS and they are brutal.  it's an awful lower back spasm that feels like it wraps around your waist and it's crushing & keeps ya from breathing sometimes.  the only thing that breaks it is diazepam.  the TNFs have helped ease them and lessenned the frequency as well. 
 
spasms in the hands and feet also could be localized seizures...i get those in my legs.
also calcium and potassium deficiencies or abnormalities could cause spasms.
 
i had also what was called tetany, constant muscle spasms in the legs...and the neurologist had me on a high calcium diet, it worked!  i couldn't believe it....was very skeptical.
make sure to mention it to the doc.
the best to you!
 
erin
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erin.K
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   Posted 2/27/2006 7:37 AM (GMT -7)   

oh Kimber...forgot:

also, make sure you don't have any heart disease problems or blood pressure problems.  lack of blood flow from artery disease and plaque could cause symptoms like you described in the hands and feet.

just as precaution.


Active, Severe RA. Crohns Disease. Chiari Malformation & Right Brain venous anomoly. AS. Emphysema. Rheumatic Lung. MVP and Tricuspid prolapse. Had Lymes disease for 10 years.
Meds: Humira 40mg every 4 days; pred; Pentasa; Imuran; dilaudid; diazepam; Avinza 30mg; MiraLax & too many others.


Kimber
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   Posted 3/1/2006 7:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Erin,

Those back spasms sound awful!! My mother used to get back spasms like that, exactly like what you describe took the breath right out of her :( I'm sorry you have those.

Thanks for sharing all that information on possible causes with me :) I'll check into a few of the things you mentioned and see how things turn out.

Kimber
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