What do you do for muscle spasms?

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Danimal
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   Posted 4/18/2009 8:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone:

I am having a terrible muscle spasm today. I'm about 3 months post-op (Medtronic neurostimulator for back and leg pain). I had to run after my naughty dog yesterday who stole a sandwich at the park and I think that has done a number on me. I take moprhine, methadone and am taking alleve and tylenol today. Also tizanidine (muscle relaxant). I have used arctic heat gel and have taken a hot shower but am still very sore with this spasm..that is right around my tunneling cable and on my lower right flank. Any other ideas?? Please help!

Thanks so much,

Danimal

Author of Chronic Stimulation- a blog about being young, being in chronic pain and living with a neurostimulator

http://www.chronicstimulation.blogspot.com/

White Beard
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   Posted 4/18/2009 9:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Danimal

I guess it all depends on what is causing the muscle spasms. I get terrible muscle spasms, just about every where, in my neck, my hands , my feet, the inside of my thighs, back of my thighs and calves, heck just about everywhere, my Doc prescribed Baclofen, I was started of at 5mg every 8 hours, and increased it up to my current dosage of 25mg every 8 hours, which seems to work pretty good, oh I still get them every now and then but not like I did before! Baclofen really has been a Godsend for me I nolonger get those horrible long lasting muscle spasms that would cause my muscle to knot up into a tight ball and not release, they would hurt so bad! I also found that since I have been on Baclofen that I don't need as much Percocet for break through pain. My pain Doc said that allot of patients that are on Baclofen also report that it helps relieve pain. You might want to ask your Doctor about it.
Good Luck to You
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  I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disalbility!--Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV


Ms Kitty
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   Posted 4/18/2009 9:18 PM (GMT -7)   
My solution is to marry a theraoeutic massage therapist - my foot and leg spasm horribly and Bob chases the pain away.
Ms Kitty
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Tony McGuire
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   Posted 4/19/2009 12:21 AM (GMT -7)   
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flower123
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   Posted 4/19/2009 5:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi! If I am able to, I get a REALLY soft massage. Also, I use a heating pad--ceramic moist heat. It helps a lot. I also have trouble moving when I'm in severe spasm, so I just try to stay still.

uniquelyme
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   Posted 4/19/2009 1:53 PM (GMT -7)   
spasms SUCK!!! Especially if they're deep...I just lay around in pain and pray for sleep...I take Zanaflex sometimes, and last night it caused me to have some severe nightmares....Not fun!!! I hope we all have a pain and spasm free day...

Me.
 
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White Beard
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   Posted 4/19/2009 3:02 PM (GMT -7)   
You have that right uniquelyme! When the muscles spasm, and get into a tight hard knot, and you can't even try to massage them out,  because, it hurts so bad to even touch them, there is just nothing you can do to get the muscle to release or relax, except, just to wait it out! I know sometimes I get them so bad that it will bring tears to my eyes! I know I hate waking up to spasms in my legs and feet in the middle of the night,  to me that is the worst!

White Beard


  I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disalbility!--Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV

Post Edited (White Beard) : 4/19/2009 4:06:39 PM (GMT-6)


PAlady
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   Posted 4/19/2009 3:07 PM (GMT -7)   
You know I forgot about my theracane. Anyone know what I'm talkiing about? A physical therapist gave one to me years ago and I don't know what I'd do without it! It sits next to me in the living room. It looks like a big candy can, with those knobs on the end (like what a massage therapist might use to go deep into the tissue). My PT has taught me how to use it, but I experiment myself. You lean back into those knobs while sitting (at least that's how I do it) and if you can find where the muscle is knotted you can sometimes work it out. I'd ask your PT about it, but I also think you might be able to buy them online. You just don't want to overdo it around a muscle, but I use it regularly around my neck and certain parts of my back. On the other hand, there are areas I find it's just too difficult to get to.

PaLady

TroubleMaker
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   Posted 4/20/2009 8:27 AM (GMT -7)   

I have cramps in my calves bad.  All I have to do is move my foot or toes in the wrong direction and bam I'm off.  I'll use heating pads off and on, and take a hot salt bath and my sweet husband will come and rub them for me when there are where I can not walk.  Or I just sit and scream

Trouble


Pain pain go away and never darken my door step again :)
 
 

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