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Ginny
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   Posted 10/30/2008 7:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Just wondering if muscle spasms are common?  I know muscle pain is typical of fibro, but actual spasming of the muscles I'm not sure about.  I'm asking because I have "take your breath away" kind of pain from the muslces in my mid back, under the shoulder blades, and in my left hip.  I'm going nuts with this...
 
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   Posted 10/30/2008 8:47 PM (GMT -7)   
That is usually the type of pain I get. Muscle spasms in my back and front, especially under my rib cage and in my chest and also up under my shoulder blades. Occasionally I get muscle aches through out my body, but it's mainly muscle spasms.
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   Posted 10/31/2008 3:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Is it like a cramping pain?  I have had that in my feet and legs.  You may be low on potassium and calcium.  That can cause muscle cramping.
 
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   Posted 10/31/2008 6:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi ginny-

My muscles in my legs, upper thighs, and hips will get hard and hurt and I do have twitching in different areas of my body at times. I will get muscle "spasms" to the right side of my mid back and the pain will take my breath away also. :(

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   Posted 10/31/2008 7:22 AM (GMT -7)   
I have muscles spasms too. Also very tight muscles. I take Soma for that, it is a muscle relaxer. You might want to talk to your doc about that.

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   Posted 10/31/2008 9:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ginny, i do get muscle spasms, but they are more so in my lower back sacral area i have terrible arthritus there and it has terrible spasms there.  Soma is good for spams, but also there is zanaflex is what i take, people with MS and Parkinsons take it,so it works pretty well.  I get twitches in my upper right thigh and also of all places my forehead,havent figured that one out yet, it doesnt really hurt, but it feels real odd.  Oh yeah I do remmeber chronically, not always but at times i get this little spasm on my right breast, it also does not hurt but feels real odd, like a flutter spasming.  The only one which real hurt are my lower back and upper right thigh. But i suspect mine is do to arthritus rather than fibro, at least in my back anyway.  The thigh i have no idea just know it hurts.
My poor hubby has got a bad back, and i occasionlly will give him a flexerill i have left over, i dont really take those anymore. And sometimes i will give him a zanaflex, and he says that zanaflex really helps his lower back too.
I have tryed soma before to and it works real well too, better than the flexerill, thats why i dont take the flexrill anymore, dosnt really help like it should.
I hope you get to the source of your spasms,and can get them under control, i would be horrified if I had breathtaking spasms up where your having them, i would be think i was having a heart ache or something.  Good luck your in my prayers smurf ......
 
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   Posted 10/31/2008 11:42 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Ginny, I take Soma and yet I still get muscle spasms. I get them in my back sometimes when I bend over. It feels like a 'V' moving up my back from hip to shoulder blades. While it is hitting, it takes my breath away. I try to grab on to something to keep from falling. It feels like it affects everything, balance, breathing, ability to move. It probably lasts about 20 seconds total, but it feels like forever when it hits. I have had these spasms hit for over 40 yrs, I had a fall off of balance beam in HS. I hit just the right spot on my back, and I have paid for it since. I have hit the ground when I haven't had something to grab on to.

I'm sorry you are having such a problem w/ this. Have you spoken w/ your dr. perhaps he can try Soma or something else w/ you. I wish you good luck w/ this.   God bless.  Alice.


Ginny
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   Posted 10/31/2008 12:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey guys,
Thanks for confirming that this is a fibro thing.  I have had my calcium, potassium, etc, all checked out and I'm fine. No issues with anything like that.  It can be a cramping pain especially in my hips.  But most of the time it's that deep pulsating ache. 
 
Alice, my spasms used to last about 20-30 seconds too.  Now they're going on for minutes at a time.  It's awful!
 
I'll be starting neurontin when I get home from the hospital (hysterectomy on November 5).  Neurontin doesn't mix with morphine, so I can't take it yet.  Hopefully it will help with the spasms and all the other pain I have. 
 
If I continue to have a lot of problems, I'll ask about the Soma.  Sounds good! 
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   Posted 10/31/2008 2:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there Ginny, How much magnesium do you take and when? I was having problems with spasms in my one leg real bad at bedtime and my doctor suggested upping my mag to at least 500mg a couple hours before bedtime. Worked like a charm for me-no more spasms. I have been doing alot more walking per doctor's orders so now I take 250mg in the am and 750mg of mag in the pm to avoid any spasm problems. I have taken flexeril, etc in the past but it did nothing for me. Zanaflex made me so dizzy and that effect lasted over 12 hrs! Bad news so I am happy that something as simple as magnesium helps. Happy Halloween. Lisa

Ginny
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   Posted 10/31/2008 2:34 PM (GMT -7)   
LISA!  That's it!  Yes, I have been taking 500mg of magnesium every day for about 3 years now.  I started having these muscle spasms about a week ago - because I had to stop taking my vitamins and minerals!!  I'm having surgery in 4 days, and was told to stop all vitamins and minerals 2 weeks before the surgery date.
 
So that's it!!  Thank you so much!!!  I'm sure when I start taking it again on Wednesday night, the spasms will go away.  What a relief.  You rock girl!! 
 
 
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   Posted 11/1/2008 5:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Cool. I hope that is the answer for you. Keep us posted. Good luck with your surgery. I'll be hoping for a speedy recovery for you. Lisa
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