This strange new thing goes beyond muscle 'twitches'

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Sera Smiles
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   Posted 11/21/2008 3:07 AM (GMT -7)   
OK so for a couple of years now I have been having small muscle twitches. They are usually something I can see if I look close enough, like a thigh muscle, or eyelid, or lower leg or upper forearm twitches. Bur for several months they are gerting worse and now they are off the charts in a ridiculous, and can I say embarrasing when I am in public. Here is a good example- I was in a literacy training session. With no notice at all, I jumped up, halfway out of my chair, said 'AH!' and plopped back in the chair, kinda pretzel-ish. NONE of this was under my control. It happened again today while I was working a docent shift at a local museum exhibit. I was standing, when all of a sudden I felt myself sinking- then jerking back up then down, knees bending, ankles turning, like a wonky robot that can't make up its mind where to be. It feels as tho someone is behind me or beside me, an invisible person who just gives me a hearty shove. I am always startled when it happens. This is getting more common than I like. Any thoughts?
 


CathyA
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   Posted 11/21/2008 5:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sera,
Are you on any new meds? When I started zoloft, I developed these weird jumps in a certain muscle group, but they have pretty much subsided.
I'm thinking you should see a good internist. Google "ballismus". Its sounding like that. Did your parents have any muscle disorders?

Sera Smiles
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   Posted 11/21/2008 9:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Cathy- I am not on any new meds, but I have been having therapuetic massage for three weeks, altho this began before that, it has gotten worse since- I hadn't thought of that! Thanks for an insight into this craziness LOL
 


Oregon Mom
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   Posted 11/23/2008 2:48 AM (GMT -7)   
My muscles starting seizing up while I was in PT getting massages, etc.  One time the therapist told me I sprained my ankle (I didnt do anything but get a massage at PT - It started hurting really bad about 8 hrs later).  This pain lasted for about a week then went away as fast as it came.  The other time that I had a massage my hip started giving out when I climbed stairs.  That was 3 years ago and it still does it.  I have decided to stay away from massage all together.  Im guessing that my body is just too sensitive for it???  Maybe the massage has something to do with your symptoms???

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CathyA
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   Posted 11/23/2008 7:03 AM (GMT -7)   
That's interesting Oregon Mom,
I found the same problem with massage. This woman was really good, and started out sooooo gently. I had originally gone in for "piriformis syndrome", and my legs were aching all the time, and I had sciatica-type pain really bad. I had PT for 3 months, and it seemed to get worse. The pain finally went away after I stopped the PT!
Before that, I had PT for knee problems and post-knee surgery. I liked my therapist, but she didn't believe in fibro, and would get impatient with me, when my muscles didn't respond like "normal" peoples' muscles. It was very frustrating. One day it was raining out and my joints and muscles were sooooo stiff, even though I had been doing all the exercises. She was sure I hadn't been trying enough. GGGRRRRRR. So yes, some of us don't respond well to massage and other types of PT. Its a fairly individualized response. We have to give it a try.........but after awhile, if its not working, its probably not going to work!
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