I have had this before MS and since I was diagnosed. That calf muscle is a big one and painful when it does that. I am not convinced, in my case, anyway that is all from MS. It's really painful but once I get up and stretch it, it goes away. When I talked to my neuro about spasticity pain, she said I might want to take a bit more magnesium. I have added that both to my diet and to my supplements and I have not had it since. Last spring, when I had a big flare, I had a small tear in my calf muscle when it wouldn't let go. I was so numb that I could not really feel pain but when I went to my physical therapist, they saw some bruising on the side of my calf and put an ultrasound on it. That showed the tear and bleeding and we put off the physical therapy a few weeks.
So anyway that is my experience for what it is worth.
Love and prayers,
Thanks Gretchen and Uppity! OMGoodness though! Looking at it this morning, now there is a "shadow" as though bruised but I thought I wasn't seeing it clearly... and the muscle is knotted to the touch as I massage it, but not painful.
It was so strange that the upward flex of my toes held off the pain, the downward point increased the spasm and as you said, Uppity, the only thing that finally worked was to get up and walk it out...
I take daily a max dose of Glucosamine Chondroitin with MSM and I thought that had Magnesium in it, how much more or how much should I include in the daily supplement regimen? I'm all for any maintenance to avoid that as much as humanly possible.
Thanks for the info as always, knew you guys would have some tips... Gretchen I wonder what lies beneath that triggers or is triggered by the MS too. It's so hard to decipher the body!
I have had MS for 7 yrs now and muscle spasms have been a huge issue for me from the get-go. I take a pretty high dosage of Zanaflex which is a muscle relaxant but what was most helpful was when my doc added a potassium supplement. Since I havent had much problems with spasticity. Good luck to you, I hope you find something that works
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Symptoms of athletic muscle cramps include:
– Explosive onset– Acute pain– Visible, palpable contractions presenting in one or more muscle– Swelling– Persistent soreness lasting two to three days
I've been hypothyroid since '99, and the muscle cramps act like shooting pains in my forearms which the drs educated me were indicative of thyroid issues. I can tell when my dosages are off or I've forgotten (something more regularly done these days so I use the daily pill organizer to track my meds cos I can't remember one day to the next anymore). But I've never had my legs hit me like this calf has.
And today I crashed completely! I could not beleive it in the middle of church this morning I was going to sleep whether I liked it or not. The overall weakness and fatigue was as huge as the one day at work last week that I thought I'd fall out of my chair! So I begged off a committment at church (had hubby take over & told him I've got to go home and nap or I'm done for the day). As it was by the time he got home, the nap didn't help, I was still totally energyless. He went on to the family function and I stayed home and slept today... all afternoon! This is so unusual for me! Even after waking up at 4:30pm, I was barely hungry but ate something healthy, still I'm so drained and I'm afraid it's gonna affect work this week. So tonight i'll go to bed early and pray tomorrow somehow I'll have energy.
The only thing different that I'm doing is a supplement regimen but normally that increases the energy, or strengthens my metabolism. Maybe I will have to take up caffeine after all! :)