Lucia - your decription perfectly explains it....that it isn't actually the "joint" that locks, but the muscles surrounding things getting so tight. I do not even want to imagine how painful that is for you. I know that the cramping I get is so severe it makes me catch my breath and want to cry, what you and hopeisreal have sounds more painful.
Oh how many times I have wished I could sit in the hot tub, but I can only do that on days when I change my patch...take old patch off, sit in hot tub, cool down then put a new patch on!!
My heart goes out to you two, it just sounds horrible to have to deal with.
cervical fusion 2006, with great result
L4-5 surgery with cages, plates, and screws in 2005, I have continued pain
MEDS: Fentanyl patch, Norco, Celexa, and trazodone
Im going to smile like nothing is wrong, act like everything is perfect, and pretend its not hurting me. (quote used with permission from "Tennis").