Sorry to hear about
your horrible spasm experience. I do get frequent muscle spasms just like you described. Mine start in the exact same place and then radiate around. I always tell people it feels just like a muscle cramp charlie horse you get in your leg. The muscles just cramp up and there is northing you can do. I would think that the Fexeril would help. I use to use it and then it got to the point that I needed Baclofen. The Bacllfen does a great job stopping the spasms of spasticity. Even thought the pain is horrific, I have found the pain meds only help with the sore muscles after the spasms. They did little to dull the pain while the spasms were actually happening. In my experience, fast acting medication to relax the muscles involved did the best. The pain medication them helped with the muscle pain after the cramps simmered down. Discuss options with your doctor. Medications that I found helpful in the past for muscle spasticity were Flexeril, Zanaflex, and Baclofen.
Good luck. I can relate to how horrible the pain is during these spasms. I just remind people what it is like to have a charlie horse in their leg - and then imagine it in your upper back and diaphragm muscles having the same pain for hours on end. It is so hard to breathe when they tighten up. I thought the pain was worse the natural childbirth. Boy, was I feeble minded at the time to get talked into that one. I was all the rage in the 80's.
Keep us posted as to what your doctor says. Let's hope they find the right meds for you fast.
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Rare neurodegenerative /movement disorder called “Multiple System Atrophy”. Mobility issues,, neuropathic pain, spasticity, central apnea, collagenous colitis, pain, swallowing and respitory involvement, Implants: intrathecal pump & neurostimulator. Extra features: O2 & wheelchair
Post Edited (Stella Marie) : 8/6/2009 12:19:18 AM (GMT-6)