New symptom, weird muscle spasms

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Monty's Mom
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   Posted 8/9/2011 7:19 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been having a new symptom in the last week, one that I have never had before. Muscle spasms in my arms, legs, and back. They range from random, to persistent. Today's are in my right arm primarily, and wreak havoc on typing, writing, holding a book, and crocheting. When they are in my legs, it makes it hard to stand or sit comfortably.

I called my PM doctor and am waiting on the return message or call. Hopefully it is just something that will go as mysteriously as they began. It makes things just a little harder. My arm is twitching so much at times that I drop what I am holding, making my fingers lock when they get bad.

Hope everyone is having a good, low-pain day.
Mindy

Snowbunny21
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   Posted 8/9/2011 8:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mindy...sorry to hear that you are having a new symptom...

Are you prescribed any muscle relaxers to take when needed? If not...that sounds like it would be what they could call in for you to take...I know when my muscles get really sore and start twitching like that...It goes away in a few days after taking them..

Spasms usually occur after a muscle has been overused and is actually 'tired'..This happens if you have been using those particular muscles or they are held in a certain position for a long period of time...

Have you been crocheting or holding up a book or typing a lot these last days before this happened?

What actually happens is the muscle cell runs out of energy and fluid and becomes hyperexcitable and then develops a forceful contraction. This spasm may involve part of a muscle, the whole muscle, or even adjacent muscles.

Also...being dehydrated or being low on electrolytes can cause muscle spasms and cramping..

Muscles actually require enough water, glucose, sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium to allow the proteins within them to interact and develop an organized contraction.. A lack in these elements can cause the muscle to become 'irratible' and spasm..So it's important to make sure you are drinking plenty of water and eating healthy

I know how busy things have been planning the wedding!

Just a few things I have learned over the years since I've had this happen very often...I 'overused' them a lot when I was in the Fire Department for 10 years...as well as I used to do Photography...so my hands and arms would cramp and spasm after a long day being so intent on what I was doing! LOL..

I hope that your Dr. calls back soon and you can get some suggestions from him on what to do..

Sending some hugs (( ))
SB and "the pup who snores loudly" 
 
ACDF C5-C7, (no hardware), with autograft bone Nov. 2001
(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha")) 
ACDF with hardware, allograft bone Nov. 2005 
Anterior and Posterior CDF, allograft bone with BMP, removal of old hardware, use of titanium plates, rods, screws, & kitchen sink (lol) Oct 2006
 
 

NiNi53
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   Posted 8/9/2011 12:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow, Snow, you go girl, I think that was a great answer, if I have any questions I know who to go to.  You have been going to a doctor a long time huh Snow, or you read, listen and absorb what it is you are reading or listening to.  That was right on.
 
So MontysMom, I think she said it all.  I cant think of a thing to add.  Try what Snow advised, I believe you will find and answer to your questions.
 
Take care, and I hope you feel better soon.
degenerative disc disease, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, neuropathy, lumbar laminectomy july 1998 no help, rechargeable neurostimulator unit low right back w/lead wires to left side and right leg unit not working just sitting there.i am 57 years young in may will turn 58. i have 2 grown daughters, 25 and 29. i have 2 grandchildren, 9 year old grandaughter and 5 yr. old grandson

Snowbunny21
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   Posted 8/9/2011 12:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Nini...I am very blessed to actually be friends with my PM for the last 4 years outside of our appts. So I visit with him and his family and we will talk about a lot of medical things..He NEVER goes against HIPAA to talk about a specific patient...But he talks in generalities what it's like for him on that side. He is such a caring Dr. and his patients adore him!

Also..I have a fantastic Neurosurgeon who is in the same Spine Institute and he knows that I love to learn. I always want to know every single detail about what is going on with my body in reference to pain..as well as learn about how things work medically. As well as I read up a lot about my condition and the spine in the last 10 years since I first had surgery for this.

I was also a volunteer Firefighter/EMT for 10 years back in my 20's...so I learned some basic medical knowledge.

But again..I am in NO way qualified for anything except telling someone to speak with their own Dr...LOL

Mindy...I hope you can give us an update when you feel up to it...
SB and "the pup who snores loudly" 
 
ACDF C5-C7, (no hardware), with autograft bone Nov. 2001
(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha")) 
ACDF with hardware, allograft bone Nov. 2005 
Anterior and Posterior CDF, allograft bone with BMP, removal of old hardware, use of titanium plates, rods, screws, & kitchen sink (lol) Oct 2006
 
 
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