Nightly muscle spasms

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gurgling tummy
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   Posted 9/9/2008 5:07 AM (GMT -7)   
I was just wondering if anyone else is experiencing the same problems. When I lay down to go to sleep I suffer from severe muscle spasms that will that will jerk my legs, arms, hands up to two inches from their original location. It makes it really hard to get to sleep. It's not just in my extremities either, I also get them in my back, neck, and even my butt muscles. I'm not sure if it is the medication or just the dd. Thanks.
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   Posted 9/9/2008 6:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi gt. I had spasms all of the time. Mainly in my lower extremeties. My new meds help control them and well, I think it is a part of fibro personally. BUT.....I was on Lyrica for a bit and they got worse. That is actually when the darn things began if I think through my fibro-fog. I had seizure-like spasms. It was unbelievable. I had one driving where my legs jerked so bad I had to pull over. scared me enough to wean from the Lyrica. (It gave me a bunch of other probs, too) I now take a muscle relaxer and it has helped so much. Good luck to you!

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   Posted 9/9/2008 7:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Emily. I have had that problem also but not to your extent. I asked my dr. about it and he suggested that I take at least 500mg of magnesium in the evening. That and some physical therapy has helped alot. Something to try if you don't want to go the prescription route. Good luck.  Lisa

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   Posted 9/9/2008 7:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi to all,

I was going to recommend muscle relaxers too. that helps me. But never thought about taking the magnesium at night. I take the malic/magnesium combo. And the magnesium really does help my muscles. So you might want to try that Emily. Either that or ask your doctor about the muscle relaxers.

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   Posted 9/9/2008 8:12 AM (GMT -7)   
I have have had problems mainly with my lower extremeites, but i will get the shoulder one during the day sometimes and the glutes to but mainly during the day and not night. I take zanaflex, which helps, i try to take the least amt i can get by with that will help, it will make you sleepy redface .
I take a whole one at night and i get no spasms, maybe a shoulder one here and there, but for the most part no spasms and i sleeep better. Hope this helps, i may try the magnesium myslef and see what that does..
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   Posted 9/9/2008 10:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Gurgling tummy,

Just noticed that on your list of meds that you are exceeding the safety dose for tylonal,it is supposed to not be over 4000 mg a day and your doing 6000. You might want to talk with your doc or pharmacist about safe limits for your liver.
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   Posted 9/9/2008 10:41 AM (GMT -7)   

I have spasms too! It can be so bad at times that I asked my doctor about Parkinsons.  He said no to that (I can't remember if he tested me, my grandfather had it so it does make me nervous) I did take the Magnesium and it does seem to help.  The spasms don't keep me up at night but they are embarrasing during the day  blush  .  How do you explain a sudden twitch.  It seems the more I worry about it the worse that they get so I have tried to relax about the whole thing.  There are so many things that I just can't control with Fibro that it just gets overwhelming at times.  I am working on destressing eyes , I hope I'm successful.


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   Posted 9/9/2008 1:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I have twitching muscles in my lower extremeties, but usually at night after I sit down to rest.  I also take a water pill every day so sometimes it's due to low potassium.  My rheumy gave me a muscles relaxer, Flexeril and it's helping me sleep also.
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   Posted 9/9/2008 8:02 PM (GMT -7)   
confused  Its not the meds, when I was first diagnosed I was having severe muscle spasms around the clock especially in my thighs, I was put on muscle relaxants for the nights so I could sleep I still get them occaisonally.  Try a muscle relaxant at night, when it was really bad I also had a sleep pill but now I dont need that as it seems to of settled.  Dont worry its not the meds, its part of fibro.. sue2z :-) :-)
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   Posted 9/9/2008 10:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Getting by,
The amount of magnesium in the malic/mag combo pills I've seen is not that high. If you are still having muscle problems, you may want to increase your magnesium by taking a seperate magnesium pill. Make sure you start low! Before I switched to the malic/mag combo, I was taking 1000 mg of magnesium a day.
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