Fibromyalgia and muscle spasms
Fibromyalgia is pain. Not only does it cause pain throughout the body, but it also produces different types of pain.
The most common types of pain with fibromyalgia are:
Hyperalgesia – amplification of pain – Allodynia – pain to touch – Painful palates – Painful nervous sensations
But our pain does not stop there.
Another common complaint many with fibromyalgia, is the pain of muscle spasms.
What are muscle spasms?
A muscle spasm is a contraction of the muscle, sudden and painful. A spasm may last only a few seconds, but may last several minutes and may happen repeatedly.
Sometimes called cramps, muscle spasms are incredibly painful. A spasm should not be confused with a common muscle spasm, which is painless, although annoying.
I have personally experienced awakening in the middle of the night writhing in pain on numerous occasions, and I can assure you that there is a huge difference between a spasm and a nervous contraction. Muscle spasms in fibromyalgia seem to occur most commonly in the neck, shoulders and back.
But they can happen anywhere, I’ve had them on my back, my legs and my feet.
What connection exists between fibromyalgia and muscle spasms?
These are some things you need to know about fibromyalgia and muscle spasms:
The particular type of spasms in fibromyalgia, have been referred to as muscular rheumatism.
It is believed that the cause of muscular rheumatism may be due to the uncontrollable contractions of muscle spasms in the affected areas.
Studies in individuals with fibromyalgia have revealed that some experience changes in mitochondria, in the power of cells, and in their muscle cells.
Others had abnormalities in the functioning of their pain receptors. Others had changes in blood microcirculation, resulting in the contraction of their capillaries in the tissues where muscle spasm occurs.
One study suggests that our spasms may be caused by myofascial trigger points, a viscous tissue that forms when the soft tissue is injured, and is not healed properly. It is also possible that muscle spasms were caused by our overactive nerves, nutrient deficiencies, or a variety of other things.
What can be done with muscle spasms?
It remains to be seen if doctors and researchers will understand at some point the exact cause of these painful spasms. Meanwhile, we need to know what to do to help us alleviate this pain.
Here are some beneficial things for reducing the number of muscle spasms:
• Heat and / or cold therapy. Try swapping between ice packs and heat pads.
• Creams to relieve pain, topics or ointments
• Soft stretch. Keep in mind that exaggerated stretching can have the opposite effect.
• Baths of Epsom salts .
• Massages. Try a gentle self-massage on the affected area.
• Acupuncture .
• Adequate rest.
• Magnesium and malic acid supplements .
• Diet rich in potassium. Foods rich in potassium: bananas, sweet potatoes, beans (especially white beans), potatoes, yogurt and prunes.
• Calcium through diet and / or supplementation. Foods rich in calcium: white beans, kale, orange juice, black peas, dairy products, soy products and almonds.
• Vitamin D through sunlight, diet and / or supplements. Foods rich in vitamin D: cod liver oil, salmon, mackerel, eggs and mushrooms (mushrooms).
• Avoid dehydration by drinking plenty of water and eating moisturizing foods. Moisturizing foods: cucumber, celery, tomato, cauliflower, watermelon, melon and strawberries (strawberries).
It can take time to find the right combination that will help you best.
I have discovered that drinking lots of water, in addition to taking magnesium, and vitamin D supplements, have made a big difference in me.
Muscle spasms are another example of the strange, frustrating and painful symptoms of fibromyalgia that we have to live with.