Treating Muscle Twitching and Cramping
The overriding identification mark of fibromyalgia is pain - chronic, widespread pain. It is on either or both sides of the body and above and below the waist. It is there when you wake up in the morning and even keeps you company throughout the night.
It is stabbing, persistent, throbbing, radiating, gnawing, shooting, aching, tingling or burning - or any combination of these. It can start out in one place and move to another.
When FMS Hits the Muscles
Fibromyalgia symptoms can manifest in myriad ways. When they manifest in the musculoskeletal system they can show up as:
· Chest pain, also called costochondritis, which can mimic a heart attack with either dull and achy pain in the rib cage and breastbone, or sharp pains to the chest.
· Joint pain, even though there is no inflammation present.
· Leg cramps
· Morning stiffness that can last from 30 minutes to a full day, affecting range of motion and causing achiness and pain all over the body.
· Muscle cramps that occur most frequently in the legs and feet but can show up in the back and arms as well.
· Muscle pain, the trademark of FMS.
· Muscle twitches that feel like little electrical shocks. These tiny muscle contractions tingle and can eventually become painful if they go on for a long time.
· Muscle weakness, which is different from fatigue in that even with all of your energy going into exerting your muscles, they still don't do what you want them to do.
Conditons Related to FMS
Fibromyalgia sufferers usually also suffer from related conditions that compound the issues.
· Chronic myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) exhibits itself with pain that begins in a trigger point and then radiates out into other parts of the body. It is thought that some of the chest pain associated with FMS may be MPS rather than costochondritis. The trigger points are extremely painful and are different from FMS tender points. FMS can cause MPS to form and MPS can exacerbate FMS. They feed off each other.
· Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is another situation that is common to FMS people and also involves the muscle contractions of the large intestine causing bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, and a feeling of malaise.
· Restless leg syndrome (RLS), a condition that affects more than half of all FMS sufferers, is a neurological condition that results in an uncontrollable urge to move the legs constantly.