I am 6 and a half months pregnant. Yes, I know that muscle cramping is common in pregnancy, this is pregnancy #9 for me:). This time is something different though. Every muscle in my body cramps when I use it. If I raise my eyebrows too high, my forehead cramps. If I open a door, my whole arm and hand cramp. While I'm walking, my legs cramp; I have fallen over several times. When I stand up from a sitting position, my legs, buttocks, back and neck cramp up. When I'm driving, and I turn to look over my shoulder when changing lanes, my neck, eyeballs and the one side of my back cramp up. When I sneeze or cough, every muscle in my torso cramps up. Every time I use a muscle, no matter what muscle it is, it cramps up. They don't seem to cramp unless I use them, so it's not really occurring when I'm inactive. I can't eat very much because my jaw cramps up about 1/4 a way through the meal. As a result of all this cramping, my body feels like I worked out for 14 hours straight and over worked all my muscles. I'm tired and sore all over my body. I'm also having heart palpitations (every time my heart does this I lose my breath and get dizzy), headaches, and exhaustion.
My OB doc ran every blood test he can think of and they all came back normal. No nutritional deficiencies whatsoever and none of the common diseases. So, my potassium, calcium, magnesium, sodium, etc are all normal. Also, I'm plenty hydrated. My motto since being in the Navy is "hydrate or die!" :D
My OB told me this was over his head as he's just an OBGYN and told me to ask my regular doctor for help. He also said there's not a thing in the world wrong with the baby; he's doing just fine. He used words like autoimmune disease, muscular dystrophy, lupus, cancer, neurological disorder, etc. He told me to ask my PCM to give me a referral to a rheumatologist. I went to my regular doctor and pretty much got blown off because I'm pregnant. He said to wait to see if it went away after the baby is born in August. If not, then we would start running some tests. In the meantime, I'm almost totally disabled. I can't cook, clean, pick up my kids or even hug them for that matter. I normally type at 80 WPM, but am now having to hunt and peck type this as my arms, hands and fingers cramp when I type normally. I've had to take three breaks to type this because my back and neck cramped up from sitting upright too long in this chair. Has anyone out there heard of this before? I'm scared it's something serious and won't get caught in time because I can't get a diagnosis.:(
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