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Please help, I don't know what this is

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  • Posted By: lilcee
  • February 17, 2009
  • 02:24 PM

For the last few weeks I've had this weird feeling. Sometimes it feels like someone is grabbing the side of my face and neck and pulling down on it. Or that I have some heavy bricks being put on my shoulders and they keep getting heavier and heavier.
Some other symptoms I have are: pain in my upper left arm - looks a little swollen today, it's very tender to touch. Pain in my front of my upper legs right above my knees. Feels like my muscles are tightening up. Sometimes I get leg cramps in my calves too. Pain in my knees and sometimes ankles.
I have some back problems - degenerative disk in my upper back and a slight curve in my spine.
What I don't know is what is causing this weird pulling feeling and all the muscle pain and cramps.
I've had an ENT tell me I may have TMJ and a messasge therapist told me she thinks I have fibromyalgia. But I haven't been actually diagnosed with these. Do these cause these types of symptoms?
I feel like I need to see a Dr but I don't know what kind of Dr I should see. I don't know how to discribe the symptoms and it sounds weird when I discribe it.
I've been eating a lot of chocolate lately (from Valentine's Day) Does chocolate cause muscle pain or spasms?
Should I see a Chiro, nerve, muscle, acupunture? I don't know what to do.
Any help will be appreciated. Thank you.

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  • degenerative disk in my upper back and a slight curve in my spine.What type of curvature do you have (kyphosis, lordosis, scoliosis)?painhttp://kona.kontera.com/javascript/lib/imgs/grey_loader.gif in my upper left arm - looks a little swollen today, it's very tender to touchWhere exactly is this pain/swelling-- front, back, all over? Is it on your deltoid or lower on your biceps or triceps? Sometimes I get leg crampshttp://kona.kontera.com/javascript/lib/imgs/grey_loader.gif in my calves too.When you get a cramp in your calve, dorsiflex the foot (like taking your foot off the gas, top of foot goes up). This should relieve the cramp based on reciprocal inhibition. I feel like I need to see a Dr but I don't know what kind of Dr I should see.Your General Practitioner should be a good place to start. They can test you for fibro, at least the best tests we have for this. Does chocolate cause muscle pain or spasms?Not to my knowledge, but sometimes sugar in general, if you are borderline diabetic or some such, can effect the muscles. Sometimes it feels like someone is grabbing the side of my face and neck and pulling down on it. Or that I have some heavy bricks being put on my shoulders and they keep getting heavier and heavier.I'm a Massage Therapist. If you have ruled out Bell's Palsy for this, it may be the Platysma muscle in your neck becoming tight. Stress and shallow breathing can contribute to this. Myofascial Release techniques should help. Your MT or a PT should be able to do this for you, but check the credentials for your Massage Therapist--all training is not the same everywhere and sometimes you need one with continuing eduction in this area. For your shoulders....are they tense as well? Are you under a large amount of stress? Do you get adequate calcium and magnesium? TMJD can cause all kinds of referral pain patterns. Did your Massage Therapist mention Trigger Points within the muscles?
    Harmonium 322 Replies
    • February 17, 2009
    • 03:06 PM
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  • What type of curvature do you have (kyphosis, lordosis, scoliosis)? Scoliosis Where exactly is this pain/swelling-- front, back, all over? Is it on your deltoid or lower on your biceps or triceps? The upper arm between shoulder and elbow - there is a tender spot that hurts when I touch it or rub it When you get a cramp in your calve, dorsiflex the foot (like taking your foot off the gas, top of foot goes up). This should relieve the cramp based on reciprocal inhibition. Your General Practitioner should be a good place to start. They can test you for fibro, at least the best tests we have for this. Not to my knowledge, but sometimes sugar in general, if you are borderline diabetic or some such, can effect the muscles. I'm a Massage Therapist. If you have ruled out Bell's Palsy for this, it may be the Platysma muscle in your neck becoming tight. Stress and shallow breathing can contribute to this. Myofascial Release techniques should help. Your MT or a PT should be able to do this for you, but check the credentials for your Massage Therapist--all training is not the same everywhere and sometimes you need one with continuing eduction in this area. For your shoulders....are they tense as well? Are you under a large amount of stress? Do you get adequate calcium and magnesium? I sometimes catch myself tightening up my shoulders and have to relax them. I'm not under any kind of stress, it's just something I catch myself doing, not sure why. I don't know if I get enough calcium or magnesium. What is the best way to get those? Vitamins? TMJD can cause all kinds of referral pain patterns. Did your Massage Therapist mention Trigger Points within the muscles? No, she didn't. But I know when she was working on me, I had a lot of them and most of the time I was "coming off the table" from the pain. That's why she suggested fibromyalgia because I have so many points that were very painful Thank you for your response and your help. I'll check into some of these things.
    lilcee 11 Replies
    • February 17, 2009
    • 06:57 PM
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  • Thank you for that information. I live right next to some power lines. I hope that's not what it is. I don't want to have to move.Is there anything that can be done other than moving?I also find myself tightening up my neck and shoulders and jaws for some reason. Don't know why I do that. Thank you for your response. I was beginning to think I am crazy. I didn't know how to explain the "pulling" feeling.
    lilcee 11 Replies
    • February 17, 2009
    • 07:04 PM
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