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Violent Stomach Muscle Spasms?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 20, 2007
  • 10:26 PM

I was wondering if anyone has been experiencing the symptoms that I have. The doctors couldn't find anything wrong with me, so I believe its some kind of stress disorder. My problem is that for 2 years now,out of nowhere my stomach muscles will contract so violently that my whole body lunges forward. Its like I'm doing sit ups against my will, and when I try to keep my body still, the contractions speed up so fast until my whole body shakes voilently like I'm having a seizure. I'm always fully aware, so I don't think it's actually a seizure, but it hurts alot and makes me so weak whether I fight it or not. When this all began, it ALWAYS came about 2 minutes after I'd lay down to sleep, even though I was fine and comfertable, but It wasn't often. As time passed, stress seemed to make the disorder come at anytime and all the time. Does this sound familiar to anyone??

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  • Food allergies? What are you eating?
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • August 21, 2007
    • 11:41 AM
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  • To answer your question, I eat hpnestly everything. I'm 21 and I have a very fast metabolism, so I've never needed to lay off any specific food my entire life. I thought before that maybe it did have to do with food, but the time between when I last eat and when the attacks come varies way too much from as I'm eating to over 4 hours after. Over a 2 month period, the doctors have checked my stomach, intestines, my brain, and my heart functions. Each time they found something which apparently had nothing to do with my condition.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 21, 2007
    • 04:28 PM
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  • IBS? Look it up and follow the diet. No caffeine etc. Also, have you taken any anti-spasmodics for your gut?
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • August 22, 2007
    • 09:35 AM
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  • I have had the same problem...i had many other symptoms though too. Have a colonoscopy done. I did and it helped find a reason for it!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 22, 2007
    • 10:59 PM
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  • Doctors have actually done a colonoscopy on me thinking I might have irritable bowel syndrome, but they said my colon was quite healthy. I was prescribed cyclobenzaprin (flexeril) and that was all anyone could do for me. I'll have to keep surfin the internet for answers until I can get a health plan again. Thanks for your responses.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 23, 2007
    • 05:37 AM
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  • I have had the same problem...i had many other symptoms though too. Have a colonoscopy done. I did and it helped find a reason for it!Actually could you tell me more about how this started and persisted for you?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 24, 2007
    • 01:06 AM
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  • I am having those same muscle spasms today and they come out of nowhere and then I am incapable of doing almost anything which is tough since I have three children who need me to care for them. I have gone to the hospital during another episode that came on while i was pregnant. I was afraid of what the spasms would do to the baby. The doctors couldn't give me any answers. Sometimes I think it could be stress related but I always feel stressed so I don't know why I only experience this a couple times a year. I would really like to find some relief because it has been happening for ten years and nothing over the counter has helped.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 30, 2007
    • 05:50 PM
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  • I was diagnosed with several symtoms as POSSIBLE electrical instabilityalthough nothing showed on the eeg!(15 years ago)When questioned for family history I remembered 2 out of 8 or ten aunts and uncles had petite mal or grand Mal. My three kids came in and one of the three showed positive on EEG and takes same clonazapam and is a ent Dr himself. so they gave me clonazapam .5 twice daily that is hard to remember to take,,, but my whole life changed for the better and doors opened for things I would have never tried before. It is a mild drug and 20 times as much would be given to a person with true seizures.Now years later I may have to increase slightly as I am tending to stomache wall cramp that may be related.Its worth the try to change your life I was taking flying lessons a moth after diagnose.Stanwright
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 27, 2008
    • 01:09 PM
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  • I had this same thing happen to me, but I had it in response to a stomach virus. My whole family got them with the darn virus. My problem was/is that whenever I'm trying to fight off a bug, they start up again. Horrid things.The last time it happened, I was feeling awful overall, so I made my husband take me to the ER, where I as diagnosed with a colon infection (bear with me, I'm getting to my point).While in the ER, I asked the doctor WHY??? and he informed me that some people (like me) can encounter this particular symptom as part of a stomach bug, and then continue to suffer from it. Since I have so many other things going on, including muscle spasms, I figured my body just said "OMG, this is so cool! I didn't know this thing could spasm too!!". I was given a med called Buscopan (I think it's called Bella Donna in the states) and it helps whenever I have an attack. Not fun at all, sorry you're going through that! Christine
    Nervous Wreck 3 Replies
    • January 29, 2008
    • 08:14 AM
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  • Before my diagnosis with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, I would have horrible muscle spasms in my back (felt like someone was poking me) and also when I did sit-ups or when I would be bending over a sink to wash my hair. I would occasionally get muscle spasms (where my abdominal muscles would lock) and not release! It was VERY painful. Like having a Charlie Horse in your stomach. I am now on Synthroid and the muscle spasms have ended.I would have your doc run a thyroid antibodies test to see if they are elevated. Also, just have him/her look at your thyroid results carefully. Anythng about 2.0 TSH is suspect.I hope you get an answer soon.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 29, 2008
    • 04:13 PM
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  • I was wondering if anyone has been experiencing the symptoms that I have. The doctors couldn't find anything wrong with me, so I believe its some kind of stress disorder. My problem is that for 2 years now,out of nowhere my stomach muscles will contract so violently that my whole body lunges forward. Its like I'm doing sit ups against my will, and when I try to keep my body still, the contractions speed up so fast until my whole body shakes voilently like I'm having a seizure. I'm always fully aware, so I don't think it's actually a seizure, but it hurts alot and makes me so weak whether I fight it or not. When this all began, it ALWAYS came about 2 minutes after I'd lay down to sleep, even though I was fine and comfertable, but It wasn't often. As time passed, stress seemed to make the disorder come at anytime and all the time. Does this sound familiar to anyone??I have the exactly the same thing just as you dascribed,i fisrt went to the Docs in may with this and they sent me for xray thinking it was kideney stone which was fine.Ive got an endoscopy on the 12th oct but i think its a waste of time.Like yyou the pain/spasms are always worse at night when i go to bed and i dont get to sleep until about 6-7am in the morning the pains are usually in my left side but now can get them anywhere in groin legs back in fact ive had them all over and as you say the stress leaves you wasted.Sometimes i think ive a trapped nerve in my back but when twisted about by my Doc ive not been able to feel any pain and the thing is when ive gone to the Docs hes never seen me have these pains.Its now got to the point where its getting unbareable and i can get pains standing up though not as common.When it first started i told the doctor that the shocks are so severe that if i drove a car(which i dont)and got one of the shocks i would simply crash as ive no control over them,though sometimes at night i can feel when they are gonne come.I hav'nt read all your thread yet as soon as i seen this i had to respond as im getting frightend now.Please can yo respond to this and tell me if youre any nearer to finding cause/cure.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 20, 2009
    • 02:48 PM
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  • I believe my baby has this. She has had it since birth, and no one can figure out what is wrong. Please post updates, and let me know what, if anything, you have found that could be causing this.
    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • February 26, 2016
    • 01:14 PM
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