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Roomate with severe Muscle spasms/cramps

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • April 2, 2010
  • 10:54 PM

My roomate is in desperate need of some advise on how to deal with his recurring musle cramps. He is an older male in his late 40's. He works 9-12 hour days, is very active. For the past month he has been waking several times throughout the night with severe, often debilitating muscle cramps in various limbs. These cramps last anywhere from seconds to several minutes. During the cramps, his veins pop out, and the affected limb is severly contorted. He has seen his doctor, and apparently, his blood tests have shown no deficiencies or abnormalities.
His doctor has no idea what is the cause of his cramps.

Please Help. I often hear him screaming in the middle of the night. I'm helpless, and he look like he is suffering severly.

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  • My roomate is in desperate need of some advise on how to deal with his recurring musle cramps. He is an older male in his late 40's. He works 9-12 hour days, is very active. For the past month he has been waking several times throughout the night with severe, often debilitating muscle cramps in various limbs. These cramps last anywhere from seconds to several minutes. During the cramps, his veins pop out, and the affected limb is severly contorted. He has seen his doctor, and apparently, his blood tests have shown no deficiencies or abnormalities. His doctor has no idea what is the cause of his cramps. Please Help. I often hear him screaming in the middle of the night. I'm helpless, and he look like he is suffering severly.Is he taking any kind of statin, a group of drugs used to lower cholesterol? It's a long shot, but it's worth looking into. It has been documented that statins occasionally cause a condition called rhabdomyolysis, which is basically wasting of muscle tissue throughout the body. What has not YET been documented (personal belief/experience here) is that statins can also cause more localized muscle spasms. For the last 10 months I have been suffering from the kind of muscle spasm you describe, quite severe like his, and extremely debilitating. No definitive diagnosis as of yet, but I've found that a combination of heavy-duty painkillers and weekly trigger point injections (marcaine, not just saline, NO steroids) has improved my condition by around 50%. It took me 6 months to get a doctor who would do these two simple things. I've got a shoebox full of medicines they've thrown at me. It's a nightmare trying to get lazy doctors to move beyond the "hmm, that's weird" stage to the "let me go home and research this" stage. Without sounding crazy, your roommate needs to stand up to his doctor and say, "look, this is not getting better, and I need you to put in some extra time on my condition so I can get my life back." It might help if you went with him, if he'd be ok with that. Good luck.
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  • Thank you for your reply. He is not currently taking any "statins." We have found that on his days off of work, he the frequency and intensity of his cramps is lessened. Unfortunately, we all must work in order to survive. He has also found that drinking pickle juice helps. Dont ask me why, I know it sounds weird. I did read somewhere that vinegar was found to be helpful. If I discover anymore cures I will let you know. :)
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