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Full body muscle spasms

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 28, 2006
  • 01:51 AM

Has anyone ever experienced full body muscle spasms? They seem to happen mostly at night but occassionally during the day too. My doctor thinks its all in my head!

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  • I too get spasms that cause my whole upper body above the belt that to me is like a seizure. jaw, neck, shoulders, back, stomach, arms all spasm together as i shiver uncontrollably and my stomach wretches. its very painful and draining and has pulled or torn muscles esp. the neck and shoulders. Drs. also think its all in my head. I want to know the cause. any ideas?
    sasquuatch55 2 Replies
    • January 9, 2007
    • 10:40 PM
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  • I have had them....they are AWFUL! Have you had surgery very recently? Mine was caused by a rare reaction to the anesthia...the anesthiaologist had to come to my apt to treat it...it last for a week...they treated it with muscle relaxants and pain killers.. any anesthia recently?Jen
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 12, 2007
    • 09:39 PM
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  • Not for a year but, at that time i developed tachycardia because of a reaction between the anesthia and nasal spray. It took them a while to figure that out. I am on anti depressants , thyroid , anti anxiety , anti psychotics. Can't link the spasms to those so I'm not sure what causes them.
    sasquuatch55 2 Replies
    • January 13, 2007
    • 00:45 AM
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  • I have had them....they are AWFUL! Have you had surgery very recently? Mine was caused by a rare reaction to the anesthia...the anesthiaologist had to come to my apt to treat it...it last for a week...they treated it with muscle relaxants and pain killers.. any anesthia recently? Jen I have this reactaion I had a surgery last october.Could I still have a reaction 3mo. later? and could that cause heart issues,chest pain, and ability that makes it hard to move your muscles and bones?
    lizzi9983 35 Replies
    • January 19, 2007
    • 07:06 PM
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  • I have this type of seizure-like spasm frequently, although not full-body. It happens when I relax, usually lying down. As I let my muscles unwind, my entire arm or shoulder or hand will spasm, physically "jumping" three or four times. If my neck has been particularly tight, my head will involuntarilty ***k side to side. It really is like a seizure, although limited to one part of the body. All very weird, but I feel more relaxed after this happens. This also can happen if I'm getting a massage or my chiropractor is working on my muscles. However, no one has really been able to explain to me why this happens.Danielle
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 29, 2007
    • 07:33 PM
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  • I have been having these for about 5 years. All my life I have had "charley horse" cramps in my calves at night. Not really frequent but occasionally. A few years ago I started having them to start in my calf and go down my foot and include my toes. They now are sporadic but can start in my upper inner thigh and go all the way to my toes. These are very very painful and happen while I'm sleeping and cause me to leap out of bed. I also have them in my waist area (when I turn too far one way or another) and in my neck when I yawn too big. I don't even know where to start for help.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 19, 2007
    • 06:02 PM
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  • I have received muscle spasms in almost all parts of my body all my life. I've had them as far back as I can remember. Neck, back, face, hands, legs, etc., which I can stretch out from and recover from even though some are pretty painful. The bad ones start in the right arm and come into the chest. Thought I was having a heart attack the first time. A ripple effect of inner smaller muscles in the chest that bring me to my knees and stop by breathing. You have to take small breaths so the muscles don't contract ( hyperventilation) until they relax.I can create muscle spasms in my hands, feet, and calves on demand.No doctor has ever given me any clue. My own analysis is leaning me towards my diet effecting lactic acid in my body.In my youth I was in pretty good shape and now that I'm around 40, I'm about 35 pounds overweight. Lack of exercise has not helped the problem, and I feel the problem has gotten worse. Spasms in the middle of the night are not a problem. My biggest concerns are what happens when I'm 70. Anyone had anything similar?
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  • Dear Danielle,I have been having the same problem in when I try to relax and usually either lying down or on my recliner. It drives me nuts. My doc referred to it as Myclonus, but we will be doing further testing, EEG and MRI. It really interrupts rest and is getting worse. Good luck to youRegina
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  • I am sure glad to know I am not alone in this! My cramping is like charley horses, but all over the body at the same time. And YES..It hurts so bad I can usually just scream and cry!!! It happens to me day or night. i can be out in a store etc. and have it happen. It can be very embarassing as like I said, I can not stop the pain, and my whole body contorts! All I can do is scream God!!!!! After a short time they cease, then I find myself EXTREMELY fatigued! It wears me out big time!! I usually sleep after as soon as I can.I have been told it occurs due to the ammonia levels in my blood! The ammonia levels get to high, and boom!! I take Enulose which does help a bit!!
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  • I am currently in the throes of a full torso spasm and I am unable to lay down, when I stand I get sharp pain in the thighs an hip joints, I used to just get these spasms in the lower back muscle but now they have taken control of my entire torso, it even hurts to breathe! I usually wake up with them. It is not the bed as I have invested in a tempur pedic. (maybe it is the bed) Some body help this is a horrible way to live. I am constantly cancelling previous made plans and other importan things I need to do because I am unable to function in any capacity. PLEASE HELP!!!!
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  • My son is 22 and has full body cramps occasionally. He saw a physician a couple of years ago who said it was due to dehydration. He has been sick the past week and not eating and drinking as he should and had the cramps again this morning. He cramps from the tips of his fingers, up his arms, down his body and legs all the way to his feet. It is very scary. He has a doctor's appointment today. We'll see what they say this time.
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  • I have been having these for about 5 years. All my life I have had "charley horse" cramps in my calves at night. Not really frequent but occasionally. A few years ago I started having them to start in my calf and go down my foot and include my toes. They now are sporadic but can start in my upper inner thigh and go all the way to my toes. These are very very painful and happen while I'm sleeping and cause me to leap out of bed. I also have them in my waist area (when I turn too far one way or another) and in my neck when I yawn too big. I don't even know where to start for help.I'm trying to figure out to respond on this thread. I have had the spasms that occur when you twist to far for years. Now they are under my rib cage and will send electrical shocks to my whole back and shoulders. Happens in my throat and neck also. But it also feels like bone pain too. No doctor seems to want to help but the chiro's want to schedule a ton of appointments.. I'm ready to go to ER over all of this.
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  • lyme disease could be the culprit
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  • Yes, I have had the exact same thing. Mine began very suddenly and seemed to be a bad reaction to a vaccine. Anyhow, I have found that taking magnesium supplements to be the only effective treatment. I thought it was nonsense when it was first suggested to me, but it has helped me tremendously. I make no guarantees but it may be worth a try. It's an inexpensive and easy solution, so you'd be no worse off for giving it a shot. Good luck!
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  • I have been having problems with cramping for years and so did my mother. She used to get one that started at the inside of her knee and would run up the inside of her leg and cut across at the top of her thigh. I started with these cramps 6 months ago. I have never had a thing like them. They hurt so bad you think you're going to pass out. The doctors could never tell my Mom what the problem was or ever give her anything to help. Has anyone else had this type of cramping? I find I usually get it when my leg has been drawn up and then I try and straighten it out. I'm also getting spasms in my feet and hands. It really feels more like ligaments cramping than muscles.
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  • Hi everyone, I'm seventeen and I've had muscle spasms my whole life. Four years ago they ended my chances of having an athletic career. I had unknowingly been going around life with my C1 vertebrae out of place for many years. I've seen way more than 20 doctors over the last few years. But seeing an Atlas Chiropractor has helped. The only thing I'm waiting to find out is whether the C1 vertebrae being out of place has caused the muscle spasms or the muscle spasms caused the vertebrae to move (since it can happen either way). I'm going to try to explain this. Four years ago I had a muscle spasm that tore my meniscus. A few months later I was pretty much rendered useless when I started having incredible spasms in my stomach. I ended up having all the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome without actually having IBS. The pain would escalate from where I'd be crumbled on the floor to walking around numb and hallucinating. I have sensations of bugs crawling on me, twitching, burning, itching, needles, cut circulation. This could all be because of the vertebrae pinching my spinal cord and screwing up brain signals. Recently I had a spasm that popped my jaw out of place. I'm actually hearing from western and eastern doctors that they don't know what's wrong. I still have a bit to go with the Atlas Chiropractor but if that doesn't fully work, which so far it's already gotten rid of the IBS symptoms, the next step is a neurologist.
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  • I have received muscle spasms in almost all parts of my body all my life. I've had them as far back as I can remember. Neck, back, face, hands, legs, etc., which I can stretch out from and recover from even though some are pretty painful. The bad ones start in the right arm and come into the chest. Thought I was having a heart attack the first time. A ripple effect of inner smaller muscles in the chest that bring me to my knees and stop by breathing. You have to take small breaths so the muscles don't contract ( hyperventilation) until they relax.I can create muscle spasms in my hands, feet, and calves on demand.No doctor has ever given me any clue. My own analysis is leaning me towards my diet effecting lactic acid in my body.In my youth I was in pretty good shape and now that I'm around 40, I'm about 35 pounds overweight. Lack of exercise has not helped the problem, and I feel the problem has gotten worse. Spasms in the middle of the night are not a problem. My biggest concerns are what happens when I'm 70. Anyone had anything similar?I have dystonia you might wount to look at Myoclonic Dystonia spasms jerks pain stiffness legs stomach arms back neck
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 9, 2007
    • 08:50 PM
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  • HELP !! I have to takes naps during the day because I can't sleep most nights a lot of the time because of the following. My husband sleeps soundly, and I DON"T. In the last couple years he has started having spasms in his sleep. Sometimes legs, sometimes Just one leg or arm, but mostly his whole body nearly jumps right outta the bed! He does not wake up during these spasms. (He doesn't dream either. hum, wonder if that has anything to do with all this) I have asked him if he remembers them ,and he says that he doesn't know what I am talking about. I can't believe he sleeps thru them!! The whold bed just convulses and bounces!! We are grandparents. What in the world attacks such a sweet older man like this? He is 54 and I am 58. I love him so very much and would never want to make him feel bad because he keeps me awake. :-) We have neither one noticed any strange things during his waking time. Our family doctor has no idea what it could be. Since it is not something that disrupts his life and is not threatening, she is hesitant to refer him to any specialist. Any one have any ideas what kind of doctor would treat this kind of thing? Or is there anyone out there who has similar problems? All the people I have talked to who have spasems, say they know about them and their sleep is hindered. Dirk doesn't wake up during these "bed quakes". Well, I will wait for an answer. Thanks, MommaLion
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 10, 2007
    • 07:53 AM
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  • My night spasms were caused by hormones. Thyroid, parathyroid, ect. ect. Relief is a wonderful endo. away. I take thyroid and calcium. But not at the same time. LOL
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 29, 2007
    • 09:50 PM
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  • Has anyone ever experienced full body muscle spasms? They seem to happen mostly at night but occassionally during the day too. My doctor thinks its all in my head!Every night without fail I experience full body muscle spasms. I wake up a few times every night and each time almost befor I reach full awareness my body starts to stretch, from top to toe, nothing will stop it happening. One tiny movement anywhere in my body sets me off (only in bed at night after sleep) Actually it doesnt hurt me at all, but I have disk problems in my back and they hate to be stretched, so at least once a month it gives me severe pain in that area. I have suffered for years with this, anybody have any idea how to stop this happening.
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