I have had this new pain for aprox 2 months now. When I say the word cramp think Charlie Horse. It grips me and acts just like a Charlie Horse. For those who don't know the term Charlie horse it is what some of us "older" folks call a really really bad/painful cramp that usually happens in the lower legs and most often at night.
BUT I am getting mine all over my body & at any time day or night. My pain level shoots right through the roof & leaves me screaming - literally! Whilst gasping for breath. Not being dramatic - this is how bad these attacks are.
Here is what I have noticed about them.
1. It for sure is muscular.
2. It is a Charlie horse type cramp - I use to get Charles and these acts just like them but pain much worse.
3. ANY movement no matter how small can bring an attack on. I can move my foot a fraction of an inch and BAM - it's on!
4. They happen all over my body. If it has a muscle in it, it can happen there.
5. The majority of them are in the muscles (don't know proper names) that go off of my hips right down to my ankle.
6. The other majority of them occur in the sides of my "back" like say my back is itchy and I stretch just a tad to scratch it (on the opposite side of the body) then the muscle right behind my armpit straight down to my waist is affected. Not the muscle from the shoulder area.
7. Like I said they can happen anywhere. I have had them hit my upper arms as well.
8. The attacks do seem to only hit large muscles. In the past I have had charlies in my toes & these are not doing that.
9. The OMG pain level lasts about 30 seconds (never shorter) and can last to 3 minutes. The lower pain levels (as the attack is coming on and then as it's leaving) last about 5 to 10 seconds on both ends.
10. Warm showers don't help - I've had them hit in the shower.
11. Warmth of any type does not help - I sleep in a heated bed.
12. Cold does not make them worse. I would think it would but we finally have real winter weather here (state of Pa.) and temps of low 20's even while outside does not make a difference.
13. It does not matter what chair or position I am using they hit me in chairs, couch, bed, toilet etc. Standing, sitting, laying down etc.
14. If I do have to lift my leg higher then normal they will almost for sure happen. Like I have to lift my leg over tub edge to get in/out of shower.
15. The BIGGEST & most often occurrence is if I move after not moving for several minutes. So if I sit in a chair reading for say 5 minutes & then reach down to scratch my foot - BAM! This is about 90% of how they hit me. However there are times I am just moving along walking or what ever & they will hit me.
But almost all are in my hip area and then the rest are in that area going down from right behind my arm pit to right above my hip area.
I have only taken 4 showers in 2 weeks
I am sponge bathing lol) Getting into the shower I have to lift my leg and I always end up on gasping in pain and grabbing the railings (Thank God for them!) as I fear I'll fall.
I do know I have not been eating very healthy lately (stress levels are high) but to have this many attacks I would doubt the usual "eat a banana" type thing would fix it as of low potassium. I don't like bananas but you get my point.
My first thought is that with my spine injury & 2 newish (march of 2011) knees I am walking/moving differently and my muscles have tightened/shortened up. But I don't even know if this is physically possible to happen?
I do see my PCP Dec 27th & will ask him, but I wanted to throw this out here so I can think about things & have my ducks in a row when I go in for my appt.
Do or have any of you had this happen to you?
L1 - S2 "gone" useless in 1 way or another. DDD. RA. Bone Spurs. Tons of nerve damage/issues. Stenosis. Both knees replaced. 50 yrs old. I had a great fall (hence my user name) at age 41 and it has been a domino effect every since.