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Muscle Spasms

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,322
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:25 AM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic
I am having severe muscle spasms in my lats. Mostly on left side, but occasionally on both sides. i had cervical fusion 2 years ago and still have severe neck issues, but are these spasms related?? When the spasm hits, i am literally propelled forward and i make funny grunting noises (cuss sometimes). the pain is so strong even with new meds doctor gave me (Amrix). this is horrible...HELP, they wont stop.


  • ....and Welcome.....☺

    I can't tell you if your spasms are related,but my problems are cervical as well and I also suffer terrible spasms..so odds are that they are.We have to be careful that what we say here is not misconstrued as medical knowledge,but only personal experience.Having said that..I would feel it safe to say that it might be related.My spasms get increasingly worse at the very smallest of temperature drop.Have you noticed that?

    Try a heating pad with your muscle relaxer and see if that gives you some temporary relief...and enjoy reading and posting here..it can be rewarding... :)
  • i guess you can tell im a newbie to this site...yea, im trying to relax, but these spasms are killing me. i have tried the meds and heat, but they arent going away...UGH. i literally holler and sometimes cuss. looks like i am being tazed. i cant go in public like this.
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  • Have a DR???Well,of course you have a doc if you have medication...maybe you should call your Dr before they close?

    Goodness........You can't let them(spasms) get the best of you like that.I mean shouldn't...sorry...my words come out wrong at times.What I mean is that we have to stay on top of our pain and control it-not the other way around.It can be like a game of tug of war at times.
  • Jen, I have suffered from muscle spasms for years, but they worsened last year after a Functional Capacity Evaluation for my LTD company sent me over the edge.

    I have tried heat, ice, deep tissue massage, physiotherapy, trigger point injections and a million other things..... Most recently, my doc put me on 20 mg of prednisone, SHORT TERM, for pain and spasms that got completely out of control, and I could not believe the difference. I know it's an ugly drug and we don't want to resort to it very often, but it literally changed those spasms in 24 hours. I have now tapered it off to nothing, and the spasms are just barely coming back; I'm hoping the relief will last a while. I know your frustration with it, and can sympathize!! :''(

    For a long time I took high doses of magnesium and malic acid, which is a great combination for muscles; if it doesn't interfere with your meds, it's an easy enough supplement to take.

    Hope I've given you some food for thought....good luck, and keep gritting those teeth!! :D

  • Hiya, well its 5am here. I am up early again, woken up by those all so painful, teeth clinching muscle spasms. It goes from the middle of my back all across and down to my lumber area, down both sides, into both hips, and then i have the siatic pain that radiates down my right leg to my foot. Also down my left leg to my knee. I am in so much pain. Normally as the day goes on the pain eases, but yesterday , it got the better off me, and just would not let up. I tried the cold then hot method, it didnt help. I try to move but it hurts to much, to move backwards, forwards, side to side, the basic things in life we take for granted become such a task. I get tired real easy to, but thats because of the fibro i think. Anyway i just thought i would elaberate on the topic.

    Angie x
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    its difficult to take a stab without some more details.
    where were your cervical fusions? did you get relief at all after surgery? how long his this current problem been going on for? are you taking any other medications? and last, what treatment plan are you under? physical therapy, traction, heat/cold, massage, ultrasound, etc?

    when it appears to be more muscular, its ice for the first 48 hours and then heat afterward. but that is just the guideline, you do what feels better for you. if this is the case, you should at least discuss the idea with your doctor about muscle relaxers... but again, that is something your doctor has to see based on what he sees in you.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • How are you doing?

    Are your spasms under control yet?

    I sure hope so :)
  • Hi Jen,
    I am sorry to hear you are suffering such nasty spasms. I suffer from these too, really bad ones that stop me in my tracks. All I can offer is sympathy. I take diazepam when my spasms are really bad, and use a heat cushion which does help. Usuallly though, I just have to lie still and wait for the spasm to pass, and sometimes that can take hours :(
  • I had ACDF just last month so I'm still early in recovery. I too have spasms between my shoulders. I already take valium for them but find when that isn't quite enough I thank the good Lord that they invented those Therma care pads for various parts of your body. You could try them if you find they give them some relief then great. I use them because they are portable and I can take them to work with me. If I were you I would definitely talk to your doctor about your medication as it doesn't seem to be working for you.
  • ......any of the heating tools? The reason I ask is because I saw them in the drug store and they are pretty expensive.I would like to have SOMEthing to use in the winter months b/c as soon as I step outside my entire back and neck gets in spasms.

    I don't go out much,but when I do it doesn't matter if the car is warmed up or not..it only takes as long as getting into the car for these to start and sometimes it lasts a long time.
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