It’s in the middle of the night and you’ve finally fallen asleep. Even if it’s just tired. So you come out of nowhere, you scream in pain because your leg and foot have penetrated seriously. So serious, in fact, that your toes break and stumble in strange positions. The pain is so intense that you can not even put your feet on the floor or against a wall to stretch your toes back to normal. The muscle cramps in the leg are so powerful that they look like pain at birth. In fact, there sometimes seems to be a back and forth in the same way as the contractions. Finally, the pain disappears, but it happens several times at night.
This is the story of many fibromyalgia patients with fibromyalgia and leg cramps. And some of them do not even understand the link between debilitating muscular spasms and spasms of their fibro. However, the American College of Rheumatology indicates that 42% of patients with fibromyalgia and leg cramps. This is actually another symptom of right muscle pain that affects 100% of patients with fibro. So, what causes these leg cramps or spasms and often also feet? Frankly, they do not really know what causes fibromyalgia and leg cramps. At least not for patients with fibromyalgia in particular. Let’s look at ways to mitigate. There are many techniques for treating fibromyalgia and leg cramps. Just find the one that works for you. We cover only two here.
The Journal of Integrative Medicine has published a study on magnesium and its effects on fibromyalgia performed at the Mayo Clinic. The first study of its kind was designed to evaluate the effectiveness of locally applied magnesium in reducing six different symptoms associated with fibromyalgia, including muscle spasms. The study showed that after two weeks of using a solution called “Fibro Flex” on their skin, patients with fibromyalgia found improvement after just two weeks of regular use. The improvement continued during the study, which lasted four weeks.
“This study confirmed the existing medical research that the maintenance of serum magnesium levels in the serum had been associated with a decrease in fibromyalgia symptoms, including depression, pain, and fatigue,” said National Fibromyalgia Association. Except for some irritation of the skin on which the spray was applied, the people tested did not have other undesirable side effects. Since most Westerners suffer from magnesium deficiency, it may be helpful not to be limited to muscle cramps of fibromyalgia.
TENS EMS Machines and Units
If you’re like me, a TENS machine does not seem to be known by far. I first came across a fibromyalgia room where I thought someone was spelling. But then, I discovered that I had used something similar several times in my life, including at the chiropractor’s office. Do you know what I’m talking about? I mean when you go to the chiropractor and he connects you with the small electrodes. It almost feels like they bend the muscles and relax with electricity. I must always keep mine at a very low level because I am very sensitive. But they are really useful. And now you can get them for private use at home. These are EMS devices that help increase blood flow to the muscles, to increase the range of motion and more. He can be a lifeguard for fibro patients!
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) sends stimulating impulses to the skin and nerve fibers to prevent pain signals from reaching the brain . Take this in a moment. Now think about it: it is also used to stimulate the body to produce more endorphins or natural painkillers. An important difference between a TENS machine and EMS devices is that you carry the TENS machine on your body. No worries, it’s small. However, many patients with fibromyalgia find it very useful and effective as an alternative to pharmaceutical analgesics. In other words, it is a pain relief that is safe, non-invasive and drug-free.
Are there other methods?
There are absolutely other ways to relieve the often debilitating and painful pain of muscle spasms accompanying fibromyalgia. Vitamin E is very useful for muscle spasms, especially for those who lead a rather sedentary lifestyle. Lyrica, which is one of the most commonly used medications for the treatment of fibromyalgia, has been very successful.
There are other options such as acupressure. Some fibro patients have learned to do this themselves. But you will need to first consult an acupuncturist or a quality acupressor before getting directions. Yoga is exceptionally beneficial for keeping muscles tense and mobile. This leads to increased blood circulation and minimizes cramps. For some fibro patients, it works completely. The keys are not to overdo it and listen to your body. Another option is called Bowen Technique, also called Bowen Therapy. Similar to acupressure, this technique uses gentle rolling motions to promote healing and relief of pain. It’s so effective that it’s even used for horses!
Do you have experience with these methods of treating fibromyalgia and leg cramps? Which ones helped and which mistakes did you have? Have you found another method or technique that works for you? Please share your thoughts with us. Perhaps you will come across something that may help the innate patient treat fibromyalgia and leg cramps.