Muscle contractions, a rare and complex symptom that appears with fibromyalgia. What can we do? How to relieve them?

Fibromyalgia and muscle spasms
Fibromyalgia is a pain. 
This causes not only pain throughout the body, but also different types of pain.
The most common types of pain with fibromyalgia are:
Hyperalgesia – amplification of pain
Allodynia – pain to the touch
Painful paresthesia – painful nerve sensations
But our pain does not stop there. 
Another common complaint, often related to fibromyalgia, is pain caused by muscle spasms.
What are muscle spasms?
A muscle spasm is a sudden and painful muscle contraction.
A spasm can last only a few seconds, but can last for several minutes and can occur repeatedly.
Sometimes called cramps, muscle spasms are incredibly painful.
A spasm should not be confused with a common muscle spasm, which is painless, though embarrassing.
I have personally experienced many opportunities to wake up in the middle of the night, and I can assure you that there is a huge difference between a spasm and a nervous contraction.
Muscle spasms in fibromyalgia seem to occur most often in the neck, shoulders and back.
But they can happen anywhere, I have them in the back, legs and feet.
What is the link between fibromyalgia and muscle spasms?
What you need to know about fibromyalgia and muscle spasms:
The particular type of spasm in fibromyalgia has been called muscular rheumatism.

It is thought that muscular rheumatism may be due to uncontrollable contractions of muscle spasms in the affected areas.

Studies of people with fibromyalgia have shown that some people undergo changes in the mitochondria, the power of cells and their muscle cells.
Others had abnormalities in the functioning of their pain receptors.
Others have had changes in the blood microcirculation, causing the contraction of their capillaries in the tissues where muscle spasm occurs.
One study suggests that our spasms may be caused by myofascial trigger points, a viscous tissue that forms when the soft tissue is injured and does not heal properly.
It is also possible that muscle spasms have been caused by our overactive nerves, nutritional deficiencies or a variety of other factors.
 
What can be done with muscle spasms?
It remains to be seen whether doctors and researchers will at some point understand the exact cause of these painful spasms.
In the meantime, we need to know what to do to help ease this pain.

Here are some benefits to reduce the number of muscle spasms:

       • heat and / or cold therapy. Try to switch between the cooling blocks and the heating pads.
       • Creams to relieve pain, subjects or ointments
       • Gentle stretching. Keep in mind that exaggerated stretching can have the opposite effect.
       •  Epsom salt baths  .
       Massages. Try a gentle self-massage on the affected area.
       •  acupuncture  .
       • adequate rest.
       • Magnesium  and malic acid supplements  .
       • diet rich in potassium. Potassium rich foods: bananas, sweet potatoes, beans (especially white beans), potatoes, yogurts and prunes.
       • Calcium in the diet and / or supplementation. Calcium-rich foods: white beans, kale, orange juice, black peas, dairy products, soy products and almonds.
       •  Vitamin D  in sunlight, diet and / or supplements. Foods rich in vitamin D: cod liver oil, salmon, mackerel, eggs and mushrooms.
       • Avoid dehydration by drinking plenty of water and eating moisturizing foods. Moisturizing foods: cucumber, celery, tomato, cauliflower, watermelon, melon and strawberries.
It may take time to find the right combination that will help you the best.
I discovered that drinking a lot of water, in addition to taking magnesium and vitamin D supplements, made a big difference in me.
Muscle spasms are another example of the strange, frustrating and painful symptoms of fibromyalgia that we have to live with.
But we can do certain things to improve our quality of life.
 
Thanks for reading!

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