Fibromyalgia Nerve Pain
There may be more to it than you think
Nerve pain is a part of fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia nerve pain is usually caused by over-active nerves. What we may not realize is how many other problems that those over-active nerves might be causing. I didn’t even realize that most of my issues were nerve related until I finally thought to bring the specifics up to my doctor.
I had what I kept describing as “nerve spasms”, however once I looked them up I realized they weren’t so much “spasms” but twitches. We usually see the effects of these twitches in our limbs but what we may not realize is how much we are experiencing them throughout our entire body. That said, I do get spasms too, now that I realize the difference. Spasms are we typically refer to as cramps. I get those most often in my legs. I have found that stretching and increasing my Magnesium intake (both orally and via epsom salt baths) helps, but does not always completely alleviate this issue.
A twitch is when your nerve misfires or over-fires and causes a muscle to twitch. Sometimes you’ll feel it in an arm where it might feel like a muscle is jumping around for no reason. For me, when it gets really bad it feels like just constant ripples of movement through my muscles, it sometimes actually causes my limbs to jerk, similar to Parkinsons. It can cause me to drop things, it can cause me to fall. It definitely makes me feel weak and tired from the constant uncontrolled movement.
If you think about it, it makes sense that if your nerves are causing your external muscles to have this type of movement, perhaps they are causing the same movements internally. When my twitching was at its worst (before I started taking Neurontin to help it) I had a few days where I just laid on the couch because the twitching was constant. But, there were some other issues that I noticed seemed extremely worse during those days.
Fibromyalgia nerve pain can cause other issues as well
1.Acid Reflux. I’ve had ulcers in the past caused by too much NSAID use. However, after that was taken care of the acid reflux subsided greatly so that I didn’t need medication for it. What I’ve found is that when the nerve twitching is the worst, acid reflux gets worse. Acid reflux got so bad at one point (despite taking a daily prescription medication), that I really thought I’d managed to develop another ulcer.
2. IBS. This is one that is commonly associated with Fibro and I can’t help but think this might be connected to the nerve issues. I’ve dealt with IBS to some degree for years. But, it’s rarely so bad that it causes me great pain. Typically, I’m just dealing with irregularity and sometimes gas and/or cramps. But, during those days when the nerve twitches were the worst, the IBS pain was also much worse and other IBS symptoms increased as well (usually resulting in diarrhea).
3. Urinary Incontinence. This one went beyond just the worst days of the nerve issues. It was something that I was starting to think was a serious problem. I didn’t connect it to the nerve problems until after it cleared up… which was after I started taking Neurontin and the nerve twitches started getting better. I began having leakage issues around the same time that the nerve pain and twitches started. Getting to the bathroom on time just didn’t happen. I spoke to my gyno about this issue and was told to start doing kegal exercises to strengthen my muscles in that area. I was eventually sent for physical therapy as well, but neither helped. Calming my nerves, keeping my diet under control, and PEMF helped.
Gabapentin has continued to keep my nerves calmed. I’ve also found that taking magnesium daily helps keep the twitches and spasms to a minimum and reduces the other symptoms related to fibromyalgia nerve pain.
At least with the new criteria for Fibromyalgia they are starting to consider more of the various symptoms we encounter even if they aren’t quite realizing that they are all from the same basic cause. I may not be a dr but it just makes sense to me.
What other symptoms do you experience that you think can be linked back to the basics of Fibro?