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Cramping - worst pain experience ever!

Mar 12, 2018 11:55 AM

Had one of the worst pain experience ever yesterday night. I woke up in the middle of the night from excruciating pain in my right rib just under my breast. The "normal" chronic pain was way worse than usual and on top of that excruciating pain waves kept coming. The waves of pain were so intense that my whole body was cramping. Luckily the cramping stopped so I was able to fall asleep again after a while.

Have anyone else experienced cramping from the pain?

Mar 12, 2018 5:31 PM

yes in my upper right leg an hip. horrible horrible pain. comes on usually at nite an at bedtime or in the middle of the nite.

Mar 12, 2018 7:45 PM

I’ve had them to my upper back, lower back, inside my thighs ( worst) toes/feet and back of calves. Pretty disabling. You can do nothing but grin and bare. I find taking a towel and wetting it and wringing it out. Place it in the microwave for 30 seconds o one minute ( very hot be careful). I then wrap it around my leg. It helps relax the muscle. Must be careful it’s not to hot or it can burn you.

Mar 12, 2018 7:50 PM

do yu have problems wit ya feet swelling? an have any problems walking? cause jus a trip to grocary store mess my feet up!

Mar 12, 2018 9:01 PM

No swelling but have muscle and nerve pain problems if on my feet. Also balance problems. Recently ankle swelling on left leg. Don’t know why.

Mar 12, 2018 9:03 PM

Mudduck Looking at your pain profile pic looks like mine. Lol no offense meant. I use a cane

Mar 12, 2018 9:41 PM

i might benifit from a cane when my right leg act up. yuh i see tha resemblance in pics too. i like to use tha electric buggies when shoppin to reduce pain. an i get to see all tha bottom shelf stuff i aint never noticed!!! 🤪. lol

Mar 12, 2018 10:11 PM

Been there done that lol 😂 you acquire a new perspective when you actually see what’s on those lower shelves. Lol weaned myself from the electric carts. Want to use my legs for as long as possible. I’ve learned to break anything I do into smaller tasks. It’s difficult when you have to accept your limits but in the end it pays to be honest with yourself and others.

Mar 12, 2018 10:42 PM

thats a great perspective an great attitude! 👍👍

Mar 12, 2018 10:43 PM

painwarrior what all do yu suffer with?

Mar 12, 2018 10:55 PM

Spinal Stenosis, IBS, poly Neuropathy, DDD,Hypothyroidism, AS, Psoriatic Arthritis, Diabetes, Parkinsonism,Psoriasis, GBP, carpal Tunnel, Incontinence. Maybe a couple more...?

Mar 12, 2018 10:59 PM

I’ve been fighting this for the last 30 years!

Mar 12, 2018 11:04 PM

good god an i thought i had problems. yu are definately a SOLDIER! bless yur heart. i hope yu have a hell of a support system at home. imma give yu 2 thumbs 👍👍 up cause yu definately a WARRIOR. 💪💪💪🌼

Mar 12, 2018 11:08 PM

Thanks I do have a great husband. Worry sometimes what will happen to me if he’s gone. It’s an ongoing struggle as you well know. Thanks for the support.

Mar 12, 2018 11:08 PM

god dont put nothin on us we caint handle. but god thinks we r badass’s! an i reckon we r!!!! we women r so tough period! LIPSTICK an GUNPOWDER thats what gurls r made of!

Mar 12, 2018 11:16 PM

Lol 😂 your right. You don’t know what your capable of until you have to go through what we do every dang day!

Mar 12, 2018 11:16 PM

Tough as nails and sweet as sugar! 😂

Mar 13, 2018 12:41 AM

@Painwarriror So when the cramping comes its "just" in your leg? For me the whole body was cramping so unfortunately I wasn't able to move let alone get out of bed.

Mar 13, 2018 11:54 AM

I get back spasms for lack of a better word. I do get cramping in my foot down into my toes which is unbearable. It happened once walking home, I literally sat on the floor crying in pain for what felt like an eternity waiting for it to settle. People just walked around me. Maybe see your Dr if it keeps happening. Good luck Hayley x

Mar 13, 2018 3:14 PM

I got those kind of muscle spasms in my feeT kew2012 when I was 12 years old and still get them. They are the pits! Juliauusitalso, most the time I’ll get them in one part of my body ( Thank God) . Occasionally both legs will spasm.
I’ve tried all kind of variations in meds/supplements but nothing quite does the trick in stopping them. I have Peripheral Neuropathy so it goes hand in hand. I feel for you and any of us who have them. Excruciating 😖

Mar 13, 2018 3:21 PM

@Painwarriror It's the first time it happened to me and I really hope it doesn't happen again. I get muscle spasms sometimes too but this time the pain in my ribs affected my whole body. Thankfully it didn't last that very long 👍

Mar 13, 2018 4:22 PM

Painwarrior I'm sorry to hear that, to have to deal with it for so long must be extremely difficult. How do you ease it when it happens?

Mar 13, 2018 9:48 PM

Don’t fight it. It will only make your muscles more tense and the pain more severe. If you have someone to help you put on very warm compresses ( moist hot towel) around let’s say your leg. Wrap a garbage bag over the hot towel tape. Let it on 15 minutes take off( just a suggestion) . Others heating pad. Very gentle massage. Deep breathing to get through it.Basically what works for you. Wouldn’t recommend ice though. Heat relaxes muscles where ice can contract muscles. A warm tub would also work or hot tub( supervised). Good luck!

Mar 13, 2018 9:50 PM

I also take tizanidine for muscle spasms. Talk to your doctor if your having a lot of problems with muscle spasms. Oh

Mar 14, 2018 10:30 AM

Painwarrior thank you so much for the advice - I'm trying all of that when it strikes again. Have a great day x

Mar 15, 2018 5:19 PM

Yup, in my back....worse still, is when the cramps are the cause of the pain

Mar 15, 2018 10:53 PM

I get really sharp waves of pain and cramps in my legs and back. It makes my whole body curp up really violently.

Mar 16, 2018 1:24 AM

@Spidermanrosie Can you do anything about it when it happens?

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