Tuesday, October 04, 2005

The significance of spasms

I have disabled mates who talk about their spasms ... but it's perhaps not until recently I've understood the significance of them.

Spasms are, what, a bit of shaking? Moving of the limb? Involuntary muscle movements? Big deal?

Well let me tell you that because my left foot is currently gouted and shagged up to pieces I've done a bit of work from home today then had to go to bed because of pain. Why? SPASMS! Sitting at desk, foot goes a bit cold, blood rushing downwards (I dunno, something like that, I'm not a doctor) and suddenly the already agonisingly painful foot starts doing a bit of that involuntary muscle movement I was talking about.

What can I say? Ten times the agony and there's nothing, repeat nothing, I can do about it. Bed, warmth, drugs, hot drink. That's my method. Don't know what else to do, close to despair today! Any other thoughts on spasming appreciated. Am writing this en route to the kitchen - i.e. the cup of tea parlour.

Having been sensory disabled for 20 years, due to recent issues I'm beginning to appreciate and side with that physically disabled gang a lot more in the last few years due to various reasons.

'Spasm' is not the innocent short comedy word it sounds like!


Alice said...

You are so right, spasm is not a funny word. Having dealt with chronic spasms for the past twenty plus years myself, I can guarantee it. People who don't experience it have no idea, kind of like migraines.

Restless leg syndrome also plagues me, and I sleep very little due to that.

At least you have some drugs. I can't seem to wrestle any out of the veteran's hospital here for any of mine. That's the only option I have since I have no private health insurance.

Hope this and the gout pass along soon for you.

The Goldfish said...

I imagine an alcoholic drink is out of the question with gout, but that's the one thing that really kills mine dead - and I don't need to get pissed, it effects the body much quicker than the brain. However, Tonic Water that you mix to make G&T contains quinine which is anti-spasmodic. Tastes revolting probably, but it may be worth a shot.

Get well soon.

Gimpy Mumpy said...

Cold really does aggrivate mine so I bundle lots of fleece blanket around mine.
I also take a muscle relaxant which helps only a little, but every bit counts.
I had terrible experiences with side-effects, but you may want to ask your doctor about some of the anti-depressant and anti-convulsant drugs that are now being used for neuropathy. Cymbalta worked great for my leg and foot pain, but the constant dizziness, nausea and falling over meant it wasn't a drug for me!
Best of luck Damon, and yes when all else fails I put the kettle on for a cup of tea :)

melbamae said...

Cherries for the gout.

Try mega high doses of calcium gluconate (500 mg's or so a day) for the spasms. That's what cured my hubbies bone moving spasms after his accident.

Hope it all clears up soon, sounds like agony.

w1ld child said...

Spasms eugh, I get them a lot in my legs, less frequently in my arms, hands and fingers but just as annoying.

Can't suggest anything as they happen at inconvenient times when I have no way of getting rid, and I seem to forget every time I go see my GP. Hope they clear up soon for you though.

Josh said...

I've frequently had back spasms, and occasionally in other limbs. I've found that submerging the effected area in hot water usually helps, but i hav eno idea what side-effects there may be with the gout, as I know absolutely nothing about it. I do hope you feel better soon.

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