Fibromyalgia and Muscle Twitching

Our muscles are at the core of fibromyalgia issues, and because of that, our muscles are where we are going to notice the majority of our issues. Controlling our fibromyalgia is based on a lot of factors, but many of them are related to the muscles that are most affected by the disease.

Muscle twitching is one of the most common symptoms of fibromyalgia, and it’s important to deal with it quickly. In this article, we’re going to look at why muscle twitching is such a common issue with fibromyalgia, and how you can cope with it in a manner that allows you to continue to live your life.

Why Does Muscle Twitching Happen with Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a disorder where our body is constantly in pain. At this point in time, there isn’t really a single known cause of the disorder, and because of that, it’s often hard to treat. Many times, professionals are just dealing with the symptoms and trying to make it as simple as possible for the person suffering from the disorder to live a normal life – or as normal as they possibly can.

Muscle twitching is just one of many symptoms that may end up occurring in people who are suffering from fibromyalgia. What is a muscle twitch? In short, it’s when the nerves in your body (usually in muscles) start to work without you telling them to.

They shoot off signals and move without you prompting them to. Many people know about the twitch in their eyelids or in their fingers, but they can be a lot worse in those with fibromyalgia. But why do they happen?

There are a number of emotional reasons that we can end up with muscle twitches. Stress and anxiety are probably the two biggest reasons. Many people who suffer from fibromyalgia will deal with one or both of these problems at some point.

Under these conditions, our bodies will start to be tense and they won’t act as they should, thus making it difficult for us to control what is going on with our bodies. We may tremble or twitch, even though we didn’t tell our body to do any of those things.

Anxiety will often make people tremble or twitch, even if they can’t sense the mental part of their anxiety, their body may still react with twitches and trembles. Either way, it can be a bit disconcerting.

Another reason is that of an injury or because of tension in the muscle itself. Injuries can make it so that the nerves don’t fire as they should, and tension makes it so that your nerves may be strained or pinched.

In either of those cases, it’s likely that our bodies will shake and/or twitch, and we won’t really be able to do much about it. It can be scary and sometimes cause frustration, but it’s quite common and not something that you necessarily have to be afraid of if it happens to you or a loved one who deals with fibromyalgia.

How Can We Deal with and/or Prevent Muscle Twitching?

As with anything else, we can deal with muscle twitching (and in some cases, we can even prevent it). Your specialist is the only one who can actually give you a full plan as to how you want to go about it, but here are some suggestions that you can use in order to help prevent and/or deal with muscle twitching that is related to fibromyalgia.

It sounds simple, but staying active can actually play a huge role in preventing muscle twitches as a result of fibromyalgia. If you are exercising (which, even though it can be difficult with fibromyalgia pain, you want to try and do at least semi-regularly), then you are stretching your muscles and making them less tense. Even just doing stretches around the house can really help limber you up.

It will also make it easier for you to move around. Remember – some movement is better than no movement at all, so even a little bit can end up helping you feel a lot better and can help to reduce the spasms and twitching of your muscles. Go and take a walk around the block, or just use the muscle that is causing you the issues – sometimes, just using the muscle is enough to help it work correctly and to turn off the “misfiring” that is going on in your body.

Even if you have fibromyalgia, some muscle twitches could be signs of bigger problems in your body. There are a few reasons that you may want to call a professional and get help if you’re having a muscle twitch that is out of the ordinary.

If you can’t move a part of your body because of the twitch, if you start to feel dizzy or sick, and/or you are in so much pain that moving your body (or at least, the area that is affected) is out of the question. In those cases, you will want to go to the hospital and get treated – there could be some bigger issues going on.

If the twitching is severe and making it difficult to function, your doctor may end up prescribing medications for you. Some of them are muscle relaxers, others are anti-spasmodic medications. It depends on what your doctor believes is causing the muscle twitching in the first place. They may also send you to a physical therapist and/or give you electrical therapy, depending on where the spasm is located and if the technologies and/or techniques have been proven to help your specific area of issue.

Muscle twitching is, unfortunately, a common truth that many people who suffer from fibromyalgia have to deal with. It’s important that we’re not only aware of this issue, but also that we can take care of it when it comes up. If muscle twitching has become an issue for you, talk to your specialist. They can help you with more suggestions and give you a treatment plan that actually addresses the twitching and its severity.

Further reading

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  • Peggy Scott

    As I am setting here reading these articles, I find myself in tears. I have been doctoring with Fibromyalgia for over 25 years. At the age of 55 I started receiving disability, something almost unheard of at that time. As I have been read, your articles explain my symptoms right to the point. For so may years, fibromyalgia has not been understood and so hard to explain. I thank God, for on the most part I have had good doctors. Only a few had been unreasonable and not even wanted to hear my complaints. But as the result, the good doctors I have had, used only the knowledge at hand at the time and that being medication and pretty harsh drugs. One drug only works for a certain amount of time and them I have moved on to something else, usually something similar but sometimes having to be something stronger. Then there has been the very big problem of getting insurance to pay for the newer drugs, as they come on the market. I feel, for the number of years I have been in pain, I do well. Of course, as you know, there are good times and bad. The biggest secret I have found is, don’t stop! No matter how bad it gets and you hurt, you must keep moving. Exercise, no matter how small of an amount is good but just don’t sit down and stay. It may be for only ten minutes, to fold a load of clothes, load the dish washers but keep moving. Sometimes there are more hours in the day of take rest break than keeping busy but I keep moving. Rest is very important, don’t get me wrong but even when you don’t feel like it , do something. Then reward your self with a half an hour or long if needed. The connection between Fibro and thyroid was a new one for me. I have had thyroid problems for several years and am on medication. So that theory was an explanation I was pleased to hear. I had many allergies though out my life and with the onset of Fibro they all went away or if I do have periods where allergies kick up’ the fibro is much better. Thus leading me to believe there is some sort of connection. Any way, your articles have been very informative and I am looking forward to reading more and hopefully acquiring better knowledge. Hopefully someday people will not have to deal with this everyday hurting and pain.

  • Sharon Jones

    I was diagnosed with Fibro in 2015 and have been in a lot of pain since. I find that it even affects my breathing, especially at night. I was also diagnosed with severe sleep apnea and Hashimotos Thyroiditis. Now I am having uncontrolled muscle spasms or twitches? Not sure how to explain it. My head starts bobbing, hands shaking, arms and legs jerk and even my core or mid section tightens over and over. Adding to all that I am extremely tired and can’t even stay awake long enough to write this. In the beginning of this it only lasted a short time. Today it started this morning and it is still going at 7 pm. I am not sure what to do. Is this Fibro or something else?

    • Lulu Super

      I too have constant twitching and restless legs which move constantly. Constant buzzing inside. Doctors don’t know much about this condition. I am taking loads of supplements magnesium. Fish oils b vitamins, and nothing stops it. I am very fatigued most of the time, and pains on and off, I walk to keep fit.