View Full Version : OT- Muscle Spasm

05-30-2007, 10:31 PM
It started this morning when I leaned over to pick a book up off the floor. Now I can barely move. :waah: A muscle between my shoulder blades cramped and it hasn't stopped. Went to the doctor this evening, and she said it was a muscle spasm. Unfortunately, the painkiller and muscle relaxer and heat
aren't helping much. It's hard to move or breathe and I'm bored out of my mind. Anyone ever dealt with this? Any suggestions??

05-30-2007, 10:42 PM
Stretch. It might hurt, but it will help.

Muscle spasms like that happen in my legs all the time (I screwed them up with ballet and gymnastics), but stretching always helps in the end. Just stretch daily so that when it happens again, if it does, it won't be nearly as bad.

Chocolate Almond Fudge Soy Cream, and an electric blanket, always help as well while watching DVDs. :thumbsup:

05-30-2007, 10:48 PM
I was debating some mint chocolate chip ice cream earlier... then remembered the fresh strawberries on the counter :)

05-30-2007, 11:24 PM
I got a muscle spasm in my mid back from a strain a couple weeks before. Could barely move, but went out and got Tiger Balm heat patch and put it on. Couple hours later it was feeling better, and after 4-6hrs total, no pain and I could move around again. Yay for Tiger Balm!


05-31-2007, 09:10 AM
I am having this EXACT same problem right now. When I woke up on Friday my neck and back hurt. I thought I just slept funny (you know how sometimes you sleep weird and your arm or neck feels weird the next day, but it eventually goes away?) When I woke up on Saturday, I couldn't move. Husband pumped me full of Advil and we went to run some errands. By the afternoon I was in so much pain we had to go home. On Sunday I couldn't even lift up my head. We went to an urgent care center where the doctor told me I was having muscle spams. He prescribed me a muscle relaxer and a pain killer. They don't really work. I'm still in a lot of pain and can't move my neck without a jolt of pain going down my neck and back. Every time I take a deep breath I want to scream. The heat pack doesn't even work although a nice hot shower does help for a bit.

Right before I read this post I called and made an appointment with my regular doctor for tomorrow. He will probably farm me out to a specialist. Until then I'll just deal with it.

Let me know what works for you; at this point I'm pretty desperate for anything. Like my mom told me, "You're only 26 years old and you're already falling apart!"

Gotta love mom.

05-31-2007, 09:20 AM
A massage therapist can probably help more with muscle spasms than a doctor. Usually all they can do is give you muscle relaxants and painkillers which don't always work. The heat patches are generally better than just a heating pad because they're saturated with liniment which is in continual contact with your skin and absorbed into the muscles.


05-31-2007, 09:50 AM
Thanks for the info, Sue.

I'll stop by the store and pick up a heat patch. Then I'll tell husband that it's medically necessary that I get a massage! He'll love that! :lol:

05-31-2007, 09:55 AM
Couldn't hurt....

05-31-2007, 10:38 AM
Let me know what works for you; at this point I'm pretty desperate for anything. Like my mom told me, "You're only 26 years old and you're already falling apart!"

I'm the same age and hubby told dad that "She broke herself again."

I'm notorious for doing things like this...

Dr. put me on Skelaxin, and it's helping. Heat is easing the spasm and cold helps the pain. Other than that, not much else is helping.

My doctor suggested a massage, and I have a place I usually go... I'll be making an appointment when I wake up a bit more.