I have spasticity in my feet and calves. Lately I have also had it in my abs. I have found out that it helps to have a little bit of spasticity during the day. If I take Flexeril or an anti-spasmodic during the day, I find if very difficult to get out of a "deep" sofa or get up from kneeling or sitting on the floor. Given the issues I have with feet and toes, I see know reason why you couldn't have spasticity in hands and finger. The flexor and extensors in the hands a pretty close to what's in the feet.
Deb, I get neck stiffness all the time.. I also have bulging discs in the c5 and 6.
I also have hip pain (still not sure if it is considered spasticiy)
I have pain in my left hip and when I am curled up on my couch and leaning on my hip, I have to constantly reposition myself because of the burning pain.
When I am walking, my hip stiffens up. This makes me walk with a limp because it hurts to bring my leg forward.
I am glad this topic keeps popping up, I have been feeling so much of it lately, I need to learn as much as I can.
Spasticity can occur anywhere that you have muscles from what I understand - Shadowsister (not sure if you know her) has spasticity/spasms in the bladder of all places. And she also had such horrific spinal spasms caused by spasticity that she has broken her spine. Her case is definitely extreme, but another good example that this disease can affect just about any part of our body.
I'm still very confused on spasticity. I'm pretty sure I have it, but my neuro has always focused on my other issues during appointments. I have 3 spots that give me trouble: behind my right knee, my left outer thigh, and my right shoulder & neck. The knee one is just sore, and when I have it I don't want to bend or straighten my leg completely. The thigh one feels like a sore muscle. The shoulder/ neck one is the worst. It starts by feeling like I slept wrong, and just a sore muscle. Over the course of a few days the muscles get tighter and tighter feeling like a continuous charlie horse. It gets to the point where I can't turn my head in any direction without pain. Then, over a matter of days it will ease up again.
I hope you can get some answers from your neuro!
I cant actually say (for sure) i've got spasticity, but i do get a lot of muscle spasms and often the intercostal muscles after a while of spasming decide they've had enough of doing a jig and refuse to move. Thats when it feels like i've broken myself, my rib cage just doesnt flex when i move around, i think thats why i ended up cracking. When its really playing up, i emit a loud cracking sound (like a snapped tree branch) from my sternum, it scares the begeebers out of people. Oh and it hurts!
I have spasticity in both quads, my right top of my arm and shoulder , my left top of arm, shoulder and neck , lower back and the bottom. It restricts movement, feels stiff and causes me pain. Worse in the cold of if I get tired.
I find a heat pack helps with the pain if it is bad. Stretching each day, sometimes 3x a day helps as well. I even have to stretch my neck. I can't turn my head all the way to the left now. My left leg can no longer rotate fully.
All of the areas you have spasticity are th exact same places I get mine. I also get in in my right thigh and( left hip?? ) My neck and shoulder blade are the absolute worst. It starts outta nowhere and keeps me in the same position for hours. HORRIBLE PAIN! I have a 7 yr. old and 4 yr. old and you can just imagine what its like to tell them please dont do anything just be good, mommy can't move, as the tears are rolling down my face.
My 7 yr. old gets the heat pad and my medication with some water. My daughter gets the pillows and props me up, (If I could move) at the table, of course both times this happened severely I was in the kithcen
My pain can last from couple of hours to a whole day or even 2 days, and then stops suddenly when it feels like (I have tortured her enough).
I even had stiffness in my neck that lasted for a month.
URL of this page: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003297.htm
Spasticity is stiff or rigid muscles with exaggerated, deep tendon reflexes (for example, a knee-jerk reflex). The condition can interfere with walking, movement, or speech.
Spasticity generally results from damage to the part of the brain that controls voluntary movement. It may also occur when you have damage to the nerves traveling from brain down to spinal cord.
Symptoms of spasticity include:
Exaggerated deep tendon reflexes (the knee-jerk or other reflexes)
Scissoring (crossing of the legs as the tips of scissors would close)
Repetitive jerky motions (clonus), especially when touched or moved
Carrying the shoulder, arm, wrist, and finger at an abnormal angle due to tightness of the muscle
Spasticity may also interfere with speech. Severe, long-term spasticity may lead to contracture of muscles, causing joints to be bent at a fixed position.
I too have it in my neck, shoulders, hips, and lower legs....lately, as I am walking, my right calf muscle will just tighten up like a baseball in my leg...it feels really weird.
This is really great info.!! Spasticity is the name of the game these days.
Deb, Thanks for the post!! LOL I definately found this useful.
Thanks everyone! I've learned a lot.
I thought I was having spacticity issues, but after 15 plus years with MS and seeing over a dozen doctors, I was finally diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis as well.
Sanctity deals with muscles, not joints. So if you are dealing with severe joint pain, get tested for RA. Don't let it take years to find out.
I have been experiencing severe pain in the right side of the neck. The PT gave me some stretching exercises to do, but if I don't do them HOURLY, I tighten up again. I have stenosis, retrolisthesis, and I can't remember what else in my spine (Thank you, MRI, for finally showing them SOMETHING concrete!). I think my neck muscles simply get tired of trying to hold the vertebrae in positions that don't hurt. When I turn certain ways, the joints go "Snap! Crackle! Pop!," only much louder than in my cereal bowl. More like a "Ka-Pow!"