Living with Fibro

Fibromyalgia and You- Why am I Twitching, and How do I Stop It?

Are you or any of your loved ones diagnosed with Fibromyalgia? If so, then I am sure you are alarmed and want to find out more.

Fibromyalgia can seem scary, but it is possible to live with it and help lessen the symptoms.

One of the worst symptoms for some is the muscle twitching, since that help be annoying after a while.

This article will hopefully help you find ways to cope with the muscle twitching from now on.

For Those Who May Not Know, What Is Fibromyalgia?

In case you do not know much about the condition, I will try to help alleviate that stress.

Fibromyalgia is a disorder that involves chronic pain, along with other symptoms. The pain is in the musculoskeletal system, which included ligaments, joints, nerves, muscles, and tendons.

It can also include pain in the parts of the body that help support us, such as neck, back, and limbs like legs.

Causes for Fibromyalgia and Twitching

If you or someone you love has Fibromyalgia, then I am sure this question has popped into your head: What are the causes?

This is a good question and is important to look into. There are a couple of things that could cause Fibromyalgia, as well as some things that could put someone at risk.

Genetics

I know that hearing this is not fun, but genetics do play a part in having the condition.

If anyone in your family has had Fibromyalgia than there is a higher chance of you getting it.

It could be a genetic mutation or maybe just something that is passed down through DNA, but there is a higher chance of getting it if it runs in the family.

Unfortunately, women also have a higher risk of getting Fibromyalgia than men, so if you have symptoms and are a woman you should make sure to get checked out as soon as possible.

Previous Physical Trauma

There are some triggers for the condition, though we do not know enough about them to give too much detail.

One of the triggers seems to be immense physical trauma that can affect the stability of your muscles and joints, or causes damage to your ligaments.

Car accidents and other injuries can all help trigger Fibromyalgia, especially if you are already susceptible to it.

Infections and Extreme Illnesses

I am not sure what exact illnesses help raise the risk of getting the disorder, but some there does seem to be a trigger.

If you have had an infection or an illness that took a toll on your body then you could be more susceptible to getting the condition, especially if it already runs in your family.

Symptoms of Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia involves chronic muscular pain, but it is also followed by some other unpleasant symptoms.

These symptoms vary based on the person and not everyone will feel them the same way.

Because of how many symptoms there are, and how varied they are, doctors can have a hard time diagnosing the condition.

Some of the symptoms of Fibromyalgia are:

  • Intense shooting and burning pain
  • Deep muscular aching
  • Mood swings and issues with mood
  • Drowsiness and fatigue
    • Sometimes caused by waking up during the night in pain. Even sleeping for long hours can result in you still feeling tired. Many people that have Fibromyalgia also have sleeping disorders, so it is important to talk to your doctor about symptoms for sleep apnea, restless legs, or other sleeping issues.
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Memory loss and trouble with memory
  • Trouble focusing and concentrating on mental activities/tasks (This is sometimes referred to as “Fibro Fog”)

Fibromyalgia and muscle Twitching

Other Conditions Associated with Fibromyalgia

There have been cases where people with Fibromyalgia have also gotten symptoms for other conditions.

While this is not as common, it is possible and should be looked after. Some of the conditions include:

  • Migraines and Chronic Headaches
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

As well as disorders revolving around bladder issues and joint disorders. These can be looked into further. I would recommend looking into more detail if you are still curious.

What Is “Twitching”?

Another symptom, which I will go into more detail about, is twitching. Muscle twitching can be quite annoying since it can be a little bit debilitating.

Having constant twitches may interfere with your day to day life as you are unable to do things properly, like walking or writing, depending on what body part twitches.

The twitching is your muscles being overactive due to a various amount of reasons.

You may not tell your muscle to move, but it thinks you did. This can happen quite frequently due to emotional and physical reasons that I will go through in detail next.

Causes for Twitching

Since your muscles have a huge part to do with the condition, it makes sense that they would also get the brunt of the symptoms.

Your muscles twitch when they believe they should be working despite you not telling them too, and the over activity can be repeated.

There can even be emotional reasons as to why you have various twitches, such as anxiety or depression.

Tension and stress can also cause twitching. Our emotions greatly affect how we function and they can be disturbed by conditions like Fibromyalgia.

Stopping The Twitch

A very important point I would like to note is that you should talk to your specialist about how to help with your Fibromyalgia symptoms.

They may know what will work for you better since they see your symptoms. I will give a basic way to help ease the pain, but you should look into it further to make sure they are right for you.

One of the best ways to help stop the twitch is to continue moving. I know that the twitching can be annoying and, at times, painful, but that does not mean you should stop moving at all.

Trying to still exercise and move a little is better than nothing. It can help ease your muscles, especially if you try things like yoga or simple stretches.

Doing some stretches in your house daily, or at least a couple days a week, can help ease the tension in your muscles that may be causing the twitch.

Do activities that help ease your body tension, whether it be stretching or yoga.

Ways to help with the rest of the pain:

  • Medications
  • Exercise
  • Relaxing
  • Stress-Management and Stress Reduction

Conclusion

Living with Fibromyalgia may be tough, but it is possible. There are ways to make it, and the symptoms, more manageable.

If you listen to your doctor and try to have a relatively healthy lifestyle, with exercising and eating right, then you should be able to still go on with your day.

Twitching can be one of the harder symptoms to live with since it can be seen as embarrassing and can sometimes stop you from doing relatively easy activities.

While it may seem too tough to live through, it is possible and hopefully this article was able to help in some way, whether that was in a big or small way.

Knowing more about the conditions you or your loved ones have is important.

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