1) When I wake in the morning, the first move, even slight, that I make in bed causes much of my body to tense up strongly; taking a nap causes this also but to a lesser extent. Actually, not moving much for many minutes or longer brings it on too. I skipped the topical Mg treatments for a month and this has become worse - such that now even bending my fingers causes the rest of the body to spasm (only when I wake in the morning though). This tensing in the morning gradually goes away for the most part by doing additional movements. If I keep still, the spasms are waiting to happen with next movement I make. After I have (slowly and carefully) sat up in bed, the reactivity of the muscles has dropped drastically.
2) During the day, spacticity feels like tight muscles that need to be stretched. However, if I stretch them, they tend to fight back and tense. This hyper-reactivity causes interesting things like bouncing leg movements from the calf muscle repeatedly contracting while sitting in a chair, foot on the floor. Kind of like the thing when people have a baby sitting on their knee and give the baby a ride by bouncing the baby up and down by repeatedly contracting and relaxing their calf muscle. Once I drop my heel from the raised position, it will start to bounce up and down on its own; I don't know if it would work with a baby on it though.
3) I usually get a tensing and shaking of my body when I am yawning.
4) When I stand up after sitting for many minutes or more, my body tenses up, especially the lower body; this lasts about 5-10 seconds.
The hyperactivity of the muscles does a number on walking ability and balance.
Muscles have what is known as a "stretch reflex". This is to keep a body part from moving if the body doesn't want it to move, to hold it in place. But a hyper-reactive stretch reflex causes the body part/muscle to push back to such an extent that it doesn't just hold in place, but moves in the opposite direction as the force pushing against it.
And as a requisite side note: Most all of the above problems have repeatedly improved, more or less, with topical Magnesium treatments.
Also, a doctor once told me that people with MS are magnesium wasters. He said he did not know if the magnesium wasting was a cause of MS or a symptom.
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on Thu Apr 17, 2014 9:04 am, edited 3 times in total.