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Twitches & Joint Pain

PostPosted: March 20th, 2003, 11:44 am
by Katie
Hi everyone,

Well, wouldn't you know. After twitching on & off for 6 months, and finally coming to terms that I have something benign [which my neuro agrees with] -- I started feeling better! Had a great week with perhaps 1 or 2 twitches all week long in my foot. No big deal. Thought I was putting this whole thing behind me ... one or two twitches in my feet are 'no big deal'.

Then I'm lying on the sofa last night, watching the war unfolding on tv [and not "feeling" especially anxious], and I noticed that my upper arms started twitching. I thought, "*beep*," and just laid there, hoping it was my imagination. Well, it didn't stop -- the twitches were having a "field day" on my arms. About an hour later, I got up to go to bed [right around the time that Saddam Hussein started speaking], and boy my arms hurt and so did the thumbs on both hands -- felt like major joint pain.

I went to bed so depressed. Thought I was putting this behind me. Wondering if the start of the war brought on some internal anxiety that I wasn't really feeling outwardly [or that I was conscious of] and it triggered the twitches. I'm also just wondering if my central nervous system is just very very sensitive now and this is the area most affected by stress. I had a baby 7 months ago, and the first few months were very very hard for me and very stressful. In hindsight, I should have been on anti-anxiety medication because I was stressed to the max, like never before, and of course the neuro problems started very soon thereafter. I even had insomnia from all the stress.

I am just hoping that I can continue to improve. Anyway, just venting. This site has been very helpful.

PostPosted: March 20th, 2003, 1:14 pm
by Brian_B
last night I didnt notice hardly any twitching, but this morning I woke up around 8am and my left upper arm was twitching a LOT, where I dont remember it twitching for about 6 months or so, now its almost 1230pm and its still twitching now, so I dont know if like you posted some kinda anxiety you dont really feel or what......

Brian

PostPosted: March 20th, 2003, 1:34 pm
by Katie
Brian,

That's really interesting. My twitches last night were in my upper arms, too. Now today, achy in top of arms and shoulders.

Strange. Maybe there is some internal stress going on since the start of the war. It's been about a month since my arms have twitched -- it seemed to just be hitting my feet lately, which was much more acceptable somehow.

PostPosted: March 20th, 2003, 9:29 pm
by Davidd
Katie--

I am glad to hear that you had a good couple of weeks. You WILL have many more of those!

I think all the news certainly does amplify our feelings and certainly can make us all have extra twitches. It's funny because I was also having a decent week or two and last night as I was laying on the couch watching CNN, my twitches increased dramatically and even right now my calves and legs are twitching away...ughh!

Anyway, I have noticed over the months that there are times when the twitches are bad for awhile and then there are times that the twitches are much better. For me, better simply means not noticing them as much...but they are always there.

Take good care!

-David

David

PostPosted: March 20th, 2003, 10:38 pm
by Katie
David,

Wow! It sounds like you & I were doing the exact thing last night [lying on the couch watching CNN] and twitching away! There must be a connection to the war news and our sensitive nervous systems.

Thanks for sharing. I'm determined that these little buggers will leave me one day, just as they suddenly came on, they will go away. Positive thinking, I guess.