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PostPosted: June 16th, 2003, 3:30 pm
by spb
Hello -
What does "cramping" feel like? I know that's an odd question but my leg has been hurting with what I think is a cramp for over two weeks. It usually is there when I wake up and then comes back later in the day.

It's not a feeling of a charley horse but rather a dull ache on the inside of my thigh. Sometimes it moves to the front quad and then back to the inner thigh. Sometimes there's burning.

I go to a doctor tomorrow and am obsessing (of course) but trying to be calm. (When not checking myself for muscle loss...)

Thanks very much. You are a very supportive group.


PostPosted: June 16th, 2003, 4:00 pm
by Davey
If it is a cramp, you would know.

Cramping is an spontaneous, involuntary and painful contraction of the muscles. It can occur in muscles at rest, or when certain movements trigger it. It produces an intense sharp pain, as opposed to the general soreness, dull ache, or burning sensation, and usually is relieved by stretching the affected muscle. However, residual soreness can persist once the cramp is relieved.

I have been cramping and twitching, mainly in my feet, calves and hands for the past 2 years. My cramps usually come when I make certain movements (like sitting with my feet tucked under, or curling my toes forward). I've even had cramps in my neck muscles when I yawn.

BFS sufferers frequently have muscle soreness, pains and aches, which ALS sufferers don't have (pain is not a presenting symptom). For this reason, some suspect that BFS may actually be a form of Fibromyalgia. My doctor thinks that I have Fibromyalgia/Cramp-Fasciculation Syndrome. FUN FUN! :D

PostPosted: June 16th, 2003, 5:53 pm
by reneeintx

I had some cramps this weekend that were a doozie. I was hopping around the bedroom moaning trying to get the darn thing to release. My twitching is mainly in my feet and calves also!! It's neat to meet someone with the exact same twitching spots :lol:

For all you GUYS out there that wonder what labor feels like... I'll tell ya'..take that charlie horse in your leg and pretend it's in your stomach. No amount of jumping, or massaging will help it. The cramp will last a couple of minutes each time and the "cramps" get closer and closer together for about 18 hours. At least this was with my first born.

It's the closest to death I think I've ever felt. I'd rather have leg cramps any day. :mrgreen:


Cramps and Labor Pains

PostPosted: June 17th, 2003, 12:14 pm
by Davey
Renee -

Wow, I never thought of labor pains being that way, but you are right. The muscles surrounding the uterus are contracting. Like a giant leg cramp in your belly!

Makes me glad that I am male! :lol:

PostPosted: June 17th, 2003, 4:22 pm
by Jenn311
Hey Renee...
That is a great analogy...that is a lot what labor feels like! But at least you have something cute and snuggly at the end to show for it...unlike leg cramps.

And Dave, are you really a Proud sufferer of C-F syndrome?


Proud sufferer?

PostPosted: June 19th, 2003, 3:32 pm
by Davey
Yes Jen, I am a proud sufferer of BFS! To endure not only the physical but the mental aspects of this malady says something about character. I'm sure anyone without BFS thinks that we are a bunch of hysterical people or hypochondriacs. They don't know what we go through.

So hold your head up high! You're one of the FEW, the PROUD, the BFS'ers! :wink:

PostPosted: June 19th, 2003, 6:46 pm
by Jenn311
Yeah! BFS Pride! I'm feeling it, baby!
:wink: Jen