For most people, the morning brings enough energy to get going. That is, most people who do not have fibromyalgia.
Those who suffer from fibromyalgia, can barely walk during the morning, however, they get it.
Some days, the simple pressure of putting your feet on the ground is unbearable.
The feet are stiff and tingly, the legs are stiff, the knees throbbing and extreme effort is needed to walk from the room to the kitchen.
A restless night’s sleep makes you feel like you have run a marathon.
Sleep with pillows under your feet, between your ankles and knees and make sure your legs touch as little as possible.
Does this scenario sound familiar? This condition of numbness and tingling is called paresthesia, and is seen in one in four people with fibromyalgia.
What causes paraesthesia?
Why is numbness in fibromyalgia common?
There are some theories about the causes of numbness and tingling for those who suffer from fibromyalgia.
So why do many people with fibromyalgia often experience numbness and tingling in our hands, feet, legs or other parts of the body?
There is no definitive answer for that.
But there are several possible reasons:
• Muscle spasms and muscle stiffness. Tense or jerky muscles can put pressure on the nerves, causing numbness, tingling or even the feeling that something creeps on your skin.
• Cold-induced vasospasm is also known as Raynaud’s disease or syndrome.
This occurs when cold or stress causes a spasm in an artery, usually in the hands or feet, which causes blood vessels to constrict, which limits the blood supply. This leads to the area feeling cold, tingling, numbness and changing colors.
One study suggests that people with fibromyalgia are more likely to have cold-induced vasospasm.
• Vitamin deficiency. A deficiency in vitamins B-1, B-3, B-6, B-12 or E, can cause neuropathy due to nerve damage.
• Excess of vitamin D. Having too much vitamin D in your system can also cause neuropathy.
• Magnesium deficiency. Magnesium is a vital mineral for our bodies to function. Not having enough leads to an increase in muscle spasms, which in turn can cause pressure on the nerves and numbness.
If the numbness and tingling is not something that you experience with fibromyalgia flares, but it is a new symptom, it is important to consult a doctor, as it could be a symptom of other conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, hypoglycemia or peripheral neuropathy in diabetes . . .
Techniques for dealing with muscle spasms
Effective exercise involves increasing cardiovascular (aerobic) capacity, as well as stretching and mobilizing sore muscles.
Low-impact aerobics, such as fast walking, cycling, swimming or water aerobics, are usually the best way to perform an exercise routine to minimize pain.
Physiotherapy can be useful and could be included as an aid for these problems.
Massage with heat and ice, hydromassage, ultrasound and electrical stimulation to help control pain.