Saturday was a fairly good day, but Sunday was not good at all, with lots of dyskinesia. By the time Sunday School was over, I was twitching and jerking pretty badly. The more my mouth jerks when I am in public, the more stress and self consciousness I feel, which just feeds more jerking. The chewing gum helps up to a point, but it does not stop it, plus my jaw gets tired after awhile from the chewing.
My walking becomes much more unsteady when I am going through one of these episodes, too. Nothing I did helped much on Sunday, but then Monday wasn’t bad at all, by comparison. I managed to get past 5:00PM again with almost no spasms. Then it came on gradually.
Yesterday, it started as a small lip twitch and jiggly foot in the morning and progressed to such constant movement by the end of the day that I was actually tired from all the muscle movements. My face ached, my toes and fingers were cramping, and I was generally miserable. I tried going to sleep early, just to get away from it, but I wasn’t sleepy. So, I took a long, hot shower. That helped considerably, relaxing the worst of the muscle movements. But by the time I was dressed again and my hair was dry, I was beginning to twitch all over again forcibly. That was the last straw. I took 2 Benadryl, and conked myself out. That helps me in two ways, as it helps to dry up the patches of poison ivy I continue to have, and it puts me to sleep rather quickly.
I’m still a little woozy feeling from the Benadryl, but other than that, I am nice and calm this morning. It almost looks like an every other day pattern, but there really is no pattern. I can’t determine anything I am doing, or not doing, that causes the difference in the days. I’ve decided to try to graph the strength of the Dyskinesia, as it is called, for maybe a week, and see if I can spot anything I am doing that makes it better or worse.
I’m writing this with only tiny little signs of the jerking and twitching, so I hope for a good day today.