I have had a couple of days since the great improvement that have not been as pleasant as most have been, and yesterday was one of them. It starts out innocently enough, with a little mouth spasms in the mornings. But as the day progresses the twitches get harder and harder.
I have tried relaxation techniques, getting busy and trying to ignore it, and chewing gum, but once the twitch starts I don’t seem to be able to get it stopped. By the end of the day my whole face aches from the constant muscle spasms. The same thing happened late July 4th Holiday and all day Saturday, which I attributed to just being tired from all the family celebration and noise. But yesterday has no explanation.
When I tried to go to sleep I became aware of small muscle tensions and aches here and there all over my body, and I had one of the worst foot cramp episodes I have had in some time. Not only the toes, but also the arch went into full spasm, and it took pushing with a lot of pressure to get it stopped. I had to get back up and stand on my tiptoes as best I could to get rid of it.
Luckily I am sleeping well now, so once I was asleep it went away. Our bodies are naturally paralyzed in our sleep, so it gives some relief from the spasms. My mouth is behaving itself this morning, thank goodness. I can only hope that it continues to stay calm.
I am beginning to use an exercise/relaxation tape every other day now. I do pretty well with the upright exercises, but I am just pitiful on the floor. It’s all I can do to get down there and back up, let alone do the stretches. But I try. Then when I do get back up it takes me a good bit of moving around to stop the cramps in the tendons at the upper thigh. My whole body is clamped down tighter than a drum, and it’s going to take some doing to get any flexibility back. One day at a time, being a little more active each day and increasing my range of motion slowly, is the only way I know how to do it.
Even though the mouth problem and the foot cramps are very painful and aggravating, I am still so much better than I was that there is no comparison. I continue to be so thankful for my vast improvement and remain optimistic.