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Suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. Started getting muscle spasms. How to get relief?

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Posted on Tue, 2 Apr 2013 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Question: I suffer from RA. But for several months now i suffer from muscle spasms. They seem to come and go day and night.
Legs,toes,neck calves,fingers,hips, and my feet. I'am a phlebotomist and its really starting to interfere.
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Answered by Dr. Saurabh Gupta 1 hour later
Hi and welcome to XXXXXXX
Thanks for posting your query.

Muscle spasm seems to be due to stiffness associated with RA

Just as the inflammation of the synovial lining degrades tendons and ligaments, it can do the same to local muscles. Muscle soreness and stiffness is a reported symptom of Rheumatoid arthritis. This condition can also cause muscles to spasm. Not only is exercise essential for vitality, strengthening the muscles near the affected joints may help you retain motion in them.

I would also like to give some advice to make the life better and to fight with these pains-

- Do regular physiotherapy of joints.
- Hot fomentation to decrease the joint stiffness
- Hot bath of Epsom salts (magnesium sulphate)-Magnesium has both anti-inflammatory and anti- arthritic properties and it can be absorbed through the skin.

You have to be started on medication called disease modifying anti rheumatoid drugs(DMARD) alone or in combination with biologicals (Immunomodulators). Since these are prescription drugs and regular follow up would be required, it would be best if you see your general physician for the same.
You also need regular exercises to preserve joint mobility and maintain muscle strength.

Hope this will help you. Please do write back if you have any additional concerns.
If you do not have any clarifications, you can close the discussion and rate the answer.

Wishing you good health...

Regards.
Dr Saurabh Gupta.
Orthopaedic Surgeon.

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Follow up: Dr. Saurabh Gupta 21 hours later
I see a Ra Physician but i have not had a response for the spasms. Thank you for your response.
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Answered by Dr. Saurabh Gupta 1 hour later
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I am pleased to know that I could understand your concern.You can discuss this with your doctor again.

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Dr Saurabh Gupta.
Orthopaedic Surgeon.

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