Have you ever had this feeling as though there was a muscle inside of you trembling?
If so, this is what most patients are referring to as internal tremors. Other people refer to these as muscle spasms.
What is interesting, is that these muscles spasms or internal tremors can happen anywhere in the body.
However, as fibromyalgia becomes more and more common, and gets more recognition for what it is, there are questioning whether internal tremors are another sign that a person has fibromyalgia? Or are internal tremors one of those symptoms you have due to the fibromyalgia?
These are important questions, after all, we still do not have a complete understanding of fibromyalgia.
Thus, it is important that people look at their symptoms and question whether these are something that happens due to the fibromyalgia so we can have a better understanding of what this illness entails. With internal tremors, may be associated with fibromyalgia per recent findings.
Internal Tremors: How Do They Feel?
It is relatively hard to describe just how these internal tremors feel, as they produce a unique feeling to those who have them.
However, the best way to describe these tremors is that they are uncontrollable and fluttering. A person may be sitting on their couch and feel this fluttering inside of their body.
What is interesting is that these can happen throughout any part of your body, if there is muscle. Thus, a person can get these internal tremors in their face, back, legs, arms and in between.
Are Internal Tremors Harmful?
The good news is that internal tremors or muscle spasms are usually not harmful. They may signal that there is something else wrong, such as a vitamin deficiency that is causing this.
However, they are not something that is going to cause long-term harm to your body. But, these tremors can have other effects on your life. For example:
- Tremors can make it hard to sleep and when you have fibromyalgia, sleep is often interrupted for other reasons as well.
- When a tremor hits in the legs while walking, it could affect your balance and ability to keep walking.
- Depending upon the location of the tremor, you may feel as though you are having a heart issue as it is common for fibromyalgia patients to claim a tremor in their chest area.
That is why when you first have these tremors it can be scary. Especially if you have this tremor in your chest muscles or back muscle, as you may feel as though you are having a heart attack.
Therefore, you need to talk to your doctor when these do occur to rule out any other problem.
Dealing with Internal Tremors
Know that you are having internal tremors, how do you deal with these tremors? Studies are trying to find whether these internal tremors are a result of anxiety.
And many of those people who have fibromyalgia often have extreme anxiety due to the obstacles that they face with their health. With there are a few things that you can do to help deal with internal tremors:
- Anxiety medications could help to lessen those tremors that you have to go through your body, especially if these are related to the anxiety that you are feeling.
- Many people find that moderate to light exercise helps to decrease the tremors in frequency because their muscles are getting such a good workout.
- Warm baths in which you soak your muscles can be a great way to relieve the tremors that you may be feeling as well. Plus, it can help with the pain that is caused by fibromyalgia.
- Other medications are being prescribed by doctors for those who have these internal tremors that are affecting their daily lives. Those who are having small episodes may find it best to deal with this on their own through more homeopathic methods.
Is Fibromyalgia The Cause of Internal Tremors?
The main question that people want to be answered, is whether fibromyalgia causes internal tremors. This is a good question.
The problem with stating that fibromyalgia is the cause of this is that internal tremors are often caused by a problem with the hormones of a person, a distribution in the neurotransmitter, diet issue or the like.
However, those who have internal tremors are going to be more likely to feel fatigue and have issues with their immune system.
These are two of the things in which fibromyalgia can cause in a person…being tired, which then affects their immune system.
Therefore, many medical professionals are stating that this is a correlation between internal tremors and fibromyalgia. It is not that the fibromyalgia causes the internal tremors.
It is found that the symptoms associated with fibromyalgia can be the leading reason that the body starts to develop internal tremors.
This is why treating the exhaustion and pain associated with fibromyalgia could be one of the best ways to stop the internal tremors that are occurring.
If you treat the problem at its core, you can help alleviate the numerous smaller issues that are happening to your body.
Those who do suffer from fibromyalgia need to find the perfect treatment for them, as what works for one person, will not work for the next.
This is why fibromyalgia is such an interesting illness to the medical world, as it affects various people in different ways, and finding a common treatment plan is almost impossible.
Fibromyalgia may not directly cause internal tremors. But, there are several fibromyalgia patients who have internal tremors. So much so, that it does make this something that is associated with the illness.
Whether each fibromyalgia patient will have internal tremors, that cannot be said. However, these tremors can cause discomfort and eventually cause other issues as well if they are not taken care of.
Therefore, it is important to talk to your doctor when these start showing themselves. Your doctor can work with you to find a personal approach to dealing with these symptoms for a better overall life.
4 Questions About Fibromyalgia and Tremors
How Is Internal Shaking Related to Fibromyalgia?
For individuals suffering from fibromyalgia, a chronic condition that can cause pain and increased sensitivity throughout the body for seemingly unknown reasons, the sensation of a sudden “shaking” feeling inside the body may sometimes arise.
It is difficult for most people to describe exactly what they are feeling, but on average, internal shaking tends to resemble a restless feeling, as if you are on edge and the muscles in your body are “fluttering.”
Anywhere there is the muscle in your body could potentially be affected by this internal shaking if you are suffering from fibromyalgia.
While these tremors are not overtly harmful, they can be a nuisance and may keep you from getting a restful night’s sleep, impair your overall balance, and can seem frightening if you do not understand what is happening.
If you find yourself suddenly experiencing this internal shaking sensation, there are a few at-home remedies you can try before seeking out medical help, including light exercise, which may help tighten your muscles and reduce the tremors, and a soak in a warm bath, which can help ease any tension your muscles may be experiencing that is causing the shaking.
If you continue to feel concern about why your body is suddenly “fluttering” and feeling generally “off,” then contact your physician and discuss your symptoms and options.
Learning to Deal With Fibromyalgia and Muscle Tremors
Similar to the sensation of “internal shaking,” fibromyalgia can also cause general muscle tremors that are more noticeable and easier to pinpoint than the internal fluttering sensation discussed above.
It is fairly easy to tell the difference between these two conditions, as while the former is difficult to place and explain, the latter is a full physical “attack” that can be highly distracting, painful, or disturbing.
According to Suzanne Elvidge, BSc, MSc, muscle tremors can vary in degree of severity, from a simple eye twitch to a full-on bout of restless leg syndrome.
These tremors can also manifest as full muscle spasms, where your arm or leg might suddenly twist or move of its own accord, which can also develop into muscle cramps. Cramping muscles induce a great deal of pain and can make movement difficult if not impossible.
Restless leg syndrome has been increasingly linked to fibromyalgia, to the point where individuals with fibromyalgia are considered 11 times more likely to develop restless leg syndrome that those without fibromyalgia, explains Hiyaguha Cohen of the Baseline of Health Foundation.
Restless leg syndrome is a neurological disorder that is accompanied by the feeling of a crawling or tingling sensation under the skin of the legs that inevitably makes you feel as if your legs have to move.
This disorder can severely affect sleep patterns, and there are no real “cures” for the condition, though an increase in iron or more regular motion can sometimes ease the symptoms. For severe cases, medical help should be sought.
Are Tremors Related to Fibromyalgia?
In a blinded study conducted by Nathaniel F. Watson, M.D., Dedra Buchwald, M.D., Jack Goldberg, PhD, Carolyn Noonan, M.S., and Richard G. Ellenbogen, M.D., it was determined that individuals diagnosed with fibromyalgia were more likely to experience neurological abnormalities that caused different symptoms and reactions, which included muscle and overall body tremors. So the short answer to this question is an emphatic “yes.”
Unfortunately, muscle tremors can also easily be related to conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease and chronic fatigue syndrome. Cort Johnson of HealthRising: Finding Answers for ME/CFS and FM explains that all three conditions are related to abnormalities in the basal ganglia, which is a group of subcortical nuclei that are largely responsible for motor control.
Such abnormalities in this sensitive organ can cause reduced circulation and an overall impairment of movement throughout the body.
The basal ganglia also have a large role to play in the body’s emotional reward center, and when this function is disrupted, it can affect how you make decisions and how your body reacts to certain stimuli, both emotional and physical.
In other words, Parkinson’s, chronic fatigue syndrome, and fibromyalgia all generate the same neurological dysfunction which can cause an onset of muscle tremors and spasms.
For your health and safety, it is crucial that you speak with a medical professional who can help narrow down your diagnosis and determine your best plan of treatment.
Fibromyalgia and How it Affects the Hands
This YouTube video shows an individual with fibromyalgia demonstrating what his uncontrollable muscle tremors resemble in his hands.
This kind of sudden, often jerking motion of the muscles is a common example of what a muscle tremor looks like.
This video will give you an idea of how to compare your own hand twitching or muscle spasms of the hands to help you determine how your fibromyalgia may be affecting your hands.
Hand twitching caused by muscle tremors from fibromyalgia is a common symptom of this neurological condition.
While hand twitching can also be indicative of other medical disorders, such as Parkinson’s Disease, individuals with fibromyalgia have experienced these uncontrollable muscle spasms long enough that they understand the difference.
However, if you are unsure, then it is best to seek the advice of a medical professional who can give you a thorough diagnosis and plan of action.
In some cases, this sensation of hand twitching can develop into a condition known as paresthesia, which covers a full range of symptoms that can be experienced in the hands, feet, arms, or legs.
These symptoms include burning, prickling, twitching, tingling, or overall numbness.
According to The Marshall Protocol Knowledge Base, paresthesia is a common symptom of autoimmune diseases as well as other conditions that cause inflammation of the nervous system or surrounding tissue (which, of course, includes fibromyalgia).
Again, however, paresthesis can be a symptom of several different medical conditions, and it is important that you discuss with your doctor the specifics of your diagnosis.