Muscle Spams and Neuropathy

Posted by jeanniem @jeanniem, Jun 10, 2021

I was diagnosed last year with small and large fiber neuropathy. Originally, the neurologist said that he thought it was a slow-moving peripheral neuropathy. Since then, it has been suggested that this is an atypical polyneuropathy. And things are advancing at a pretty regular basis.

One symptom that has increased significantly over the last couple of months is muscle spasms. I am having them in my lower leg and foot and there is one spasm in particular that just won't stop. It is beginning to last longer and longer. For those of you that have neuropathy, is this a common symptom?

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@jeanniem, You will notice that we changed the title of your discussion a little to better describe the discussion so members who have experience can share it with you. I have idiopathic small fiber PN and have had leg cramps and muscle spasms in the past but not as frequent as you are having. I know hydration can play a part in cramps and muscle spasms so I try to drink lots of water during the day. Another thing that helps me is to keep my legs moisturized with a good lotion to keep the skin from drying out. The peripheral nerves are close to the skin and I believe keeping the skin from drying out helps the nerves. Here's some information you might find helpful.

"Does neuropathy cause muscle spasms?
What are the symptoms of peripheral nerve damage? Symptoms are related to the type of nerves affected. Motor nerve damage is most commonly associated with muscle weakness. Other symptoms include painful cramps, fasciculations (uncontrolled muscle twitching visible under the skin) and muscle shrinking." — Peripheral Neuropathy Fact Sheet | NIH:

"Mar 29, 2021 — In contrast, motor neuropathy will produce symptoms of muscle weakness, uncontrollable muscle twitching, loss of balance and reflexes, lack of …" — Peripheral Neuropathy Symptoms – News Medical:


Hi. Very sport to hear about your symptoms 😢🙏🏻 It’s truly awful when it starts. I’ve been sick 20 plus yrs but only got real bad after my second surgery. I’ve been on very strong meds since n now supplements too. I can barely move. Try to get massage any way possible in th bad places.
Magnesium oil is good.
Calendula oil or evening Primrose good fr muscle pain.
Heat n soaking in epsom
Herbals fr pain. ( recommended by an alternative med Therapist at my pain dr)
Primrose oil ( I take 3 3 x/ day) 1300 mg. U can start lower n see how u feel.
Lemmon balm (1 cap 1-3 / day)
Kava ( this one aggravates some folks so start low. Mine are 800). Also helps tremors n twitchies . Mine are constant.
Get the best gravity osmosis water filter u can afford. Toxins makes all this worse.
Organic food as much as u can. It’s hard when u can’t cook. My husband is a blessing. He’s switching too because he’s had cancer.
B vitamins ( whole food). Easy on the gut n has made a big difference.
Whole food vitamins only.
Alpha Lipoic Acid 1 cap 1-2 / day (helps pins n needles) mine r so bad it makes me cry. Burns like I’m on fire.
I Joe this helps honey.
Read, read, read. I take some prescriptions but trying to get away from mainstream Drs. I can’t get anyone to even test me all this time. Prayers fr u honey. Do your best to read naturopathic n holistic Drs.
Acidic body ph makes it worse too.


I have atypical sensory and motor polyneuropathy caused by the Pfizer vaccine. My initial symptom was muscle spasms in my foot, which began within 2 weeks of the first vaccination. I did not get the booster, and my nerves are healing and my symptoms are improving.

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