Muscle fatiguability?

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This is my first post here. I am a big guy, 6'4 and muscular, and have been doing fairly well after being diagnosed (after many tests) with FMS 13 years ago. However, over the past three months I have experienced new symptoms which are pretty worrying. My muscles twitch everywhere, eyes, torso, limbs etc., and, more alarmingly, mere seconds after starting to use my hands the muscles in my arms and fingers feel completely exhausted, as if I've been lifting weights. This happens when cutting food, holding down a button on my phone to leave a voice message, brushing teeth etc. I can reproduce twitching by exerting a muscle, for instance, pursing my eyes shut will lead to eye twitching, continuing for a minute thereafter. I went to the Neuro, he did more scans of brain and neck which were clear (again), and said I should live with it. Do any of you have muscles which fatigue so quickly, but recover within minutes, only to fatigue again when they are used? Thanks in advance - I am trying to re-assure myself!

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    Hello wern777

    do you think that you've been stressing yourself (physically) you mentioned you were muscular.

    Have you been training hard?

    Maybe stress from work?

    Emotional stress?

    Don't ignore BTW your symptoms are signals telling you your body isn't working as it should.

    I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia....i believe it to be , at its core the autonomic nervous system being dysregulated.

    Due to stress - of some type or maybe multiple stressers.

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      Hello modelar - and thanks for the thoughts.  I have not been training harder than usual, but there has been a lot of work pressure.  I find it difficult to judge whether I am stressed, I always have. My wife's feedback is that I have been carrying too much in that regard, hence your comment could be on point.  I also agree with your take on FMS, hence the sleep, digestive and pain issues most of us experience.  Thanks again, Wern

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    Ok, look up mycoplasma infections. It's very interesting that fibro is pegged to one of them. Chronic fatigue seems to be pegged to another. You are going to have to do the research on this, I cannot remember if it is Mycoplasma fermentes or another one. there are quite a few. Difficulty is obtaining bloods Also ensure rickettsia is not at the root of it all so there is something called a rickettsia screen. A little research really opens your eyes. Best of luckx

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      Thanks Sky - I found a few interesting articles regarding Mycoplasma fermentans.  The jury seems to be out on the link as far as FMS goes.  But very interesting none the less. Appreciated, Wern
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    It may be that you are mineral depleted. Or a lack of Magnesium. Have you consulted with a naturopath? Vitamin or mineral depletion can cause all kinds of symptoms. Maggie 
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      Thanks for the feedback Magpie2me - I have had extensive blood work, and it seems Vitamin D is low.  Nothing that could cause the twitching and muscle exhaustion though.  Thank you again.
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    I don't think they check for mineral deficiencies however Wern. Gold, Silver, Copper, etc. What about a mineral supplement? A deficiency can affect the nervous system. 

    Maggie

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      Good point - the usual suspects, specifically magnesium etc., were checked.  But nothing deeper than that. Just before this all started, I was taking a plethora of herbal supplements to help with digestion, so I'm also thinking that this may be linked.  I am willing to try anything at the moment, after the dead-end reached with Neuro and GP, so I'll be looking into mineral supplements this week.  

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    Hi wern, 

    I'm a twitcher too. My face twitches and muscles fatigue immediately like lactic acid has built up in seconds.

    very frustrating and irritating but part of the deal.

    xx

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      So sorry to hear that you are battling too EarthaKitt.  It gives me some perspective though, knowing that I'm not the only one battling this muscle fatigue thing. Your mention of a lactic acid buildup feeling is spot on! Wishing you a good week, and thanks again, Wern

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    Hello  I have the same symptoms with muscle twitching in random areas of my body.  If I stretch my legs too far out I activate a muscle cramp on my calves. I'm also starting to notice weakness of my fingers and weakening of my arms and legs. My doctor suggested I try swimming , yoga, acupuncture. Have you tried any of these? Did it help?

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