Re: Brain Spasms???
the area where you described where these 'spasms' actually are is the area of the trapezious(sp?) muscle too. this is a very strong muscle that when is overly stressed and irritated can cause in some cases,severe spasms and also little wads of tissue called trigger points to also develop. it is kind of a "diamond shaped" muscle that starts in the uupper back,and then into the neck and stops kind of up the back of the skull about midway(does this area kind of cover the spasm area for you?). there very well could be a connection between the tension headaches and the trap muscle spasms too. i have the very same problem at the base of my skull,but mine iis from severe c spine problems and muscle that was cut during a surgery done on my spinal cord.
we can also carry our stress in our neck area,this is really more common in women than men but it all comes down to a few different factors too. are you under alot of stress,do you have any actual neck/c spine type pain? sometimes an underlying c spine problem keeps generating or firing signals to the muscles up there then they will over tighten and sometimes wad up and contract as in the TP situation. have you ever tried any type of actual massage or hands on type therepy for this? do muscle relaxers help at all,even maybe just a little bit? if you have not yet tried the muscle relaxer angle,it would be a good wayto possibly Dx this as either musclular related or some other underlying issue that can also trigger an over abundance of nerve signals to the muscles there within the back of your neck area. c spine issues are one huge trigger for what you have described here too,trust me on that one. all it can take when the c spine is actually the underlying trigger is even just some level of irritation from a bone spur or something that is just casuing some level of inflammation to be there too.
the very best thing that i have found that is finally helping with my spasms and head pain is a therepy called myofascial release? this just releases the surrounding fascia that is just surrounding every singal muscle and body organ we have from the brain down to the toes,in one very light web like covering that is all interconnected. when one area gets inflammed or irritated it can actually cause many problems in others areas too. getting the outter covering of the muscles released with this therpy or even just trying some level of good hands on therpy where the PT can just work out that tightness up there would really be a good thing to just try and see if this is not what is actually causing your issues to just be there at all. if it works,then you would know its the muscles(stress?),if not,it could be an underlying issue within your c spine. a good therepist can really do wonders with the neck and upper back muscle hell that can just get created from too much tension and stress in our lives.
either way,you just really need to find the actual underlying trigger for your spasms and headaches. from what i have experienced just with my c spine crap and the muscle stuff,what you are describing really sounds very much just muscle related to some degree. but if this continues on or you start having any other symptoms like numbness or tingling in certain fingers or radiated pain that starts up in the neck area or goes down the arm(s),it would be time to at least get an MRI done on your c spine just to see what may be lurking there that is firing this all up on you. there are just many possible causes for what you have described here,thats all. narrowing it down really helps in arriving at an actual reason/Dx. just try some of the sugestions i gave you. this will narrow some things down for you. please keep us posted on how things are going,K? marcia
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