I wondered what people thought about the below, and if there is any validity with this, as you guys have been fighting / dealing with this, and will know a lot more than me.
I had a bad day weekend and this carried on into yesterday. Complete brain crash, and fatigue. I couldn’t string a sentence together without a lot of thought, and each task was extremely difficult. Later yesterday evening, I started to twitch and lost the use of my legs for a few minutes. Then I started to get some muscle spasms in my stomach (felt like I’d been doing situps), and in my lower back too. As I had a back problem last year, I decided to take two tramadol, because I didn’t want to damage my back…(and I still had some left)
This is what happened:
- My twitching stopped (as expected)
- The spasms stopped (as expected)
- My brain fog cleared (not expected)
- I could actually function, think, speak, and was “me” again (not expected)
- My balance improved (not expected)
I quickly did some research, and found the following:
- Tramadol affects the CNS - ie to help with nerve pain
- Tramadol helps the body to release serotonin
- Serotonin is a neurotransmitter
- There have been suggestions that some MS sufferers have decreased serotonin, and this impedes the transmission of nerve impulses.
What do you all think? I expected the twitching to stop, but I did not expect the other things!!! I still feel ok today also, and have more tramadol at the ready, just in case.
Whether it’s supposed to work,I don’t know, but to be honest I don’t care, because I feel like me again, and I’m back in the office today, able to complete my work…I am going to mention it to my neurologist on Friday at my next appointment, as I kept a symptom diary over the weekend, and I can’t deny what happened…
Any thoughts are much appreciated