FA & I: Celebrating 25 years together
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Last updated: October 2018

Muscle Spasm

I have struggled with muscle spasm since I was a teenager. I have steadily increased the dose I take of a muscle relaxant called baclofen throughout the years and I experience a lot more muscle spasm when all I am very tired or I am ill. Like when I had flu about seven years ago – the spasm I experienced then was extreme and left me unable to use my legs at all for many months. I did exactly the one thing I shouldn’t of without knowing it – I rested my body completely. Experience has taught me that the best way to deal with muscle spasm is to exercise especially with gentle movement and lots of repetition. For example my feet would spasm so much in the morning and my PA would struggle to get the splints on my feet that I have worn since foot surgery. So I use my exercise bike in the morning before putting my splints on and this really helps to ease the spasm.

I experience a lot of muscle spasm at night and consequently my legs jump around the bed. To stop this I wear knee immobilisers in bed which works really well. See https://www.healthandcare.co.uk/knee-splints-and-knee-immobilisers.html.


This website has been around sinse 1998, and although it's changed a lot over the years it's always been about me and my disability. Over the years I have used many different hosts and website design packages. For the past ten years or so I have used 1&1 as my host and I have always been very happy with it. I have always wanted to learn how to build a website from scratch using Adobe Dreamweaver, so about three years ago I got in touch with Polar Solutions and arranged for a trainer to come out to my home to teach me at my own pace. So I now design this website using Adobe Dreamweaver and the skills I learned on that course. I designed the buttons using Cool Text.