Fibromyalgia and Spasticity

Fibro Cloud

Have you ever noticed that your muscles suddenly start twitching? Or maybe they seem to clench by themselves, sometimes even painfully so. Muscle twitches are normal, of course. But if you’re noticing this happening regularly, then you might be suffering from a condition called spasticity.

And when you have fibromyalgia, there’s an even better chance that you have spasticity. That’s because there seems to be a link between the two conditions. So, what is spasticity? How is it related to fibromyalgia? And what can you do to treat it?

What Is Spasticity?

Spasticity is a term that covers problems with controlling the muscles. Usually, that results in stiff muscles, or muscles that tend to flex or clench by themselves. But spasticity can also include something called hyperreflexia. That means that the reflexive response lasts longer than it should or is too strong. For instance, when you try to close your hand around something, it might be difficult to let go.

There can also be more serious complications.  The frequent muscle contractions can actually cause the muscles and tendons to get stuck in a contracted state permanently.

The cause of spasticity seems to be a malfunction in the nervous system that controls muscle movement. And that might be a clue as to why it seems to affect people with fibromyalgia.

How Is It Related To Fibromyalgia?

Researchers have noticed a link between spasticity and fibromyalgia. We know that people with fibromyalgia experience spasticity more often than people who don’t have it. But at the moment, we don’t know why that is. But there’s evidence that it could have something to do with the root cause of fibromyalgia.

We know that the pain of fibromyalgia seems to come from the nervous system, instead of the tissue of the body. Unlike when you stub your toe, and the brain reacts to the physical problem, fibromyalgia pain seems to come from the brain itself.

We also know that spasticity is triggered in the brain and moves along the nervous system. That’s why the condition is common in people who suffer from problems with the brain and nervous system like cerebral palsy and spinal cord injuries.

So the most likely explanation for the link is that it lies in the nervous system, just like the pain of fibromyalgia.

A lot of the muscle issues that people with fibromyalgia experience seem to be based on trigger points. Trigger points, or TrPs, are areas near the joints that are often the source of fibromyalgia pain. Usually, they hurt almost constantly, and the pain spikes when you press on them.

Fibromyalgia trigger points are a little different than tender points. Tender points are 18 spots on the body that tend to be the main source of fibromyalgia pain. Trigger points are similar but are actually caused by long-term stress to the muscle. This causes something called myofascial pain syndrome. These conditions seem to go together, frequently.

And there’s a link between myofascial pain syndrome, fibromyalgia, and spasticity. It’s a lot to keep track of, obviously. But bottom line: there’s a good chance that if you have fibromyalgia and spasticity, you’re also suffering from trigger points and myofascial pain syndrome.

Like spasticity and fibromyalgia, these trigger points seem to be related to the nervous system. The good news is that you can actually do things to eliminate the pain in trigger points. Not only will this help deal with the pain of spasticity, but it can reduce your overall fibromyalgia symptoms as well.

How Can You Treat It?

If you’re noticing spasticity without having trigger points, then there are a few things you can do to treat the muscle spasms. Usually, the best form of treatment is medication. There are a number of muscle relaxants that can prevent muscle spasms. Botox injections into the muscles have also been shown to be effective forms of treatment.

If the spasms are causing extreme pain or permanently affecting your body, then surgery to release contracted tendons or eliminate the pathways between the nerves and the muscles.

But if you’re condition is caused by trigger points, there are actually ways to eliminate them. With physical therapy and injections, you can loosen the tight muscles and get rid of the pain. Once the trigger points have been dealt with, you’ll likely notice less spasticity and less pain overall.

There are also a few things you can do at home to deal with muscle spasms. Regular exercise seems to help, as does using corrective braces to keep the muscles from flexing. As far as the pain goes, you can usually relax tight muscles with heating pads or a hot shower.


The preceding article is from and is posted here for sharing purposes only. No copyright infringement intended. For additional information, please visit their website, The Cleveland Clinic, or consult your doctor.

Women Writers… writing | Patricia Dixon

Patricia DixonI am a wife, mother of two and grandma to one. I live in Manchester, UK.
Currently, I have four books available to download on Amazon.

I took the inspiration for my first novel from all the people, places and experiences which have graced my life over the past forty (something) years. In 2004 we were lucky enough to buy our own piece of France and have spent the years since renovating a ramshackle farmhouse in the Loire. During this time I have met some wonderful people and made lovely French and English friends, some of whom find themselves with a starring role in my stories.

As with all families, mine has had it’s fair share of incidents, traumas and achievements, including the odd nutty relative ( everybody has one) so I drew on life’s rich tapestry and some of these special moments I have shared with you.

However, none of this would have been at all possible without the unstinting support of my lovely family and friends.

When I first pitched my idea of writing a novel to my husband, Brian, I was given the thumbs up and I am buoyed by his total belief in me. He is followed closely by my mum whose faith has never ever wavered and believes I am capable of anything. Literally! Never forgetting our two children who encouraged and cajoled me from the start.
And to our grandson, Harry, who stands by my side and is always so impressed by my word count. I promise that one day I will write a special story, just for you.

And finally I must thank my son Owen who is responsible for all matters technical and without whose patience and enthusiasm I would never have been able to press the publish button.

Facebook     |     Twitter     |     Goodreads     |     Amazon


Over My ShoulderOver My Shoulder

by Patricia Dixon

Genre: Contemporary Women/Women’s Fiction/Religious & Inspirational Fiction

This is a dark and gripping romance which tells of a nice young girl who met a very bad man. Sounds simple? Not really. By the time the girl realised the depths of his wicked soul and a wiser, braver young woman was about to emerge, it was too late. His twisted roots had wrapped around her life, spreading rapidly, taking a firm hold of her confused head and fragile heart. There was to be no escape from the tangled mess unless it was on his terms and even then, once she was free and her life rolled precariously on, the seeds he had sown remained embedded deep within. When she least expected it he would return and make good his promise, exact revenge and ensure she paid any price he felt owed.

Set in Manchester in the early nineties, Over My Shoulder is an intricate tale of blinkered love and obsession. This gripping psycho-sexual thriller with criminal undertones tracks the life of a young woman, from her carefree mid-twenties right up to present day.
Freya falls under the spell of controlling and manipulative Kane and soon, her life changes beyond her wildest imagination. When the luxurious life she craves gradually becomes intolerable, escape is out of reach.

This is a disturbing story of an affluent life, cleverly camouflaging the sinister underworld which funds it. And just when you think it is all over, there is a twist.
When will it end, can it end?

Amazon KU


À Bientôt: See you soon (All for Love Book 1)A Bientot cover

by Patricia Dixon

Genre: Women’s Fiction/Family Life/Religious & Inspirational Fiction

A moving story of betrayal and loss and how against the odds, once the past is laid to rest you can learn to trust, love and live again. Set on the coast of Portsmouth and the beautiful Loire Valley, this is the story of Anna, married mother of three, the unremarkable rock of her family who is quite content with her life until by accident, she discovers that Matthew, her husband of 22 years is having an affair. Two months later he is dead. Consumed by hurt and tainted memories, Anna’s life is turned upside down by loss and betrayal, her confidence totally destroyed and the tormenting spectre of Matthew’s unknown lover is ever present; so whilst keeping the secret of his affair from her family, Anna must find her way alone. With one son on the other side of the world, another about to enter a war zone and her daughter off to university, her life gradually begins to crumble until she is saved by her feisty loyal childhood friend Jeannie. Step by step Anna embarks on an emotional and inspirational journey which takes her to rural France where she makes new friends, experiences country life and is unexpectedly given the chance to love again.

Amazon KU

Women Writers… writing | Cara Sue Achterberg

CoverCara Sue Achterberg is a writer, blogger, and occasional cowgirl who lives on a farm in South Central, Pennsylvania.

Her first novel, I’m Not Her, was a national bestseller. When an obese check-out clerk and a superficial twenty-something switch lives, they discover what it’s really like to walk in someone else’s shoes. Her second novel, Girls’ Weekend, takes readers along for the ride when three overwhelmed moms go away for a weekend and decide not to go back to lives that don’t seem to fit anymore. It’s a book for every person who has ever wondered – is this all there is?

Cara’s third novel, Practicing Normal, (released June 2017), introduces readers to the Turners, a not so normal family just trying to fit in a neighborhood of McMansions. Teenage daughter Jenna spends her days breaking into the other houses on the street until an unexpected first love lands in her life. 12-year-old JT has Aspberger’s Sydrome, his brilliance displayed not only in his obsessions but also his uncanny mathematical abilities. Everett holds down a good job, but can’t keep his mitts off a mistress, and Kate is a stay-at-home mom juggling them all, plus her elderly, struggling mother who lives nearby. The illusion of their normal life get turned upside down when Kate’s wayward father resurfaces bringing with him long-buried secrets.

Cara teaches workshops on creating and affording an organic life, based on the information shared in her book, Live Intentionally: 65 Challenges for a Healthier, Happier Life, which was chosen as first runner up at the 2015 Green Book Festival.

She teaches creative writing and her essays and articles have been published in numerous anthologies, websites, and magazines.

Cara has fostered over 75 dogs for the nonprofit all-breed rescue organization, Operation Paws for Homes and writes a blog about her experiences. Her small hillside farm is home to three horses, a changing number of cats, and plenty of chickens. Links to her blogs, pictures of her foster dogs and more information can be found at

Facebook     |     Twitter     | Website    |     Amazon

I’m Not Hercover

by Cara Sue Achterberg

Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy/New Adult & College/Women’s Fiction

It was a Tuesday like any other. And then it wasn’t. A simple encounter at a supermarket changed Carin Fletcher’s and Leann Cane’s lives – literally. Suddenly Carin, a pretty, self-absorbed, underemployed young college graduate, finds her life switched with Leann, an uneducated, perennially poor, obese checkout clerk.

Both women are forced into lives opposite all they’ve ever known. Leann, at first thrilled to look and live like her favorite soap opera stars, discovers that the insecurities and desperation she’s grown up with don’t disappear because she looks like a model now. Fighting off the affections of a boyfriend she never chose and a controlling, plastic mother is hard enough, but she must fight off her own demons and figure out how to survive when her dreams come true.

Carin, suddenly fat, poor, meagerly employed, saddled with a kid, and married to a loser, must face her own – and the world’s – preconceived notions about life on the bottom rung. Carin spends her days avoiding the threats of Leann’s abusive husband, working two jobs to save money for her escape, and wrestling with her role as a mom to a precocious six-year-old. She is surprised to learn that life can be rich even while destitute. She is even more surprised when she falls for a stock boy who repairs jukeboxes and drives a hearse in his spare time.

Both women are facing unknowable futures that neither could have imagined. Are they destined to live this way forever? And if so, where will it all lead?

A brilliant, nuanced, and surprising tale about the way the world sees us and the course we are on, I’M NOT HER is a remarkably assured first novel that introduces a profound new storyteller.

Amazon Button


coverPracticing Normal

by Cara Sue Achterberg

Genre: Women’s Fiction/Literature & Fiction/Family Life

Meet the Turners – a socially awkward genius child, an adolescent cat burglar, a philandering husband, and a doormat wife in desperate need of a backbone. The Turners are doing their best to craft a happy life and face down a history they have no control over in a neighborhood where only the houses are similar. And when relationships sprout from seemingly nowhere and secrets begin to unravel, practicing normal becomes harder than it’s ever been.

Combining her trademark combination of wit, insight, and tremendous empathy for her characters, Cara Sue Achterberg has written a novel that is at once familiar and startlingly fresh.

Amazon KU

Women Writers… writing | Alex Martin

Alex MartinThe Plotting Shed (see my blog is at the bottom of my garden where I can be found bashing both brain and keyboard in an attempt to express those thoughts and ideas that have been cooking since I was seven and read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. It was a genuine light-bulb moment when I closed the covers of that excellent story and knew deep-down in my soul this was what I wanted to do with my life. I had inherited an old black and gold typewriter and, when I wasn’t skinning my knees climbing trees or wandering aimlessly in the countryside with my dog and my dreams, I could be found, as now, typing away with imaginary friends whispering in my ear, but it was many years before I had the confidence to publish any of them.

Now I have five novels on Amazon and a collection of 3 short stories, called Trio (a free copy of which is available at The Plotting Shed).

My first novel, The Twisted Vine, is based on my adventurous escape from real life when I went picking grapes in France in the 1980s. I met some amazing people there but none as outrageous as those that sprang to life on my screen.

Daffodils, the first in The Katherine Wheel Trilogy, is quite a different book and is based in Wiltshire where I grew up. It attempts to portray how ordinary lives and the rigid social order were radically altered by the catalyst of the First World War as it slowly eroded the age-old way of English country life. The sequel, Peace Lily, takes the characters into 1919 after the armistice. They each have to carve out a new life in the aftermath of the great war and find their way into the new modern age. The next book is Speedwell, when the four protagonists race into the motoring era of the roaring ‘twenties.

I’m now working on a fourth book in this series, which I’ve already mapped out (Woodbine and Ivy), and this will be set in the second world war, taking the story into the next generation.

Meanwhile, I’ve just published something totally different. The Rose Trail is a ghost story with the English Civil War as its backdrop. The story slips between the time of the English civil war and the present day and is woven together with a supernatural thread in a ghostly voice. I’m happy to add that The Rose Trail has won 2 awards since publication: Chill with a Book award and a B.R.A.G Medallion.

Facebook     |     Blog     |     Amazon


The Rose TrailRose Trail cover

by Alex Martin

Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense/Paranormal Romance

Award winning B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree
Can a golden pomander contain the power of the past through the scent of roses it carries?
Fay, lost and lonely, feels trapped and unable to move on from tragedy. Haunted by restless spirits her life is not her own. When she meets an old rival she is drawn into a chain of events that both terrifies and fascinates her.

Meadowsweet Manor is also unable to escape its own tragic history from the English Civil War. Only when Fay follows a trail of roses back through hundreds of years can she unlock its secrets and redeem her own.

Is it chance that brings Fay and Persephone together?
Or is it the restless and malevolent spirit who stalks them both?
Once rivals, they must now unite if they are to survive the mysterious trail of roses they are forced to follow into a dangerous, war torn past.

Amazon KU


Daffodils coverDaffodils (The Katherine Wheel Book 1)

by Alex Martin

Genre: Women’s Fiction/Historical Romance/Victorian/Sagas

Short description: Katy, maidservant at Cheadle Manor, longs to escape her narrow life but events unfold slowly in her rural village. Finally, frustrated by personal tragedy and the shackles that continue to bind her, she becomes a mechanic in the WAAC as part of the British Expeditionary Force. Through the horrors of WW1 she discovers only love brings freedom.

Long description: In this heartbreaking romance feisty heroine, Katy, dreams of a better life than just being a domestic servant at Cheadle Manor. Her one attempt to escape is thwarted when her flirtation with the manor’s heir results in a scandal that shocks the local community.

Jem Beagle has always loved Katy. His offer of marriage rescues her but personal tragedy divides them. Jem leaves his beloved Wiltshire to become reluctant soldier on the battlefields of The First World War. Katy is left behind, restless and alone.
Lionel White, the local curate, has just returned from India bringing a dash of colour to the small village and offers Katy a window on the wider world.

Katy decides she has to play her part in a world at arms and joins up as a WAAC girl. She finally breaks free from the stifling class-ridden hierarchies that bind her but the brutality of 20th century global war brings home the price she has paid for her search.
“A profound meditation on love and loss and the perils of war”: Bookbub

Note from the author: For fans of historical fiction, DAFFODILS is part one of a true love trilogy, The Katherine Wheel Series, is set in Wiltshire, England at the time of the First World War. It starts slowly. Life changes little in Cheadle. Petty scandals, gossip and the huge gap between the haves and those who serve them continue to dominate their small world. As I researched this era, I was drawn into the terrible tragedy of the war and so were the characters I’d created. Daffodils drags Katy and Jem out of their lives and catapults them into the wider arena of a global conflict. Most books follow what happened to the soldiers and so does Daffodils, in part. It also follows the gallant women who provided the backbone for the army, not just the nurses, but the gender defying mechanics and drivers who managed the vehicles and ambulances. I found it fascinating to discover just how much women took on and how it shook up the world they returned to, once the conflict was over. But in essence, Daffodils is a love story, whose tender heart is almost torn apart through this tumultuous time.

Amazon Button

Women Writers… writing | Sarah Marie Graye

Sarah Marie GrayeSarah Marie Graye was born in Manchester, United Kingdom, in 1975, to English Catholic parents. One of five daughters, to the outside world Sarah Marie’s childhood followed a relatively typical Manchester upbringing… until aged 9, when she was diagnosed with depression.

It’s a diagnosis that has stayed with Sarah Marie over three decades, and something she believes has coloured every life decision.

Now in her early 40s, and with an MA Creative Writing from London South Bank University (where she was the vice-chancellor’s scholarship holder), Sarah Marie has published her debut novel – about family, friendships and mental health.


Website     |    Twitter     |     Facebook     |     Instagram     |     Pinterest 


The Second CupCover

by Sarah Marie Graye

Genre: Contemporary Fiction/Women’s Fiction/Romance

Would your life unravel if someone you knew committed suicide? Theirs did.

Faye knows her heart still belongs to her first love, Jack. She also knows he might have moved on, but when she decides to track him down, nothing prepares her for the news that he’s taken his own life. Faye is left wondering how to move forward – and whether or not Jack’s best friend Ethan will let her down again.

And the news of Jack’s death ripples through the lives of her friends too. Abbie finds herself questioning her marriage, and wondering if she was right to leave her first love behind. Poor Olivia is juggling her job and her boyfriend with supporting her friends and trying to deal with a death of her own. And Jack’s death has hit Beth the hardest, even though she never knew him.

Is Beth about to take her own life too?

The Second Cup is an intense, slow-paced novel, where four friends take it in turns to tell the story of what happens after Jack’s suicide. The author has skillfully interwoven third-person flashbacks in amongst their voices to add a real richness and depth to this heart-wrenching story. This is dark chick-lit and intelligent women’s fiction at its best.


Universal Purchase Link

Women Writers… writing | Renee Ervanian

Renee spent countless hours over the last decade watching fairytales with her young daughter, Ava, who is now 12 and outgrowing the world of fairytales. Renee decided the timing was perfect to assemble and create her own fairytale. She noticed the amazing power and influence fairytales hold on millions of young viewers. They idolize the characters, reading and watching the books and movies over and over while purchasing a never ending array of merchandise from linens to toys, games and kitchenware.

Renee combined self empowering knowledge and suggestions on what to do when faced with an unfortunate and hopeless situation. By using kind and uplifting thoughts, the unfortunate situation can be overcome and a positive fairytale ending created.

The combination of a fairytale with self empowerment makes this a one of a kind book and must read for all girls and women!

Stella is not only a modern day fairytale but a book on self empowerment, designed for girls and women of all ages. The strikingly beautiful, global profile on the book cover resembles Priscilla, Stella’s daughter in real life.

Twitter     |     Amazon


CoverStella: A Modern Fairytale Park in Neutral Let Auto Pilot Create Your Fairytale

by Renee Ervanian

Genre: Contemporary Fiction/Romance

Although make believe, the underlying issues of a fairytale are so common and real in daily life, making it easy to relate and understand the story content at a very young age. The content of Stella focuses on a somber story while at the same time, detailing the incredible power young girls possess locked away inside them to effortlessly create their own fairytale ending.

Women Writers… writing | Judy Belshe Toernblom

(Writing as Jude Sessions)


cover90 Days @ Sea

By Jude Sessions

Genre: Women’s Fiction/Romantic Comedy

90 Days @ Sea is the tale of one lonely fifties-something woman’s searching for her soul mate, her forever and lasting love.

This Hollywood author, script-writer, filmmaker, embarks on a journey of discovery that will leave you laughing, cheering, holding your breath, and proud to be a woman.

Home alone and drowning in loneliness, Chelsea surfed the new 90s information highway called the Internet. Her curiosity stumbled her into a chat room. What could go wrong there?

With a single word, hello and a single click, send, Chelsea’s keyboard morphed into a springboard that would bounce her from the ache of celibate loneliness to the ecstasy of true love, and then, without warning, to devastating news.

Resilient, resourceful, and determined to learn the truth, Chelsea, travels from her West Coast to his East Coast to walk where he walked, and to see all that they had shared.

His haunting words rang in her mind. “You have no idea how much I miss you. It’s like an invisible rope is tied to my heart, pulling and tugging. My mind spins like a ship’s wheel with endless thoughts of you. You own my heart. You live in my mind, please come and claim my body.”

Yes, the mind is the battlefield. If a person can capture the mind they can own the body. But what happens to the heart?

On her journey she becomes entangled in a reality that proves more bizarre, more dangerous, and more unbelievable than any filmmaker’s most twisted fantasy.

Amazon Button

Women Writers… writing | Linda Mansfield

Linda MansfieldLinda Mansfield is a freelance writer, editor and PR person based in Indianapolis, Indiana. She owns Restart Communications, a top motorsports PR firm. (See

Her articles regularly appear in Speed Sport magazine; she has been affiliated with that publication since 1978. She has edited several newspapers and magazines, as well as six books for other authors.

In April 2015 she published a collection of fictional short stories called Stories for the 12 Days of Christmas. In 2017 she published three sequels: Twelve Stories for Spring, Twelve Stories for Summer and Twelve Stories for Fall. All four books, called the Two Good Feet series, are for teenagers through senior citizens, male and female.

Facebook     |     Twitter     |     Amazon     |     Website     |     Blog


Twelve Stories for Spring (Two Good Feet Book 2)cover

by Linda Mansfield

Genre: Literature & Fiction/Short Stories/Holidays

Take a break!

Twelve Stories for Spring offers a baker’s dozen of fictional but realistic short stories set at spring, that glorious season of rebirth.

If you’re between the ages of teen through senior citizen and you could use a few minutes of relaxation, you’ll love it! Short stories take far less time to read than a novel, and you can resume the book easily if you’re interrupted.

Some of the stories take place during spring holidays like Easter and Mother’s Day. Others occur during traditional spring events like a prom, a wedding, the start of fishing season, the Kentucky Derby, and the Indy 500. One depicts an international traveler dealing with delays due to a spring snowstorm. Another features an autistic boy at a therapeutic riding facility.

Twelve Stories for Spring is the second of four books in the Two Good Feet series. It is the sequel to Stories for the 12 Days of Christmas. Twelve Stories for Summer and Twelve Stories for Fall follow it. All four books can be read and enjoyed individually, however.

If you enjoy an excellent quick read, you’ll love Twelve Stories for Spring!

Amazon Button


coverTwelve Stories for Summer (Two Good Feet Book 3)

by Linda Mansfield

Genre: Literature & Fiction/Short Stories/Holidays

Twelve Stories for Summer offers a baker’s dozen of fictional but realistic short stories set in summer. It’s for teenagers through senior citizens who could use a few minutes of relaxation. Some of the stories take place at typical summer destinations like a state park, an amusement park, a baseball stadium, a public auction, a Fourth of July parade, an outdoor concert, a riding stable and an auto race. Others show people volunteering during a church mission trip and tornado relief efforts. One story features two college friends reminiscing over dinner. A bored boy at the beach is another subject. It can stand alone, but it is the third of four books in the Two Good Feet series.

Amazon Button