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Are Constant Back/neck Muscle Spasms Common With Nr-axSpA?

Are Constant Back/neck Muscle Spasms Common With Nr-axSpA?

My doctor believes I have nr-axSpA based on my history of 30+ years of back/neck pain, severe thoracic/pelvic pain when lying down, and doing just fine during the day. I also have a family history of Ankylosis spondylitis and I test positive for the gene.

However, what has driven me over the last 30 years to seek medical help, is constant muscle spasms in my neck and entire back. This has severely impacted my range of motion. Nerve conduction studies confirm that the muscles along my entire… read more

A MySpondylitisTeam Member said:

Thanks Cathy. I’ve been on tizanidine since July 2020. It has helped with ROM and sleep but the muscle spasms continue 24/7.

Thanks for the information about Methotrexate, I wasn’t aware of the necessary monitoring. I meet with my Rheumatologist this week.

posted 7 months ago
A MySpondylitisTeam Member said:

I had and still have the muscle spasms. I was given methotrexate by my rheumatologist but it has to be closely monitored. On the second month my liver enzymes were elevated and I had to stop it. He next wanted to try biologics. I sought a second opinion and was refered to a neurologist and given muscle relaxer Tizanidine. The Tizanidine works wonders for me.

posted 7 months ago
A MySpondylitisTeam Member said:

Give it a try, if you don't see/feel a difference in 6 months try something else.

posted 7 months ago
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