Peripheral neuropathy is nasty. I’ve shown my feet off when they turn bright red and burn like hellfire, and I’ve probably complained too often about the spasms.
I’ve been having muscle spasms in my arms and legs for years. Since my electrolytes appeared normal, they wrote it off as something that fell under the broad category of malnutrition. Without testing a damn thing, I might add. What you don’t know can hurt you. Ahem, copper deficiency causes neuropathy, eh?
Some of my spasms are most certainly caused by iron deficiency/anemia, then there’s the subset of spasms that aren’t painful so much as just plain annoying. Before my extremities went numb, I was having myoclonic spasms in my legs. My muscles would contract, then relax without my say so. It was bizarre and slightly disconcerting.
Then came the numbness and the foot spasms. It’s not like cramps because the muscles tense and relax, rather than tying themselves into knots, although they most certainly can progress to cramps alongside the spasms.
My toes twitch constantly (I wonder if they do it while I’m asleep? I wanna know!), and my ankle spasms cause my feet to get pulled inward. Most of the time, it looks like my feet are trying to fold themselves in half at the arch. On top of proprioception loss, this only adds to my balance problems.
I know numbness and burning are common problems with peripheral neuropathy, but I haven’t heard much about spasms. I just figured I’m weird. I guess twitches and spasms are a PN thing too. So here they are, for your viewing pleasure, the feet that just wanna dance!
And just for fun, llamas with hats.