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Spasms and stiffness

Muscle stiffness and spasms are common MS symptoms, and are often described as 'spasticity'.

Muscle spasms or stiffness affect at least 20% of people with MS at some time.

Drugs and therapies (including physiotherapy and occupational therapy) can help you manage these symptoms.

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Understanding spasms and stiffness

Spasms and stiffness can range from a minor annoyance to problems that make daily life and activities uncomfortable, painful and difficult.

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Treating spasms and stiffness

Even if you feel your spasms or stiffness are not major problems for you, it is a good idea to make your doctor or MS nurse aware of the issue so that you can find appropriate ways to manage it and avoid complications later on.
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It’s early evening, I’m relaxing watching a bit of TV or reading with my feet up. That’s when it starts: my toe, usually my big toe on my left foot, slowly starts to point towards the ceiling. It aches, I push my toe back down, this repeats for an hour or so. Sometimes it leads to a massive leg spasm, sometimes the toes just twitches away for ages. Ann, a writer living with relapsing MS
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