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Today legs fill like jello  like I could barely control them then it goes to my body off and on. The fill supper relaxed it fills awful
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Hi Ray.... Know its awful dealing with this.  It will change though, you know it is wds.  Try to rest and try to stay positive, as it will leave.  Hugs, Pattylu
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Hello raypach,


I see you are having muscle weakness or "jelly legs". This is a well documented symptom. The last paragraph from Ashton talks about how we can help ourselves. I am the type of person who seeks to know what is happening and why, it brings comfort to me. I hope it does the same for you.




“Benzo-Wise, A Recovery Companion” by Bliss Johns, 2010


Symptoms from A to Z


Weakness: feel drained of energy, almost unable to move or even sit up


Muscle twitches/Jerks/Spasms: involuntary movements – myoclonic jerks, tics, twitches and spasms in different areas of body including extremities


Muscle/Joint pain: joints feel arthritic and muscles stiff and hurting, muscles feel as if performed rigorous exercise


Muscle rigidity: muscles all over feel extremely stiff, inability to move agilely



“The Accidental Addict” by Di Porritt & Di Russell, 2006


Muscle and Joints


“Severe muscle and joint pain, spasm, tension and weakness are all very common. Muscle pain is often a general dull ache but at other times it can be particularly severe, especially in the neck and shoulders. Wrists, elbows, knees, and ankles can also be very painful.


Muscle spasm and tension


“People often wake up in the morning with cramps in their legs or tight knots in their necks and shoulders.”


Muscle weakness


“Weak muscles can make the simplest tasks difficult in the early stages of withdrawal. Just to get up out of a chair or hold your head up is too much at times. Any activity which involves raising the arms above the head is completely exhausting.”




"The Ashton Manual" by Heather Ashton, 2002






Muscle symptoms. “Benzodiazepines are efficient muscle relaxants and are used clinically for spastic conditions…..It is therefore not surprising that their discontinuation after long – term use is associated with a rebound increase in muscle tension. This rebound accounts for many of the symptoms observed in benzodiazepine withdrawal. Muscle stiffness affecting the limbs, back, neck and jaw are commonly reported, and the constant muscle tension probably accounts for the muscle pains with have a similar distribution. Headaches are usually of the “tension headache” type, due to contraction of muscles at the back of the neck, scalp and forehead – often described as a “tight band around the head”.


“At the same time, the nerves to the muscles are hyper excitable, leading to tremor, tics, jerks, spasm and twitching, and jumping at the smallest stimulus. All this constant activity contributes to a feeling of fatigue and weakness (“jelly-legs”).” Jelly legs: legs feel weak and rubbery as if about to give way. In addition, the muscles, especially the small muscles of the eye, are not well co-ordinated, which may lead to blurred or double vision or even eyelid spasms (blepharospasm).”


“None of these symptoms is harmful, and they need not be a cause of worry once they are understood. The muscle pain and stiffness is actually little different from what is regarded as normal after an unaccustomed bout of exercise, and would be positively expected, even by a well-trained athlete, after running a marathon.”



“There are many measures that will alleviate these symptoms, such as muscle stretching exercises as taught in most gyms, moderate exercise, hot baths, massage and general relaxation exercises. Such measures may give only temporary relief at first, but if practiced regularly can speed the recovery of normal muscle tone – which will eventually occur spontaneously.”


I hope this is helpful,


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