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Teen with Neurovascular Muscular Dystrophy Competes in Ballroom Dancing Competition

How to find relief from neurovascular muscular dystrophy

Muscle cramping

This is a common symptom of the disorder, especially since muscles have a tendency to twitch and spasm.  A few ways to find relief is to do deep stretching, apply hot and cold compresses and if it becomes a severe issue, some may consider pairing medication with a variety of other treatment options to find a bit of relief.


When someone has reduced mobility in limbs due to a disorder or the pain that is caused by it, they may notice that over time, they develop swelling. If swelling is left too long without being treated, it can cause permanent damage to veins, valves and skin.  The best way to avoid or reduce swelling is to move.  Walk, change positions, stretch the limbs - anything to keep the blood circulating.


This is a common complaint for anyone living with neuromuscular disorders.  There are, however, a few ways to keep fatigue from taking over. Pay attention to any new and unusual symptoms that may show up, they could indicate a low level infection that could cause fatigue.  Make sure to get plenty of rest and schedule break times throughout the day. As much as possible, try to get the right amount of sleep every night and if insomnia is an issue, find natural ways to help create healthy sleep habits.

Joint and muscle pain

Joint and muscle pain is very common in many patients with the disorder. Talk to medical professionals about working with physical and occupational therapists to learn how to exercise muscles safely. Massage therapy is another option for relieving pain.