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Hi saint90ms,
I also experience tightness in my hamstring and calf muscle as well as occasionally in my diaphragm. On top of this I also get the tightness in my thighs and sometimes in my jaw and feet. I am told this is spasticity which is a common symptom. Some days it is worse than others. The tightness in my calves get so bad sometimes that if I sit down and stretch out my legs it will suddenly tighten up even worse where I have to wait a second and let it relax to that I can bend my knees again. I also tend to get charlie horses in my calves sometimes when I go to bed and my calf is trying to relax. It can get pretty painful. On top of the tightness I experience in the calves, etc. I also showed lesions on the spine in my MRI's.
To help this I take Baclofen to help relax my muscles a bit. I try to stretch in through those areas 2 times a day...when I wake up and before I go to bed. I also get message therapy every 3-4 weeks concentrating on my calves. The message therapy has helped a lot, but it took a few sessions to notice and I have to keep it up or it starts getting worse again. As for the diaphragm muscles tightening up, this doesn't happen very often and definitely not to the extreme you are experiencing, so I'm not sure if any of these help in that area, but they might???
I'm not sure if any of these symptoms are what you are feeling, but they sounded somewhat similar. Even if your symptoms are not caused by the same thing that causes mine, maybe the things that help me may still help you.
I hope you find out some answers. Good luck with Everything.

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