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How could I stop muscle spasms in my legs. I have a spinal cord injury at t11?

How could I stop muscle spasms in my legs. I have a spinal cord injury at t11?

New issue??: Spasm and spasticity are common with your type of injury. Are these new? I would suspect that they are not. We commonly use medication such as Baclofen and tizanidine. Pt and stretching are also helpful. For continued spasticity, Botox could also be helpful. Discuss these with your doc. ...Read more

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Dr. Laurence Badgley
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Muscle Spasm (Definition)

Muscle spasms are typically painful involuntary muscle contracures which can occur in any part of the body, such as the neck, back and legs. There are various causes of muscle spasms such as recent injury or trauma and dehydration. Typically, patients can modify activity, rest, stretch, utilize heat or ice for treatment of muscle spasms. Rarely, patients can also ...Read more


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I have lumbar spinal stenosis and have had four back surgeries. I also have nerve damage in my legs and feet.I feel extreme burning and tingling. Now they want to puta spinal cord stimulator (scs) in. Is it a good idea?

I have lumbar spinal stenosis and have had four back surgeries. I also have nerve damage in my legs and feet.I feel extreme burning and tingling. Now they want to puta spinal cord stimulator (scs) in. Is it a good idea?

Medically Sound: One cannot generalize for every patient and their own particular situation. In general, if a patient has been adequately decompressed, as you have been with 4 surgeries, and still has residual or continuing neuropathic pain they would be considered an excellent candidate for SCS at first assessment. Further spinal surgeries have not been seen to help and may in fact worsen your situation. ...Read more

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Can I asked my naurologis for a full cervical to lumbar mri. I feel all of my arm and leg weakness are due to something in my neck or back pressure.

Can I asked my naurologis for a full cervical to lumbar mri. I feel all of my arm and leg weakness are due to something in my neck or back pressure.

If you're neurologis: t feels it is indicated by exam, then it may be an MRI or other tests are needed. He/she went to school many years to get to be a neurologist, so trust in him/her. ...Read more

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I had a c-sec 6 weeks ago. I recieved a spinal. I get this tight pulsing kind of pain that travels up my back to my neck. Is this related to the spinal?

I had a c-sec 6 weeks ago. I recieved a spinal. I get this tight pulsing kind of pain that travels up my back to my neck. Is this related to the spinal?

Possibly: If you had a c-section you received a subarachnoid block and not a "spinal" which goes deeper in to the spinal column. 6 wks after surgery you may have pain radiating upward from the ligaments of the spine. Heat to the area and time will allow it to heal. ...Read more

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1 year ago i felt horrible tension in my legs with pain in muscles& joints.Later i was unable to walk with weakness in legs.Vit.D3 was 6.Is it a cause

1 year ago i felt horrible tension in my legs with pain in muscles& joints.Later i was unable to walk with weakness in legs.Vit.D3 was 6.Is it a cause

Possibly: Severe vitamin d deficiency could cause symptoms you describe but other causes are more likely. Did you have your condition checked out when you were most symptomatic? This is the time for the most productive medical investigations. It may now be too late to find the cause if symptoms have resolved. ...Read more

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I have antaxia gate and had a stroke my muscles are painfull back and legs nerves all over numb i also have liver cerocis will this kill me?

I have antaxia gate and had a stroke my muscles are painfull back and legs nerves all over numb i also have liver cerocis will this kill me?

Have courage: Be positive and optimistic. Do exercises under supervision of pt. For your liver, follow right kind of diet, take the right meds and see a GI doctor. Depending on your case, you may be a candidate for liver transplantation. ...Read more

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I have a sciatic pain in both my legs as there is a damage to my L3 and L4 disks. I have very bad pain in mylegs with a strange feeling. My legs don't allow me to standor walk and i fall. What should I do?

I have a sciatic pain in both my legs as there is a damage to my L3 and L4 disks. I have very bad pain in mylegs with a strange feeling. My legs don't allow me to standor walk and i fall. What should I do?

Need urgent eval: 1st--if asking about driving--no! if you are having issues with walking and radiating pain, then you cannot safely control a vehicle, get a ride. 2nd--you need an MRI and examination to determine if there is a disc issue present that requires surgery or medical management. See your dr / er or a back surgeon asap. ...Read more

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What can I to decrease the tetany spasms in bothe legs that i get throughout the day but especially when I am sleeping? I had a l4-l5 spinal fusion on 4/25/11. For the past 2 months, i'm getting tetany spasms in both legs l>r esp when sleeping i get them

What can I to decrease the tetany spasms in bothe legs that i get throughout the day but especially when I am sleeping? I had a l4-l5 spinal fusion on 4/25/11. For the past 2 months, i'm getting tetany spasms in both legs l>r esp when sleeping
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There : There are many causes of spasm but considering your recent surgery i would see your spine surgeon to rule out problem with your spine instrumentation and fusion. Sometimes the bone fusion does not heal and the rod and screws break or you can develop new problems above or below the fusion levels. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have lower back pain that travels up my spinal cord and it gets more intense. My friend smacked my back in high school and i also get muscle spasms. What should I do?

Backache: No need for pain management.....It appears that yoy may still be in high school. Back pain may be due to different aspects in this age group. Most often, i recommend therapy for back stabilzation and teaching body mechanics. Sometimes it is due to heavy backpacks. There can be structural issues, so make sure you see a spine specialist to examine you. ...Read more

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What is the cause of my heavy legs, severe pain in my legs and weakness. My X-ray result, it says I have lumbar s1 vertebrae. Thank you?

What is the cause of my heavy legs, severe pain in my legs and weakness. My X-ray result, it says I have lumbar s1 vertebrae. Thank you?

Irrelevant: Heavy legs occur independently of whether you have 4, 5, or 6 lumbar vertebrae. What counts is what is the state of the spinal cord and the nerves going from the cord to the legs. Aside from a competent neurological exam, an MRI scan is much better diagnostically than an x-ray. ...Read more

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I have a facet joint fracture L2 and L5 in my back since last June. Now I am having tingling and tightness down my legs. Can that be from facet injury?

I have a facet joint fracture L2 and L5 in my back since last June. Now I am having tingling and tightness down my legs. Can that be from facet injury?

It is possible: It can if the vertebra have become shifted or are unstable and are compressing a nerve. Has a surgeon suggested having it fixed? Make sure you contact your spine specialist tomorrow. If the symptoms are acute and have just come on, you may want to go to the ER. ...Read more

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Could I have multiple sclerosis even if my MRI was normal? I have a lot of the symptoms (muscle spasm, weakness, tingling down my back and legs), but my MRI didn’t show anything. Can an MRI miss ms?

Could I have multiple sclerosis even if my MRI was normal? I have a lot of the symptoms (muscle spasm, weakness, tingling down my back and legs), but my MRI didn’t show anything. Can an MRI miss ms?

Typically not: Mri is the most sensitive test available to aid in the diagnosis of ms. While there are rare cases of MRI negative ms, the vast, vast, vast majority of patients with ms have MRI abnormalities. Having said that, given your symptoms it would be important to know if the cervical and thoracic spinal cord were imaged. If brain and spinal cord imaging negative then not likely to be ms. ...Read more

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I have a herniated disc 5 months ago in L4 and L5 and im on lyrica (pregabalin) 150 it affects my sciatical nerve.But recently i feel a numbness and a burning sensation in my vastus lateralis muscle.Also i feel a pain in my heel when walking or standing

I have a herniated disc 5 months ago in L4 and L5 and im on lyrica (pregabalin) 150 it affects my sciatical nerve.But recently i feel a numbness and a burning sensation in my vastus lateralis muscle.Also i feel a pain in my heel when walking or standing

Disc : Disc herniations can cause pressure on both the exiting nerve and traversing nerves in the spinal canal. In most cases, conservative care is recommended initially and usually consists of NSAID medications (ibuprofen), physical therapy modalities, an epidural injection, and other non operative means. Continued pain and numbness after these may be an indication for a procedure called a microdiscectomy. This is typically an outpatient procedure where the pressure on the nerve is removed and has a very high success rate in terms of eradicating your symptoms. I recommend you speak with a fellowship trained spinal surgeon who can further evaluate you with a neurological exam and discuss all options available to help you feel better. ...Read more

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Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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Injuries (Definition)

An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more