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A 44-year-old member asked:

why does a quadriplegic person have muscle spasms? how do you treat them?

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Dr. Sandra Gotman
Podiatry 36 years experience
Quadraplegic spasms: Nerve roots are being compressed. Massage of the entire spine along the sides. should be done daily. Be gentle. Good luck
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Spacticity: If someone has an injury to the upper motor neurons such as a spinal cord injury if the neck or a stroke in the brain, the result is a generalized spasticity. The tone in their arms and legs can be dramatically increased. Oral muscle relaxants are usually tried first; if that does not work, Botox injections and back often pumps can be considerations.
Dr. Andrew Seibert
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Baclofen pumps
May 31, 2017

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A 33-year-old member asked:

How long do muscle spasms usually last?

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Dr. Edward Neilsen
Family Medicine 19 years experience
Depends: That depends....A muscle spasm may last a few seconds in the face or arms, but could last much longer in the back. Usually though the spasm is short-lived but the resulting inflammation causes pain for much longer. Alternating hot/cold, staying hydrated, taking anti-inflammatory meds, stretching, and massage can all help.
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A 27-year-old female asked:

I get a lot of muscle spasms. They tend to happen in one place for a while and then move somewhere else. What could be causing this?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. K. Olson
Dr. K. Olson answered
Psychiatry 39 years experience
Muscle spasm: Assuming these symptoms are the only ones you are having, consider metabolic imbalances like low calcium or magnesium. Also, certain medications like antipsychotics, anti-nausea agents (zofran for example), and medications used for gastroparesis like reglan (metoclopramide). They can cause cramping or spasms. Poor hydration and in particular lack of electrolyte replacement could be involved.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What are muscle spasms and how can they be treated?

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Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 31 years experience
Spasms: Hydration key, potassium and magnesium low levels of thes minerals can increase cramping events involuntary painful contractions stancamd gait muscles often involved
A 36-year-old member asked:

Why do I have muscle spasms?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Many causes: There are many possible causes of muscle spasms. Among the most common is magnesium deficiency; taking magnesium as taurate, glycinate or citrate may help. Stress (which can cause magnesium deficiency) is a cause. Potassium or calcium deficiency, structural imbalances, toxic chemicals & medication side effects can also be causes. Stretching, relaxation techniques & massage may be help. See comment.
Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Randy Baker commented
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Provided original answer
Unfortunately, HealthTap doesn't give me enough space to answer some questions thoroughly,but I can elaborate a bit more here. I appreciate your asking "why do I have" instead of "how to treat," as knowing why is essential to finding the optimal treatment. A good resource for more information can be found at http://www.nativeremedies.com/ailment/muscle-spasms-and-twitches.html#question3 Good luck!
Jan 13, 2012
A 24-year-old member asked:

Wats muscle spasms?

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Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Painful: Your muscles "spasm" when either the signal to them is interrupted; they are asked to do something they do not want to do, or they are overworked. It is their way of telling you that they need to rest; and they need attention.

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