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should my aunt be concerned about recent muscle spasms? my aunt is 48 and in the past year and a half i've noticed that her neck, head, and shoulder area spasms. at first it looked as if she were tossing hair from her face, but now it happens more and mor

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Dr. Gary Sterba
47 years experience Rheumatology
Muscle : Muscle spasm are related to many thing, they usually " hurt" and the patient does complain of pain and discomfort. If this is not the case , anatomical alterations of the cervical spine might give you an impresion of muscle shortening if that is what you are refering to and is positional. Diffuse bilateral changes in the neck and the face and head are migh be related to a myofascial syndrome , but again this again will bgive pain and discomfort . It is hard to figure out what might be happening to your aunt . She will have to attend a medical consultation in order to clarify what is happening.
Answered on Oct 3, 2016
Dr. Guy Fogel
Dr. Guy Fogel answered
44 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Sounds significant: If she has pain with spasm i would have the neck evaluated with exam and imaging. May be a painful arthritic joint in the neck.
Answered on Nov 16, 2013

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