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What causes abdominal muscle spasms in the upper stomach?

What causes abdominal muscle spasms in the upper stomach?

Muscle strain/tear: Over working abdominal wall muscles without properly warming them up by stretching them for example before doing multiple long sets of situps will often result in abdominal wall muscle fatigue with resultant abdominal wall muscle spasms. ...Read more

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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Left side of body numb,doesn't function properly. Left side of face,upper abdominal muscle spasms, severe nerve pain.can not think or converse,memory?

Left side of body numb,doesn't function properly. Left side of face,upper abdominal muscle spasms, severe nerve pain.can not think or converse,memory?

Left sided pain: The medications that you are taking can cause difficulty in thinking, speaking, and memory. It is important to review the proper dosages and timing of the medications with your prescribing physician to avoid an overdose. I am not sure what the cause of the left sided numbness, poor function, and spasms. This may be due to a previous stroke or a neck problem with spinal cord injury. ...Read more

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Severe abdominal muscle spasms that come and go. Debilitating, have to exit car to stretch. Other cramps in lwr legs and feet wake me at night.

Severe abdominal muscle spasms that come and go. Debilitating, have to exit car to stretch. Other cramps in lwr legs and feet wake me at night.

Muscles irritabile: Recurrent and frequent muscle spasms could be due to deficiencies in serum magnesium and calcium. Have these checked. Also stretching your lower leg muscles before going to bed may help. ...Read more

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Had abdominal muscle spasms for three months, my doctor diagnosed it as costochondritis of the lower ribs. Symptoms appear while I walk, could GI be ?

Had abdominal muscle spasms for three months, my doctor diagnosed it as costochondritis of the lower ribs.  Symptoms appear while I walk, could GI be ?

Unlikely: If this were costeachondritis i would expect it to have been resolved after three months. Injury to the muscles of the abdominal wall or a problem with your bowel is more plausible. I would seek another opinion from your healthcare provider. ...Read more

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Can diastasis recti cause my severe pelvic floor/ abdominal muscle spasms? SERIOUSLY considering plastic surgery

Can diastasis recti cause my severe pelvic floor/ abdominal muscle spasms?  SERIOUSLY considering plastic surgery

NO: This is a congenital abnormality not related to puborectalis spasm. See neurologist for the latter. You'll be wasting time and money on plastic surgery ...Read more

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Can ALS cause abdominal muscle spasms? Abdomen feels very tight and feels like a moving baby in my lower stomach

Can ALS cause abdominal muscle spasms? Abdomen feels very tight and feels like a moving baby in my lower stomach

No: ALS affects alpha motor neurons that are not present on the muscles of the stomach and intestines. ...Read more

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Hip/ butt muscle spasms on left side like charlie horse. Recent MS dx. Possible symptom? Very painful lasted 2 days already. Suggestions?

Hip/ butt muscle spasms on left side like charlie horse.  Recent MS dx. Possible symptom? Very painful lasted 2 days already. Suggestions?

SOME THOTS: Pain is very common in ms, and can present numerous ways, and even migraine is present in ms pts at a frequency of 2-4 times normals. However, your muscle spasms could represent a separate process in hip, back, pelvis. (unlikely, but if you were given steroids, check for avascular necrosis in hip). Lastly, do not want to second guess your doc, but there are oral meds now (no needles). ...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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Do I have a vitamin B12 deficiency or MS? Im 19, female with tingling, numbness in head/scalp, feet, legs, and hands. Muscle spasm? Anxiety maybe?

Do I have a vitamin B12 deficiency or MS? Im 19, female with tingling, numbness in head/scalp, feet, legs, and hands. Muscle spasm? Anxiety maybe?

Most likely anxiety: Most likely anxiety but a good idea to get checked out by the physician and try to rule out some of those other possibilities ...Read more

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I have been diganosed with both trigeminal neralgia and occipital neuralgia. I also have some memory problems and muscle spasms . Could I have ms?

I have been diganosed with both trigeminal neralgia and occipital neuralgia. I also have some memory problems and muscle spasms . Could I have ms?

Challenging?: You seem to have very complex issues, and i would certainly wonder about an underlying unitary diagnosis. Ms could cause fatigue, memory loss, and trigeminal neuralgia, but usually not occipital neuralgia. Maybe MRI of brain and spinal cord could illuminate the picture. Might also want to check for lupus, lyme disease, and even hiv. Perhaps get full evaluation at a local medical school. ...Read more

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Muscle spasms legs, feet and side back come and go, mild but noticeable. Had for 1 month. Is it MS, ALS will I get paralysed ?

Muscle spasms legs, feet and side back come and go, mild but noticeable. Had for 1 month. Is it MS, ALS will I get paralysed ?

No: Someone has been reading too many medical horror stories. It is mega highly unlikely that spasms in an otherwise healthy 20 year old represent anything but overuse or electrolyte disturbance. The diseases you mention generally do not begin like that. See your family doc for an evaluation and reassurance of the correct diagnosis, so you can get this problem resolved. ...Read more

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How can I control muscle spasms numbness on one side hugging sensation on one side dancing movements change in walk. All tests come up neg. Blood MRIs EMG ct heart test no heart attach or stroke not Ms als mg what could be causing this ?

How can I control muscle spasms numbness on one side hugging sensation on one side dancing movements change in walk. All tests come up neg. Blood MRIs EMG ct heart test no heart attach or stroke not Ms als mg what could be causing this ?

Myoclonic seizures?: You may be experiencing a form of limited or localized seizure disorder known as "myoclonus" (muscle-centered), which is a form of epilepsy (sudden increase in electric activity in some areas of the brain). If this is the case with you, it can be treated with anticonvulsants. Consult a neurologist. ...Read more

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Numb/tingling in hands, legs, and feet on both sides. Muscle spasms in legs, back and arms. Loss of balance, dizzy, stiff. Is it Neuropathy or ms?

Numb/tingling in hands, legs, and feet on both sides. Muscle spasms in legs, back and arms. Loss of balance, dizzy, stiff. Is it Neuropathy or ms?

Bad choices: You probably don't need or want to pick A or B. Both require a doctor's DX and TX and it might be another thing altogether. A common cause of neuropathy is a diabetic condition w/ other signs too - are you a diabetic? Get into care if 'yes'! MS usually starts a bit later in age. Have an exam to find an answer. Best! ...Read more

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What is a general meal plan for getting your abdominal muscles more visible?

What is a general meal plan for getting your abdominal muscles more visible?

Eat clean: Eat small meals (200-300 cal ) with lean protein, good fat and complex carb in a 40-20-40 % ratio 5-6 times per day with less carbs later in day. A you lose body fat you will see your abs. 6 pack abs is 80-90% diet and 10-20% workout. ...Read more

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How long does it take to regenerate abdominal muscles following a radical hysterectomy and what exercises can be done at 6 weeks post op?

How long does it take to regenerate abdominal muscles following a radical hysterectomy and what exercises can be done at 6 weeks post op?

You don't regnerate : You do not regenerate muscles = but you can do exercises 6 weeks such as walking, other aerobic exercises. You can slowly start to do abdominal crunches too. ...Read more

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I've found a gap down the middle of my abdominal muscles behind my navel that I don't recall having before. No pain associated. Cause for concern?

I've found a gap down the middle of my abdominal muscles behind my navel that I don't recall having before. No pain associated. Cause for concern?

You need...: This needs direct exam in order to be able to find out what this is related to. Make an appointment with your doctor so you may get checked. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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Abdominal Surgery (Definition)

Abdominal surgery is an operation performed on the abdominal contents or organs. It may be an open incision surgery or laparoscopic surgery. It could also involve abdominal wall surgery such as hernias. Many organs may need to be treated with abdominal surgery such as liver, spleen, gallbladder, small intestine, colon or large intestine & many different diseases ...Read more


Muscle Twitches (Definition)

The twitches you can see and feel in muscle are contractions of irritable muscle fibers. They are sometimes seen with muscle fatigue. I sometimes see young people with fasciculations who google the word and come in afraid they have ALS . There is also an entity called benign fasciculation syndrome that is sometimes accompanied by cramping. Caffeine and theophylline (in ...Read more