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Can anxiety cause shoulder and neck muscle spasm on one side with dizziness?

Can anxiety cause shoulder and neck muscle spasm on one side with dizziness?

Not directly: The link between anxiety and a specific spasm or physical symptom is indirect. Anxiety initiates the fight/flight response in humans. In actual threat it is life-saving. In emotional threat, it pumps the same chemicals through us and our bodies respond in unique (maybe common) ways. Maybe, thrown off balance, you get dizzy. Not running, your most vulnerable muscles read the signal and tighten. CBT ...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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What can anxiety cause? Can it cause. Muscle spasms. Vision change. Acne and tingling in the hands and feet. Ibs even?

What can anxiety cause? Can it cause. Muscle spasms. Vision change. Acne and tingling in the hands and feet. Ibs even?

Possible: Short term physical effects of anxiety can be insomnia, change in appetite, fatigue, diarrhea, sweating, muscle tension, distorted vision, headaches, shortness of breath and heart palpitations. High stress and anxiety over the long term can put one at a higher risk for medical illnesses such as heart disease. See your dr. To rule out any underlying medical causes to your symptoms. ...Read more

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Do I have a vitamin B12 deficiency or MS? I'm 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? I'm 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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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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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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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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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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Could anxiety cause severe muscle spasms for last 48 hours? Anxious from getting tetanus from cut could this cause spasms?

Could anxiety cause severe muscle spasms for last 48 hours? Anxious from getting tetanus from cut could this cause spasms?

Yes: Either condition can produce spasms, but you need to see your doctor to ensure tetanus is not the issue ...Read more

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Can sinusitis cause muscle spasms all over body? Lab tests ok for electrolytes. No anxiety issues either. Previously diagnosed with sinusitis.

Can sinusitis cause muscle spasms all over body? Lab tests ok for electrolytes. No anxiety issues either. Previously diagnosed with sinusitis.

Antibiotic effect?: Sinusitis does not cause muscle spasms. However, certain antibiotics used to treat sinusitis can cause painful muscle spasms. Please call your physician. ...Read more

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Is there one medicine for spasticity and muscle spasms? Associated with neuropathy. Which is recommended??

Is there one medicine for spasticity and muscle spasms? Associated with neuropathy. Which is recommended??

No: There are multiple medications we use for muscle spasticity to varying degrees of help including flexeril, zanaflex, soma, baclofen, Valium, and skelaxin (metaxalone) just to name a few. Discuss directly with your doctor what would be best for you. ...Read more

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Ok how come I get anxiety and muscle spasms twitching everytime I eat its been going on for 4 months now?

Ok how come I get anxiety and muscle spasms twitching everytime I eat its been going on for 4 months now?

Various causes: A muscle twitch is an small local involuntary contraction of muscle. It's usually not a symptom of a serious illness. Sometimes it occurs after muscular exertion. Tension or anxiety can cause twitching. Magnesium deficiency is another cause. I don't know why eating would cause it.

Pain from internal disorders may be felt as "Stomach Spasms" but don't cause actual abdominal muscle contraction. ...Read more

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I've had a 2 month expisode of stress/anxiety and have now had a few weeks of chest pain and muscle spasms. Is this normal?

I've had a 2 month expisode of stress/anxiety and have now had a few weeks of chest pain and muscle spasms. Is this normal?

Anxiety: It is possible that the prolonged stress and anxiety have led to muscle pain and spasms, but It is good to have a medical exam first to rule out any underlying illness. You could seek psychotherapy from a clinical psychologist for help. There are also medications to help with this. With good psychotherapy it can be possible for certain people to overcome the need for medication for panic attacks. ...Read more

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I've been having weird gurgling in my chest (left side) snd what feels like muscle spasms under rib cage...What could it be? I have anxiety&stress

I've been having weird gurgling in my chest (left side) snd what feels like muscle spasms under rib cage...What could it be? I have anxiety&stress

See your doctor: Your symptoms may be signs of something significantly wrong. One cannot tell without a complete history, physical and possible lab/imaging tests. Follow with your doctor as soon as you can. Things that can cause pains in chest and ribcage include heartburn, pneumonia, gallbladder problems, liver disease, kidney problems, heart attacks, or blood clots. ...Read more

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Can I take diazepam- muscle spasm in the morning and Xanax (alprazolam) at night-anxiety?

Can I take diazepam- muscle spasm in the morning and Xanax (alprazolam) at night-anxiety?

Safe: It is safe to do this under the supervision of a physician. The medicines above are termed benzodiazepines - the problem with taking medicines like this is that your body builds up tolerance to them over time. Only take these medicines when you really need them, long term use is generally not a good idea. ...Read more

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I have health anxiety and I'm constantly shivering my doc says its anxiety but I'm scared its something else I also get muscle spasm when relaxed?

I have health anxiety and I'm constantly shivering my doc says its anxiety but I'm scared its something else I also get muscle spasm when relaxed?

CBT: In contrast to other forms of psychotherapy, cognitive therapy is usually more focused on the present, more time-limited, and more problem-solving oriented. In addition, patients learn specific skills that they can use for the rest of their lives. These skills involve identifying distorted thinking, modifying beliefs, relating to others in different ways, and changing behaviors. ...Read more

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I have just returned to work after being signed off for 2 weeks with anxiety. I am experiencing headaches with muscle spasms in my eyes and temples.

I have just returned to work after being signed off for 2 weeks with anxiety. I am experiencing headaches with muscle spasms in my eyes and temples.

See below: Anxiety with physical problems and interfering with work should be evaluated by a primary care doc who can refer you to a psychiatrist if needed. ...Read more

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Was takin olanzapine and got muscle spasms everywhere! They said it was anxiety? Come off olanzapine now they said try sertraline would it stop spasms

Was takin olanzapine and got muscle spasms everywhere! They said it was anxiety? Come off olanzapine now they said try sertraline would it stop spasms

Probably not: It is unclear what was causing the muscle spasms and it sounds like they didn't stop when you stopped the olanzapine.
Sertraline is not prescribed for muscle spasms.
I would recommend that you see you internist and try to understand the cause of the spasms. ...Read more

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Gp has me on 30 mg of diazepam for anxiety and muscle spasms - he retired & new gp wants me off or to seek pchychiatry what to do?

Anxiety: It is probably time to come off. This treatment you are on is in no way designed for ongoing use. It is not a cure. It is highly addictive and you seem to be on a very high amount. I see you are in behavior therapy. Anxiety is cured by gaining insight into how you perceive the world, redefining how you understand your experience and getting some space between traumatic events. ...Read more

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I have muscle spasms, non painful though annoying, throughout my whole body. I am scared I have a brain tumor. Could this be from anxiety?

I have muscle spasms, non painful though annoying, throughout my whole body. I am scared I have a brain tumor. Could this be from anxiety?

Probably not: Muscle spasms are very common. Be seen for an exam, but remember that tumors cause neurologic deficits, not pain or spasms. ...Read more

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I've had individual muscle spasms constantly throughout my body. I am very scared it is a brain tumor. Could this be anxiety? My blood work was good.

Maybe: Muscle spasms could be a manifestation of anxiety, but it is always prudent to have physical causes ruled out first. Anxiety would be a diagnosis of exclusion. ...Read more

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I've been depressed for the past 2 weeks (not the first time), have racing thoughts, chest pain, muscle spasms and sleeping troubles. Is this anxiety?

I've been depressed for the past 2 weeks (not the first time), have racing thoughts, chest pain, muscle spasms and sleeping troubles. Is this anxiety?

See your pcp: To get checked for chest pain, muscle spasms. Can only say it's from anxiety after medical evaluation has ruled out physical causes. Tell your doctor how you've been feeling, include any meds you take, any alcohol/drug/tobacco use. Ask for referral to a mental health professional if all points to psychological issues. Good you've asked for help here. Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take my 4mg tiazidine with my 2mg Xanax. I have anxiety attacks but also suffer muscle spasms in my back due to lumbar pleural shunt?

Side effects: Hi ULee,
Taking these medicines together can increase risk of side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, confusion, and difficulty concentrating. Generally, we recommend avoiding activities that require mental alertness like driving, etc. ...Read more

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Severe muscle spasms, chronic pain in hands (8 broken fingers and 2 surgerys previously), moderate scoliosis, social anxiety.

JHS: 20's males w. scoliosis, joint disorders & anxiety attacks & seeking unifying explanation need study Joint Hypermobility Syndrome & Fibromyalgia; both highly associated. JHS sufferers oft have mitral valve prolapse, which is associated with episodic anxiety attacks. Scoliosis is common with JHS; only when upright; absent prone as gravity is negated. Osteopathic & echocardiogram evals recommended. ...Read more

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Anxiety, (gabapentin 400mg 3x daily works wonders. Hand pain (tramadol 50mg 3x daily helps a lot) SEVERE muscle spasms everywhere (soma (carisoprodol) 3-4x daily)?

Anxiety, (gabapentin 400mg 3x daily works wonders. Hand pain (tramadol 50mg 3x daily helps a lot) SEVERE muscle spasms everywhere (soma (carisoprodol) 3-4x daily)?

Maybe but: Spssms may be due to pain. Try better control of pain first before adding muscle relaxer. Or vice versa. Confused? Yea even doctors can mess that up think positive feedback loop and you have to break the cycle ...Read more

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Imbalance, shortness of breath, light headed, dizziness, rapid heart rate, anxiety, hypertension, neck muscle spasm. These are my symptoms, what is it?

Imbalance, shortness of breath, light headed, dizziness, rapid heart rate, anxiety, hypertension, neck muscle spasm. These are my symptoms, what is it?

Time for an exam: These sound serious enough to see a doctor for an exam. I doubt that you can get a valid diagnosis any other way and whatever it is, you'll probably need some intervention. So, do it soon and start getting better. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Episodes of tremors, numbness, foot drop, vision and balance problems in a 37 year-old woman.....?

Episodes of tremors, numbness, foot drop, vision and balance problems in a 37 year-old woman.....?

Consult doctor: You will need a complete exam with blood test and most likely MRI with and without contrast. You will need exam with neurologist and ophthalmologist too. Please see your doc ASAP. ...Read more

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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
3,281 Doctors shared insights

Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more