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Can Muscle Spasms Cause Electrical Shooting Pains In Lower Back
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
Think pelvic : In females these type of symptoms can be associated with pelvic inflammation. Most serious would be pyelonephritis (infection of kidneys) or ovarian cancer. Bladder infections or endometriosis may cause similar symptoms. Constipation may contribute. Disorders of the spine may be a consideration, but usually cause more pain down the legs. ...Read more
Ankle : Injury can lead to lower back problems. The injury is causing you when walking to compensate and use muscle groups you don't use that way with normal gait. If you are in a walking boot for ankle you may want to wear a shoe that is close to the level of the boot. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
The muscles in my lower back have been spasming for a couple hours now without pain. What could be the cause?
Back pain: The spasm in the back can be due to lot of reasons, it is mostly seen with back sprain or other related musculoskeletal issues. You can use heating pad, over the counter topical cream such as bengay or asper cream. If symptoms persist then see your doctor. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can piriformis sydrome cause sharp stabbing pain in lower back more to side area of back when twisting to the side plus muscle spasms in back at night?
Yes: Piriformis syndrome describes the set of symptoms that can occur from an abnormal piriformis muscle/tendon. The piriformis begins in the pelvis and inserts on the hip and can cause back , hip, and buttock pain as well as pain that runs down the leg. ...Read more
Having serve lower back pain with muscle spasms and trouble walking also when I breath it causes more pain. What could it be and what should I do?
Disc herniation: There are many possibilities, and I would not hesitate to be seen, but one of the more common things that can cause symptoms like you are describing is a herniation of a disc. The discs are cushions between the vertebrae and they can sometimes herniate and cause severe pain and spasm. This pain can be worse with deep breathing, coughing, or anything that increase the pressure in the spinal cana ...Read more
Back and shoulders are knotted up from muscle spasms. I have ms. Why would the area feel hot to touch, but no where else? I'm currently relapsing.
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
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 moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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
As: We age, our disc spaces narrow and flatten, our muscle loose elasticity and don't heal as well. Stretching and warm up is important to avoid injury. Once injured, you need to rest, take an anti-inflammatory and or muscle relaxant. Consider different exercises in the future. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Stretching, modality: Learning a good stretching regimine for your back is the foundation of good back health. Also making sure you have good back support when you sit and good shock absorbing shoes. Use of modalities such as ice, heat or electrical stimuation therapy (tens) are also helpful. ...Read more
Having muscle spasm-like pain right lower back. Took muscle relaxer but no relief. Vomiting from pain. What could it be?
Back pain: It could be a a kidney stone or UTI if pain is that severe that is is causing you to vomit you should go to the ER now ...Read more
Really bad muscle spasms in my lower back. Can I use one of those stickon warm pad things from walgreens?
Give it a try: Warm compresses to help relax muscle spasms are some times efffective along with a nice warm jacuzzi. Also massage and light muscle stretching exercises can be helpful for prevention and treatment. If pain persists then see your physician for possible Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) or other muscle spasm treatments. ...Read more
Stretch and Exercise: You should stretch daily and exercise your back muscles regularly to keep your body functioning optimally. This works for the great majority of people with back pain. Anti-inflammatories are helpful too so consider taking fish oil supplements over the counter in that they have anti-inflammatory action. As always, see your doctor before taking any supplement, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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