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Can a shoulder muscle spasm cause hand numbness?

Can a shoulder muscle spasm cause hand numbness?

Yes: There are many causes for this...Most common is of a nerve being pinched in the neck that can lead to spasming of the shoulder region with numbness of the hand. This is known as a cervical radiculopathy. There are other possibilities including an injury to the brachial plexus or carpal tunnel syndrome. You should see either a physiatrist or neurologist for a full exam. ...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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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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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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My doc told me muscle spasm/ tension caused arm numbness/pins and needle~ How long does it last? I'm on Valium currently

My doc told me muscle spasm/ tension caused arm numbness/pins and needle~ How long does it last? I'm on Valium currently

With limited history: If cervical spasm from DJD with spinal stenosis treatment will help only control symptoms. Sometimes surgical intervention may be indicated if symptoms worsen ...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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Can tight muscles or muscle spasms in neck, shoulder or upper back cause pain down arms or tingly numb feeling arms?

Can tight muscles or muscle spasms in neck, shoulder or upper back cause pain down arms or tingly numb feeling arms?

Possibly: Anatomically the arms receive their control of sensation from the neck. Nerves that are irritated at the level of the neck often only result in pain traveling into one arm and not both. Given your age, it would be unlikely that there is significant degeneration to cause symptoms in both arms. Discuss with your pcp. ...Read more

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What to do if I have muscle spasm on my thighs and feeling of numbness. How can I cure it?

What to do if I have muscle spasm on my thighs and feeling of numbness. How can I cure it?

Radiculopathy: Your symptoms may reflect a lumbar radiculopathy (nerve symptoms due to a pinched nerve in your lumbar spine). In most cases conservative treatment works - physical therapy, medications, spinal injections - but in some cases it does take surgery for resolution. See your doctor for further evaluation to nail down the diagnosis and treatment options. ...Read more

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I am a 46 woman with chronic muscle spasms. (in my back and neck)i have straightening of laodoses. My main concern is chronic numbness in my shoulder?

I am a 46 woman with chronic muscle spasms. (in my back and neck)i have straightening of laodoses. My main concern is chronic numbness in my shoulder?

Pinched nerve: You have same process in the neck that you have in low back. This process is arthritis in neck also. As a result probably some nerves that supply to skin over shoulder seem to have been pinched and you feel numbness. ...Read more

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Have head ressure on both sides of my head muscle spasms n my bicep and numbness in my face?

Have head ressure on both sides of my head muscle spasms n my bicep and numbness in my face?

Evaluation: The head pressure and spasms could be from a pinched nerve in your neck or spasming in the muscles of the neck. The numbness in the face is a little more concerning though. Is it just on one side? Is it just your lips? Is the numbness constant or getting worse? Regardless, I would recommend seeing your doctor or an urgent care for evaluation now. ...Read more

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Is feet numbness and muscle spasms a side effect of hydrocephalus?

Is feet numbness and muscle spasms a side effect of hydrocephalus?

Hydrocephalus: Foot numbness and muscle spasms are not typical of hydrocephalus. The classic symptoms are wet, wobbly and weird. The three Ws are: 1) urinary incontinence; 2) shuffling gait and a feeling that the feet are stuck to the floor; and 3) short-term memory loss. Numbness and muscle spasms may be caused by narrowing of the spinal canal and compression of the spinal cord or polyneuropathy. ...Read more

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Had lumbar puncture done. Readings was WBC 11 Lymphs 96 and mononuclear 4. LP for extreme muscle spasms and facial numbness are these number average?

Had lumbar puncture done. Readings was WBC 11 Lymphs 96 and mononuclear 4. LP for extreme muscle spasms and facial numbness are these number average?

ToBeInterpretedByMD: There is something wrong with the results as described by you. There are only 11 WBCs and lymphocytes and mononuclear cells are also WBCs. LP results are always interpreted by the doctor who did the test. Normally there should not be more than 5 WBCs in the spinal fluid. High WBCs&that too only lymphocytes suggest a viral infection. But the results can only be interpreted by the treating doctor/neurolo ...Read more

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I hurt my back this weekend, I have muscle spasms in my back, groin and calve on the left side. Also pain and numbness in both legs and feet.

I hurt my back this weekend, I have muscle spasms in my back, groin and calve on the left side. Also pain and numbness in both legs and feet.

If numbness...: If you are experiencing leg pain and numbness associated with back pain it is possible that you might be experiencing a spine disc herniation comprising a nerve. If these symptoms are severe it is important that you see a doctor ASAP for formal exam and treatment. Depending on the findings and the severity of symptoms you might need an MRI. If not severe physical therapy might be indicated. ...Read more

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Numbness in head, migraines (not constant), muscle spasms throughout body, dizziness (occasionally), pain, no vision problems. Possible brain tumor?

Numbness in head, migraines (not constant), muscle spasms throughout body, dizziness (occasionally), pain, no vision problems. Possible brain tumor?

Not yet: Only one way to know is to have a brain mri. But keep in mind that migraines themselves can cause a variety of symptoms. If you are concerned, or if there are new or sudden changes in symptoms, see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have constant hip pain and muscle spasms in my thigh and calf with numbness in the outer half of my foot. What other tests besides MRI should happen?

I have constant hip pain and muscle spasms in my thigh and calf with numbness in the outer half of my foot. What other tests besides MRI should happen?

Nerve damage: What your experiencing is nerve damage. It will or may be permanent if the cause is not corrected. Nerve conduction velocity is needed to help determine this. I would get the MRI asap. Then have your physician refer you to a neurosurgeon and neurologist to get further evaluation. A normal MRI and abnormal nerve study may indicate a more severe condition in terms of a demyelinating process. ...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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I have had muscle spasms since I got home from work this morning. And they are so painful that I cant stand and but now im sort of numb. What do I do?

I have had muscle spasms since I got home from work this morning. And they are so painful that I cant stand and but now im sort of numb. What do I do?

Muscle spasms: Severe muscle cramping and irritability can be caused by deficiencies of potassium, calcium, sodium or magnesium. Try drinking some tomato juice with salt sprinkled in it. If spasms persist, notify your physician who can arrange for blood tests. ...Read more

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I have had bad muscle spasms in the middle of my back and when laying down at night my legs and sometimes my whole body goes numb. Why?

I have had bad muscle spasms in the middle of my back and when laying down at night my legs and sometimes my whole body goes numb. Why?

Sounds like Sciatica: ...But, how long had this been going on? Any trauma history? Weakness? Lots of questions that a good physical exam and some imaging studies should answer. Normal aging can provoke all kinds of complaints that usually respond to simple treatments. I'd see my doctor if I was concerned. ...Read more

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On left foot, toe next to big toe has been numb for a month. Muscle spasms with same toe since 2006. What does this mean? Any connection?

On left foot, toe next to big toe has been numb for a month. Muscle spasms with same toe since 2006. What does this mean? Any connection?

Numbness to this toe: Can be felt from a neuroma or sometimes entrapment of the deep peroneal nerve as it gets entrapped by the extensor digits rum brevis muscle belly. It would be prudent to determine if the numbness is located on both the medial and lateral sides of the toe or just one. If the digit spasms i'd also look at possibility of adding magnesium supplements to your diet and see if that helps. ...Read more

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Left arm had muscle spasms since thursday. It then goes numb. Now, all I have is pain and muscle spasms. It goes from the forearm to hand?

Left arm had muscle spasms since thursday. It then goes numb. Now, all I have is pain and muscle spasms. It goes from the forearm to hand?

Ulnar nerve?: Muscles will spasm for several reasons. Over use, electrolyte imbalance, circulation problem or nerve entrapment. At your age, circulation problems are unlikely. If you have a strenous job or sweat a lot, make sure your are drinking enough fluids like gatoraide. Ulnar ner enttrapment at the elbow can cause muscle spasms in the forearm or hand, usually worse in the morning. Get it checked out. ...Read more

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When I yawned I had a muscle spasm in my neck then part of my face goes numb and my face feels tight not tingly. This has happened twice. What is it?

When I yawned I had a muscle spasm in my neck then part of my face goes numb and my face feels tight not tingly. This has happened twice. What is it?

Muscle cramps.: It could be muscle cramps. We can get cramps in that area, just as we can in our thighs, calves, shoulders, etc. You can try stretching your neck, jaw and chin muscles when this happens, and it may alleviate the cramping. ...Read more

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Itchy and numb skin, muscle spasms and hair loss. What does this sound like?

Itchy and numb skin, muscle spasms and hair loss. What does this sound like?

Neuropathy plus?: I'm not sure all three things go together. Abnormal skin sensations, such as 'numbness' or itchiness, can result from diseases of the peripheral nerves, and some of those also affect motor nerves and can cause weakness and muscle spasms. So perhaps you have such a disease, called 'neuropathy'. Hair loss doesn't usually go with that. See your doctor for a full evaluation. ...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. Bennett Machanic
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Numbness Or Tingling (Definition)

Numbness is a clinical finding in which one is unable to detect stimuli such ...Read more