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Causes Lower Back Muscle Spasms
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
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 more
Having severe low back muscle spasms. Can barely walk. Anything besides two tylenol (acetaminophen)?
I got serve back pain, the report says that there is a reduced disc space between l5-s1 level and loss of lumbar lordosis due to back muscle spasm?
May be better choice: Taking narcotics for acute pain is not "bad". There may be better choices, though. 2 vicodins contains up to 1000 mg of tylenol (acetaminophen) so you have to be careful not to exceed 3000 mg per day for nl adult size. It also has hydrocodone which is possibly addicting. Try regular tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen. You may also benefit from a Medrol dose pack. Talk to your doctor who knows your history and your exam. ...Read more
I am suffering from disease of lumbar sacral spine reveal lumbar spondylosis. And loss of lumbar lordosis due to back muscle spasm. What is the reason?
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
The muscles in my lower back have been spasming for a couple hours now without pain. What could be the cause?
The kidneys are in the upper outer part of the "low back"; called the "flank". This area is consider the low back by many patients so it can be confusing. More midline to the spine is where the lumbar muscles live.
For the most part, kidney pain shouldn't change at all with different positions, so bending forward and back shouldn't hurt the kidneys, but may cause muscle pain. ...Read more
What types of stretches/exercises are good for relieving sciatica caused by a mild lower back muscle strain?
Core Exercises: Typically core strengthening exercises are the best to help relieve pressure and forces in the spine. I would try and google some or look them up on youtube to see descriptions. If you can do them yourself, wonderful otherwise ask your doctor to get a referral to a good physical therapist for further assistance. ...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 more
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
Ice, stretch, NSAID: I suggest stretching the muscles (look for child pose position online, it's a yoga position that helps open up the lower back muscles), also use ice and heat, 10 min ice, 10 min heat over the area. If your kidney and liver function is normal, you can also use over the counter anti-inflammatories like Ibuprofen (advil/motrin) and aleve (naproxen). Natural muscle relaxants are magnesium and serrapeptase. ...Read more
I pulled my lower back muscle on my right side in football. How long will it take to completely heal.?
2-6 weeks: Depending on the severity of the injury. ...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
Strained lower back muscle in left side pain is intense so what is the best regime for it been out of work for 4 days with this?
Depends call Dr.: I see you are on a muscle relaxer and pain killer. Are you also on a NSAID. An anti inflammatory? You may want to try a topical patch like Flector patch (diclofenac) and or Lidoderm patch they require prescriptions. Physical therapy can be very helpful. Modalities like ice and heat, tissue massage, Tens machine and hands on treatment regiments from the PT can help. Keep moving unless directed not to. ...Read more
I hurt a lower back muscle when I fell down some steps I went to the ER after 2 days and got 800mg of ibrupofen but I'm still in pain what do I do?
Tincture of time.: If you had x-rays of the affected area and all was well then you probably just need tincture of time and continued Ibuprofen use. Sometimes a muscle relaxant or the addition of Acetaminophen to your regimen can help. Getting up and trying to remain as active as possible is important as well. ...Read more
Rest, ice, nsaids:
In general you will need to rest and take it easy until the symptoms resolve. Depending
on the severity of the injury you might need a few days of rest, or a combination of rest, ice
nsaids and physical therapy to alleviate your
While the severity of lower back injuries varies greatly you must pay attention to your
symptoms and return to activities gradually to
prevent reinjury. ...Read more
Exersise: Muscle spasms for 6 months requires examination@your young age. If nothing is formally diagnosed I would encourage you to begin a williams flexion exersise program and incorporate abdominal strenthining (sit-ups, crunches, rtc) into your work-out. Hopefully your back spasms will resolve w/ this regimen. Good luck! ...Read more
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