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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


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Left arm has continuous charlie horse like pain and muscle spasms & twitches going on for over a week now.

Left arm has continuous charlie horse like pain and muscle spasms & twitches going on for over a week now.

Charlie horse: Make sure you have enough potassium and are well hydrated. Gatorade or powerade gas the proper mix of nutrients essential for hydration of muscles. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I have been experiencing muscle spasms similar to a charlie horse in my right deltoid (anterior/lateral) when i stretch or reach. Do not lift weights?

I have been experiencing muscle spasms similar to a charlie horse in my right deltoid (anterior/lateral) when i stretch or reach. Do not lift weights?

Depends on This&That: If you're not used to stretching very much or doing routine exercises then, you may simply be suffering from muscle deconditioning. May be remedied by doing daily stretching. On the other hand, other causes for muscle spasms exist having to do with metabolic or medical conditions and which could also be checked out so contact your physician for a possible appointments and maybe some lab work. ...Read more

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Could you have a muscle spasm or charlie horse in your jaw?

Yes: Sore muscles, muscle spasm are common in people who clench or grind their teeth. This can also happen from trauma. Your dentist can help you with this problem. In the mean time don't eat chewy or hard foods. Stick with a soft diet. Ice packs can help. Ibuprophen can also help but only for temporary relief. You need to see a dentist. ...Read more

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Would it be possible to have a muscle spasm or charlie horse in your jaw?

Would it be possible to have a muscle spasm or charlie horse in your jaw?

Sure: The masseter and temporalis muscles that help you chew or help your jaw move can both go not spasm with overuse! ...Read more

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How can I prevent a charley horse? Every time i exercise, i get interrupted by a painful muscle spasm that lasts for about 15 minutes. What to do?

How can I prevent a charley horse? Every time i exercise, i get interrupted by a painful muscle spasm that lasts for about 15 minutes. What to do?

Muscle pain: Muscle pain and spasms after exercise can be quite severe. Keep in mind the kind of activity that is bringing it on, and seeing if there is something about your exercise regimen that needs adjusting. Hydration with water and perhaps electrolytes can help this condition, but look carefully and keep track of what kind of exercises are triggering the spasms and consult with your docotor. ...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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Having muscle spasms like Charlie horse, and ball like cramp on left foot. Extreme severe pain and reoccurring. She has a thyroid prob(overweight)?

Muscle cramps: may be the result of low magnesium. Your doc can test you for this and other minerals and find out. A more extensive micronutritent test is available through Spectracell lab in TX. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Currently painful bilateral calf spasticity that began yest. Muscles stiff,feel verge of "charlie horse". Pain to touch,walk. No workout,no DVT symptm?

Currently painful bilateral calf spasticity that began yest. Muscles stiff,feel verge of "charlie horse". Pain to touch,walk. No workout,no DVT symptm?

Dehydration?: When there is a simultaneous bilateral problem, think what could be happening that would affect my whole system via my blood stream? Dehydration can cause bilateral calf spasticity, especially if you're low on electrolytes. Also, the onset of a virus is systemic and could cause this. If your pain is improving hour by hour just wait, if it's getting worse, seek medical help ASAP. Good luck! ...Read more

Dr. Laurence Badgley
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Muscle Spasm (Definition)

Muscle spasm is a symptom in which a person's muscle or muscles tighten up and stay contracted for longer than they should. Some causes of muscle spasms are nerve problems, muscle problems, injuries, infections, ...Read more


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