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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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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 very minor muscle spasms that have been happening for months. Started Lexapro (escitalopram) months ago. Possible cause? Are they permanent or will go away?

I have very minor muscle spasms that have been happening for months. Started Lexapro (escitalopram) months ago. Possible cause? Are they permanent or will go away?

Extrapyramidal: It sounds like you are getting the so called extrapyramidal symptoms that sometime accompany psychiatric medications. If you stop the medicine they will most likely go away. They may go away on their own. Sometimes a dosage adjustment may reduce or eliminate a side effect like this. Talk to your prescribing physician about this! ...Read more

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Are the symptoms of muscle spasm bad?

Are the symptoms of muscle spasm bad?

Pain: Usually muscle spasm is the bodies attempt to stabilize a bone or joint that hurts. It is seen most often in association with back and neck pain. As the muscle spasm continues, metabolites of muscle contraction build up in the muscle which add more soreness to the pain. Treatments can be aimed at reliving the source of the pain or relaxing the muscle spasm. ...Read more

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What symptoms can be associated with muscle spasm?

What symptoms can be associated with muscle spasm?

Pain tightness: A muscle spasm is a painful over tightening of a muscle. It is most commonly caused when a muscle does not have an adequate supply of oxygen to perform the task that is being asked of it. Then it kind of seizes up and stops working until you can get some blood flowing into it again. ...Read more

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Can muscle spasm symptoms be cured? Why do they come off and on?

Can muscle spasm symptoms be cured? Why do they come off and on?

These are treatable: Muscle spasms unfortunately may not be curable depending on their etiology, but they are most definitely treatable. Many patients with upper motor neuron syndrome from cord of brain lesions due to a stroke, a spinal cord injury or multiple sclerosis for example, will experience increased muscle tone, muscle spasms and spasticity. There exist several pharmaceutical agents aimed at decreasing the f. ...Read more

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Muscle spasms and pain inside of the vagina. What is the cause and how long does it take to go away?

Muscle spasms and pain inside of the vagina. What is the cause and how long does it take to go away?

Depends: Many things can trigger muscle spasms. Sometimes we don't find the cause. Sometimes it can get better on its own..Sometimes not. For any spasm:heat, stretch, massage the vagina you have to get more creative. See a gyn for exam for other triggering causes. Treatment options may include pelvic physical therapy, acupuncture, medications oral or topical, nerve blocks, Botox injection, neurostim. ...Read more

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I have muscle spasm in my trap, and I've had recurrent stingers that go away in about 5 minutes. What's going on in my neck/trap ?

I have muscle spasm in my trap, and I've had recurrent stingers that go away in about 5 minutes. What's going on in my neck/trap
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This can be nerve,: This can be nerve injury, like a disc in the neck, it could be muscle strain. This can be evaluated by you physician and you may need to see a neurologist, get imaging and then therapy including physical therapy and medications. ...Read more

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Lumbar muscle spasms so severe it drops me to the floor and i cant move! What can i do to make them go away? Its been 6 weeks and they get worse!

Lumbar muscle spasms so severe it drops me to the floor and i cant move! What can i do to make them go away? Its been 6 weeks and they get worse!

Low back pain: Progressive back spasms for six weeks requires an evaluation with a spine specialist. Low grade fever is worrisome for a possible infection in the spine. Imaging with MRI of the lumbar spine will provide more information about the soft tissues such as the discs and spinal canal than plain X-rays. ...Read more

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Can a disc protrusion have same symptoms as a muscle spasm ?

Can a disc protrusion have same symptoms as a muscle spasm ?

Muscle spasm: Disc protrusion or herniation typically causes pain radiation to the extremity with or without numbness/tingling. When the pain becomes severe, it may cause muscle spasm as a result of a physiological response to the muscle tissue. ...Read more

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My doctor says that I have muscle spasms in my chest and they were going to go away. Where are these muscles ?

My doctor says that I have muscle spasms in my chest and they were going to go away. Where are these muscles ?

Intercostal Muscles?: There are probably over 100 muscles effecting your chest movement with the intercostal muscles being the most numerous. ...Read more

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Can paravertebral muscle spasm can cause neurological symptoms?

Can paravertebral muscle spasm can cause neurological symptoms?

Sometimes: If paravertebral muscle spasms have been ongoing for awhile they can eventually cause some events to occur that could incite neurological symptoms. What kind of neurological symptoms are you having, and where is your muscle spasm(s) occurring? If you are experiencing any loss of bowel or bladder control or numbness in your upper inner thighs you need to be evaluated ASAP. ...Read more

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Been Prescribed Valium 5mg 1/1 to 1 pill every 8 to 12 hours for severe pain and muscle spasms throughout my back.Symptoms been ongoing since 10/12/13?

Been Prescribed Valium 5mg 1/1 to 1 pill every 8 to 12 hours for severe pain and muscle spasms throughout my back.Symptoms been ongoing since 10/12/13?

See pain management: specialist for evaluation, tests and imaging. The proper diagnosis is the key to successful treatment. The long-term use of Valium is usually contraindicated because of the potential for dependence and addiction. Take care. ...Read more

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Best ways to relieve neck muscle spasms/tension/soreness from strain or overuse? How long for something like this to go away?

2-6 weeks: Depending on the cause, 2-6 weeks is usually the time it takes for it to get better. If its not too severe consider light exercise and not total rest after 2 weeks. ...Read more

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My calf is hard and sore in back due to swelling. Cause for concern? I thought i had a muscle spasm that wouldn't go away until further inspection. Most of the skin of my calf is tight due to swelling which caused the pain and is very hard. My ankle has s

My calf is hard and sore in back due to swelling. Cause for concern? I thought i had a muscle spasm that wouldn't go away until further inspection. Most of the skin of my calf is tight due to swelling which caused the pain and is very hard. My ankle has s

R/o DVT & P.E.: When your calf feels hard & sore due to swelling, u need to check if it also warm and/or purple or red. If yes, should be suspicious for DVT and need to go to the E.R. Or your doctor's office asap, so he/she can order the appropriate tests (u/s of the leg, d-dimer) and get you treated. Other causes to r/o are hematoma/ compartment syndrome, tumors (i.e. Baker's cyst), aneurysm or cellulitis. ...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 am having upper back and neck muscle spasms after a first rib resection. Will this go away on its own over time? Should I do/avoid anything?

I am having upper back and neck muscle spasms after a first rib resection. Will this go away on its own over time?  Should I do/avoid anything?

Advice: Yes, part of healing may involve postop spasms, and local irritation but would advise you try some medications, and perhaps some physical therapy and massage. Would start some gentle exercises, which could be taught by your therapist. Ask your doctor for some recommendations re. people who are skilled in these areas. ...Read more

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I get sweaty hands and frequent muscle spasms all over my body even when I'm not nervous. They both usually go away on vacations.What could cause this?

I get sweaty hands and frequent muscle spasms all over my body even when I'm not nervous. They both usually go away on vacations.What could cause this?

Possible Anxiety...: There are a multitude of possible reasons for these symptoms. From simple anxiety and stress to a host of endocrinological (glandular is an old term) or metabolic changes. I would stop caffeinated beverages (coffee, soft drinks/sodas, etc.) and probably see your Pediatrician or Primary Care Physician. The vacations may or may not help support anxiety as a reason, but not necessarily. ...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. Ellen Bondar
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Muscle Cramps Or Spasms (Definition)

A muscle cramp is a sudden and involuntary contract of one's muscle(s). Such cramps are usually harmless, and may result from certain medications or from long periods of exercise. ...Read more