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How long do muscle spasms usually last?

How long do muscle spasms usually last?

Depends: That depends....A muscle spasm may last a few seconds in the face or arms, but could last much longer in the back. Usually though the spasm is short-lived but the resulting inflammation causes pain for much longer. Alternating hot/cold, staying hydrated, taking anti-inflammatory meds, stretching, and massage can all help. ...Read more

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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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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?

Consult Neurologist: Trgeminal neuralgia has been reported in patients with ms.You have to ask this question from your neyrologist as he/she is the only one can tell you if you do or not based on your symptoms, examination and MRI exam etc . So consult your neurologist about ms and you. ...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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Do I have a vitamin B12 deficiency or MS? Im 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? Im 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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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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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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Episodes of tremors, numbness, foot drop, vision and balance problems in a 37 year-old woman.....?

Episodes of tremors, numbness, foot drop, vision and balance problems in a 37 year-old woman.....?

Consult doctor: You will need a complete exam with blood test and most likely MRI with and without contrast. You will need exam with neurologist and ophthalmologist too. Please see your doc ASAP. ...Read more

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How long can a muscle spasm last?

How long can a muscle spasm last?

Until muscle tires: A spasm can be fleeting or sustained, depending on what is causing it. An extreme example is sustained electric shock will cause spasm as long as the shock lasts. If there is a stimulus, such as a back muscle injury, use of the muscle will cause it to spasm. In this case the spasm will and go. This situation can persist for weeks because in spasming the muscles further injures itself. ...Read more

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How long would muscle spasms last due to a pinched nerve?

How long would muscle spasms last due to a pinched nerve?

Varies: Muscle spasms are usually a temporary phenomenon; however if u have a significant nerve entrapment muscle spasms can last weeks. See your physician for treatment options w/ referral to a qualified orthopedist if no improvement for definitive diagnosis . Best of luck! ...Read more

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What can be done when you have a muscle spasm and how long can it last.?

What can be done when you have a muscle spasm and how long can it last.?

Muscle Spasms: There are several causes of muscle spasm from muscle injury, nerve injury and pressure effects on trigger points. Even stress. ...Read more

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I wonder how long painful muscle spasms/issues in my whole back last which are caused by a bulging disc? It's been 1 month since i got injured.

I wonder how long painful  muscle spasms/issues in my whole back last which are caused by a bulging disc? It's been 1 month since i got injured.

variable: Muscle spasms are usually secondary to pain or something that is irritating your back(disc). They can last weeks or longer depending on the work that u do or activity level. See your ors for an evaluation and he can also prescribe tx. For your muscle spasms(heat, massage, possibly muscle relaxer, etc), good luck! ...Read more

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How long can muscle spasms last for ? Took muscle relaxant worked for a bit but now are back and stronger. I can't really walk properly im am tilted

How long can muscle spasms last for ? Took muscle relaxant worked for a bit but now are back and stronger. I can't really walk properly im am tilted

Depends: Muscle spasms can be difficult to treat if the underlying cause cannot be determined and/or eliminated. Further, muscle spasticity after injury is also very individual and some individuals may suffer much longer than others despite adequate rest, anti-inflammatories and muscle relaxant medications. ...Read more

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Is it ok to walk with mid to low back pulled muscle spasm pain. The week out. How long to last. Any advise. on exercising?

Is it ok to walk with mid to low  back pulled muscle  spasm pain.  The week out. How long to last.  Any advise. on exercising?

Backs are tricky: because the back muscles play a major part in your daily activities they can frequently case pain when injured and be easily reinjured. Try heat, stretching and ibuprofen or aleve for pain. Moderate walking is probably better than remaining immobile. If not improving or worse see a physical therapist to see if they can get you back into shape ...Read more

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Sprained my ankle a week ago, been xrayed, muscles in foot keep spasming making it painful, what can I do to help? How long does this normally last

Sprained my ankle a week ago, been xrayed, muscles in foot keep spasming making it painful, what can I do to help? How long does this normally last

Spasms/sprained: Spasms following an ankle injury can occur from muscle or tendon injury or from an abnormal walking pattern due to the injury. Often treated with immobilization and rest. ...Read more

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How long after withdrawing from Valium now off 31days do withdrawal symptoms last for .Was on low dose for 1yr had muscle spasm in rt foot .

How long after withdrawing  from Valium  now off 31days do withdrawal symptoms  last for .Was on low dose for 1yr had muscle spasm in rt foot .

Valium: Valium is metabolized in liver and by products are excreted in urine. The half life is 30-60 hours. So withdrawal symptom can not last this long. You should consult an internist. ...Read more

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

My doc told me muscle spasm/ tension caused arm numbness/pins and needle~ How long does it last?im 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 (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