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Doctor insights on: How To Stop Upper Back Muscle Spasms Caused By Hypothyroid

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WHat can I do if my upper back muscle spasms woke me up last night?

WHat can I do if my upper back muscle spasms woke me up last night?

Stretches: You can try stretching, as well as ice/heat, and anti-inflammatory meds, and topical treatments such as aspercreme, capsaicin cream. See a physician if symptoms persist or worsen. ...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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I have back muscle spasms mostly at night on the left side of my upper back. Why?

I have back muscle spasms mostly at night on the left side of my upper back. Why?

If this is mostly: On one side it is probably related to the position you are sleeping in or activity during the day that is leading to issues when your body starts to relax as part of the sleep process. ...Read more

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Would there be an advantage of using tramadol over butalbital with codeine for upper back muscle spasm pain and headaches? Would it be safer?

Would there be an advantage of using tramadol over butalbital with codeine for upper back muscle spasm pain and headaches? Would it be safer?

It may help: Yes, it may help. The way tramadol works is different than than other two. Therefore, it may target pain through a different receptor. I would also consider adding a muscle relaxant such as baclofen ...Read more

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Can muscle spasm in upper back/neck cause a temporary spinal curvature? Will the curve straighten out once the spasm stop?

Can muscle spasm in upper back/neck cause a temporary spinal curvature? Will the curve straighten out once the spasm stop?

Yes: Hi Charles That is a great question. Depending on the degree of the musculoskeletal spasm, there certainly can be a curvature that develops. There are many ways to alleviate a spasm. Some alleviators are rest, stretches, heat, anti-inflammatory medication, and muscle relaxant medication. ...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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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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Acute lower back muscle spasms on either side of spine. Causes and cure needed pl.

Acute lower back muscle spasms on either side of spine. Causes and cure needed pl.

SpaSm: Relative over or different use of back dehydration, cures: massage time , and patients 6 weeks of time on average to 80% better followed by recurrent shorter less , severe episodes is normal course. ...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


Dr. Su Fairchild
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Hypothyroidism (Definition)

When the thyroid gland is overactive and too much thyroid hormone is produced, which speeds up metabolism. This results in weight loss, a quick heartbeat, sweating, nervousness, ...Read more