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Doctor insights on: Involuntary Abdominal Contractions

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Contraction (Definition)

This usually has to do with the onset of labor. It is a muscular tightening of the uterus. Contractions are timed from beginning to end of hardening of the uterus (duration) and from beginning of one contraction until the beginning of the next (frequency). A third descriptor is intensity or how hard ...Read more


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Past day I feel an involuntary flutter/spasm (no pain) in abdomen just below bottom rib, center-right. Easier to feel when laying on back. Causes?

Past day I feel an involuntary flutter/spasm (no pain) in abdomen just below bottom rib, center-right. Easier to feel when laying on back.  Causes?

ATwitchInTimeMakes9: Many people get little muscle twitches or 'flutters' or momentary spasms.Sometimes quite prominently (ever see the movie 'Dr Strangelove?' or'The Pink Panther?'). They usually go away after a while and don't mean much unless they occur during stressful times or when taking certain certain stimulant medications or too much coffee or caffeinated drinks or...if they persist too long like, say 3 weeks ...Read more

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I'm 35wks and 1day and50 effacted and i'm having pains in my low left side of my abdomen could these be contractions?

Talk with Ur doc: Please contact your OB & discuss your symptoms in detail. This issue may be something as simple as gas or signs of early labor. Good communication with your care team is very important at this stage to help recognize problems & stop early labor if possible. ...Read more

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I keep having vaginal contractions throughout the day. It feels involuntary and doesn't hurt. I have a constant need to squeeze. How do I make it stop?

I keep having vaginal contractions throughout the day. It feels involuntary and doesn't hurt. I have a constant need to squeeze. How do I make it stop?

Have pelvic exam: It is not uncommon condition among young females. As physician i would ask any other symptoms associated with vaginal contraction. If you are sexually active young lady, i prefer pelvic exam and possible pap smear on the way and culture cervical fluid to rule out bacterial infection that can give you vaginosis. Talk to ob/gyn and will find out for you. ...Read more

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What causes involuntary muscle contractions?

What causes involuntary muscle contractions?

Various Reasons: This could be due to an electrolyte imbalance like low calcium or potassium. It could also be due to stress or anxiety. Could also be from caffeine, medication, exercise or lack of exercise. ...Read more

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What could cause upper central abdominal pains that feel like contractions?

Many things: Having these types of symptoms can best be solved by having your doctor perform a thorough evaluation. Only through this type of process can he/she discover what's going on and how best to help you. ...Read more

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In dystonia are the muscles subjected to the involuntary contraction ever damaged from the involuntary contraction?

Bulk up: In all the dystonias i've seen, i can't think of one where the abnormal contraction itself caused muscle injury. Usually, the muscle bulks up due to repeated "exercise" from the dystonia. Over time there can be damage to adjacent joints. For example, torticollis can damage the neck joints over the years due to extra wear and tear. Dystoniascan cause the muscle to hurt, but not damage. ...Read more

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Right side of my abdomen feels like contractions. I'm not pregnant. What could this be????

Right side of my abdomen feels like contractions. I'm not pregnant. What could this be????

Poss ovulation: Depending on where you are in your cycle, it may be pai from ovulation. if so, it should get better. Right sided can also be appendix, but usually you are sick and the pain gets worse. ...Read more

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33wks preg.I feel a achy lower abdomen from 31wks. Scan normal.Sometimes painless contractions.Any thng to worry? Y such discomfrts?

33wks preg.I feel a achy lower abdomen from 31wks. Scan normal.Sometimes painless contractions.Any thng to worry? Y such discomfrts?

Being Pregnant: You are pregnant. This is how it is to be pregnant the last few months. Your baby and the uterus are huge and compressing everything in your pelvis and abdomen. ...Read more

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What is causing the involuntary contractions in my muscles?

What is causing the involuntary contractions in my muscles?

Usually normal: Spontaneous twitching of muscles is common in normal individuals. The twitching can involve the eyelids, facial muscles, chet wall or muscles of the limbs. There are some neurological conditions that can also present as twitching muscles. However in that case there are other symptoms too. So if your symptoms are significant then you should see a physician, preferably a neurologist. ...Read more

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Involuntary muscle contractions = fasciculations?

Big vs small: Fasiculations are involuntary small muscle contractions. There are lots of causes. If they persist, call your family doctor. ...Read more

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Involuntary muscle contractions vs fasciculations?

Involuntary muscle contractions vs fasciculations?

Big vs small: Fasiculations are involuntary small muscle contractions. There are lots of causes. If they persist, call your family doctor. ...Read more

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I have been having contractions and pressure in my stomach and abdomen the past week. Shooting pains go through my right side of my back ?

Needs evaluation: There are many possible explanations for what you described and it would need history, physical examination, lab tests and imaging to come to a definitive opinion. What you described could be due to kidney stone. Please see your doctor for a workup. ...Read more

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I have involuntary muscle contractions on my right fore head, They are not not painful but it happens on a 24 years old scar. What could be wrong?

I have involuntary muscle contractions on my right fore head, They are not not painful but it happens on a 24 years old scar. What could be wrong?

Facial nerve growth.: It is possible that you hurt your facial nerve and the nerve control your eye lid movement growth into your forehead muscle. That would cause your forehead muscle contracture while you close or open your eyes. See your self in a mirror and find if it is the case. ...Read more

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I am having weird contractions in my abdominal area. They don't hurt, but it feels like there is a vacuum in my stomach and it sucks everything inward?

Abd contractions: It is somewhat vague. Is it associated in any way with eating or drinking or food you eat or drink? Assocaited with bowel movements? Are they normal? May be hunger,constipation, gas, gastritis, gallbladder ,food intolerances. Try maalox 1 tablespoon twice a day x 5 , f/u with doc ...Read more

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Involuntary muscle contractions in the arm are happening. Why?

Various Reasons: This could be due to an electrolyte imbalance like low calcium or potassium. It could also be due to stress or anxiety. Could also be from caffeine, medication, exercise or lack of exercise. If its bothersome or persistent, a doctor can help evaluate from history and labwork exactly why this is happening in your muscles. ...Read more

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Involuntary muscle contractions of the urethra healthy or a problem?

Necessary & healthy: You require involuntary contractions of the urethral sphincter muscles when you cough or sneeze to prevent expulsion of urine from the bladder, ie wetting. ...Read more