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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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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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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?

Challenging?: You seem to have very complex issues, and I would certainly wonder about an underlying unitary diagnosis. Ms could cause fatigue, memory loss, and trigeminal neuralgia, but usually not occipital neuralgia. Maybe MRI of brain and spinal cord could illuminate the picture. Might also want to check for lupus, lyme disease, and even hiv. Perhaps get full evaluation at a local medical school. ...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? I'm 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? I'm 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??

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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How common is it for somebody to get muscle spasm?

How common is it for somebody to get muscle spasm?

Spasm: Extremely common. Does not necessarily point to any disease state. You may want to consider seeing your pcp for some blood work e.g.Electrolytes

4 ounces of tonic water may help at night for a week or so. ...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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I get a lot of muscle spasms. They tend to happen in one place for a while and then move somewhere else. What could be causing this?

I get a lot of muscle spasms. They tend to happen in one place for a while and then move somewhere else. What could be causing this?

Muscle spasm: Assuming these symptoms are the only ones you are having, consider metabolic imbalances like low calcium or magnesium. Also, certain medications like antipsychotics, anti-nausea agents (zofran for example), and medications used for gastroparesis like reglan (metoclopramide). They can cause cramping or spasms.
Poor hydration and in particular lack of electrolyte replacement could be involved. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get muscle spasm?

Do a lot of people get muscle spasm?

There are many cause: There are many causes of muscle spasm. This is a common problem and could indicate local injury or relate to a more chronic condition. An evaluation by a physician is important to assess the source of symptoms and appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Are there some genetic reasons I get muscle spasm off and on?

Are there some genetic reasons I get muscle spasm off and on?

None known: "muscle spasm" can mean different things to different people. It is not known to be a genetic problem. ...Read more

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What might I do to get relief from muscle spasms in my legs (charlie horses)?

What might I do to get relief from muscle spasms in my legs (charlie horses)?

Muscle spasms: There are not always easy solutions, but first be certain you are well hydrated and eat good sources for minerals. This can sometimes mean a problem with calcium but that should be assessed by labs. There are other labs that can be done. Also ok to try magnesium malate in a dose of 200 to 500 mg per day, watching for diarrhea (means too much). ...Read more

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How to get rid of muscle spasm or cramp in foot?

How to get rid of muscle spasm or cramp in foot?

Water: You should check to see how much water you are drinking. You should also see if you are getting enough potassium into your body. ...Read more

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How could a six year old boy get muscle spasms in his back?

How could a six year old boy get muscle spasms in his back?

Trauma: Usually from an injury, either blunt trauma or strain from lifting or overuse. Rest, Ibuprofen and ice treatments may help. ...Read more

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Why do I get extreme muscle spasms in my lower right ribcage area?

Why do I get extreme muscle spasms in my lower right ribcage area?

Diaphragm: Sounds like a spasm of your diaphragm (breathing muscle). This is similar to that "side stitch" pain many people get when running. It could be your GI system though, so you should have it checked out. ...Read more

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Can you get muscle spasms in your chest from heavy lifting every day?

See you doctor: Should not, if you are doing it regular, should see your primary physician. ...Read more

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Hello, I was stabbed and had exploratory surgery, now I can't work on the sun anymore, I get muscle spasms and reno failure, is this because of surg?

Hello, I was stabbed and had exploratory surgery, now I can't work on the sun anymore, I get muscle spasms and reno failure, is this because of surg?

Medical Opinion: You are asking for a complex medical opinion beyond the scope of HealthTap. You should seek evaluation with surgical and complete medical records from a physician with an appointment specifically to answer your questions. ...Read more

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How does someone get rid of muscle spasms?

See below: Often times stretching will help, daily vitamins with mineral supplements, increase fluid intake. ...Read more

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Why do we get muscle spasms in the shoulder?

Many causes!: Muscles in our body contract and relax consciously and unconsciously. A muscle that involuntarily contracts without our consciously willing it is called a "spasm." if the muscle maintains a sustained "spasm", it becomes a cramp, as can be seen with exercise. Overuse, neck problems, posture, fatigue, diminished blood supply, injury and certain diseases can contribute to shoulder spasms. See doctor. ...Read more

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Why do I get muscle spasms after taking stimulant medications?

Maybe a side effect: A known side effect is muscle twitching. Another is stomach cramps.
Yours may not be common, but it can still be a side effect. Ask the prescribing doctor and/or your pharmacist for their opinion and suggestions. Your other rx drugs might be interacting in ways that produce unexpected effects. I hope you find relief. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of muscle spasm?

Ice and stretching: Muscle spasms can be diminished by gentle stretching and icing. ...Read more

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How to get rid of full body muscle spasms? I'm in a lot of pain

How to get rid of full body muscle spasms? I'm in a lot of pain

See a doctor NOW: Full body muscle spasms are unusual and could be due to very serious problems like low calcium or low potassium, or neurologic disease. It's important to find the cause so see a doctor as soon as possible! magnesium & muscle relaxing herbs like valerian & skullcap & drugs can help, but its essential to find the cause-if you have low potassium then you need potassium (& tests to see why it's low) etc. ...Read more

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I have a normal EEG but I get a muscle spasm every 10 minutes or so. What could the problem be?

I have a normal EEG but I get a muscle spasm every 10 minutes or so. What could the problem be?

Wrong test: An eeg is best for evaluating for seizures, not muscle jerks/spasms (myoclonus). The test that might be more appropriate for that would be an EMG to check the connections between the nerves and the muscles. However, before that test, such things as electrolyte problems (such as magnesium, potassium, calcium) should be explored. Especially if repetitive, myoclonus can mean some serious problems. ...Read more

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How to get rid of muscle spasm in neck?

Rest, ice: Usually the best thing to do is rest the area and use ice to
decrease the spasm.
For more difficult cases, other treatments including physical therapy, massage, muscle relaxants and trigger point injections
can help. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of muscle spasms under armpit?

How do I get rid of muscle spasms under armpit?

See your doctor: Sounds very uncomfortable, please see your doctor to assure this is not something more serious than an armpit cramp>>>. ...Read more

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Why do I get these painful muscle spasms in my foot?

Why do I get these painful muscle spasms in my foot?

Different reasons: Are you flatfooted or high arched? What type of shoes do you wear? Need to check for magnesium deficiency, check potassium levels, make sure you are well hydrated.
Massage and stretch the spasm to help relieve it. ...Read more

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How can you get rid of a calf muscle spasm?

How can you get rid of a calf muscle spasm?

Stretch: Stretching is the best way to prevent spasm. Also making sure you get adequate potassium in your diet. Bananas are a great source of potassium. ...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