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Is there an over-the-counter treatment for muscle spasm?

Is there an over-the-counter treatment for muscle spasm?

It depend: Fortunately, muscle strains usually heal with time in a couple of days or weeks because muscles in the lower back have a good blood supply to bring the necessary nutrients and proteins for healing to take place.If the pain is severe, the patient may be advised to rest, but for no more than one to two days. Pain medications and applying ice or heat may all help alleviate the pain. ...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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Is there any OTC or home treatment that is effective for relieving chronic muscle spasms in the calves?

Is there any OTC or home treatment that is effective for relieving chronic muscle spasms in the calves?

Muscle spasms: Muscle spasms can be due to low magnesium levels. Use a chelated magnesium and calcium supplement to help. Also decrease your caffeine intake and drink more water. ...Read more

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What treatment options are available for back pain and muscle spasms?

What treatment options are available for back pain and muscle spasms?

Many options: You need to have a diagnosis first, whether it is a simple strain/sprain, fracture, disc herniation, spinal stenosis. Assuming the condition does not need immediate surgical treatment, simple first treatments include chiropractic manipulation, massage, traction, physical therapy, acupuncture, medications, core strengthening exercises. If no response, consider injections and subsequently surgery. ...Read more

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Which types treatment options are there for back pain and muscle spasms?

Which types treatment options are there for back pain and muscle spasms?

Conservative care: Generally you will start with conservative treatment such as physical therapy (including strengthening and stretching), as well as anti-inflammatory and muscle relaxant medications. Regular exercise, weight loss, improved diet, and smoking cessation are also recommended. Be sure to see a physician first to evaluate whether there is any significant underlying pathology. ...Read more

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My fiance had muscle spasms b4.On hers shoulders.She is realii fine now aftr getting treatment.Any ideas how can I help her prevent her gettin it agn?

My fiance had muscle spasms b4.On hers shoulders.She is realii fine now aftr getting treatment.Any ideas how can I help her prevent her gettin it agn?

Multifactorial: Couple of ways. First, work on decreasing stressors - behavioral approach. Muscle spasms in the shoulders are often exacerbated by stress. Second, regular stretches and exercise. Third, use of modalities like electrostimulation, freeze it, and warm compresses. Fourth, anti-inflammatories. Always get check with your physician to rule out underlying etiologies. ...Read more

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High blood sugars and muscle spasms and cramps treatment ?

High blood sugars and muscle spasms and cramps treatment ?

Treatment depends on: whether you are an established diabetic, or just starting to be one, or just sick from other things like viruses and allergies. High blood sugar is usually a warning sign of diabetes, but other hormonal conditions can cause that. Or high intake of sugars. Are you on insulin? or are you an athlete or body-builder on steroids? Need more info my friend. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for vaginal muscle spasms?

What is the treatment for vaginal muscle spasms?

Vaginismus: Vaginismus are involuntary muscle spasm of outer third of vagina. Management is mainly with biofeedback and counseling. You should talk with your doctor. ...Read more

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What is a good treatment for rickets and muscle spasms?

What is a good treatment for rickets and muscle spasms?

Cause??: The most common cause of rickets is severe vitamin d deficiency. Muscle spasms associated with rickets are usually because of low calcium which can happen with early vitamin d treatment. Kids often need extra calcium. With muscle spasms and rickets, your doctor needs to be made aware asap because if the cause is low calcium that may be very dangerous and requires immediate treatment. ...Read more

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Will back muscle spasms get better on there own or should I seek treatment?

Usually resolves: Back pain and spasms almost always resolve on your own, so it's perfectly reasonable to give it time and try ice/heat, stretches, massage, and NSAIDs (ibuprofen, Aleve). Do see a physician if it's been over 2 - 3 weeks, or if the pain is intractable. ...Read more

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I have a friend who is experiencing hemifacial muscle spasms. What's the treatment for this? Is there any specialist in Arkansas?

I have a friend who is experiencing hemifacial muscle spasms. What's the treatment for this? Is there any specialist in Arkansas?

UAMS: The University of Arkansas has a special clinic for movement disorders including hemifacial spasm. They are the experts to whom your friend might consider consulting. https://uamshealth.com/medicalservices/neurosciences/neurology/movementdisorders/ ...Read more

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I was treated in an e.R. For muscle spasms in my back. What is a more permanent treatment?

I was treated in an e.R. For muscle spasms in my back. What is a more permanent treatment?

Depends: There are many potential causes of low back pain with muscle spasms. The most common causes are related to strain or injury to the mucles and/or structures of the lower spine. While a "cure" often depends on the actual cause, prevention can be obtained by maintaining a healthy weight, good flexibility, and a strong core. See your physician if you have pain greater than 2 weeks. ...Read more

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How can leg muscle spasms be treated? Prevention and treatment while they're occurring. They are so so painful brings me to tears

How can leg muscle spasms be treated? Prevention and treatment while they're occurring. They are so so painful brings me to tears

Muscle cramps/spasm: 33 year old lady with painful leg muscle spasms s/p tibial tubercle transfer and bone graft. Are these cramps in the same leg you had surgery or bilateral? Severe muscle cramps can be caused by several serious medical conditions and may indicate dehydration, a lack of blood supply, nerve compression, electrolyte problem, or myopathy. Leg of surgery? Call MD ASAP. Good luck. ...Read more

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How long does it take for neck strain & associated muscle spasms/pain to go away completely? What are the best/fastest methods of treatment?

How long does it take for neck strain & associated muscle spasms/pain to go away completely? What are the best/fastest methods of treatment?

Results vary: Assuming no other structural injuries i use 80% Better in 6 weeks as a rule of thumb , reduce stress and massage no treatment is superior they are all equal to time alone ...Read more

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I have a pencillin allergy but was given Cefepime injection to treat UTI. Experiencing muscle spasms since beginning treatment. What should I do?

I have a pencillin allergy but was given Cefepime injection to treat UTI. Experiencing muscle spasms since beginning treatment. What should I do?

Cefepime: Is a forth generation cephalosporin, people with true penicillin allergy (rare) develop less and less probability of allergy with advancing cephalosporin generations. Muscle spasms aren't an allergic reaction, can be an adverse drug reaction rather, meaning: a side effect, at any rate, please convey this information to the prescribing physician, and hope you get over the UTI soon ) ...Read more

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Past few days been getting more and stronger muscle spasms in my cheek into my eye on l side mass on cheek what treatment will ER doc do?

Past few days been getting more and stronger muscle spasms in my cheek into my eye on l side mass on cheek what treatment will ER doc do?

Depends on exam: The ERP needs to examine you to find the cause and especially to determine the nature of the mass on your cheek. At your age a tooth or acne/abscess might be the cause. Don't wait. Apply warm compress until you can be seen. Good luck! ...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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Why do I have awful muscle spasms after physical therapy?

Why do I have awful muscle spasms after physical therapy?

Depends: It depends on why you are having pt. You may have a neurologic conditon that is causing some of your problems. You may have an electrolyte issues such as abnormal calcium, magnesium or potassium. You may just have poor conditioning and the work load you are doing is stimulating sick muscles and in turn, they cramp. Work with your doctor and therapist. ...Read more

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What is a good over the coutner medication for muscle spasms in the stomach?

What is a good over the coutner medication for muscle spasms in the stomach?

Not sure what: muscle spasms in the stomach mean. Do you mean abdominal muscles on the outside, cramping and pain worsening with movement? Then ibuprofen or naprosyn (naproxen) should work. For intestinal pains, you can try Bentyl or Beano. I'm not familiar enough with the herbal medicines to make recommendations. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more

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What is the home therapy for muscle spasm of the hips, arms and feet?

What is the home therapy for muscle spasm of the hips, arms and feet?

Heat.: I would recommend heat to the area for 20 - 25 minutes and then stretching the muscles gently. ...Read more

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I have chronic ddd, djd, muscle spasm, bulging disc, bone spurs, stenosis. I'm in a lot of pain, what can help? Physical therapy didn't help.

I have chronic ddd, djd, muscle spasm, bulging disc, bone spurs, stenosis. I'm in a lot of pain, what can help? Physical therapy didn't help.

Spinal Stenosis: Ddd/djd/muscle spasm/bulging discs/bone spurs/stenosis are non-specific diagnoses & may or may not cause pain. More effective treatment plan may be mapped out if the specific pain generators can be identified. In advanced cases w/ stenosis, pt may not be effective & meds can create a viscous cycle. Concurrent consultation and collaboration with a spine surgeon & pain management is advised. ...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