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Dr. Janice Alexander
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Limb Spasms (Overview)

Limb spasms are a clinical finding in which there is uncontrolled rhythmic movement in an arm or a leg. This can occur due to seizures or other conditions affecting the nerves.


Dr. Janice Alexander
19 doctors shared insights

Limb Spasms (Overview)

Limb spasms are a clinical finding in which there is uncontrolled rhythmic movement in an arm or a leg. This can occur due to seizures or other conditions affecting the nerves.


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I've had severe limb spasms that last 2-3 minutes but don't black out, what could cause this?

I've had severe limb spasms that last 2-3 minutes but don't black out, what could cause this?

Many things: You should see your doctor. Potential causes include focal motor seizures (especially if just one limb, or arm & legion same side), dystonia, or simple cramps from things like calcium deficiency. Only a medical evaluation can give you the answer. ...Read more

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What are the ways to get rid of spasticity? Does stretching actually work?

What are the ways to get rid of spasticity? Does stretching actually work?

Various treatment: Stretching may help with contractures that are caused by spasticity, however the actual spasticity is treated with medications, injections and possibly surgery. ...Read more

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I've had severe limb spasms that last 2-3 minutes but don't black out, what could cause this?

Many things: You should see your doctor. Potential causes include focal motor seizures (especially if just one limb, or arm & legion same side), dystonia, or simple cramps from things like calcium deficiency. Only a medical evaluation can give you the answer. ...Read more

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Having sudden spasms in my arm and leg and upper back when laying down. Limb spasms start with sudden burning pain then the limb twitches/jerks hard.

Having sudden spasms in my arm and leg and upper back when laying down. Limb spasms start with sudden burning pain then the limb twitches/jerks hard.

C ur doc: U may have a disc problem in your neck, causing pressure on the nerves/ spinal cord that control your arms and upper back. Go in and get checked. ...Read more

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I have severe spasticity in my lower left limb due to a tbi. A split tendon transfer is not an option, is an amputation a plausible next step?

Unlikely.: It sounds like your spasticity is so tight that it is focal rigidity and is refractory to other treatments. Although the answer is complicated, for brevity, it is unlikely that spasticity producing pain, skin breakdown, or some other secondary effect will require an amputation. In addition, if pain is a problem, you may end with phantom pain thus compounding your problem. ...Read more

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Paralyzis and hyperalgesia in one limb initiated 2 weeks after scoliosis surgery. sphincter incont Clonus. Spasticity. upper motor neuron lesion? why?

Paralyzis and hyperalgesia in one limb initiated 2 weeks after scoliosis surgery. sphincter incont Clonus. Spasticity. upper motor neuron lesion? why?

Postop complication: One has to worry about a delayed postoperative complication-significant!!!! Need to see operating surgeon . Potential causes would be hematoma(blood) compressing spinal cord or even a spinal cord lesion remote from operative site ...Read more

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I have spasticity in my lower limb from a tbi. I tried oral and injectable drugs. Split tendon transfer is not an option. I'm active. Thoughts on amputation?

I have spasticity in my lower limb from a tbi. I tried oral and injectable drugs. Split tendon transfer is not an option. I'm active. Thoughts on amputation?

Need to adapt: You have a permanent deficit. Many children with cerebral palsy learn to live with their disability and are active and participate in regular sports and activities. You now have a form of acquired cerebral palsy. Learn to adapt to it. A good therapy program will help, and trained therapists can be sure that you have the best bracing and stretching methods to provide optimal outcome. ...Read more

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