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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Limb Spasms (Overview)

Limb spasms - involuntary contracture of muscles in upper or lower extremities.


Dr. Michael Gabor
25 doctors shared insights

Limb Spasms (Overview)

Limb spasms - involuntary contracture of muscles in upper or lower extremities.


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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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I am experiencing limb spasms. I had cut my finger on metal 5days ago and received a tetanus shot. Now I have leg spams.

I am experiencing  limb spasms. I had cut my finger on metal 5days ago and received a tetanus shot. Now I have leg spams.

Talk with doc: I think best for you to have a discussion with a medical professional asap. While all unlikely, tetanus immunizations are not always effective in preventing tetanus. And tetanus is rather an uncommon reason for leg spasms but with the history I have to say ...talk with someone. I would want to be assured and I would start some antibiotics if I wasn't sure. ...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 am experiencing limb spasms, contracture, limb pain and calf pain.worse lying down both feet&lower legs.2daystook relaxer to sleep dr ordered bmp?

I am experiencing  limb spasms, contracture, limb pain and calf pain.worse lying down both feet&lower legs.2daystook relaxer to sleep dr ordered bmp?

Unclear question: BMP is a common screening test but is usually not diagnostic of an illness. You should go through with the evaluation and follow your doctor's advice. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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I am experiencing limb spasms, abnormal movements (quality: uncontrollable and repetitive) , hip pain and leg pain. The following also describe me... No BP in L. arm, dr barely found pulse in L. wrist.Vascular?

I am experiencing  limb spasms, abnormal movements (quality: uncontrollable and repetitive) , hip pain and leg pain. The following also describe me... No BP in L. arm, dr barely found pulse in L. wrist.Vascular?

Get examined: The lack of pulse/blood pressure in left arm may signal a serious vascular condition. You need to get examined ASAP and be evaluated to rule out some life threatening possible causes. Please se a cardiologist or vascular specialist immediately! ...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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For lower limb spasticity, are there any other injectables available besides Botox? I also do not like the idea of the baclofen pump.

For lower limb spasticity, are there any other injectables available besides Botox? I also do not like the idea of the baclofen pump.

A couple approaches: Several oral meds may work well for spasticity, such as tizanidine, dantrolene sodium, even diazepam. BOTOX is approved by FDA for upper limb but not yet for lower limb. Baclofen outside of pump is mediocre, but coming soon is long-acting form which will make all the difference (might try Amrix for time being). Also, try physical therapy, biofeedback, acupuncture. ?medical marijuana? ...Read more

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My fiancee is getting better mentally aftr 9 month of TB meningitis but old Mri say acute bilateral infarcts in caudate, thalamus and left internal capsule. Wil mild limb spasm nd weakness be better?

My fiancee is getting better mentally aftr 9 month of TB meningitis but old Mri say acute bilateral infarcts in caudate, thalamus and left internal capsule. Wil mild limb spasm nd weakness be better?

Expect problems: TB meningitis is a devastating disease. With the findings you describe I would expect significant permanent disabilities. Some areas of function may respond to therapy, but once brain tissue dies, there will be permanent effects on function. ...Read more

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Treated for UTI but still feel very sick , weak limbs, muscle spasms all over body and very weak . Did my UTI cause kidney problems ? No back pain .

Treated for UTI but still feel very sick , weak limbs, muscle spasms all over body and very weak . Did my UTI cause kidney problems ? No back pain .

"Damage" unlikely: It often takes time to feel 100% again after treatment of any type of infectious process including a UTI in a 27 year old. Just stay the course with your medications, drink plenty of water, cranberry juice if that's your persuasion during this decade when it appears to be helpful, and remember, to wipe "Front to Back." If symptoms still persist within the next few days, call your doctor. ...Read more

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Multilevel hemangiomas with moderate to severe pain,with radiculopathies. how serious is this? C6, T2, L3, L4, L5. abd, back ,and leg spasms. limb

Multilevel  hemangiomas with moderate to severe pain,with  radiculopathies. how serious is this? C6, T2, L3, L4, L5. abd, back ,and  leg spasms. limb

Vertebral: hemangiomas are common incidental findings on MRI. The vast, vast majority are of no clinical concern whatsoever and require no follow-up. It would be almost inconceivable that they could be responsible for your multilevel symptoms. ...Read more

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Increasing numbness limbs constant pain and spasms in lower & upper back & down left leg, MRI lumbar showed bulge disk L4 l5, rotatory scoliosis causes

Increasing numbness limbs constant pain and spasms in lower & upper back & down left leg, MRI lumbar showed bulge disk L4 l5, rotatory scoliosis causes

Nonspecific: Believe it or not, scoliosis does not cause pain for most patients - unless the scoliosis is very severe. Similarly, a disk bulge is often of no consequence, and is simply a normal finding as we age. See a physician (consider seeing a neurologist since you have numbness) for further evaluation. ...Read more