muscle spasm

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Muscle spasm is a symptom in which a person's muscle or muscles tighten up and stay contracted for longer than they should. Some causes of muscle spasms are nerve problems, muscle problems, injuries, infections, drug side effects, etc...

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Dr. Mark C. Weston answered:

wats muscle spasms?

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Involuntary sustained contraction of muscle without relaxation phase of skeletal muscle our motion is a combination of contraction and relaxation of groups of muscle no contrtactiona paralysis no relaxation spasm paralysis of a different sort.
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Dr. Robert Knox answered:

What is a muscle spasm?

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A sudden tightening of any muscle is a muscle spasm. This can be caused by excessive use or electrolyte abnormalities.
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What causes muscle spasms?

Nerve impulses

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All muscular contraction, be it smooth or skeletal muscle, are initiated by nerve impulses. These can be either voluntary or involuntary, as in muscle spasms. The most likely causes of these involuntary nerve impulses would be nerve root impingement of electolyte imbalance.
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What causes muscle spasms?

Various

Acute biomechanical stress and overuse, genetic causes, nutritional deficiencies, and chronic asymmetric body postures can all participate, in varying amounts, to occurrence of muscle spasms.
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Is muscle spasm a dx code?

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Dr. Randy S. Baker answered:

why do i have muscle spasms?

Many causes

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There are many possible causes of muscle spasms. Among the most common is magnesium deficiency; taking magnesium as taurate, glycinate or citrate may help. Stress (which can cause magnesium deficiency) is a cause. Potassium or calcium deficiency, structural imbalances,toxic chemicals & medication side effects can also be causes. Stretching, relaxation techniques & massage may be help. See comment.
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How can I treat muscle spasm?

Stretch

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This depends on whats causing the muscle spasm. Usually pain from muscle spasm can be relieved with gentle massage/stretching, alternating ice/heat, medication, and physical therapy.
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Dr. Aaron Wolfson answered:

How do I treat a muscle spasm?

Heat and TENS

Heat and trascutaneous electrical nerve stimulation also help with muscle spasms.
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh answered:

Can you die from muscle spasm?

Depends

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Spasms of the laryngeal muscle could cause death. However muscle spasm is a very rare cause of death unless it is part of an other illness, e.g., tetanus, rabies, severe hypocalcemia etc.
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