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Having painful muscle spasm and twitching in left arm at and below the elbow down into the wrist.

Having painful muscle spasm and twitching in left arm at and below the elbow down into the wrist.

Could be...: Spasms with twitching do tend to suggest some injury or irritation of the nerves to the forearm. If you have any numbness, tingling or other change in sensation and weakness, that clarifies that nerve dysfunction involved. Would suggest you be evaluated if this is persisting as a good history and exam should sort this out for you. ...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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Left arm has continuous charlie horse like pain and muscle spasms & twitches going on for over a week now.

Left arm has continuous charlie horse like pain and muscle spasms & twitches going on for over a week now.

Charlie horse: Make sure you have enough potassium and are well hydrated. Gatorade or powerade gas the proper mix of nutrients essential for hydration of muscles. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I had a trauma to my neck in 2010 since then i've had muscle spasms and involuntary contractions in my left arm.

I had a trauma to my neck in 2010 since then i've had muscle spasms and involuntary contractions in my left arm.

Nerve problm: See a orthopedic spine specialist, chiropractor, neurologist or all the above. This is almost certainly related to a bulging or slipped disc or direct nerve injury. ...Read more

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Left arm had muscle spasms since thursday. It then goes numb. Now, all I have is pain and muscle spasms. It goes from the forearm to hand?

Left arm had muscle spasms since thursday.  It then goes numb. Now, all I have is pain and muscle spasms. It goes from the forearm to hand?

Ulnar nerve?: Muscles will spasm for several reasons. Over use, electrolyte imbalance, circulation problem or nerve entrapment. At your age, circulation problems are unlikely. If you have a strenous job or sweat a lot, make sure your are drinking enough fluids like gatoraide. Ulnar ner enttrapment at the elbow can cause muscle spasms in the forearm or hand, usually worse in the morning. Get it checked out. ...Read more

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Sharp radiating pain in left thigh, muscle spasms in left leg, left leg very restless at times. Left arm strong ache in it with hand tingling. Only 22?

Sharp radiating pain in left thigh, muscle spasms in left leg, left leg very restless at times. Left arm strong ache in it with hand tingling. Only 22?

Lle: Possibly coincidental that the left arm and leg are symptomatic unless there is something in the brain causing it. More likely carpal tunnel in hand and pinched mid lumbar nerve or diabetic amotrophy. ...Read more

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What would cause tension in left shoulder blade, muscle spasms in shoulder blade, chest, and in upper outside of arm (not bicep)?

Heart, nerves: Heart conditions can cause left upper extremity symptoms. Also, a pinched nerve in the neck can cause the symptoms you describe. If your symptoms are persistent/severe then you should definitely see a physician esp to evaluate for possible heart problems. ...Read more

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Pain in abdomen exactly in middle of my left side. The pain is precisely where my left arm or elbow would touch. It is excruciating, especially at night. I have been having severe muscle spasms all over, but mostly in my stomach, back, under front rib cag

Pain in abdomen exactly in middle of my left side. The pain is precisely where my left arm or elbow would touch. It is excruciating, especially at night. I have been having severe muscle spasms all over, but mostly in my stomach, back, under front rib cag

Certainly : Certainly muscle pain can cause abdominal pain. This can result in severe spasms. Gallbladder sludge can cause abdominal pain. Other bowel issues, such as inflammation, infection, or even constipation can be a cause. If your pain is persistent, or you have fever, vomiting, or inability to eat, then you will have to notify your pcp (or the covering partner) again. ...Read more

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Why is my upper left arm muscle twitching all day?

Why is my upper left arm muscle twitching all day?

See a doctor: Occasional muscle twitching is normal. If your arm is twitching all day this needs to be evaluated by a physician. ...Read more

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Sun burn help, lasting 2 weeks and causing muscle problem in left arm. What do you suggest?

Sun burn help, lasting 2 weeks and causing muscle problem in left arm. What do you suggest?

Doubtful association: A normal sunburn shouldn't cause muscle problems. Without more details it is difficult totell what this is i suggest you see your doctor. ...Read more

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I'm 18 & on duromine, just today I have pain in my left arm& chest. Everyone is saying I have probably pulled a muscle ?

Let me help you : Did you pull a muscle? If you did that the answer, if you did not you have to look for the cause of that pain. One reason could be side effect of the medication you are using. Good luck. ...Read more

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I get a sharp pain when I press a particular part of my muscle on my left arm above the elbow, it's also warmer than the other part of the arm.

I get a sharp pain when I press a particular part of my muscle on my left arm above the elbow, it's also warmer than the other part of the arm.

Possible infection: if you have tenderness and increased warmth in that area, it is possible you may be developing a cellulitis or skin infection. Have you noticed any redness in the area? Have you had any trauma to the area, or an insect bite? Please see your doctor for further evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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My muscles in my left arm constantly ache pain shoots through it what can it be?

My muscles in my left arm constantly ache pain shoots through it what can it be?

Referred pain from: shoulder if its the one that you had surgery on. Other things that cause left arm pain are Parsonage Turner syndrome (inflammation of brachial plexus) Ulnar neuropathy, cervical radiculopathy, angina, and pleuritic pain (usually there are other symptoms to go along with the arm pain with the latter two) Have it looked at. ...Read more

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Pain that comes and goes in left arm muscle . I have pulled muscle it top of back could that be it. Mostly at night when relaxing?

Pain that comes and goes in left arm muscle . I have pulled muscle it top of back could that be it. Mostly at night when relaxing?

Yes: When you strain your muscles in your neck and upper shoulder they will irritate the nerve that runs through there to your arm. That is the mechanism or your pain down your arm. ...Read more

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I'm having a pain on the left side of my back, close to the muscle trapezius. What can cause such pain? Also my left arm is tingling.

Neck: Sounds like some irritation of the nerves from your neck. This can cause pain and tingling down the arm ( ie pinched nerve). Probably should see physician, maybe get a cervical spine x-ray. ...Read more

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Pain in left arm just above and below elbow. Less pain elbow bent. No help with rest. Seems like muscles. What is cause, how to relieve the pain?

Ice it: It can be related to repetitive movement. Ice it for 15 to 20 minutes for the next 2-3 days, if no improvement seek medical attention. If you have no history of allergy to anti inflammatories, you can try ibuprofen, take with food. If the pain worsens, you develop numbness, weakness or have associated chest pain, go to the emergency department for further evaluation. ...Read more

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I have had left arm and shoulder pain for months. I also have chest pain.... it all feels like it's coming from my muscles etc?

I have had left arm and shoulder pain for months.  I also have chest pain.... it all feels like it's coming from my muscles etc?

Need an exam: As a neurologist, I immediately want to think about nervous system problems that can result in these symptoms: spinal stenosis, radiculopathy, plexopathy, etc. etc. Only way to know for sure if good exam. If it does not go away, see your regular doctor and ask which specialist they feel you should be referred to. ...Read more

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I am having pain in several muscles, my left arm (sometimes the right one) my hip, my calves, my shoulders... Most all muscles. ?

You are getting: Younger friend! go follow up with your dr for a comprehensive evaluation. Possibilities include arthritis, bursitis, any chronic illness etc give us feedback on the final dx. ...Read more

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Can masterbating alot be the reason my left arm looks slightly bigger/more muscular than my right? It looks like More muscle tension

Can masterbating alot be the reason my left arm looks slightly bigger/more muscular than my right? It looks like More muscle tension

Unlikely: Most of us will have a subtle difference in arms/forearms with the dominant arm achieving more muscularity. When it is used more to reach, select, open doors/steady balance it will be slightly larger. Rings on that hand may also size a bit larger. It is the mechanics of all you do in life, not a single function. ...Read more

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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