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I have had bad muscle spasms in the middle of my back and when laying down at night my legs and sometimes my whole body goes numb. Why?

I have had bad muscle spasms in the middle of my back and when laying down at night my legs and sometimes my whole body goes numb. Why?

Sounds like Sciatica: ...But, how long had this been going on? Any trauma history? Weakness? Lots of questions that a good physical exam and some imaging studies should answer. Normal aging can provoke all kinds of complaints that usually respond to simple treatments. I'd see my doctor if I was concerned. ...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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Dull lower back pain just under ribs on left side. Only feels slightly better when laying down on my right side. Muscle spasms in the left leg also.

Dull lower back pain just under ribs on left side. Only feels slightly better when laying down on my right side. Muscle spasms in the left leg also.

Back pain.: It is hard to tell without adequate physical examination. This could be due many possibilities. A muscle spasm, strain muscle, kidney stone, pinched nerve due to disc problem. I suggest you check with your doctor for adequate medical history and physical examination. This will lead to an adequate diagnosis and treatment. Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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Could I have multiple sclerosis even if my MRI was normal? I have a lot of the symptoms (muscle spasm, weakness, tingling down my back and legs), but my MRI didn’t show anything. Can an MRI miss ms?

Could I have multiple sclerosis even if my MRI was normal? I have a lot of the symptoms (muscle spasm, weakness, tingling down my back and legs), but my MRI didn’t show anything. Can an MRI miss ms?

Typically not: Mri is the most sensitive test available to aid in the diagnosis of ms. While there are rare cases of MRI negative ms, the vast, vast, vast majority of patients with ms have MRI abnormalities. Having said that, given your symptoms it would be important to know if the cervical and thoracic spinal cord were imaged. If brain and spinal cord imaging negative then not likely to be ms. ...Read more

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What can you do to alleviate muscle spasms that stem from my si o joint then pain goes down the thigh?

Several things: Get eval first to assure no acute herniations causing nerve impingement. Meds, heat, therapy, c an all help depending on the diagnosis. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I am having muscle spasms on my fractured leg what should I do?

I am having muscle spasms on my fractured leg what should I do?

Rest and stay in the: Splint or cast that has been given to you, as these last for maybe a week or so. Muscle relaxers would be helpful.
If no relief after a few days or if getting worse, check with your orthopod, as the fx bones may have lost the position, is gotten displaced. ...Read more

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Leg pains and muscle spasms in hip. Am I overdoing senior exercise class?

Leg pains and muscle spasms in hip. Am I overdoing senior exercise class?

Possibly: If you are exercising and having acute pain while doing the exercises, you may need to rethink this activity. Also if you have severe pain or prolonged pain the next day after exercise you may be overdoing it. Talk to your doctor about it. ...Read more

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I wake up almost every night from pulling my calf muscles and having horrible muscle spasms to follow then can't walk on the leg?

I wake up almost every night from pulling my calf muscles and having horrible muscle spasms to follow then can't walk on the leg?

Not fun: You probably want to have that looked into. A good exam, some labs are in order to start with. Muscle cramps are no fun. Its scary to be awakened by them. You might want to to some gentle stretching exercises about 1 hour before bedtime and avoid drinking a lot of water just before bedtime. Its probably a good idea to avoid carbonated beverages if possible. ...Read more

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DOCTORS! Got muscle spasms while exercising at lower back! I feel more pain when I twist my left leg. What happened to me and where's the exact injury?

DOCTORS! Got muscle spasms while exercising at lower back! I feel more pain when I twist my left leg. What happened to me and where's the exact injury?

Three thoughts: This could be lumbar erector spine strain, trochanteric bursitis or something related to the hip musculature. If it persists beyond one week, you might want to seek medical attention for X-rays or MRI scans. ...Read more

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Leg muscle spasms and knots. Wat could it be from?

Leg muscle spasms and knots. Wat could it be from?

Imbalance: Muscle spasms and knots can arise from multiple conditions. Depending on when you can the symptoms adn exactly where you get them a physiatrist or sports medicine doctor can help determine the cause. Sometimes it is muscle imbalance, other times vitamin deficiency or nerve irritation/inflammation. ...Read more

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Are there exercises I can do to relieve leg muscle spasms, cramps?

Are there exercises I can do to relieve leg muscle spasms, cramps?

More than exercise: Exercise means to most people using your muscles, and this can cause the spasms and cramps. Stretching, flexibility exercises, hot packs, even topical creams are the remedies. But you must know why you are getting these cramps. There can be many reasons, from simply poor nutrition to serious diseases. See your doctor! A simple thing to try, as long as you are healthy is magnesium citrate. ...Read more

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I get night time leg and feet muscle spasms that are excruciating. ...What can I do to treat and stop them?

I get night time leg and feet muscle spasms that are excruciating. ...What can I do to treat and stop them?

First try: First try eating more potassium (like a banana) try doing this for awhile and if things don't change let me know :]. ...Read more

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I have been having muscle spasms. Can you give me some risen as to why. It is just in my legs and it happens at night

I have been having muscle spasms. Can you give me some risen as to why. It is just in my legs and it happens at night

As: As with most pain conditions, there can be a variety of potential problems that can cause the pain that you are describing. It is difficult to diagnose with the short description given and without a proper physical examination. Muscle spasms occur for a variety of reasons ranging from nerve problems to metabolic problems to vascular problems and more.

If the pain does not improve, you should see someone who is qualified to make an appropriate diagnosis.

As always, I would highly suggest you do your research when seeking medical help. Find a physician who meets, or even better, exceeds the basic qualifications to practice in their specific field or sub-specialty. ...Read more

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What causes muscle spasms and charlie horses in legs all day and all night?

What causes muscle spasms and charlie horses in legs all day and all night?

Muscle spasm: This may be a mineral or vitamin deficiency or side effect of some medication or nutritional deficiency. You need to see your doctor to sort this out and help you. ...Read more

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What might I do to get relief from muscle spasms in my legs (charlie horses)?

What might I do to get relief from muscle spasms in my legs (charlie horses)?

Muscle spasms: There are not always easy solutions, but first be certain you are well hydrated and eat good sources for minerals. This can sometimes mean a problem with calcium but that should be assessed by labs. There are other labs that can be done. Also ok to try magnesium malate in a dose of 200 to 500 mg per day, watching for diarrhea (means too much). ...Read more

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Why am I feeling muscle spasm in my thighs and legs? I've been feeling this for the past month.

Why am I feeling muscle spasm in my thighs and legs? I've been feeling this for the past month.

Muscle nutrients: You need to see a doctor to determine the cause of these leg cramps. Mostly at 25 yo male, a common cause is exercise that many strain the muscles in this area, depleting needed electrolytes. If so, something like a sports drink (Gatorade) may help, but a correct diagnosis is needed so the correct treatment can start, as other things can also cause leg cramping and should be evaluated. ...Read more

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Can sciatica cause localized pain? Example: more in the calf or back of thigh. Also can it cause muscle spasms in leg?

It can present: In all the ways you describe. Sometimes it is best to have it checked out to make sure there are not two different independent problems occuring simultaneously. ...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

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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Have pinched nerve with leg symptoms (muscle spasm in morning) and limited on activity. Is it safe to use muscle simulator device on those muscles?

Have pinched nerve with leg symptoms (muscle spasm in morning) and limited on activity. Is it safe to use muscle simulator device on those muscles?

Stimulators Safe: Massaging or stimulating your spasmed muscles should be safe. And if it improves your symptoms keep doing it. If it worsens them stop the stimulation. Other helpful treatments are gentle stretching, ice and/ or heat to the effected area. ...Read more

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I woke up to having a really bad muscle spasm in the back of my leg and it hurts really bad and won't relax, could I have caused damage? Can I use heat

I woke up to having a really bad muscle spasm in the back of my leg and it hurts really bad and won't relax, could I have caused damage? Can I use heat

Heat helps.: If you lift and twist much then you may have strained your back muscles and they have spasmed tonight. Heat usually relaxes muscle spasm. Ibuprofen may help with hot shower and heating pad. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can I take flexiril & my tramadol I over did it today. I rarely take either 1 but I have a lot of pain & I am also having a lot of leg muscle spasms?

Can I take flexiril & my tramadol I over did it today. I rarely take either 1 but I have a lot of pain & I am also having a lot of leg muscle spasms?

Of course: When two or more drugs are taken simultaneously, they may interact with one another to produce an additive or synergistic effect. Plus, tramadol does not affect the pharmacokinetics or pharmacodynamics of flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl). ...Read more

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How can I relieve painful muscle spasms in leg?

How can I relieve painful muscle spasms in leg?

Massage: Massage and stretch the leg, make sure you are well hydrated. Sometimes magnesium supplements are helpful. Potassium deficiencies are also an issue but I would not self supplement potassium oher than a bananna without a doctors recommendation. ...Read more

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What is causing these weird muscle spasms in my right leg?

See physician: They are many possibilities among them electrolyte imbalance, intrinsic pathology of the muscle, central nervous system pathology. Is better that you have this sumptoms check ouy by a physician. ...Read more

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What could cause extremely painful muscle spasms in my leg?

Lack of practice: If you overuse a muscle it spasms when not warmed up--of course the most common electrolyte abnormality mg, k--then it could be caused by nerve if you have neuropathy--
if persist same place ask your doc. ...Read more

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I had a spinal epidural for a bugling disk and now I'm having muscle spasms worse then I ever did before in my back in my legs?

I had a spinal epidural for a bugling disk and now I'm having muscle spasms worse then I ever did before in my back in my legs?

LET ME EXPLAIN: It is possible to irritate the nerve in the process of try to find the epidural space which possibly lead to what you have.
Most likely will cam down after a while.
Please check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Why does my leg have shakes or muscle spasms since I fractured that pelvis?

Why does my leg have shakes or muscle spasms since I fractured that pelvis?

Lack of use/injury: Either disuse atrophy with fasciculations or nerve compression/injury are most likely responsible. Ask your physician. Swelling of injured nerves may resolve with decreased spasms. Physcial therapy with building up of "lost" muscle may also help. ...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