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Doctor insights on: Muscle Spasm Symptoms

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Can muscle spasm symptoms be cured? Why do they come off and on?

Can muscle spasm symptoms be cured? Why do they come off and on?

These are treatable: Muscle spasms unfortunately may not be curable depending on their etiology, but they are most definitely treatable. Many patients with upper motor neuron syndrome from cord of brain lesions due to a stroke, a spinal cord injury or multiple sclerosis for example, will experience increased muscle tone, muscle spasms and spasticity. There exist several pharmaceutical agents aimed at decreasing the f. ...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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Been Prescribed Valium 5mg 1/1 to 1 pill every 8 to 12 hours for severe pain and muscle spasms throughout my back.Symptoms been ongoing since 10/12/13?

Been Prescribed Valium 5mg 1/1 to 1 pill every 8 to 12 hours for severe pain and muscle spasms throughout my back.Symptoms been ongoing since 10/12/13?

See pain management: specialist for evaluation, tests and imaging. The proper diagnosis is the key to successful treatment. The long-term use of Valium is usually contraindicated because of the potential for dependence and addiction. Take care. ...Read more

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Can paravertebral muscle spasm can cause neurological symptoms?

Can paravertebral muscle spasm can cause neurological symptoms?

Sometimes: If paravertebral muscle spasms have been ongoing for awhile they can eventually cause some events to occur that could incite neurological symptoms. What kind of neurological symptoms are you having, and where is your muscle spasm(s) occurring? If you are experiencing any loss of bowel or bladder control or numbness in your upper inner thighs you need to be evaluated ASAP. ...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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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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Imbalance, shortness of breath, light headed, dizziness, rapid heart rate, anxiety, hypertension, neck muscle spasm..These are my symptoms, what is it?

Imbalance, shortness of breath, light headed, dizziness, rapid heart rate, anxiety, hypertension, neck muscle spasm..These are my symptoms, what is it?

Time for an exam: These sound serious enough to see a doctor for an exam. I doubt that you can get a valid diagnosis any other way and whatever it is, you'll probably need some intervention. So, do it soon and start getting better. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Is there one medicine for spasticity and muscle spasms? Associated with neuropathy. Which is recommended??

Is there one medicine for spasticity and muscle spasms? Associated with neuropathy. Which is recommended??

No: There are multiple medications we use for muscle spasticity to varying degrees of help including flexeril, zanaflex, soma, baclofen, Valium, and skelaxin (metaxalone) just to name a few. Discuss directly with your doctor what would be best for you. ...Read more

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Are the symptoms of muscle spasm bad?

Are the symptoms of muscle spasm bad?

Pain: Usually muscle spasm is the bodies attempt to stabilize a bone or joint that hurts. It is seen most often in association with back and neck pain. As the muscle spasm continues, metabolites of muscle contraction build up in the muscle which add more soreness to the pain. Treatments can be aimed at reliving the source of the pain or relaxing the muscle spasm. ...Read more

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What symptoms can be associated with muscle spasm?

What symptoms can be associated with muscle spasm?

Pain tightness: A muscle spasm is a painful over tightening of a muscle. It is most commonly caused when a muscle does not have an adequate supply of oxygen to perform the task that is being asked of it. Then it kind of seizes up and stops working until you can get some blood flowing into it again. ...Read more

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Can a disc protrusion have same symptoms as a muscle spasm ?

Can a disc protrusion have same symptoms as a muscle spasm ?

Muscle spasm: Disc protrusion or herniation typically causes pain radiation to the extremity with or without numbness/tingling. When the pain becomes severe, it may cause muscle spasm as a result of a physiological response to the muscle tissue. ...Read more

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Hip/ butt muscle spasms on left side like charlie horse. Recent MS dx. Possible symptom? Very painful lasted 2 days already. Suggestions?

Hip/ butt muscle spasms on left side like charlie horse.  Recent MS dx. Possible symptom? Very painful lasted 2 days already. Suggestions?

SOME THOTS: Pain is very common in ms, and can present numerous ways, and even migraine is present in ms pts at a frequency of 2-4 times normals. However, your muscle spasms could represent a separate process in hip, back, pelvis. (unlikely, but if you were given steroids, check for avascular necrosis in hip). Lastly, do not want to second guess your doc, but there are oral meds now (no needles). ...Read more

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How long after withdrawing from Valium now off 31days do withdrawal symptoms last for .Was on low dose for 1yr had muscle spasm in rt foot .

How long after withdrawing  from Valium  now off 31days do withdrawal symptoms  last for .Was on low dose for 1yr had muscle spasm in rt foot .

Valium: Valium is metabolized in liver and by products are excreted in urine. The half life is 30-60 hours. So withdrawal symptom can not last this long. You should consult an internist. ...Read more

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Can 7.5mg methotrexate+low dose pred. cause frequent (mainly unilateral) muscle spasms/twitches &mild shakes? Or more likely new autoimmune symptom?

Can 7.5mg methotrexate+low dose pred. cause frequent (mainly unilateral) muscle spasms/twitches &mild shakes? Or more likely new autoimmune symptom?

Autoimmune: Typically when you have a reaction to medications, it should happen bilaterally. Unilateral symptoms would make me concerned for other etiologies. ...Read more

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Seen a gastro Physician esomeprazol and aero-om, still feel some annoying symptoms like bumpings all over my abdomen no pain. Are this muscle spasms ?

Seen a gastro Physician esomeprazol and aero-om, still feel some annoying symptoms like bumpings all over my abdomen no pain. Are this muscle spasms ?

Muscle spasms: Muscle spasms in your abdomen may feel like cramping, a crawling sensation, or the movement of worms. You may be able to see the muscles moving or contracting on their own. Muscle spasms can be painful. They may be more apparent with rest or with movement. What do you mean by bumpings? What else does it feel like? How long does it last? Does anything make it feel better or worse? ...Read more

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I am on prednisone for 5 days, will my symptoms of cervical stenosis start up again, had pain go down arm, and arm still hurts, many muscle spasms.

I am on prednisone for 5 days, will my symptoms of cervical stenosis start up again, had pain go down arm, and arm still hurts, many muscle spasms.

You need to : Follow up with your doctor. The cervical stenosis can cause the problems you describe. It's possible the prednisone is simply not working. Perhaps a cervical collar would help? ...Read more

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After blow to kneecap, cannot straighten knee or bear weight? X-rays normal, how to proceed? Other symptoms: blue lower leg, pain on both sides of knee, muscle spasms when aggravating knee

After blow to kneecap, cannot straighten knee or bear weight? X-rays normal, how to proceed? Other symptoms: blue lower leg, pain on both sides of knee, muscle spasms when aggravating knee

MRI: Firstly, make sure you are evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon. Mri would probably be the best diagnostic test to evaluate your extensor mechanism and surrounding structures if the symptoms persist. ...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