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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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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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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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I have been diganosed with both trigeminal neralgia and occipital neuralgia. I also have some memory problems and muscle spasms. Could I have ms?

I have been diganosed with both trigeminal neralgia and occipital neuralgia. I also have some memory problems and muscle spasms. Could I have ms?

Challenging?: You seem to have very complex issues, and I would certainly wonder about an underlying unitary diagnosis. Ms could cause fatigue, memory loss, and trigeminal neuralgia, but usually not occipital neuralgia. Maybe MRI of brain and spinal cord could illuminate the picture. Might also want to check for lupus, lyme disease, and even hiv. Perhaps get full evaluation at a local medical school. ...Read more

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Muscle spasms legs, feet and side back come and go, mild but noticeable. Had for 1 month. Is it MS, ALS will I get paralysed?

Muscle spasms legs, feet and side back come and go, mild but noticeable. Had for 1 month. Is it MS, ALS will I get paralysed?

No: Someone has been reading too many medical horror stories. It is mega highly unlikely that spasms in an otherwise healthy 20 year old represent anything but overuse or electrolyte disturbance. The diseases you mention generally do not begin like that. See your family doc for an evaluation and reassurance of the correct diagnosis, so you can get this problem resolved. ...Read more

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Do I have a vitamin B12 deficiency or MS? I'm 19, female with tingling, numbness in head/scalp, feet, legs, and hands. Muscle spasm? Anxiety maybe?

Do I have a vitamin B12 deficiency or MS? I'm 19, female with tingling, numbness in head/scalp, feet, legs, and hands. Muscle spasm? Anxiety maybe?

Most likely anxiety: Most likely anxiety but a good idea to get checked out by the physician and try to rule out some of those other possibilities ...Read more

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Numb/tingling in hands, legs, and feet on both sides. Muscle spasms in legs, back and arms. Loss of balance, dizzy, stiff. Is it Neuropathy or ms?

Numb/tingling in hands, legs, and feet on both sides. Muscle spasms in legs, back and arms. Loss of balance, dizzy, stiff. Is it Neuropathy or ms?

Bad choices: You probably don't need or want to pick A or B. Both require a doctor's DX and TX and it might be another thing altogether. A common cause of neuropathy is a diabetic condition w/ other signs too - are you a diabetic? Get into care if 'yes'! MS usually starts a bit later in age. Have an exam to find an answer. Best! ...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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My back is messed up from a car accident. Pulled a muscle I get back spasms. I love to work out. What good exercises can I do w/o hurting myself?

My back is messed up from a car accident. Pulled a muscle I get back spasms. I love to work out. What good exercises can I do w/o hurting myself?

Stretches: You should see a doctor to make sure there are no underlying injuries, but you can go to our website familyhealth. Pro, go to links tab, look for videos, and there are some good stretches that may help. Swimming is great if you have access to a heated pool. ...Read more

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What can cause my neck and shoulder muscles to stay stuff and hard and knotted up all the time? I feel as if I been in a car accident. Painful.

What can cause my neck and shoulder muscles to stay stuff and hard and knotted up all the time? I feel as if I been in a car accident. Painful.

Several ideas: Stiffness and muscle spasm in your neck and shoulder girdle can be due to various causes such as: stress causing you to tense up your neck/shoulder muscles; unhealthy position of neck/head when sleeping; carrying heavy back pack or shoulder bag and occasionally a pinched nerve in the neck can cause pain and stiffness.
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What to do if I crushed the muscles of my foot in a car accident. How long will it take to heal?

What to do if I crushed the muscles of my foot in a car accident. How long will it take to heal?

Crush injury: Most crush injuries of the foot involve significant damage to the tissues. These injuries can be very serious and often require 2-3 months for full recovery. ...Read more

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Yday I had a car accident and now my arm feels week if I lift it upwards or horizontally accompanied by upper central back pain. Did I pull a muscle?

Possible: It could be a muscle but please make sure you did not hue yourself more seriously. If the accident was bad, you should seek further care. ...Read more

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I have L4 and L5 compressed discs and possibly one in my neck, muscle strain & spasms would it be ok to go on a 5 hr road trip? I was in a car accident in aug/11 and injured my right shoulder, neck and back. I have a stiff shoulder (possible adhesive caps

I have L4 and L5 compressed discs and possibly one in my neck, muscle strain & spasms would it be ok to go on a 5 hr road trip? I was in a car accident in aug/11 and injured my right shoulder, neck and back. I have a stiff shoulder (possible adhesive caps

Take breaks: I would not recommend being the driver on this road trip if possible, especially not if you're taking pain medications that cause sedation or impaired ability to drive. During the trip, take regular breaks to get out of the car, stretch and relax. Take a break every 30-60 min, or whenever you find the discomfort increasing. ...Read more

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Hi, I'd been in a car accident. This resulted in my neck muscles being strained & tightened. Headaches at the top of my head any connection?

Headache and neck: You are having Headaches at the top of your head along with tightened and strained Neck muscles after a car accident. Yes the headache could be related to the neck strain ...Read more

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Why won't the pain go away? I had cancer in my neck 5 years ago and had many muscles removed plus intence radiation and chemo. Since than I got into a car accident and got whiplash. They say I have a disc out of place but was out of place before the accide

Typically: Typically during radiation of the neck for cancer, the spine is shielded/protected, so direct damage is not likely. That being said, extensive neck surgery for cancer and radiation therapy with chemo can cause severe scarring and fibrosis in the musculature. This can cause bad alignment of the musculoskeletal system. Physical therapy can often help the problem. The initial treatments can be uncomfortable, but with more work, the muscles and scarring can loosen up and flexibility increases and the pain will gradually improve.

On the other hand, 5 years since treatment of your head and neck cancer without recurrence is technically a cure. ...Read more

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Bone contustion from a car accident on dec 16, 2013. How long is healing process? And now when my bruised bone throbs I get a tight muscle in arm.

Bone contustion from a car accident on dec 16, 2013. How long is healing process? And now when my bruised bone throbs I get a tight muscle in arm.

It's relative.: People's tolerance to pain and road to recovery varies. It could vary from few weeks to months. God bless u! http://www. Webmd. Com/vitamins-and-supplements/lifestyle-guide-11/chronic-pain-relief. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take for swelling of neck muscles to go down after car accident it has been 2 monthsand have tightness in throat since accide?

How long does it usually take for swelling of neck muscles to go down after car accident it has been 2 monthsand have tightness in throat since accide?

Two months: Is too long for just swelling. You might have something else going on. Consult with your doctor for possible referral to orthopedic surgeon to make sure that nothing else has been injured. ...Read more

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Rear ended neck and lower back bruised and swollen I was rear ended in a car accident my neck is sore and bruised and swollen, my lower back all the way down to the top of my butt given pain pills muscle relaxers. And was told I should not go to a chiropr

Why?: Ok let's back up (no pun intended). Where did you get the pain pills? Who told you not to see a chiropractor? Listen to your doctors and go where they tell you. If you do not agree, get a second or a third opinion. Obviously you came to this forum for a different thought. All doctors have information to offer. Use your best judgement. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with floating knee caps after a car accident where I toe some muscles around my knee. It was recommended that I get surgery at 14 and that I'd never run, jump or do anything fun. I'm now 31 but my knee locks sometimes. I'm usually ap

I have been diagnosed with floating knee caps after a car accident where I toe some muscles around my knee. It was recommended that I get surgery at 14 and that I'd never run, jump or do anything fun. I'm now 31 but my knee locks sometimes. I'm usually ap

See a knee doctor: It looks like your injury cought up with you, the locking mechanism mean there is a structural dmage mostly could be a tear in the cartilage.
see a knee doctor, between a good examination, MRI, or arthroscopy they will find what is wrong and how to fix it. ...Read more

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I was in a car accident early Sat a.m. went to ER chest X-ray was clear. Airbags deployed. My upper rt leg muscle is now throbbing. Is this a clot?

I was in a car accident early Sat a.m. went to ER chest X-ray was clear. Airbags deployed. My upper rt leg muscle is now throbbing. Is this a clot?

Most likely you had: A contusion (blunt trauma related injury) to your R leg, perhaps causing a small hematoma (blood bruise) in your deep muscle. These typically cause the most pain and swelling. However a venous clot certainly cannot be completely excluded especially if you have risk factors for blood clots (e.g. smoking, recent surgery or long distance travel, cancer, etc.). If it continues to hurt a lot, see MD ...Read more

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Was in a tbone car accident yest an hit a tree also having trouble breathing thru nose mouth is ok. Is it from sore chest muscles?

Was in a tbone car accident yest an hit a tree also having trouble breathing thru nose mouth is ok. Is it from sore chest muscles?

Trouble breathing: Not if breathing through the mouth is okay. If you're having trouble breathing through the nose it could be occluded from blood, swelling or passageway damage such as a fracture. This needs to be evaluated either by your physician or in the emergency room. ...Read more

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Episodes of tremors, numbness, foot drop, vision and balance problems in a 37 year-old woman.....?

Episodes of tremors, numbness, foot drop, vision and balance problems in a 37 year-old woman.....?

Consult doctor: You will need a complete exam with blood test and most likely MRI with and without contrast. You will need exam with neurologist and ophthalmologist too. Please see your doc ASAP. ...Read more

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It is possible I could be feeling my baby move? I'm 11 weeks and it doesn't feel like a muscle spasm..

Unlikely: 11 weeks is a bit early, even if you've been pregnant before. More likely to be something else. Is it painful? Cramping? Is it regularly moving? Could be round ligament pain/tenderness, muscle spasm (still possible even if it doesn't feel like that, things get stretched out in pregnancy and things feel different), gas bubbles, etc. You can talk to your doc if worried. Good luck! ...Read more

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Hello, I was stabbed and had exploratory surgery, now I can't work on the sun anymore, I get muscle spasms and reno failure, is this because of surg?

Hello, I was stabbed and had exploratory surgery, now I can't work on the sun anymore, I get muscle spasms and reno failure, is this because of surg?

Medical Opinion: You are asking for a complex medical opinion beyond the scope of HealthTap. You should seek evaluation with surgical and complete medical records from a physician with an appointment specifically to answer your questions. ...Read more

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I'm prescribed baclofen 30mg per day. I haven't used any today but muscle spasms are horrible, ok to take 2 tabs at once??

I'm prescribed baclofen 30mg per day. I haven't used any today but muscle spasms are horrible, ok to take 2 tabs at once??

Organize your meds: Don't double-up if you've missed a dose. To prevent this from happening again, keep your medications organized. For example, you could use a pill box. Doubling up will cause alterations in the concentration of baclofen in your system, which can have serious side effects. See your physician for further discussion. Http://www. Patientresource. Com/Medication_Adherence_Practical_Tips. Aspx ...Read more

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Muscle spasm headaches, makes it difficult to do anything, what can be done to help relieve pain. Everyday I do stretching, shouldn't I be ok?

Muscle spasm headaches, makes it difficult to do anything, what can be done to help relieve pain. Everyday I do stretching, shouldn't I be ok?

Mechanical traction: Mechanical cervical traction is great for neck muscle spasms that transmit to the scalp muscles and cause headaches. A trial can be done in physical therapy, and a home unit can be prescribed. Massage therapy works well also. ...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


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Motor Vehicle Accident (Definition)

Motor vehicle accident (MVA) is an event that is a common cause of injury, disability, and death, because of the high speed of impact and the large mass of the vehicles. An MVA can be automobile vs. Automobile, auto vs. Motorcycle, motorcycle vs. Motorcycle, motor vehicle vs. Bicyclist/pedestrian, or motor vehicle vs. ...Read more