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Can you get muscle spasms in your ankle? If so, will it make your ankle hurt with pressure and throb, when not moving it?

Can you get muscle spasms in your ankle? If so, will it make your ankle hurt with pressure and throb, when not moving it?

Yes: You can get muscle spasms in the muscles that control the ankle, but this sounds like something different. Do you recall injuring your ankle in any way? ...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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What could cause painful muscle spasms in the foot and ankle area?

What could cause painful muscle spasms in the foot and ankle area?

Several things: Could be a lack of vitamins, could be overuse syndrome! Could be poor foot support. ...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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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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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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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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I have been getting severe muscle spasms in my right calf during the night due to a tendon that is damaged around the left side of my ankle. What dr.?

I have been getting severe muscle spasms in my right calf during the night due to a tendon that is damaged around the left side of my ankle. What dr.?

Leg Pain: I would recommend a physical medicine physician called a "physiatrist". Their training involves a combination or nonsurgical orthopedics and neurology to help people with impairments and pain. ...Read more

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Could a bad sprained ankle cause muscle spasms in lower back?

Could a bad sprained ankle cause muscle spasms in lower back?

Ankle: Injury can lead to lower back problems. The injury is causing you when walking to compensate and use muscle groups you don't use that way with normal gait. If you are in a walking boot for ankle you may want to wear a shoe that is close to the level of the boot. ...Read more

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Sprained my ankle a week ago, been xrayed, muscles in foot keep spasming making it painful, what can I do to help? How long does this normally last

Sprained my ankle a week ago, been xrayed, muscles in foot keep spasming making it painful, what can I do to help? How long does this normally last

Spasms/sprained: Spasms following an ankle injury can occur from muscle or tendon injury or from an abnormal walking pattern due to the injury. Often treated with immobilization and rest. ...Read more

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Would crutches be helpful for morning pain of Ankylosing Spondylitis. Finding it hard to stand/walk. Muscle spasms and severe pain in back & ankles?

Would crutches be helpful for morning pain of Ankylosing Spondylitis. Finding it hard to stand/walk. Muscle spasms and severe pain in back & ankles?

Yes: Bilateral crutches or a walker will off weight the low back and hips significantly. See a pain doctor to look for other ways to decrease this pain as well ...Read more

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My ankle is very hard and has been working its way up my leg in about a months time and I also have muscle spasms in both legs but my left leg is hard?

My ankle is very hard and has been working its way up my leg in about a months time and I also have muscle spasms in both legs but my left leg is hard?

See your doctor: Any progblem that has been getting worse, should be evaluated. Your finding are not normal and should not be ignored. Urgent care or er visit would be my recommendation. Dr l. ...Read more

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My calf is hard and sore in back due to swelling. Cause for concern? I thought I had a muscle spasm that wouldn't go away until further inspection. Most of the skin of my calf is tight due to swelling which caused the pain and is very hard. My ankle has s

My calf is hard and sore in back due to swelling. Cause for concern? I thought I had a muscle spasm that wouldn't go away until further inspection. Most of the skin of my calf is tight due to swelling which caused the pain and is very hard. My ankle has s

R/o DVT & P.E.: When your calf feels hard & sore due to swelling, u need to check if it also warm and/or purple or red. If yes, should be suspicious for DVT and need to go to the E.R. Or your doctor's office asap, so he/she can order the appropriate tests (u/s of the leg, d-dimer) and get you treated. Other causes to r/o are hematoma/ compartment syndrome, tumors (i.e. Baker's cyst), aneurysm or cellulitis. ...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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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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What can cause foot muscle spasms?

What can cause foot muscle spasms?

Few things: Flat arches or high ones, dehydration, overuse of intrinsic muscles of the feet, magnesium deficiency, low potassium which can occur from a diuretic or excessive sweating after physical exertion to name a few. ...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?

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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What're the muscle spasms called in your foot?

Cramp: Usually when a spasm occurs it creates cramping of the muscles. ...Read more

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For about a month now I been getting muscle spasms in my leg almost daily at night in bed and when I go to wake up. What could be wrong?

For about a month now I been getting muscle spasms in my leg almost daily at night in bed and when I go to wake up. What could be wrong?

Are you working out: You may be lacking electrolytes. Try half of glass of gatorate energy drinks and see if that helps. If not then see your doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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I get leg muscle spasms episodes during some nights and it gets hard for me to do my daily stuff. How can I cure these episodes? Thank you.

I get leg muscle spasms episodes during some nights and it gets hard for me to do my daily stuff. How can I cure these episodes? Thank you.

Check electrolytes: I would have your electrolytes checked by MD and if blood pressure and those are ok, you may want to actually try pickle juice - sounds odd, but it has been said to work quite well in some! ...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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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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Why do I get these painful muscle spasms in my foot?

Why do I get these painful muscle spasms in my foot?

Different reasons: Are you flatfooted or high arched? What type of shoes do you wear? Need to check for magnesium deficiency, check potassium levels, make sure you are well hydrated.
Massage and stretch the spasm to help relieve it. ...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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How can I reduce the cramps/muscle spasms in my foot during ballet?

Tape feet: There are mutiple causes of cramps to your feet during ballet. The most common is small muscle fatigue in the foot. Try taping your foot to support the arch; rolling your arch area over a tennis ball prior to exercise, and using an analgesic cream, and you may want to start drinking some tonic water (which contains quinine) that helps eliminate the cramping. See your podiatrist if unsuccesful. ...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

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