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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?

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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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).

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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?

Consult Neurologist: Trgeminal neuralgia has been reported in patients with ms. You have to ask this question from your neyrologist as he/she is the only one can tell you if you do or not based on your symptoms, examination and MRI exam etc. So consult your neurologist about ms and you.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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