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Doctor insights on: Muscle Spasms In Back And Chest

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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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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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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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Maybe muscle spasm/tingly on whole lower back and whole chest. Hurts to move. Happens at night time. Why am I feeling this way or why does it happen?

Maybe muscle spasm/tingly on whole lower back and whole chest. Hurts to move. Happens at night time. Why am I feeling this way or why does it happen?

Muscle spasms: Did you have recent trauma, heavy activity? Is your mattress old? How much do you weight? What is your diet like? We can help determine cause: consult with us. ...Read more

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My sons always been healthy but now he's 18 he's getting bad headaches n pain in his chest and back pain could it be muscle spasms or serious?

My sons always been healthy but now he's 18 he's getting bad headaches n pain in his chest and back pain could it be muscle spasms or serious?

Consult doctor: These symptoms could be beign or serious. Many factors are important including how long they've been around, how incapacitating they are, when they occur, how long they last. These are the factors that are investigated by your doctor. ...Read more

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Is there any permanent cure for neuromuscular pain and muscle spasm in chest and back? Which is better - drugs or physiotherapy?

Is there any permanent cure for neuromuscular pain and muscle spasm in chest and back? Which is better - drugs or physiotherapy?

See below: Neuromuscular pain and muscle spasm are symptoms and do not describe the cause, therefore it is not possible for me to advise about "cures". You should see a doctor to determine the cause of these symptoms if possible. ...Read more

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What would cause tension in left shoulder blade, muscle spasms in shoulder blade, chest, and in upper outside of arm (not bicep)?

What would cause tension in left shoulder blade, muscle spasms in shoulder blade, chest, and in upper outside of arm (not bicep)?

Heart, nerves: Heart conditions can cause left upper extremity symptoms. Also, a pinched nerve in the neck can cause the symptoms you describe. If your symptoms are persistent/severe then you should definitely see a physician esp to evaluate for possible heart problems. ...Read more

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What causes muscle spasms I've been having muscle spasms constantly but worse at night. It happens in nearly every part of my body like chest, ribs, back, shoulder, legs and neck. My muscles always feel tense and I can't relax them at all. I'm very tired a

What causes muscle spasms I've been having muscle spasms constantly but worse at night. It happens in nearly every part of my body like chest, ribs, back, shoulder, legs and neck. My muscles always feel tense and I can't relax them at all. I'm very tired a

Physician evaluation: Muscle twitches are often seen in normal individuals after exercise, with physical or emotional stress, as part of a syndrome called benign fasciculation syndrome and may be caused by a wide variety of other problems such as electrolyte abnormalities, thyroid disease, and nerve root compression. Cramps can also be a side effect of cholesterol control medications. You should be evaluated by your md. ...Read more

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Chest pain, briefly once every few weeks. I think it could be just a muscle spasm. I have spasms in upper back from neck oa. I do have high bp/asthma.

Chest pain, briefly once every few weeks. I think it could be just a muscle spasm. I have spasms in upper back from neck oa. I do have high bp/asthma.

Non cardiac pain: First get your heart checked. Once you have determined there is no heart problem, we can begin to consider other causes for your occasional chest pain. This is referred to as non-cardiac chest pain. Symptoms resemble heart pain (also called angina). 23% of the population experiences noncardiac chest pain. Causes include costochondritis, gastroesophageal reflux (heartburn), and muscle spasm. ...Read more

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I have chest pain and muscle spasm on my back from stress. Should I get a ecg/ekg or have my lungs checked? I use to smoke cigarettes.

I have chest pain and muscle spasm on my back from stress. Should I get a ecg/ekg or have my lungs checked? I use to smoke cigarettes.

Although it is: Unlikely that you are having cardiac symptoms it is not impossible. For peace of mind you should go and get checked out by a health care provider. ...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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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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I have a pain from my shoulder blade into my breast. Is that a muscle spasm?

I have a pain from my shoulder blade into my breast. Is that a muscle spasm?

Possibly.: It can be a muscle spasm, a mass, a lung problem, just to name a few possiblities. See your internist or family md, to start with an evauation and xrays. ...Read more

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Can multiple herniations between t7 and t12 with cord flattening cause muscle spasms in the back and ribs?

Can multiple herniations between t7 and t12 with cord flattening cause muscle spasms in the back and ribs?

Possibly,: Disk herniations and cord flattening on a MRI don't nessesarily mean they are the cause of your symptoms. A MRI is only a picture of anatomy. It does not define causation. That bieng said disk herniations can be significant pain generators. Cord flattening without any abnormal signal or neurologic signs may not be immediately relevant. Your dr. Can correlate the imaging with a physical exam. ...Read more

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Can an infected spot on my back lead 2 other problems; such as back aches, muscle spasm & aching ribs?

Can an infected spot on my back lead 2 other problems; such as back aches, muscle spasm & aching ribs?

Yes ; No: Yes it is possible. Also possible is the back/muscle/rib problem could cause the infection spots as it could prevent proper blood flow and lymphatic drainage to keep the area in a proper functional condition. ...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.

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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Muscle spasms under right rib cage with something bluging like a hernia below the breast bone. Sometimes I have to push it back in. Sever pain.

Muscle spasms under right rib cage with something bluging like a hernia below the breast bone. Sometimes I have to push it back in. Sever pain.

Muscle spasm: This could be a muscle spasm. I have heard this description many times before. Hernias do not occur in the upper abdomen by the rib cage. They do occur in the middle. The muscle spasm can cause severe pain, and "ball up", mimicking a hernia. Best however to see your primary care provider for a more complete evaluation. ...Read more

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What could cause muscle spasms in my chest?

What could cause muscle spasms in my chest?

Overuse: First, always make sure with your doctor that your chest pain is not cardiac or pulmonary. After that, look at the usage of your arms. Activities such as pushups, or frequent pushing/pulling/carrying of items can cause chest muscle discomfort. Other times, muscle spasms of the upper back can radiate to the chest muscles. Physical therapy/ massage or a muscle relaxant can help. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have muscle spasms in the chest?

Yes: Indeed.... Could be intercostal muscles, diaphragm, or heart.... If heart feels funny, see a doctor. ...Read more

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I have muscle spasms on my left muscle chest. What does this mean?

I have muscle spasms on my left muscle chest. What does this mean?

See your doctor: Symptoms and concerns like these mandate a thorough evaluation by your doctor. Only after such an evaluation, which may include labs and radiographic examinations, can he/she let you know what's going on and how best to help you. ...Read more

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Can you get muscle spasms in your chest from heavy lifting every day?

Can you get muscle spasms in your chest from heavy lifting every day?

See you doctor: Should not, if you are doing it regular, should see your primary physician. ...Read more

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Continuous muscle spasm in chest randomly?

Continuous muscle spasm in chest randomly?

See a doctor!: Could be many things but what you do not want to ignore is a heart problem. Pain from the heart can feel like many different things including heartburn, chest ache, arm pain and jaw pain to name a few. This definitely should be evaluated by a doctor. ...Read more

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I have what I think is a muscle spasm in the middle to right side of my chest is it just a muscle spasm or something else?

I have what I think is a muscle spasm in the middle to right side of my chest is it just a muscle spasm or something else?

Muscle spasm: Causes may include electrolyte abnormality or an underlying structural problem (injury, overuse, sedentary lifestyle), etc. If the spams persist, see your physician. Http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/ency/patientinstructions/000063.htm ...Read more

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What's the difference between muscle spasm and a flutter in your chest?

What's the difference between muscle spasm and a flutter in your chest?

Flutter may b seriou: People use the term "flutter" do describe different feelings in their chest. A spasm in chest wall muscle is benign and can give a sensation of flutter. More serious causes can be related to abnormal heart rhythms or palpitations. If you are experiencing these you should speak to your physician. ...Read more

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Sharp stabbing pain in left side - muscle spasm in chest?

Several things: That is a very non specific symptoms and should be evaluated. Any sharp stabbing g pain should be addresses promptly. Www. Drlugo. Com. ...Read more

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My doctor says that I have muscle spasms in my chest and they were going to go away. Where are these muscles?

My doctor says that I have muscle spasms in my chest and they were going to go away. Where are these muscles?

Intercostal Muscles?: There are probably over 100 muscles effecting your chest movement with the intercostal muscles being the most numerous. ...Read more

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I've had a 2 month expisode of stress/anxiety and have now had a few weeks of chest pain and muscle spasms. Is this normal?

I've had a 2 month expisode of stress/anxiety and have now had a few weeks of chest pain and muscle spasms. Is this normal?

Anxiety: It is possible that the prolonged stress and anxiety have led to muscle pain and spasms, but It is good to have a medical exam first to rule out any underlying illness. You could seek psychotherapy from a clinical psychologist for help. There are also medications to help with this. With good psychotherapy it can be possible for certain people to overcome the need for medication for panic attacks. ...Read more

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Left side chest started twitching, felt like mild muscle spasm?

Left side chest started twitching, felt like mild muscle spasm?

Chest: As a 48 year old male, you should see an MD to discuss and have an exam, you are at the prime age for heart disease and do not want to misinterpret your symptoms as a muscle spasm. If you actually see a muscle like your pec muscle twitching, then that is not your heart and yes, it is a muscle twitching which could be from overuse or an electrolyte abnormality most commonly. ...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