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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

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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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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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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Fingers tremble/muscle spasms in legs- could stress cause this, what to do?

Fingers tremble/muscle spasms in legs- could stress cause this, what to do?

Stress and: Dehydration could be common causes for both of these things. However, I would recommend seeing a physician because there are some more severe neurologic issues that can cause these issues together. Rule out anything scary first, and then pass it off as stress. ...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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Is the uncontrollable shaking & muscle spasm in my leg & foot dystonia? I have a Parkinsons

Is the uncontrollable shaking & muscle spasm in my leg & foot dystonia? I have a Parkinsons

Dystonia: Dystonia is different than Parkinsons.
Dystonia is a neurological movement disorder, in which sustained muscle contractions cause twisting and repetitive movements or abnormal postures. The movements may resemble a tremor. Dystonia is often initiated or worsened by voluntary movements, and symptoms may “overflow” into adjacent muscle ...Read more

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Iam having severe pain and muscle spasms all over mainly in my legs and feet, and also memory problems with speech problems do you know what's wrong?

Iam having severe pain and muscle spasms all over mainly in my legs and feet, and also memory problems with speech problems do you know what's wrong?

Muscle spasms &: Speech difficulty indicate the need for you to see your doctor. He/she will diagnose and then help you w/treatment. There are lots of possibilities and also lots of ways to help. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I hurt my back this weekend, I have muscle spasms in my back, groin and calve on the left side. Also pain and numbness in both legs and feet.

I hurt my back this weekend, I have muscle spasms in my back, groin and calve on the left side. Also pain and numbness in both legs and feet.

If numbness...: If you are experiencing leg pain and numbness associated with back pain it is possible that you might be experiencing a spine disc herniation comprising a nerve. If these symptoms are severe it is important that you see a doctor ASAP for formal exam and treatment. Depending on the findings and the severity of symptoms you might need an MRI. If not severe physical therapy might be indicated. ...Read more

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I have severe nocturnal muscle spasms (legs/feet/thighs) when tapering off prednisone. What could be causing this and how can I treat/prevent it?

I have severe nocturnal muscle spasms (legs/feet/thighs) when tapering off prednisone. What could be causing this and how can I treat/prevent it?

Stretching: Don't know why tapering off Prednisone would trigger nocturnal leg cramps. Gentle yoga type stretching held for a full 2-3 minutes has helped others with chrons disease who take a lot of Prednisone and have nocturnal leg cramps. Safer than meds when done properly. ...Read more

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I added 1000 mg of Vitamin D with my multi vitamin I started getting muscle spasms and cramps in my legs and feet. Can the vitamin D be causing this?

I added 1000 mg of Vitamin D with my multi vitamin I started getting muscle spasms and cramps in my legs and feet. Can the vitamin D be causing this?

Yes possible: Vit D deficiency is getting common due to avoiding sun but is good to to maintain normal levels, excessive intake will results in elevated calcium levels, damaging effect on body. You don't have to take every day, check Ca, Vit D levels Speak to your doctor. ...Read more

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Why am I having compression fractures in my spine along with pain in pelvic area, muscle spasms in feet, legs, and tendon area?

Why am I having compression fractures in my spine along with pain in pelvic area, muscle spasms in feet, legs, and tendon area?

See your doctor: All those symptoms appear unrelated. It is very unusual for someone of your age to have spinal compression fractures without significant trauma. So if you really do have compression fractures, you need to find out what is causing those fractures? You will need to undergo a physical exam, and various diagnostic work-up, to understand what's is causing these issues. ...Read more

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Lower and upper back pain for 20 years and muscle spasms in my legs arm neck back for 10 years numbing and tingling in my legs hands feet for 10 years?

Lower and upper back pain for 20 years and muscle spasms in my legs arm neck back for 10 years numbing and tingling in my legs hands feet for 10 years?

Obviously something: Is wrong. What have you done so far? What recommendatiosn did prior docs have?
or is this the first tiem your seeking treatment for this? ...Read more

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What do I do for estreme leg, feet and hand muscle cramps? Kept me up all night--still spasaming. Tried diazapam that I have for occasional cramping and drank some tonic water for the quinine and drank gator ade for the electrolights.

What do I do for estreme leg, feet and hand muscle cramps? Kept me up all night--still spasaming. Tried diazapam that I have for occasional cramping and drank some tonic water for the quinine and drank gator ade for the electrolights.

I: I agree with dr. Jaffery. Another consideration would be spinal cord irritation and a neurologic exam would be able to uncover that problem.

Before you visit the neurologist make sure to differentiate between "spasms", cramps, and restless legs.

Spasms respresent a painful and involuntary muscle contraction. It can not be released voluntarily.

A muscle cramp is a sudden intermittent pain of a muscle that may involve involuntary contractions and can be associated with spasms.

Restless legs refers to an uneasiness and restlessness in the legs when at rest. This most commonly occurs after going to bed but can be seen earlier in the evening (anticipation).

Cramps can also be associated with arthritic conditions and cold exposure. I hope this helps. ...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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When I would press with my feet on ground I can feel burning feeling in my thigh I don't know if it's nerve compression or muscle spasms?

When I would press with my feet on ground I can feel burning feeling in my thigh I don't know if it's nerve compression or muscle spasms?

Consultation advised: A burning sensation suggests a nerve problem. Unable to be more specific with only one sentence of information. Suggest an online consultation here at Health Tap if your problem is persistent. ...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

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. Jeffrey Wint
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Limb Spasms (Definition)

Limb spasms - involuntary contracture of muscles in ...Read more