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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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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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Had a c sec 3 weeks back, feeling muscle spasms/contraction during night twice/thrice lasting 4-5 secs runing from upp8er abdomen to thighs plz sugest?

Had a c sec 3 weeks back, feeling muscle spasms/contraction during night twice/thrice lasting 4-5 secs runing from upp8er abdomen to thighs plz sugest?

NSAIDs: Sounds like symptoms consistent with the expected uterine involution. Additionally, the effects of scarring and healing also contribute to the overall picture. A little Motrin goes a long way. ...Read more

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I just started period and when I lay down I have painful muscle spasm in one side of lower back is this normal with no stomach cramps?

I just started period and when I lay down I have painful muscle spasm in one side of lower back is this normal with no stomach cramps?

Positional muscle: Spasm is not that uncommon during menses. First there is uterine contraction which, if strong, can press on nearly blood vessels reducing the supply of oxygen to nearby muscles. When you lie down, shifts in blood vessel position in your pelvis may aggravate this phenomenon. As long as the spasm is temporary, I wouldn't be too concerned. Naproxen/ibuprofen should help. Stay well:) ...Read more

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What can cause muscle spasms in stomach?

What can cause muscle spasms in stomach?

Food intolerance: Stomach spasms are usually related to diet, but can also be due to gastritis, gall bladder, stress infections or inflammation. See your doctor to help sort this, but I also recommend that you look at your diet. See if there is something you are eating repeatedly that may be the problem. In my practice gluten and dairy are high on the list. Do an elimination diet with them for a few weeks. ...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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What is a good over the coutner medication for muscle spasms in the stomach?

What is a good over the coutner medication for muscle spasms in the stomach?

Not sure what: Muscle spasms in the stomach mean. Do you mean abdominal muscles on the outside, cramping and pain worsening with movement? Then ibuprofen or naprosyn (naproxen) should work. For intestinal pains, you can try Bentyl or Beano. I'm not familiar enough with the herbal medicines to make recommendations. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more

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When I bend over I am getting very strong, sharp pains in my lower abdomen. Not every time I bend over, but last night it was like a muscle spasms.

When I bend over I am getting very strong, sharp pains in my lower abdomen. Not every time I bend over, but last night it was like a muscle spasms.

One side or both?: If the problem is in the abdomen then you might feel it on both sides. If the problem is in the spine then it is more probable you would feel it on only one side. ...Read more

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I'm almost 3 months pregnant and been experienceing abdomen pain like muscle spasm is this normal?

I'm almost 3 months pregnant and been experienceing abdomen pain like muscle spasm is this normal?

Check with Obstetric: You need to be examined by an obstetrician. We cannot rule out contractions. Contact your obstetrician soon. ...Read more

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Is there any reason for frequent multiple muscle spasms all over? Knees, abdomen, chest, at random times?

Is there any reason for frequent multiple muscle spasms all over? Knees, abdomen, chest, at random times?

Multiple issues: YES. All of the possible underlying medical conditions require a comprehensive physicial examination to include blood and urine testing. Please call for ann appointment ASAP. ...Read more

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I have muscle spasms in what feels like my lower vowels. I also have stomach pains. What could be causing this?

I have muscle spasms in what feels like my lower vowels. I also have stomach pains. What could be causing this?

See details: How are your consonants (just kidding)? Abdomen pain has numerous causes and cannot be evaluated over the internet. Have the issue evaluated soon. ...Read more

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I have this pulsating feeling in my abdomen on the right side. It feels like a muscle spasm but im not sure. It isn't constant. It comes and goes?

I have this pulsating feeling in my abdomen on the right side. It feels like a muscle spasm but im not sure. It isn't constant. It comes and goes?

Could be digestive: May be gas passing through, and/or intestinal spasms. If it is very painful, or lasts more than an hour or two, consult your internist. ...Read more

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My dosage of sertraline increased from 100mg to 150mg 5 days ago, and I've had the worst muscle spasms all over, especially in my stomach?

My dosage of sertraline increased from 100mg to 150mg 5 days ago, and I've had the worst muscle spasms all over, especially in my stomach?

Sertraline effects: I understand your distress.
Sertraline is medication for depression.
For maintenance of moderate depression, dose of 100mg/day is adequate.
Increasing it to 150mg/day may cause abdominal pain, muscle pain and hypertonia.
Due to “worst muscle spasms all over”, go to ER for diagnosis of abdominal pain including Pancreatitis or GI Bleeding.
See Psychiatrist for Depression and monitoring Sertraline. ...Read more

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Hello, ive been feeling on my left abdomen like muscle spasms or fluttering sensa, under my belly button on the left side. No pain just it hasn't stop?

Hello, ive been feeling on my left abdomen like muscle spasms or fluttering sensa, under my belly button on the left side. No pain just it hasn't stop?

Likely muscle spasms: It's common for the abdominal muscles to develop spasms. This isn't anything dangerous but it can happen either from being too sedentary or even from excess exercise.
I recommend doing some ab crunches and some core exercises. This should help it subside.
If it doesn't change after a week contact one of us to discuss in more detail and to figure out the next step. ...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


Upper Abdomen (Definition)

Draw a transverse line through the umbilicus and the upper abdomen includes every part of the belly above this line and below the ...Read more