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Muscle Spasms In Upper Back And Chest
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
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
Back and shoulders are knotted up from muscle spasms. I have ms. Why would the area feel hot to touch, but no where else? I'm currently relapsing.
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
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
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
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?
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
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
How do you know the difference between a muscle pain or an inside pain- upper back right side through a bit to chest?
Movement: 37y w. unilateral upper back pain queries symptoms of various disordered tissues. Muscle/tendon pain reproducible by same vectors of mechanical stress & direct palpation. Referred neural pain elicited by movement of distant/contiguous body part, but not by direct palpation. Lung pain absent above described symptoms; constant or associated w. inspiration, shortness of breath, cough etc. See doctor. ...Read more
Having some pretty bad upper back pain and im also feeling pain in my chest for the past 10 hours should I be concerned or did I just pull a muscle?
Is there any permanent cure for neuromuscular pain and muscle spasm in chest and back? Which is better - drugs or physiotherapy?
I am going back to the doc something feels not right. My chest muscles keep spasming with my chostochondtitis and my heart rate shoots up.
Good idea: Especially if you are feeling cardiac symptoms, you definitely should go back and be seen for further evaluation. ...Read more
Yes: One can get muscle cramps in back can radiate to chest if it is in the upper back. ...Read more
What would cause tension in left shoulder blade, muscle spasms in shoulder blade, chest, and in upper outside of arm (not bicep)?
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
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
How can you tell the difference between muscle spasms in left back of chest and arms and heart pains in chest that run down arms?
No answer: You cannot tell the difference as a simple answer. Need a direct evaluation by your doctor. ...Read more
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
Back pain that goes between shoulder blades to below shoulder blade that started in November 2014 after FNA with muscle spasms and neck stiffness. Now radiating to front. Had a MRI cspine. Mild disc bulge c7t1. Mild scolosis. Books work normal. 3 chest X
See details: Still asking the same question I see. Your symptoms are too nonspecific to obtain an answer from a doctor who has never examined you. ...Read more
Over last 3months had many symptom chest pain hands pain muscle spasm and many more now I have constant low back pain and jely leg insomnia brain tumo?
Brain tumor: Symptoms do not sound like a brain tumor but check with your primary physician. ...Read more
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?
Computer guy posture. Hunched over, neck out. Now, upper back pains, also left side chest muscle sensations, stiffness. Anxiety as well. What to do?
Stretch: If you have computer guy posture you may have homer simpson body habitus too. Try stretching or working out. Get some resistance bands and focus on scapular strengthening. Try to improve your posture or evaluate your work station to make your posture better. ...Read more
Is it common for right trapezius muscle to be bigger on right? I don't exercise. My upper back on right has been hurting for one year. Ct chest clear
Are you right handed:
That may be the most simple answer. If you are right handed, you perform more movements, carry more things, and generally work out your right arm and shoulder more than your left, which could easily account for some muscle asymmetry, right side larger than left.
Ct of the chest probably included most of the trapezius muscles, and could be reviewed to look for any problems (unlikely). ...Read more
Did crunches & sit ups for the first time in months last night. Today upper back, armpits, chest hurt. Chest hurts to move or breathe. Pulled muscle?
Very likely.: Chest pain or breathing problems always worry us. That being said it sounds like you have a pretty close correlation between your work out and your symptoms starting. In addition you are young as well so serious causes are likely to be less common. Keep an eye on the symptoms, try tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen. IF you get any new or worrisome symptom get to your doc asap. ...Read more
Hello, I have a harsh pain when I swallow in my upper chest, upper back and neck. It feels like muscle pain, could it be a cold? Thanks in advance.
Important: Your symptoms are indicative of something in your esophagus causing referred pain to the chest, back and neck. It can also be due conditions of the other organs in the mediastinum. Please see your family physician at the earliest who will probably gave to run some tests to diagnose and treat this condition. ...Read more
27 y/o f. 2 months now on and off 1 second chest pain feels sharp pinchy in localized spot top of l breast, tight muscles upper back. 4 ekgs normal?
Chest pain: Not cardiac pain. Likely nothing of real concern. If you are nervous about it, you should see your doctor. ...Read more
Chest tightness, dry cough, persistent upper back/neck tightness. Muscles around chest and lungs feel tight makes it hard to breathe at times?
Respiratory distress: If you are truly having trouble breathing you should go ASAP and be seen and evaluated by a doctor. There is no way in which this can be diagnosed over the net. ...Read more
8 months upper back pain. First it would wrap to chest, now just on sholder and down arm when walking. Can it be spinal cord or muscle injury.
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
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