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Doctor insights on: Muscle Spasms That Won T Go Away

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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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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?

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. ...Read more

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Do I have a vitamin B12 deficiency or MS? Im 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? Im 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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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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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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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. ...Read more

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I have very minor muscle spasms that have been happening for months. Started Lexapro (escitalopram) months ago. Possible cause? Are they permanent or will go away?

I have very minor muscle spasms that have been happening for months. Started Lexapro (escitalopram) months ago. Possible cause? Are they permanent or will go away?

Extrapyramidal: It sounds like you are getting the so called extrapyramidal symptoms that sometime accompany psychiatric medications. If you stop the medicine they will most likely go away. They may go away on their own. Sometimes a dosage adjustment may reduce or eliminate a side effect like this. Talk to your prescribing physician about this! ...Read more

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Muscle spasms and pain inside of the vagina. What is the cause and how long does it take to go away?

Muscle spasms and pain inside of the vagina. What is the cause and how long does it take to go away?

Depends: Many things can trigger muscle spasms. Sometimes we don't find the cause. Sometimes it can get better on its own..Sometimes not. For any spasm:heat, stretch, massage the vagina you have to get more creative. See a gyn for exam for other triggering causes. Treatment options may include pelvic physical therapy, acupuncture, medications oral or topical, nerve blocks, Botox injection, neurostim. ...Read more

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I have muscle spasm in my trap, and I've had recurrent stingers that go away in about 5 minutes. What's going on in my neck/trap ?

I have muscle spasm in my trap, and I've had recurrent stingers that go away in about 5 minutes. What's going on in my neck/trap
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This can be nerve,: This can be nerve injury, like a disc in the neck, it could be muscle strain. This can be evaluated by you physician and you may need to see a neurologist, get imaging and then therapy including physical therapy and medications. ...Read more

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Lumbar muscle spasms so severe it drops me to the floor and i cant move! What can i do to make them go away? Its been 6 weeks and they get worse!

Lumbar muscle spasms so severe it drops me to the floor and i cant move! What can i do to make them go away? Its been 6 weeks and they get worse!

Low back pain: Progressive back spasms for six weeks requires an evaluation with a spine specialist. Low grade fever is worrisome for a possible infection in the spine. Imaging with MRI of the lumbar spine will provide more information about the soft tissues such as the discs and spinal canal than plain X-rays. ...Read more

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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. ...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 am having upper back and neck muscle spasms after a first rib resection. Will this go away on its own over time? Should I do/avoid anything?

I am having upper back and neck muscle spasms after a first rib resection. Will this go away on its own over time?  Should I do/avoid anything?

Advice: Yes, part of healing may involve postop spasms, and local irritation but would advise you try some medications, and perhaps some physical therapy and massage. Would start some gentle exercises, which could be taught by your therapist. Ask your doctor for some recommendations re. people who are skilled in these areas. ...Read more

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I get sweaty hands and frequent muscle spasms all over my body even when I'm not nervous. They both usually go away on vacations.What could cause this?

I get sweaty hands and frequent muscle spasms all over my body even when I'm not nervous. They both usually go away on vacations.What could cause this?

Possible Anxiety...: There are a multitude of possible reasons for these symptoms. From simple anxiety and stress to a host of endocrinological (glandular is an old term) or metabolic changes. I would stop caffeinated beverages (coffee, soft drinks/sodas, etc.) and probably see your Pediatrician or Primary Care Physician. The vacations may or may not help support anxiety as a reason, but not necessarily. ...Read more

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Best ways to relieve neck muscle spasms/tension/soreness from strain or overuse? How long for something like this to go away?

Best ways to relieve neck muscle spasms/tension/soreness from strain or overuse? How long for something like this to go away?

2-6 weeks: Depending on the cause, 2-6 weeks is usually the time it takes for it to get better. If its not too severe consider light exercise and not total rest after 2 weeks. ...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