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Is having mulitple severe muscle spasms when falling asleep normal?

Is having mulitple severe muscle spasms when falling asleep normal?

Hypnic jerk: A whole-body spasm (hypnic jerk) is almost always harmless, but may be a function of difficulty falling asleep, or getting comfortable sleeping. If they cause you difficulty a sleep medicine doctor may be able to help. ...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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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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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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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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Recently I feel like I have been falling asleep more during the day. I feel foggy, and sometimes my muscle jolt too. It is affecting me at school. ?

Recently I feel like I have been falling asleep more during the day. I feel foggy, and sometimes my muscle jolt too. It is affecting me at school. ?

Foggy & Joint Pain: Lots of possibilities and you need to see your doctor to find out. Your symptoms are seen in Lyme Disease. You may also have sleep apnea which interferes w/the quality of your sleep at night. Are you depressed about something? Professional support can be very helpful in your situation. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Does deep muscle relaxation work for falling asleep?

Does deep muscle relaxation work for falling asleep?

The key: to using any relaxation method with insomnia is to concentrate on relaxing, not on falling sleep. Mindfulness meditation, deep muscle relaxation, pleasant imagery, and physical methods such as a warm bath can help but when you think about how badly you want to sleep and "try hard", you stay awake. Studies even show trying to stay awake helps you fall asleep! ...Read more

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What causes severe muscle twitches while falling asleep?

What causes severe muscle twitches while falling asleep?

Normal? : The sudden jerking movement occurring on the verge of falling asleep is a normal phenomenon! ...Read more

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Are muscles jumping and twitching when falling asleep common for being on suboxone? I take 12mg daily, last at 6:30 pm. I go to bed around 11:00/12:00.

Are muscles jumping and twitching when falling asleep common for being on suboxone? I take 12mg daily, last at 6:30 pm. I go to bed around 11:00/12:00.

Maybe: Twirching of the extremities, as you describe is common as part of opiate withdrawal symptoms. In fact, that's the origin of the expression: kicking the habit. So, you need to discuss this situation with your prescribing physician to best determine why you might be in withdrawal symptoms. I wonder if you are leaving it under your tongue long enough and are not getting the full dose? Good luck. ...Read more

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Right shoulder down arm sometimes numb like falling asleep feeling with feeling muscles are tenced up on forarm, sitting up riding motor bike right n?

Right shoulder down arm sometimes numb like falling asleep feeling with feeling muscles are tenced up on forarm, sitting up  riding motor bike  right n?

Concerned...: The symptoms you are describing can be caused by a few things; most common would be a nerve entrapment locally or from your neck. Postural changes can also be the culprit; best to let your doctor examine you to determine the cause and put you on the 'bicycle path' to wellness/appropriate treament. ...Read more

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Can meth be the cause of twitching , irregular muscle movement , fidgeting while i'm falling/asleep ?

Can meth be the cause of twitching , irregular muscle movement , fidgeting while i'm falling/asleep ?

It sure can: Yes, methamphetamine can do all those things and more. It's an extremely dangerous drug -- can kill fast with heart attack or stroke, or slower with gradual deterioration of mind and body. http://tinyurl.com/ll99z help is available via crystal meth anonymous: http://tinyurl.Com/lrxsz5y i hope whoever you know that's doing meth, will take crystal meth anonymous up on the support they offer. ...Read more

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I have constant muscle twitching all over my body like a heartbeat under my skin and recently having problems with my hands and feet falling asleep?

I have constant muscle twitching all over my body like a heartbeat under my skin and recently having problems with my hands and feet falling asleep?

Out of Whack!!!??: You need a pe to find if you have a systemic or muscular disorder. If all the testing is normal then you most likely are having myofascial muscular disease. Not dangerous but will corrupt you well-being. Begin a self-care wellness program of vits, magnesium glycinate, sleep hygiene, self/pro massage, chiropractor, heat, epsom soaking, stretching. I use acupuncture! ...Read more

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I am experiencing low muscle tone, loss of sex drive, fatigue, difficulty sleeping (quality: difficulty falling asleep, unrefreshing sleep) , hair...

I am experiencing  low muscle tone, loss of sex drive, fatigue, difficulty sleeping (quality: difficulty falling asleep, unrefreshing sleep) , hair...

Multiple causes: anxiety / depression would be the most common, however other causes such thyroid dysfunction or other organic disorders would be the case. Need to see your doctor for assessment, good luck ...Read more

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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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I had a muscle spasm last night while asleep which woke me up. Normally they last a few seconds to a minute but this one has lasted 8 hours. Why?

I had a muscle spasm last night while asleep which woke me up. Normally they last a few seconds to a minute but this one has lasted 8 hours. Why?

It sounds like: you are describing muscle cramps,which come and go.Muscle spasms last longer(hours to days).Cramps and spasms are symptoms of underlying muscle irritability( electrolyte imbalance,arthritis,dehydration,etc.).It is important to discover the cause of this irritability,so one can treat specifically .Just an aside,A 6 pack of Tonic Water can relieve recurrent muscle cramps.See your doc. ...Read more

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I can be sound asleep when suddenly I get very painful muscle spasms in my back that hurt so bad I can't catch my breath?

I can be sound asleep when suddenly I get very painful muscle spasms in my back that hurt so bad I can't catch my breath?

Examination and labs: With what sounds to be a history of a herniated disk I think you can definitely benefit from a good back examination, screening labs, and a good exercise (Tai Chi, yoga) program ...Read more

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I have severe muscle spasms in my left leg. Weakness in both legs. Both hands fall asleep and I have a loss of sensitivity in my fingers?

I have severe muscle spasms in my left leg. Weakness in both legs. Both hands fall asleep and I have a loss of sensitivity in my fingers?

See Neurologist now: Your symptoms are very concerning, urgent that you see Neurologist asap. Comprehensive workup is indicated including blood tests, MRI of spine and brain. If these symptoms just started, call 911 or go to nearest ER. You did not give any history, but it will be important to determine if you have had recent injury, trauma or involved in Motor vehicle accident. Please see Neurologist now, ...Read more

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7 yr old with a choroidal fissure will fall asleep and then eyes wil open muscle spasm in face and twitching limbs is that normal.

7 yr old with a choroidal fissure will fall asleep and then eyes wil open muscle spasm in face and twitching limbs is that normal.

If a cyst increases : In size to the point that it compresses brain tissue adjacent to it, it may cause symptoms, sometimes seizures, the type of which depends on its location. Congenital choroidal fissure cysts are benign, cerebro-spinal fluid-filled cysts that rarely cause smptoms or require surgical treatment. However, if these symptoms are new, see her neurologist to determine their significance. ...Read more

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Muscle spasms and flexing while sleeping?

Muscle spasms and flexing while sleeping?

Muscle spasm: can occur in virtually any muscle, but they are most common in the legs. A number of factors may cause a muscle spasm like overexercise, inadequate blood supply, luck of vitamin B. Prevention is the best treatment. ...Read more

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TCan HGH cause twitching or muscle spasms while sleeping?

No: Is this GH that you are taking or an adult man or a teenager or a younger child is taking? GH does not cause twitching or muscle spasms but I worry that the person taking it is doing it to build muscle and it is not approved for that. ...Read more

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This wknd I stretched when sleeping and woke up to lower calf muscle spasms in my right leg. I had two this wknd. How to stop them?

Spasms: I strongly recommend you have someone take you to the nearest Emergency facility. That team should be well able to get you under control.

Hope all goes well - please keep me posted. ...Read more

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I've been depressed for the past 2 weeks (not the first time), have racing thoughts, chest pain,muscle spasms and sleeping troubles. Is this anxiety?

I've been depressed for the past 2 weeks (not the first time), have racing thoughts, chest pain,muscle spasms and sleeping troubles. Is this anxiety?

See your pcp: to get checked for chest pain, muscle spasms. Can only say it's from anxiety after medical evaluation has ruled out physical causes. Tell your doctor how you've been feeling, include any meds you take, any alcohol/drug/tobacco use. Ask for referral to a mental health professional if all points to psychological issues. Good you've asked for help here. Hope you feel better soon. ...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

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