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Doctor insights on: Neurological Disorders That Cause Muscle Spasms

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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

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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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? 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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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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Can paravertebral muscle spasm can cause neurological symptoms?

Can paravertebral muscle spasm can cause neurological symptoms?

Sometimes: If paravertebral muscle spasms have been ongoing for awhile they can eventually cause some events to occur that could incite neurological symptoms. What kind of neurological symptoms are you having, and where is your muscle spasm (s) occurring? If you are experiencing any loss of bowel or bladder control or numbness in your upper inner thighs you need to be evaluated ASAP. ...Read more

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Are there any neurological disorders that cause really bad headaches bad neck/ back pain. Had this since august, and nothing works, no drugs will help?

Are there any neurological disorders that cause really bad headaches bad neck/ back pain. Had this since august, and nothing works, no drugs will help?

Chronic daily H.A.'s: Maybe you too have migraine, and your "drugs" have precipitated a more frequent pattern. There are items which can both stop and prevent headaches, both prescription and otc. Suggest you seek an experienced neurologist, and get this controlled. Avoid pain meds of all types, as will just exacerbate your problems. ...Read more

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Can aspartame cause neurological disorders?

Can aspartame cause neurological disorders?

Yes: I had a patient who drank 1-2 gallons of diet soda every day and had a pretty bad peripheral neuropathy. When he cut back, his symptoms improved. ...Read more

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What neurological disorders could cause an infant to hold its breath?

What neurological disorders could cause an infant to hold its breath?

Breath holding spell: Breath holding spells are common in infants, frightening looking, but the baby can easily be stimulated to take a breath. Should wake up and be normal, not drowsy. ...Read more

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One month old baby holds breath - seems dazed after but returns to normal. What neurological disorders could cause this?

One month old baby holds breath - seems dazed after but returns to normal. What neurological disorders could cause this?

See doctor: This could be normal periodic infant breathing but if she seems dazed then she should see her doctor. It could be a lot of other things, too many to discuss here. If she has any blue discoloration on face or fingers, or stops breathing for more than 10-15 sec, go to the ER. Consider taking a short video of the episode. May help docs decide what it is. ...Read more

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Are tattoos safe heath wise? Do they seep into your skin & cause disease or illnesses? Can they affect neurological disorders? I am wondering. Thanks.

Are tattoos safe heath wise? Do they seep into your skin & cause disease or illnesses? Can they affect neurological disorders? I am wondering. Thanks.

? Safe: I remove tattoos using lasers every day. The ink is located in your dermis about 2mm below the skin. The ink can cause allergic reactions and make immune bumps called granulomas and can get infected.
It is in question whether yellow ink is associated with skin cancer. They do not seem to make chronic illness or cause neurological problems.
It is possible to get infections if placed unsterile. ...Read more

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Can titanium implants, such as plates and pins that have been left in the body for long periods of time cause neurological disorders such as anxiety?

Can titanium implants, such as plates and pins that have been left in the body for long periods of time cause neurological disorders such as anxiety?

Titanium anxiety: Titanium as a general rule is very well tolerated as an implant. A very few people will develop an allergy to this metal. Symptoms are usually a local reaction or drainage near the insertion site. Anxiety about an implant without other symptoms is usually more of an emotional response than from the implant itself. Evaluation by a physician to differentiate the two is indicated. ...Read more

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What neurological disorders can also cause gastric symptoms?

What neurological disorders can also cause gastric symptoms?

Seizures: A range of neurological conditions can cause GI symptoms ranging from things as simple as anxiety to seizure disorders. ...Read more

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Random metallic taste in mouth past few days with no known obvious causes. What could cause this? What neurological disorders could cause this?

Random metallic taste in mouth past few days with no known obvious causes. What could cause this? What neurological disorders could cause this?

Metallic taste: Sometimes people have a sense of smell as a symptom prior to or associated with a seizure. I am not aware of an unusual taste, although taste and smell are closely related.

I cannot think of any neurological conditions that cause this, but some medicines cause this as a side effect. ...Read more

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What lifethreatening neurological disorders cause pain in lower abdomen when urinating and excreting?

Here are some...: Being 24, the odd is in your favor. At this time, your concern has exceed reality of life & disease; that is unnecessary. Right now, focus on how to reach a reasonable diagnosis for your symptoms; how to get these done rightly? Go to http://www. Formefirst. Com/eNewsletter06.html, http://www. Formefirst. Com/Basics-SelfImprovement. Html, & others in the self-explanatory selected categories in the site. ...Read more

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What neurological disorders could cause choking/ swallowing trouble usually while drifting off to sleep? Also have parethesia and myoclonic jerks.

What neurological disorders could cause choking/ swallowing trouble usually while drifting off to sleep? Also have parethesia and myoclonic jerks.

Doctor can evaluate: A primary care doctor, an ENT doctor, a neurologist, and a sleep medicine specialist can help figure out what is going on if a person has sensations of trouble swallowing while going to sleep. There could be a problem with the nerves controlling muscles in the tongue, throat, esophagus, etc... There could be other disorders (such a swelling, looseness, tumors, etc...) in those parts of the body. ...Read more

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Can TMJ cause neurological disorders? When my jaw pain, jaw swelling started. Is when my tremors started and jerks while trying to sleep started.

Can TMJ cause neurological disorders? When my jaw pain, jaw swelling started. Is when my tremors started and jerks while trying to sleep started.

Do you have seizures: It is possible that the jaw pain is a symptom of a neurological problem itself. Do you have a seizure disorder. You may want to see a Neurologist. ...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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How does hemivertebrae cause neurologic problems?

Severe spinal curve: The spine curves with eventual kinking of nerve in spinal canal the curve have to be huge kyphosis forward bending is a risk for neuro problems. ...Read more

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What are some neurological disorders that affect handwriting?

Numerous: Can range from writer's cramp, a dystonia, weakness or numbness due to pinched nerve, micro-graphia in Parkinson's, shaking due to essential tremor, incoordination due to cerebellar lesion, etc., but even adverse effects of some medications, drugs, and alcohol. ...Read more

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Looking for a dr in illinois specializing in als, muscular, neurological disorders or diseases.

Looking for a dr in illinois specializing in als, muscular, neurological disorders or diseases.

Medical school: Many excellent medical schools in Chicago, and within your state. Contact closest school, ask for Dept of Neurology, and you will find a sub-specialist who can address your concerns. ...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. Chirag Patel
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Neurologic Problems (Definition)

Neurologic problems are conditions where there has been damage to the brain and/or nerves, causing symptoms that relate to ...Read more