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My mom is 66. She is having severe cramping in the flexor and extensor muscles of her left hand and forearm. She is also having lower back pain.

My mom is 66. She is having severe cramping in the flexor and extensor muscles of her left hand and forearm. She is also having lower back pain.

Needs exam: There are a variety of conditions that may cause your mother's symptoms. Many of them can be ruled out by an exam and some labs. I would suggest starting with her regular DR who knows her medical history the best. ...Read more

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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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Shooting pain in my lower right arm occasionally will go into upper arm and feel as if my muscle is cramping. Made worse by hand use. What is it?

Shooting pain in my lower right arm occasionally will go into upper arm and feel as if my muscle is cramping. Made worse by hand use. What is it?

Overuse injury: Without more information, it sounds like you're experiencing pain near your forearm/wrist area, possibly due to overusing that body part. You may have a tendinitis or muscle/ligament strain, which radiates upward when you move your hand. If you're doing some repetitive movement with that hand/lower arm area, try to modify how you do things with that arm so you can rest the affected area. ...Read more

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Experiencing an occasional muscle cramping/spasm sensation just down from my big toe (left foot on side). Similar feeling to thigh or calf cramps.

Experiencing an occasional muscle cramping/spasm sensation just down from my big toe (left foot on side). Similar feeling to thigh or calf cramps.

Could be muscle or: This could be muscle or nerve. I can't be certain what your MRI, Nerve conduction studies and ultrasound showed. If these are negative This could be muscular or paresthesias. You can discuss this with your physician and perhaps see a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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What do I do for estreme leg, feet and hand muscle cramps? Kept me up all night--still spasaming. Tried diazapam that I have for occasional cramping and drank some tonic water for the quinine and drank gator ade for the electrolights.

What do I do for estreme leg, feet and hand muscle cramps? Kept me up all night--still spasaming.  Tried diazapam that I have for occasional cramping and drank some tonic water for the quinine and drank gator ade for the electrolights.

I : I agree with dr. Jaffery. Another consideration would be spinal cord irritation and a neurologic exam would be able to uncover that problem. Before you visit the neurologist make sure to differentiate between "spasms", cramps, and restless legs. Spasms respresent a painful and involuntary muscle contraction. It can not be released voluntarily. A muscle cramp is a sudden intermittent pain of a muscle that may involve involuntary contractions and can be associated with spasms. Restless legs refers to an uneasiness and restlessness in the legs when at rest. This most commonly occurs after going to bed but can be seen earlier in the evening (anticipation). Cramps can also be associated with arthritic conditions and cold exposure. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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How can I build forearm/extensor muscles with only a couple of dumbbells?

How can I build forearm/extensor muscles with only a couple of dumbbells?

Wrist curls flex/ext: Grip dumbbells with elbows flexed to 90 degrees and arms resting at your side. With palms facing up, flex your wrist toward your body for 8-12 repetitions. This will work your wrist flexors on the palmar aspect of your forearms. For wrist extensor muscles, simply pronate your forearms so that your palms face toward the ground, perform 8-12 extension repetitions. Do 3 sets for both muscle groups. ...Read more

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What i will do with my muscle cramps?

What i will do with my muscle cramps?

Take pain meds/seeMD: We can not really advice you what to do with muscle cramps without knowing what is causing your muscle spasm.We need more history as to how lond, location, associated symptoms, meds being taken, and need physical exam and if indicated other tests. Meawhile rest your muscles do not overuse them and take anti inflammatory pain meds and message may help as well.If persists check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Forearm Muscle Cramping (Definition)

Occasional forearm muscle cramping is a symptom in which there is spasm of the arm muscles. It is temporary and can be due to dehydration or low levels ...Read more