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Everytime I am physically active I have severe muscle spasms the night after. What can I do?

Everytime I am physically active I have severe muscle spasms the night after. What can I do?

Hydration: Hydration, hydration, hydration. Make sure you are eating well and staying hydrated. Also if you are very active you may be deficient or low in essential vitamins and minerals. Make sure you are getting enough calcium, magnesium, and phosphate. ...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 am 22 years old and I have been suffering from severe muscle spasms for months and months now. What will primary Dr. do?

I am 22 years old and I have been suffering from severe muscle spasms for months and months now. What will primary Dr. do?

Evaluate: First, likely take a more detailed history followed by a thorough physical exam. This will then lead the doctor to a number of possible causes which can then often be confirmed or ruled out by further testing. ...Read more

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Severe muscle spasm with gallbladder?

Severe muscle spasm with gallbladder?

Need a wu: Check with your doctor. Obtain a gall bladder ultrasound and or a hida scan. ...Read more

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Could schizophrenia cause severe muscle spasms?

Could schizophrenia cause severe muscle spasms?

It can: There are reports of muscle spasms being associated with schizophrenia, although some authors suggest this is a result of the treatment of the disorder rather than the disorder itself. Please see your doctor to determine potential causes of these symptoms, particularly if they are new. ...Read more

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My mom is having severe muscle spasms all over her body what causes them and what relief can she get?

My mom is having severe muscle spasms all over her body what causes them and what relief can she get?

There are a few: Causes, including severe dehydration or deficits in certain things like potassium or magnesium, which can be life threatening. Is she on a statin? That can cause it as well. If she is having other symptoms, this could be something emotional or neurological as well. Hard to tell without a physical exam and labs. If they are acute in nature, i would recommend seeing a physician sooner than later. ...Read more

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I am getting severe muscle spasms on the left just under my rib cage. It is painful & I have to wait unable to move until I actually feel it release.

I am getting severe muscle spasms on the left just under my rib cage. It is painful & I have to wait unable to move until I actually feel it release.

Pulled muscle: can do this. Other conditions that can cause pain in this area include Gall bladder disease, pleurisy and heart disease. Your description sounds like you may have stretched too far and pulled a muscle. If you have shortness of breath, sweating, fever or the problem does not resolve see a doctor. ...Read more

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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

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I've been having severe muscle spasm on the back of my thighs. What is the cause and what can I do to relieve the pain? Can not sleep.

Many possibilities: Meds you are taking may interfere with some food absorption including calcium. Try chewing tums (calcium carbonate) with each meal. Also increase potassium intake by eating 2 oranges daily or other foods rich in potasium. Muscle strains and pinched nerves can also cause muscle spasms. If symptoms do not improve, then exam, blood test, and other tests may be needed. ...Read more

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My spouse's TgAB level is pretty high. She is having severe muscle spasms and stiffness & pain in neck. The aceclofenac medications did not help...

My spouse's TgAB level is pretty high. She is having severe muscle spasms and stiffness & pain in neck. The aceclofenac medications did not help...

No connection: Your spouse may have an inflammation of her thryoid which needs treatment however her muscle spasms are most likely not related. However, ask the Doctor who is following her for her thyroid condition if he/she may wish to get some muscle studies and a serum Calcium level to r/o other "autoimmune" conditions. Hope this helps Dr Z ...Read more

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My husband woke up today with severe muscle spasms in his lower back. Can I give him both orphenadrine and oxycodone at the same time?

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My husband woke up today with severe muscle spasms in his lower back. Can I give him both orphenadrine and oxycodone at the same time?

Be careful,: orphenadrine and oxycodone both increase sedation and drowsiness. It is always good to ask a prescribing physician for side effects and potential complications. You also can apply moist heat, passive stretch and squeeze, gentle massage and Aleve (naproxen) OTC. See your PCP soon. ...Read more

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I have burning in my calf and inner thighs. Had severe muscle spasms in calf but took magnesium and they subsided. Then the burning started. ?

I have burning in my calf and inner thighs. Had severe muscle spasms in calf but took magnesium and they subsided.  Then the burning started.  ?

Disk disease?: Consider this is originating from a low back disc affecting the nerve going to the calf. If a rash occurs in your calf then could be shingles. I would recommend an evaluation from your PCP. ...Read more

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I have been getting severe muscle spasms in my right calf during the night due to a tendon that is damaged around the left side of my ankle. What dr.?

I have been getting severe muscle spasms in my right calf during the night due to a tendon that is damaged around the left side of my ankle. What dr.?

Leg Pain: I would recommend a physical medicine physician called a "physiatrist". Their training involves a combination or nonsurgical orthopedics and neurology to help people with impairments and pain. ...Read more

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I have spondylothesis i don't know what grade . I am having severe muscle spasm on both sides of my lower back and constant pain in upper back . What?

See someone: There are several types of spondylolisthesis, and two are quite common. Depending on the whold picture (all your symptoms, your story), many will do well with an exercise program to strengthen your core (back and tummy muscles) and increase general fitness. Medication and therapy, sometimes injections, sometimes surgery play a role. See your primary doctor or a spine specialist. ...Read more

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63 you male 6000mg a day for severe muscle spasms. Have had 2 heart attacks and 8 stents and cad. Any problems with this medicine and dose?

63 you male 6000mg a day for severe muscle spasms. Have had 2 heart  attacks and 8 stents and cad.  Any  problems with this medicine and dose?

Which medication?: 6000mg a day for any of the medications you list is a very LARGE amount that should not be taken for very long since other complications can occur. You need to speak with your doctor about getting that dosage under better management. ...Read more

Muscle Twitches (Definition)

The twitches you can see and feel in muscle are contractions of irritable muscle fibers. They are sometimes seen with muscle fatigue. I sometimes see young people with fasciculations who google the word and come in afraid they have ALS . There is also an entity called benign fasciculation syndrome that is sometimes accompanied by cramping. Caffeine and theophylline (in ...Read more


Dr. Adam Hebb
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Spasmodic Torticollis (Definition)

Torticollis is a hyper spasmodic condition of the neck in which the neck and/or head is abnormally positioned in an asymmetric position. Also called Wry neck, the top of the head is tilted in one direction and the chin in another direction. Common causes are drug side effects (probably most common), and injury to the neck and cervical nerves. ...Read more