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Feeling some twitching in limbs and stiffness in other parts of limbs, what to do?

Feeling some twitching in limbs and stiffness in other parts of limbs, what to do?

See a neurologist: neurologist may be able to find the cause and then treat it. ...Read more

Dr. Tapan Joshi
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Spasticity (Definition)

Spasticity = "Spasticity is stiff or rigid muscles. It may also be called unusual tightness or increased muscle tone. Reflexes (for example, a knee-jerk reflex) are stronger or exaggerated. The condition can interfere with walking, movement, or speech." Per ...Read more


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What are the symptoms of injury of the nerves exiting the neck and thoracic spine? Difficulty breathing? Loss of tone causing poor posture? Burning?

What are the symptoms of injury of the nerves exiting the neck and thoracic spine? Difficulty breathing? Loss of tone causing poor posture? Burning?

Radiating pain.: Although one could experience some shortness of breath, more common would be a radiculopathy (pain radiating to one or more limbs). Less common would be loss of tone causing a change in ones posture. ...Read more

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Numbness in hands, tingling in lower half of body, weakness of the limbs, loss of balance, decreased energy, and stiff muscles? It's not anxiety!

Numbness in hands, tingling in lower half of body, weakness of the limbs, loss of balance, decreased energy, and stiff muscles? It's not anxiety!

Consult Neurologist: Anxiety can have many symptoms, however muscle weakness and stiffness does not seem to be symptoms commonly related to anxiety disorders. Tingling, numbness and loss of balance could beproblems related to many neurological conditions, or side effects of medications/substances. A neurologist should be able to rule out any other issues that could be causing these symptoms. ...Read more

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What's the cause of morning stiffness of muscles and joints?

What's the cause of morning stiffness of muscles and joints?

Swelling: This can be just a little in the tissues and after you are up and about the use of the joints and soft tissues mobilize the swelling and decrease it leading to improvement. ...Read more

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Pain numbness in both hands primarily in the last 3 fingers with involuntary muscle movement and weakness?

Pain numbness in both hands primarily in the last 3 fingers with involuntary muscle movement and weakness?

See your doctor: Unfortunately without more information, this is impossible to answer. However, I'd strongly suggest seeing your doctor to be evaluated as motor control in the fingers originates in the cranial spinal nerves. Good luck! ...Read more

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What is the cause of spasticity in paralysis?

What is the cause of spasticity in paralysis?

Different theories: There are many different theories about what causes spasticity but the best explanation that i can give you is that under normal circumstances there is a balance between excitation and inhibition of muscle tone and movement. When there is injury or disease of the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord), there is excess excitation and not enough inhibition and the tone of certain muscles. ...Read more

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Will tens reduce the muscle spasticity in legs?

Will tens reduce the muscle spasticity in legs?

Not really: Tens is low intensity electrical stimulation so mainly helps for pain control but a different form of electrical stimulation can help to decrease spasticity which i personally loves to use since it has practically no side effects and pt can use it at home once trained appropriately and it cost about 500$ which is equal to 1.5 vials of botox. ...Read more

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Is feet numbness and muscle spasms a side effect of hydrocephalus?

Is feet numbness and muscle spasms a side effect of hydrocephalus?

Hydrocephalus: Foot numbness and muscle spasms are not typical of hydrocephalus. The classic symptoms are wet, wobbly and weird. The three Ws are: 1) urinary incontinence; 2) shuffling gait and a feeling that the feet are stuck to the floor; and 3) short-term memory loss. Numbness and muscle spasms may be caused by narrowing of the spinal canal and compression of the spinal cord or polyneuropathy. ...Read more

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Experiencing prolonged periods of neuropathy in both hands often resulting in total loss of sensation. diminished range of motion and weakness...

Experiencing prolonged periods of neuropathy in both hands often resulting in total loss of sensation. diminished range of motion and weakness...

Define "total": Please clarify what you mean by "total". I see that you have had CTR. Does "total" mean that ALL THE FINGERS are involved vs the first 3 fingers of either hand? If it's the first "total" then something other than CTS is happening. Given your comment that there is weakness you should see a Neurologist ASAP. On the hand, if your symptoms are confined to the 3 fingers, it may be recurrent CTS ...Read more

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Stroke symptoms, numbness of the left side of the arm?

Stroke symptoms, numbness of the left side of the arm?

This could be stroke: or it could be from other causes of left arm numbness. Is there weakness? Is there increased reflexes. If you think you have a stroke you should see a doctor as soon as possible. An MRI done with diffusion weighted imaging can tell if you have a stroke. Ask your doctor fi this could help you. ...Read more

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Involuntary movement of the leg?

Involuntary movement of the leg?

PLMD: During sleep this could be plmd. Many other cause are also possible. Need to see a neurologist. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of neurogenic atrophy in thenar muscle from nerve injury?

What are the symptoms of neurogenic atrophy in thenar muscle from nerve injury?

Thenar atrophy: Thenar muscle weakness results in thumb abduction weakness. This movement is holding the thumb straight up when the back of your hand is turned down (not shown in the picture). It should be able to overcome some resistance to adopt this position. You may also see a dimple in the muscle area at the base of your thumb. ...Read more

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Swelling of the mouth and pain in the limbs?

Swelling of the mouth and pain in the limbs?

Angioedema: Sounds like angioedema.......Or a viral infection that causes muscle aches or even a bacterial infection of the tonsils/pharynx. You need to see your primary care doctor to rule out infection and then determine the best course of treatment. ...Read more

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What is the difference between hypotonia and spasticity in spinal chord injury?

What is the difference between hypotonia and spasticity in spinal chord injury?

Muscle tone: Hypotonia is related to a muscle being too "relaxed" and spacticity means that a muscle is too "tight" and spasmodic. After a spinal cord injury the brain can no longer control in a perfect and efficient way the signals it gives to the nerves. Those nerves that eventually reach the various muscles and give too many or too few "commands". The muscles become too "tight" or too "relaxed". ...Read more

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What are the causes of stiffness around the hip joint?

What are the causes of stiffness around the hip joint?

Arthritis: Low grade arthritis is probably the most common cause. Be warned, many people mistake low back pain for hip pain. Get it evaluated. ...Read more

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Can muscle tension in the neck cause tingling in the face?

Can muscle tension in the neck cause tingling in the face?

It is possible: Muscle tension can certainly cause tingling in the face by causing referred symptoms and affecting the superficial nerves. If the tingling is worse when you press on the tight muscles, it is a good indication that the symptoms are related. A physiatrist can help develop a treatment plan for this and can help look for other causes. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Stiffness of the limbs?

What is the definition or description of: Stiffness of the limbs?

Limb stiffness: Stiffness of the limbs = lack of flexibility of extremities. ...Read more

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Plz answr frnd is hvng stiffness in left limbs while awake bt no stiffness while slept this is aftr je? Why is this..Is this a good sign or bad sign?

Plz answr frnd is hvng stiffness in left limbs while awake bt no stiffness while slept this is aftr je? Why is this..Is this a good sign or bad sign?

See a Neurologist : If by je you mean japanese encephalitis, all these symtoms are seen with je. Japanese encephalitis is mosquito born and is also seen in india. Must see a neurologist as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Feeling some twitching in limbs and stiffness in other parts of limbs, what to do?

See a neurologist: neurologist may be able to find the cause and then treat it. ...Read more

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I have severe spasticity in my lower left limb due to a tbi. A split tendon transfer is not an option, is an amputation a plausible next step?

I have severe spasticity in my lower left limb due to a tbi. A split tendon transfer is not an option, is an amputation a plausible next step?

Unlikely.: It sounds like your spasticity is so tight that it is focal rigidity and is refractory to other treatments. Although the answer is complicated, for brevity, it is unlikely that spasticity producing pain, skin breakdown, or some other secondary effect will require an amputation. In addition, if pain is a problem, you may end with phantom pain thus compounding your problem. ...Read more

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Paralyzis and hyperalgesia in one limb initiated 2 weeks after scoliosis surgery. sphincter incont Clonus. Spasticity. upper motor neuron lesion? why?

Paralyzis and hyperalgesia in one limb initiated 2 weeks after scoliosis surgery. sphincter incont Clonus. Spasticity. upper motor neuron lesion? why?

Postop complication: One has to worry about a delayed postoperative complication-significant!!!! Need to see operating surgeon . Potential causes would be hematoma(blood) compressing spinal cord or even a spinal cord lesion remote from operative site ...Read more

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I have spasticity in my lower limb from a tbi. I tried oral and injectable drugs. Split tendon transfer is not an option. I'm active. Thoughts on amputation?

I have spasticity in my lower limb from a tbi. I tried oral and injectable drugs. Split tendon transfer is not an option. I'm active. Thoughts on amputation?

Need to adapt: You have a permanent deficit. Many children with cerebral palsy learn to live with their disability and are active and participate in regular sports and activities. You now have a form of acquired cerebral palsy. Learn to adapt to it. A good therapy program will help, and trained therapists can be sure that you have the best bracing and stretching methods to provide optimal outcome. ...Read more

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For lower limb spasticity, are there any other injectables available besides Botox? I also do not like the idea of the baclofen pump.

For lower limb spasticity, are there any other injectables available besides Botox? I also do not like the idea of the baclofen pump.

A couple approaches: Several oral meds may work well for spasticity, such as tizanidine, dantrolene sodium, even diazepam. BOTOX is approved by FDA for upper limb but not yet for lower limb. Baclofen outside of pump is mediocre, but coming soon is long-acting form which will make all the difference (might try Amrix for time being). Also, try physical therapy, biofeedback, acupuncture. ?medical marijuana? ...Read more

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I have urinary problems, extreme pain in muscles at top of right arm, stiffness in all limbs, dizzy when standing?

I have urinary problems, extreme pain in muscles at top of right arm, stiffness in all limbs, dizzy when standing?

Hard to say: This is difficult to say. You could have an infection, viral or UTI. If you are not better or things worsen, you should see an MD to get your blood pressure and urine checked and perhaps lab work. ...Read more

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My gf hd TB meningitis 1 yr bck nd her doc jst told me tht hr biggest issue is spastic quadriparesis. She cn move all limbs bt can't walk straight. Dey gave baclofen+tizanidine. Any other treatment?

My gf hd TB meningitis 1 yr bck nd her doc jst told me tht hr biggest issue is spastic quadriparesis. She cn move all limbs bt can't walk straight. Dey gave baclofen+tizanidine. Any other treatment?

Post-meningitic: TB affects multiple areas and can damage the nervous system by both direct damage and vasculitis of penetrating vessels from the meninges to the brain resulting in infarcts (killing of brain cells). This is not generally fully reversible and must be treated symptomatically. The only person who can determine what is necessary is the neurologist seeing her. Stick with them and be hopeful. ...Read more

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77 year-old man with spasticity and stiffness in his back and limbs, causing great difficulty in mobility.....?

77 year-old man with spasticity and stiffness in his back and limbs, causing great difficulty in mobility.....?

Neurologist: Patient should definitely be seen by a neurologist for testing. Electrodiagnostic studies, imaging, and labs can provide objective evidence to better understand physiology and offer perhaps more effective treatment and management options. ...Read more

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Best way of preventing back stiffness after prolonged walking in patient with m.S. For 31 years.?

Not really: I am pleased for you that you are still walking. Stiffness is from the spacticity. Medications can help but do have side effects. If your walk is difficult, consider the 4 wheeled shopping cart design of walker that smooths out your balance and gait you may find this more comfortable and help you walk at a better speed. ...Read more

Dr. Walker Wynkoop
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Stiffness Or Decreased Movement (Definition)

Stiffness is a symptom of inflammation surrounding a joint or muscle and making it more resistant to movement. Neurological disorders can sometimes cause stiffness. ...Read more


Extremity (Definition)

Is appendage or body part that extends from the main body, such as arms or ...Read more