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What causes involuntary muscle contractions?

What causes involuntary muscle contractions?

Various Reasons: This could be due to an electrolyte imbalance like low calcium or potassium. It could also be due to stress or anxiety. Could also be from caffeine, medication, exercise or lack of exercise. ...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


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Muscle contractions in the night I am over 50. Muscle tightening up?

Muscle  contractions in the night I am over 50. Muscle tightening up?

May be low calcium: With your age right now you should be taking calcium supplement 1200-1500mg per day.You may be low in calciumto have those muscle cramping.You should have your blood test done to check for calcium and vit.D as well because if you do not have enough vit d, your calcium that you are taking would not get to absorb properly. ...Read more

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Treating Muscle Strain (Checklist)

Determine cause, if possible
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Try R.I.C.E. (rest, ice, compression, elevation)
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Ease back into activity. Don't overdo it!
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Consider physical therapy or range-of-motion massage
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Involuntary muscle contractions of the urethra healthy or a problem?

Involuntary muscle contractions of the urethra healthy or a problem?

Necessary & healthy: You require involuntary contractions of the urethral sphincter muscles when you cough or sneeze to prevent expulsion of urine from the bladder, ie wetting. ...Read more

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About twice a week, when i eat protein it gets stuck about half way down my esophagus. It is very painful. What is happening? I either have to wait for it to slowly make it's way down, as i feel the muscle contractions, or throw up.

About twice a week, when i eat protein it gets stuck about half way down my esophagus.  It is very painful.  What is happening? I either have to wait for it to slowly make it's way down, as i feel the muscle contractions, or throw up.

Your : Your symptoms are concerning for an esophageal stricture, which means a narrowing of your esophagus. This can happen for no reason or sometimes can be caused by another condition. It is very important that you have evaluation for this, and possibly an endoscopy, which is a test where you are sedated and a physician looks into your esophagus with a scope, in order to make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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I'm 15 weeks pregnant. Lately when i orgasm i'm not getting the muscle contractions i usually do? I never had this b4 with my other pregnancies!

Muscle remodeling: A significant amount of muscle remodeling and pelvic relaxation occurs during pregnancy , for which its probably normal and not uncommon for women to have changes in their sexual function . It is completely safe to continue having intercourse during pregnancy unless there are concerns for preterm labor or cervical shortening. ...Read more

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Can damage to the 11th cranial nerve cause sustained muscle contraction of the trapezius? If so, how can it be treated and what is most effective?

Can damage to the 11th cranial nerve cause sustained muscle contraction of the trapezius? If so, how can it be treated and what is most effective?

Rare: Isolated CN injury is rare. Weakness of head turn to resistance or shoulder shrug weakness is seen. Spasm is usually not due to accessory nerve lesion. ...Read more

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Can you advise me to diagnose muscle contractions and spasms?

Muscle: Muscle will contract normally with motion and stabilization. Spasms are intermittent contractors that may be related to overuse, metabolic disturbances, dehydration, etc. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Muscle contractions?

What is the definition or description of: Muscle contractions?

Shortening: When a muscle contracts, it basically shortens. In a skeletal muscle, the shortening of the muscles then pulls on a tendon causing motion to occur in an adjacent joint. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the 3 different types of metabolic events of muscle contractions?

Don't kno 4 sure: But u think subconsciously move, the brain sends the info 2 the muscle via neurotransmitters the muscle contacts, as does the antagonistic muscle ; u get a smooth motion across a joint. The exact physiological process involved in the contraction ; relaxation is complicated ; would refer u 2 a physiology book on muscle contraction. ...Read more

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What can cause calf muscle contractions?

Calf muscle contraction: If you are experiencing the cramping at night then this is likely due to compression of lumbar nerves coming from your lower back. You may want to change the position in which you sleep or possibly even the mattress you are sleeping on. Follow up with a neurologist to determine whether you have lumbar spine problems. Good luck ...Read more

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Involuntary muscle contractions = fasciculations?

Big vs small: Fasiculations are involuntary small muscle contractions. There are lots of causes. If they persist, call your family doctor. ...Read more

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Involuntary muscle contractions vs fasciculations?

Big vs small: Fasiculations are involuntary small muscle contractions. There are lots of causes. If they persist, call your family doctor. ...Read more

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Very painful leg muscle contractions at night. Rls?

Very painful leg muscle contractions at night. Rls?

Probably not: Rls is described as an irresistible urge to move the legs which is often accompanied by unusual or unpleasant sensations in the legs that may be described as creeping, tugging, or pulling. What you are describing sounds more like nocturnal leg cramps which is commonly associated with varicose veins. ...Read more

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Involuntary muscle contractions in the arm are happening. Why?

Various Reasons: This could be due to an electrolyte imbalance like low calcium or potassium. It could also be due to stress or anxiety. Could also be from caffeine, medication, exercise or lack of exercise. If its bothersome or persistent, a doctor can help evaluate from history and labwork exactly why this is happening in your muscles. ...Read more

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Involuntary muscle contractions of the urethra healthy or a problem?

Necessary & healthy: You require involuntary contractions of the urethral sphincter muscles when you cough or sneeze to prevent expulsion of urine from the bladder, ie wetting. ...Read more

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Why is my girlfriend having muscle contractions in her belly at 27weeks?

Why is my girlfriend having muscle contractions in her belly at 27weeks?

Contractions?: If there is any pattern ot the contraction, she needs to get checked to make sure not in preterm labor. ...Read more

Contraction (Definition)

This usually has to do with the onset of labor. It is a muscular tightening of the uterus. Contractions are timed from beginning to end of hardening of the uterus (duration) and from beginning of one contraction until the beginning of the next (frequency). A third descriptor is intensity or how hard ...Read more


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Muscle Contractions (Definition)

When a muscle contracts, it basically shortens. In a skeletal muscle, the shortening of the muscles then pulls on a tendon causing motion to occur ...Read more