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What causes muscle spasm in the throat?

What causes muscle spasm in the throat?

Many things..: The causes are many, so when I see patients with this symptom, I start by asking about recent stressors, anxiety, symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux, any new medications they're taking, associated symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, wheeze)... And then i'd think about getting an esophagram, and consultation with ENT if the problem's persisting. ...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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Bad muscle spasms in my throat. I've never had these before. It hurts bad like my throat is stuck in a position and I can't swallow. What causes this?

Bad muscle spasms in my throat. I've never had these before. It hurts bad like my throat is stuck in a position and I can't swallow. What causes this?

See a doctor: A lot of reasons could cause spasm in the throat and the esophagus mostly reflux but is strongly recommend that you see a doctor for proper evaluation ...Read more

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Why/how would a minor panic attack cause a head/neck muscle spasm?

Why/how would a minor panic attack cause a head/neck muscle spasm?

Possibly: Anxiety often causes the tensing or spasming of muscles, particularly in the neck. If this continues or is particularly annoying, talk to your doctor of chiropractor about it. ...Read more

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Mri of my neck shows straightening of the curvature after having muscle spasms and nerve injury. I have headaches everyday. Does this cause it?

Mri of my neck shows straightening of the curvature after having muscle spasms and nerve injury. I have headaches everyday. Does this cause it?

YES: You could be suffering from cervicogenic headaches, a common form of headaches due to cervical spine disease or muscle spasms. ...Read more

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Would muscle spasms in shoulder and upper back and shoulder cause stinging pain in neck when I try to stretch, sleep. Dr. : stress and back spasm?

Would muscle spasms in shoulder and upper back and shoulder cause stinging pain in neck when I try to stretch, sleep. Dr. : stress and back spasm?

Possibly: Yes it could, but so could other more serious issues like a pinched nerve in the neck. Even if it is a muscle spasm, the more important question is what is the cause for e spasms. Are you over working them or is it compensatory response to a more serious injury in the neck.
Bottom line- go get checked out. ...Read more

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Hey I was wonder can a muscle spasm in my neck on the right side cause me to have shortness of breath?

Hey I was wonder can a muscle spasm in my neck on the right side cause me to have shortness of breath?

Neck muscle: Not directly, but if the spasm is related to anxiety, it can be associated with shortness of breath and other hyper arousal symptoms. ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause shoulder and neck muscle spasm on one side with dizziness?

Can anxiety cause shoulder and neck muscle spasm on one side with dizziness?

Not directly: The link between anxiety and a specific spasm or physical symptom is indirect. Anxiety initiates the fight/flight response in humans. In actual threat it is life-saving. In emotional threat, it pumps the same chemicals through us and our bodies respond in unique (maybe common) ways. Maybe, thrown off balance, you get dizzy. Not running, your most vulnerable muscles read the signal and tighten. CBT ...Read more

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What causes muscle spasms I've been having muscle spasms constantly but worse at night. It happens in nearly every part of my body like chest, ribs, back, shoulder, legs and neck. My muscles always feel tense and I can't relax them at all. I'm very tired a

What causes muscle spasms I've been having muscle spasms constantly but worse at night. It happens in nearly every part of my body like chest, ribs, back, shoulder, legs and neck. My muscles always feel tense and I can't relax them at all. I'm very tired a

Physician evaluation: Muscle twitches are often seen in normal individuals after exercise, with physical or emotional stress, as part of a syndrome called benign fasciculation syndrome and may be caused by a wide variety of other problems such as electrolyte abnormalities, thyroid disease, and nerve root compression. Cramps can also be a side effect of cholesterol control medications. You should be evaluated by your md. ...Read more

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What causes muscle spasms in the head and neck?

What causes muscle spasms in the head and neck?

Muscle spasms: Usually a muscle spasm happens around the spine when it tries to "stabilize" the spine during a strain. When you strain it during sleep in a bad position or when you turn abruptly the wrong way, the spasm lasts long after the uncomfortable event is done. In order for it to go away, spine needs to be realigned, and the muscles need to relax. Sometimes heat helps that or muscle relaxants or yoga etc. ...Read more

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Can muscle spasm in upper back/neck cause a temporary spinal curvature? Will the curve straighten out once the spasm stop?

Can muscle spasm in upper back/neck cause a temporary spinal curvature? Will the curve straighten out once the spasm stop?

Yes: Hi Charles

That is a great question. Depending on the degree of the musculoskeletal spasm, there certainly can be a curvature that develops. There are many ways to alleviate a spasm. Some alleviators are rest, stretches, heat, anti-inflammatory medication, and muscle relaxant medication. ...Read more

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Tingling and muscle spasms in arm after pulling muscles in back of neck a few months back? Possible cause?

Tingling and muscle spasms in arm after pulling muscles in back of neck a few months back? Possible cause?

Could be many causes: Suggest you seek an opinion from a physiatrist, as you may benefit from some diagnostic studies to pin down answer, which could lead to a rehabilitation program. ...Read more

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Could a pinched nerve in neck cause colored sparks in vision constantly? I also have a lot of muscle spasms at the base of skull causing it to knot

Could a pinched nerve in neck cause colored sparks in vision constantly? I also have a lot of muscle spasms at the base of skull causing it to knot

Nerve impingement: Of the neck is a very common problem, affecting about 10-12% percent of the adult population in the us. Nerve impingement can be caused by being sandwiched between two spinal bones, pressed by a bulging disc or encroached upon by bony overgrowth. It can cause severe vision impairment and muscle spasms. Rec.: see an interventional pain management specialist for further investigation. ...Read more

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What can cause me to have painless muscle spasms in my neck next to my esophagus?

What can cause me to have painless muscle spasms in my neck next to my esophagus?

2 possibilities: Painless muscle spasm involving the crico-esophageal sphincter can be cause by high reflux of stomach acid, so called LPR (laryngo-pharyngeal reflux) or sometimes anxiety. The bottom line is there is a cause for this muscle spasm. You must find out whether or not you have reflux or is this a manifestation of muscle hyperactivity related to anxiety. These are two possibilities. ...Read more

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Can tight muscles or muscle spasms in neck, shoulder or upper back cause pain down arms or tingly numb feeling arms?

Can tight muscles or muscle spasms in neck, shoulder or upper back cause pain down arms or tingly numb feeling arms?

Possibly: Anatomically the arms receive their control of sensation from the neck. Nerves that are irritated at the level of the neck often only result in pain traveling into one arm and not both. Given your age, it would be unlikely that there is significant degeneration to cause symptoms in both arms. Discuss with your pcp. ...Read more

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Can muscle spasm in the neck cause ear ache and ache at the back of head?

Can muscle spasm in the neck cause ear ache and ache at the back of head?

Sometimes: Perhaps. May be TMJ. Ear pain, or sounds of cracking in the ears: ringing/popping sounds in the ears (tinnitus) or a sense of fullness in the ears.
See TMJ expert if this sounds like you. ...Read more

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I keep getting muscle spasms in my legs and sore muscles wondering y even n my arms and neck. Wondering cause im not exercising?

Quinine sulfate: Involuntary muscle spasms have been a frequent patient complaint almost since the first coming. Sometimes its due to electrolyte imbalances, sometimes its just idiopathic...Meaning cause indeterminate. For decades, physicians prescribed quinamm, or quinine sulfate 325 mg, which worked like a charm. Ask your physician for an rx for qualaiquin 324 mg. This is off label prescribing now, but willwork. ...Read more

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What could cause upper neck/back of head pain, facial pains that come and go, muscle spasms, eye strain, could my meds been doing it?

Nerve impingement: Is a very common problem, affecting about 10-12% percent of the adult population in the us. Nerve impingement can be caused by being sandwiched between two spinal bones, pressed by a bulging disc or encroached upon by bony overgrowth. It can cause severe vision impairment and muscle spasms. Rec.: see an interventional pain management specialist for further investigation. ...Read more

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What could lead to muscle spasms in the throat?

What could lead to muscle spasms in the throat?

Laryngospasm: Thraoat spasms can occur if a pt aspirates or inhales something other than air. Usually the symptoms are short lived. Persistent symptoms may require inhaled Epinephrine or systemic epi and steroids. Prompt ENT eval is indicated for persistent symptoms. ...Read more

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Muscle spasm that start in my right ear go down right side of throat and into chest. What could this be? It is on and off.

Muscle spasm that start in my right ear go down right side of throat and into chest. What could this be? It is on and off.

Reflux: One consideration would be referred pain with the sensation of muscle spasm from acid reflux. If the problem persists or worsened see your doctor. At 28 in the absence of valvular heart disease, fever, infection, or autoimmune vasculitis there is not much chance this could be cardiac in origin. One rare cause of muscle spasm in the back of the throat is glossopharyngeal neuralgia. ...Read more

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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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I had a trauma to my neck in 2010 since then I've had muscle spasms and involuntary contractions in my left arm.

Nerve problm: See a orthopedic spine specialist, chiropractor, neurologist or all the above. This is almost certainly related to a bulging or slipped disc or direct nerve injury. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of muscle spasms/twitches from the back of my neck and head? It's annoying and hard to sleep with

Try magnesium: Tablets over the counter or get your Dr to prescribe it or muscle relaxer prescription. You could also try potassium supplement and see if that helps. ...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. Ellen Bondar
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Muscle Cramps Or Spasms (Definition)

A muscle cramp is a sudden and involuntary contract of one's muscle (s). Such cramps are usually harmless, and may result from certain medications or from long periods of exercise. ...Read more