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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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My left calf bit tight & muscle twitches, not red or warm. Twitches & twinges cause discomfort at times. I was told I had knot. What Causes twitches?

My left calf bit tight & muscle twitches, not red or warm. Twitches & twinges cause discomfort at times. I was told I had knot. What Causes twitches?

Many many things: Twitches are also known as fasciculations, which are muscle fibers contracting often as part of a single motor unit. There are many things that cause these fasciculations, including exercise, normal movement, to metabolic, autoimmune, infiltrative, infectious, toxic/metabolic, degenerative etc etc types of situations. ...Read more

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How long can muscle cramps occur in tight calf muscles? Massage therapist said I have a knot in calf. Could knot cause uncomfortable twitches?

How long can muscle cramps occur in tight calf muscles? Massage therapist said I have a knot in calf. Could knot cause uncomfortable twitches?

Muscle cramps: and twitches needs to be assessed by your doctor. It MAY be the result of low magnesium which can be corrected via supplementation. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What causes a muscle to twitch in your leg?

What causes a muscle to twitch in your leg?

Many reasons: Drug overdose (caffeine, amphetamines
drug side effect (such as from diuretics corticosteroids or estrogeexercise
lack of nutrients in the diet
stress
twitches not caused by disease or disorders (benign twitches)
often affecting the eyelids calf, or thumb
normal and quite common often triggered by stress or anxiety
come and go and donot last for more than a few days
symptoms of a nervous system. ...Read more

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Leg muscle spasms and knots.Wat could it be from?

Leg muscle spasms and knots.Wat could it be from?

Imbalance: Muscle spasms and knots can arise from multiple conditions. Depending on when you can the symptoms adn exactly where you get them a physiatrist or sports medicine doctor can help determine the cause. Sometimes it is muscle imbalance, other times vitamin deficiency or nerve irritation/inflammation. ...Read more

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What causes constant leg and arm muscles feel like they are on fire

What causes constant leg and arm muscles feel like they are on fire

Lots of things: Many things can do this. If both limbs on the same side are burning, you could have had a stroke, or less likely a spinal cord problem. If all 4 limbs are involved, then the possibilities are actually quite more numerous but also include brain stem stroke & spinal cord disorders. Other causes: myositis, polyneuropathy, arthritis, lupus. For answers you need an examination & other tests. ...Read more

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What kind of problems can a person get from damage to nerves, muscles, & viens in the legs later in life caused from a car wreck?

What kind of problems can a person get from damage to nerves, muscles, & viens in the legs later in life caused from a car wreck?

Swelling, tingling: Various degrees of injury to muscle, veins and nerves can result in a spectrum of late symptoms from the original injury. Muscles can atrophy if the nerve injury is complete or chronic. Nerve injury can result in numbness, pain, and weakness long term or if completely disrupted, total loss of function. Venous injuries can result in chronic swelling due to a deficit of overall limb drainage. ...Read more

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My girlfriend woke up with a large area (2-3 inches wide) on her leg raised, swollen, hot to the touch and hard like a tensed muscle. What caused this?

My girlfriend woke up with a large area (2-3 inches wide) on her leg raised, swollen, hot to the touch and hard like a tensed muscle. What caused this?

Skin infection: Could be a skin infection called cellulitis or possibly an insect bite. Hard to know without seeing it. It would be best if she saw a doctor. ...Read more

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Could wearing flip flops cause muscle and leg pain?

Could wearing flip flops cause muscle and leg pain?

Absolutely: Podiatrists hate flip flops for that very reason. Stop wearing them, wear athletic shoes (cross trainers, etc) for a while and see if that improves your pain. If not, see a doctor. ...Read more

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Do you think wearing flip flops could cause muscle and leg pain?

Yes!: Muscle cramps are sometimes caused when we use muscles repeatedly (over and over again) that we don't usually use. For example someone who wears shoes wearing flip flops all day at the beach. He will be using his calf muscles more and in a different way then normally does and get a cramp. ...Read more

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What could cause extremely painful muscle spasms in my leg?

Lack of practice: If you overuse a muscle it spasms when not warmed up--of course the most common electrolyte abnormality mg, k--then it could be caused by nerve if you have neuropathy--
if persist same place ask your doc. ...Read more

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What causes leg cramping and what happens to one's muscles when it happens?

What causes leg cramping and what happens to one's muscles when it happens?

Cramping: Several reasons can cause muscle cramping. These include but not limited to electrolyte disturbances or muscle related problems. ...Read more

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While doing lunges had tingling/mild pain down lateral thigh in leg that was behind me. Cause? Okay to try to work muscle?

Yes, but carefully?: You can pull the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve during activity that tightens the inguinal area, compressing it. If chronic, o recurring, it is called "meralgia paresthetica.You may have also experienced transient piriformis muscle spasm, which can compress the sciatic nerve of its branches. The problem does not seem to be a disc. I would slowly resume activity. If it recurs, see your doctor! ...Read more

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Feeling lousy overall. Have pain in back of leg in upper part of calf. Hurts more when tighten muscle. What could cause that?

?injury: This could be a simple muscle strain or contusion but have it checked by your md if it persists, worsens or there is associated swelling to check for phlebitis or a cyst. ...Read more

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Over time does exertional compartment syndrome cause all of the compartments in the lower leg to be affected? Smaller tenser muscles?

Over time does exertional compartment syndrome cause all of the compartments in the lower leg to be affected? Smaller tenser muscles?

Not likely: The anterior compartment is the tightest, and when you're having pain there you usually stop exerting yourself, reducing the pressure there and in all the compartments. It is possible in other compartments though, and the syndrome has been described in every compartment of arms and legs. In my experience it's limited to one compartment at t time just the same. ...Read more

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Could my quadratus muscle be aggravating my sciatic nerve? Had discetomy 3 months ago. Started IMS and the quadratus causes a zing down my leg

Could my quadratus muscle be aggravating my sciatic nerve? Had discetomy 3 months ago. Started IMS and the quadratus causes a zing down my leg

Possibly: Possibly, though it would seem a little more likely that if you recently had back surgery for a herniated disc/ sciatica and now have recurrent sciatica, that it would be related to the surgical area. I would certainly let your surgeon know. ...Read more

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What would cause a person to have a fever almost daily for a year and one leg that swells like an elephants w fluid found behind muscles of this 39 f?

What would cause a person to have a fever almost daily for a year and one leg that swells like an elephants w fluid found behind muscles of this 39 f?

Fever & leg swelling: Of course, it is not absolutely certain that the 2 problems are related, but assuming they are, i would be suspicious of the possibility of venous insufficiency in the leg, a clot in the leg, a rarer condition called lymphedema (where the lymph vessels are blocked). These can give risk to a chronic indolent infection which might cause fever. Fever for a year is so unusual that it will need eval. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of stiff leg muscles. My age is 45 years.

What could be the cause of stiff leg muscles. My age is 45 years.

Depends: There are many possibilities, e.g., varicose veins, peripheral vascular disease, neuropathy, osteoporosis, lack of exercise etc. It would be prudent to see your doctor for an evaluation. In the mean time try gradually increasing exercise. ...Read more

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What would cause a hard muscle in the leg that feels as if it is stuck in a contracted state?

Muscle cramp: A severe muscle cramp can do this. Often you have severe pain initially then the muscle will feel tight and sore fore days. A pulled muscle may give a similar tight feeling. ...Read more

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My whole body hurts. The pain in my leg feels like its muscles that hurt. What could be the cause of it?

Be seen: It could be a multitude of problems, from infections to vascular blockages. Be seen to determine the cause. ...Read more

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What causes muscles spasms & leg cramps?

What causes muscles spasms & leg cramps?

Irritated muscles: Venous disease, dehydration, low levels of potassium, calcium, magnesium, tired muscles from heavy exercise, or prolonged standing and working on legs. ...Read more

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What can cause a muscle twitch in upper left leg?

What can cause a muscle twitch in upper left leg?

Many things: Muscle twitches are involuntary spasms that in the great majority of people are benign. Stay hydrated, stretch before exercising, and eat a balanced diet. If other symptoms like weakness or numbness also develop, then you need to see your doctor. ...Read more

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What would cause legs muscle to shake in a 2 1/2 year old when he stands?

What would cause legs muscle to shake in a 2 1/2 year old when he stands?

Interesting!: it will all depends on how long has he been walking...if he has being a bit late walker then it may not be as concerning as if he has been walking wasn't there and its a new development!...get your pediatrician to refer him to a pediatric neurologist for evaluation...good luck! ...Read more

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The muscles in the back of my leg have been sore lately. What is the cause?

The muscles in the back of my leg have been sore lately. What is the cause?

Leg pain: Need much more information e.g. Age, activity, work, athletics, male or female, pregnant, injury etc. ...Read more

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I have heat emanating from my right leg, between the sin and calf muscle, cause ?

Infection/inflammed: Get it examined. You may have phlebitis or cellulitis of the leg- call now or go directly to the ER. ...Read more

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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