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What causes a painful muscle spasm in the calf muscle?

What causes a painful muscle spasm in the calf muscle?

A charlie horse.....: Large muscles use a lot of energy to do work, and this is supplied by blood. If the supply is not adequate their can be painful spasm; and if metabolites from heavy activity are not removed there can be spasm. Other causes can be a trapped nerve root irritating the muscle. Some people have greater likelihood of spasm due to underlying genetic causes. ...Read more

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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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What causes muscle spasms in the back of the head?

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What causes muscle spasms in the back of the head?

Hard to say: This could be coming from the back of your neck. The cervical muscles attach to the base of your skull so this may be the source of the spasms. ...Read more

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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

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What causes cramps or pain in the temporalis muscle?

What causes cramps or pain in the temporalis muscle?

Chewing: Do you chew gum? Do you have tmj? How long has the pain lasted? What caused the pain to start? What have you tried to relieve the pain? Best to see a doctor. ...Read more

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What causes dystonia in the muscles?

What causes dystonia in the muscles?

It varies: Dystonia is a movement disorder that is typically caused by a problem with signals in the brain that affect movement. Some forms are caused by injury to a part of the brain called the basal ganglia (like stroke or cerebral palsy), others can be hereditary. Rarely it can be triggered by trauma. Some forms like cervical dystonia (torticollis or neck dystonia) are of unlcear cause. ...Read more

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What causes severe pain in the calf and thigh muscles of both legs?

Lots of things: Severe calf pain can be due to intermittant claudication which you must address due to poor circulation. Upper thigh pain can also be due to poor circulation especially if you are a past smoker. Overexercise which causes cramping, and lack of stretching may also be a cause. Arthridities and neuromuscular disorders should also be addressed. I would see your physician for a proper diagnosis. ...Read more

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What causes abdominal muscle spasms in the upper stomach?

What causes abdominal muscle spasms in the upper stomach?

Muscle strain/tear: Over working abdominal wall muscles without properly warming them up by stretching them for example before doing multiple long sets of situps will often result in abdominal wall muscle fatigue with resultant abdominal wall muscle spasms. ...Read more

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What could cause muscle pain in the chest?

What could cause muscle pain in the chest?

Needs clarification: We have to be certain it is muscle pain and not an underlying lung or cardiac or gastrointestinal problem. Muscle pain can be due to injury, lack of exercise or deconditioning. We see costochondritis which is more of a musculoskeletal than a systemic inflammatory illness. Exercising and conditioning can help. ...Read more

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What could cause muscle spasms in the lower back and around the waist?

What could cause muscle spasms in the lower back and around the waist?

Think pelvic : In females these type of symptoms can be associated with pelvic inflammation. Most serious would be pyelonephritis (infection of kidneys) or ovarian cancer. Bladder infections or endometriosis may cause similar symptoms. Constipation may contribute. Disorders of the spine may be a consideration, but usually cause more pain down the legs. ...Read more

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What causes painful muscle spasm in back of head?

What causes painful muscle spasm in back of head?

Several things: It could be due to trauma, like whiplash injuries or heavy work. Neck degenerative arthritis can do this. Irritation of some of the small nerves to the neck muscles are a possibility. If it is not getting better, talk to your primary doctor or a specialist who takes care of neck problems. ...Read more

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What causes muscle spams in the muscles connected to my rib cage?

What causes muscle spams in the muscles connected to my rib cage?

Many reasons: To have spasm in general means the muscles this means the muscle irritated it? The irritation could come from the muscle itself or from the nerve feeding that muscle. The cause for the first one, injury to the muscles, lack of fitness, overwork those muscles. Nerve injury, if the nerve to muscles is injured, that leads to the same thing. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of muscle twitching in my shoulder?

What could be the cause of muscle twitching in my shoulder?

This could be: An electrolyte abnormality such as hypokalemia (low potassium) or hypercalcemia (high calcium). It could also be due to dehydration, muscle spasm from over exertion. Be sure to drink plenty of h2o and if it persists see your doctor for blood work. ...Read more

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Can sciatica cause localized pain? Example: more in the calf or back of thigh..also can it cause muscle spasms in leg?

Can sciatica cause localized pain? Example:  more in the calf or back of thigh..also can it cause muscle spasms in leg?

It can present : In all the ways you describe. Sometimes it is best to have it checked out to make sure there are not two different independent problems occuring simultaneously. ...Read more

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What causes muscle spasms in the hands and feet?

What causes muscle spasms in the hands and feet?

Spasms: can be caused by a neurological condition. They can also be "mini cramps". Cramping is usually caused by an electrolyte imbalance or dehydration. If it is happening all of the time, I would see my primary care doctor and then probably a neurologist. ...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 can result in muscle spasms in your buttocks?

Low back nerve root : Spinal nerve root irritation always causes muscle spasms. If the pain is primarily due to nerve damage, there are symptoms of pins and needles, numbness, burning, shooting and sharp pains. If the pain is due to nerve irritation with predominant muscle spasm, the pain is usually aching, cramping, dull, and the muscles are stiff and tight.You will need to be evaluated by your family doctor and a. ...Read more

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What are the causes of muscle, stiffness, pain and swelling in the thigh area?

What are the causes of muscle, stiffness, pain and swelling in the thigh area?

See physician : Swelling of the muscle can indicate myosotis - this can be related to injury or systemic reaction. Best to get it looked at. ...Read more

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Can pinched nerves in the back cause muscle twitching in the legs?

Can pinched nerves in the back cause muscle twitching in the legs?

Yes- it is possible: It depends on what nerves and what muscles. If you were to say however the twitching is all over, it may not be fair to say it came from the back. Do you know if you have pinched nerves in the back, or do you have twitching only? Where is the twitching, and how much is there? Maybe start by answering those last two questions. Good luck! ...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