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Dr. Edward Hellman
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Is there one medicine for spasticity and muscle spasms? Associated with neuropathy. Which is recommended??

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 just to name a few. Discuss directly with your doctor what would be best for you. ...Read more

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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 mom is having severe muscle spasms all over her body what causes them and what relief can she get?

My mom is having severe muscle spasms all over her body what causes them and what relief can she get?

There are a few: Causes, including severe dehydration or deficits in certain things like potassium or magnesium, which can be life threatening. Is she on a statin? That can cause it as well. If she is having other symptoms, this could be something emotional or neurological as well. Hard to tell without a physical exam and labs. If they are acute in nature, i would recommend seeing a physician sooner than later. ...Read more

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Dr. James Kayvanfar
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I've been having severe muscle spasm on the back of my thighs. What is the cause and what can I do to relieve the pain? Can not sleep.

Many possibilities: Meds you are taking may interfere with some food absorption including calcium. Try chewing tums with each meal. Also increase potassium intake by eating 2 oranges daily or other foods rich in potasium. Muscle strains and pinched nerves can also cause muscle spasms. If symptoms do not improve, then exam, blood test, and other tests may be needed. ...Read more

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Severe muscle spasms in my shoulder blades, ribs, and upper abdominal areas. Is there a disease or condition that would cause this. Im not dehydrated?

Severe muscle spasms in my shoulder blades, ribs, and upper abdominal areas. Is there a disease or condition that would cause this. Im not dehydrated?

Mineral deficient: You are probably deficient in magnesium and / or potassium. Drink two to three large glasses of V-8 juice or equivalent daily till the muscle spasms are gone. ...Read more

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Dr. Herman Hammerstead
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Can diastasis recti cause my severe pelvic floor/ abdominal muscle spasms? SERIOUSLY considering plastic surgery

Can diastasis recti cause my severe pelvic floor/ abdominal muscle spasms?  SERIOUSLY considering plastic surgery

NO: This is a congenital abnormality not related to puborectalis spasm. See neurologist for the latter. You'll be wasting time and money on plastic surgery ...Read more

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Dr. Martin Morell
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Sle cause muscle spasms? Have sle & severe pain + hard muscle/tissue in back/butt. Dr says spastic muscle, but is lupus causing it or? Ana 1:640, +rnp

Sle cause muscle spasms? Have sle & severe pain + hard muscle/tissue in back/butt. Dr says spastic muscle, but is lupus causing it or? Ana 1:640, +rnp

Probably not: As lupus affects mostly certain compartments while in flare, like joints, skin, brain, lung, kidneys. Stretching and therapy may help. If pain persist, have imaging studies. Good luck. ...Read more

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Muscle Spasm (Definition)

Muscle spasm is a symptom in which a person's muscle or muscles tighten up and stay contracted for longer than they should. Some causes of muscle spasms are nerve problems, muscle problems, injuries, infections, ...Read more


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