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Do I have a vitamin B12 deficiency or MS? I'm 19, female with tingling, numbness in head/scalp, feet, legs, and hands. Muscle spasm? Anxiety maybe?

Do I have a vitamin B12 deficiency or MS? I'm 19, female with tingling, numbness in head/scalp, feet, legs, and hands. Muscle spasm? Anxiety maybe?

Most likely anxiety: Most likely anxiety but a good idea to get checked out by the physician and try to rule out some of those other possibilities ...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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Hip/ butt muscle spasms on left side like charlie horse. Recent MS dx. Possible symptom? Very painful lasted 2 days already. Suggestions?

Hip/ butt muscle spasms on left side like charlie horse. Recent MS dx. Possible symptom? Very painful lasted 2 days already. Suggestions?

SOME THOTS: Pain is very common in ms, and can present numerous ways, and even migraine is present in ms pts at a frequency of 2-4 times normals. However, your muscle spasms could represent a separate process in hip, back, pelvis. (unlikely, but if you were given steroids, check for avascular necrosis in hip). Lastly, do not want to second guess your doc, but there are oral meds now (no needles). ...Read more

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I have been diganosed with both trigeminal neralgia and occipital neuralgia. I also have some memory problems and muscle spasms. Could I have ms?

I have been diganosed with both trigeminal neralgia and occipital neuralgia. I also have some memory problems and muscle spasms. Could I have ms?

Challenging?: You seem to have very complex issues, and I would certainly wonder about an underlying unitary diagnosis. Ms could cause fatigue, memory loss, and trigeminal neuralgia, but usually not occipital neuralgia. Maybe MRI of brain and spinal cord could illuminate the picture. Might also want to check for lupus, lyme disease, and even hiv. Perhaps get full evaluation at a local medical school. ...Read more

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Muscle spasms legs, feet and side back come and go, mild but noticeable. Had for 1 month. Is it MS, ALS will I get paralysed?

Muscle spasms legs, feet and side back come and go, mild but noticeable. Had for 1 month. Is it MS, ALS will I get paralysed?

No: Someone has been reading too many medical horror stories. It is mega highly unlikely that spasms in an otherwise healthy 20 year old represent anything but overuse or electrolyte disturbance. The diseases you mention generally do not begin like that. See your family doc for an evaluation and reassurance of the correct diagnosis, so you can get this problem resolved. ...Read more

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Could I have multiple sclerosis even if my MRI was normal? I have a lot of the symptoms (muscle spasm, weakness, tingling down my back and legs), but my MRI didn’t show anything. Can an MRI miss ms?

Could I have multiple sclerosis even if my MRI was normal? I have a lot of the symptoms (muscle spasm, weakness, tingling down my back and legs), but my MRI didn’t show anything. Can an MRI miss ms?

Typically not: Mri is the most sensitive test available to aid in the diagnosis of ms. While there are rare cases of MRI negative ms, the vast, vast, vast majority of patients with ms have MRI abnormalities. Having said that, given your symptoms it would be important to know if the cervical and thoracic spinal cord were imaged. If brain and spinal cord imaging negative then not likely to be ms. ...Read more

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Numb/tingling in hands, legs, and feet on both sides. Muscle spasms in legs, back and arms. Loss of balance, dizzy, stiff. Is it Neuropathy or ms?

Numb/tingling in hands, legs, and feet on both sides. Muscle spasms in legs, back and arms. Loss of balance, dizzy, stiff. Is it Neuropathy or ms?

Bad choices: You probably don't need or want to pick A or B. Both require a doctor's DX and TX and it might be another thing altogether. A common cause of neuropathy is a diabetic condition w/ other signs too - are you a diabetic? Get into care if 'yes'! MS usually starts a bit later in age. Have an exam to find an answer. Best! ...Read more

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

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Could you have a muscle spasm or charlie horse in your jaw?

Yes: Sore muscles, muscle spasm are common in people who clench or grind their teeth. This can also happen from trauma.
Your dentist can help you with this problem. In the mean time don't eat chewy or hard foods. Stick with a soft diet. Ice packs can help. Ibuprophen can also help but only for temporary relief. You need to see a dentist. ...Read more

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Would it be possible to have a muscle spasm or charlie horse in your jaw?

Would it be possible to have a muscle spasm or charlie horse in your jaw?

Sure: The masseter and temporalis muscles that help you chew or help your jaw move can both go not spasm with overuse! ...Read more

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My jaw was crooked and locked due to muscle spasms. 100 hours without food or drink, went to ER and they did nothing! How do I prevent this?

My jaw was crooked and locked due to muscle spasms. 100 hours without food or drink, went to ER and they did nothing! How do I prevent this?

Avoid DA blocking: Sounds like an oromandibular dystonia which can be from an inherited, neurodegenerative or an acquired cause like exposure to dopamine blocking agents. Treatment is symptomatic with oral meds like anticholinergic/antihistaminic, clonazepam, baclofen, muscle relaxants, anticonvulsants, tetrabenazine, botulinum toxin injections (xeomin or botox), and last resort DBS surgery for very refractory dystonias ...Read more

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Is it possible for muscle spasms to happen in front of your ear and along your jaw going to your neck or is that a pulsation?

Is it possible for muscle spasms to happen in front of your ear and along your jaw going to your neck or is that a pulsation?

It is possible: Yes, you can have muscle spasms in this location. It could be a trigeminal neuralgia or even a TMJ symptom. If is persists or worsens, please seek evaluation by your physician. ...Read more

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Went to ER thought tetanus dr said not the case stiffness in neck and jaw and muscle spasms all over. Doctor said probably related to medication side effects does this sound accurate?

Went to ER thought tetanus dr said not the case stiffness in neck and jaw and muscle spasms all over. Doctor said probably related to medication side effects does this sound accurate?

Yes: ...I am assuming the doctor did a good history and that you have had tetanus vaccine in the recent past, that you did not receive a deep dirty wound, and that medications you are taking could explain your symptoms. ...Read more

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Can you have a muscle spasm in / on the head?

Can you have a muscle spasm in / on the head?

Yes: Many times but not always from clenching the teeth or grinding the teeth.
Bite appliance from a dentist may be necessary. ...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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What causes muscle spasms in the back of the head?

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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Can you have a muscle spasm in your head?! and what would cause them?

Can you have a muscle spasm in your head?! and what would cause them?

Yes it is possible: Yes, there are muscles on your face and head and they can go into spasm much like any other muscle. It is less common than other areas of the body such as the back, but it is possible. Insufficient hydration is a cause of muscle spasms. See you pcp if the spasm is not going away. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Feels like a muscle spasm on the back lower left part of my head. Its been happening on/off for the past 2 days. Feels like I am getting shocked.?

Feels like a muscle spasm on the back lower left part of my head. Its been happening on/off for the past 2 days. Feels like I am getting shocked.?

Nerve: Without an exam, I can only give general information. And, electrical component, spasm, in a dirction of a nerve, in a spot where nerves are generally pinched... implies a nerve pinch. The cervical spine can have disk disease. It produces pain the shoots out from the neck down the arms to the hands. ...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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Ping/ muscle spasm in one part back of my head for 4 months. Worried about tumor; not a headache though; no other signs. What could it be?

Ping/ muscle spasm in one part back of my head for 4 months. Worried about tumor; not a headache though; no other signs. What could it be?

Get it checked: You have this Ping/Muscle spasm for 4 months. It is very difficult for us to say what it means. Since you are worried about the Tumor I suggest you get it checked from your Doctor ...Read more

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I get the worst trapezius muscle spasms and pain between my shoulder blades getting harder and harder to hold my head up. What could be causing it?

I get the worst trapezius muscle spasms and pain between my shoulder blades getting harder and harder to hold my head up. What could be causing it?

Need a vacation: Myofascial Pain Syndrome: get a massage. Consider a professional counselor to address those things in your life that you do have control over, and change what you can. Cheaper to go on that perfect vacation than counseling. To love other must first respect self and believe you are worthy of good for you. Then give from reserve.

https://www. Spine-health. Com/video/myofascial-pain-syndrome-video ...Read more

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Should my aunt be concerned about recent muscle spasms? My aunt is 48 and in the past year and a half I've noticed that her neck, head, and shoulder area spasms. At first it looked as if she were tossing hair from her face, but now it happens more and mor

Should my aunt be concerned about recent muscle spasms? My aunt is 48 and in the past year and a half I've noticed that her neck, head, and shoulder area spasms. At first it looked as if she were tossing hair from her face, but now it happens more and mor

Muscle: Muscle spasm are related to many thing, they usually " hurt" and the patient does complain of pain and discomfort. If this is not the case, anatomical alterations of the cervical spine might give you an impresion of muscle shortening if that is what you are refering to and is positional. Diffuse bilateral changes in the neck and the face and head are migh be related to a myofascial syndrome, but again this again will bgive pain and discomfort. It is hard to figure out what might be happening to your aunt. She will have to attend a medical consultation in order to clarify what is happening. ...Read more

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Would massage help a spasming muscle in your head? Could it stop it spasming?

Would massage help a spasming muscle in your head? Could it stop it spasming?

Stress and spasm: Muscle spasms can be the result of tension. Massage can be helpful in the acute stage of a muscle spasm. Progressive muscle relaxation can be a tool that you can learn from a stress management program or from a recording, or stress reduction workbook, or an app. ...Read more

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I think im having a muscle spasm at de back of my head near base of skull help?

I think im having a muscle spasm at de back of my head near base of skull help?

Use NSAIDs: Anti-inflammatory could help as first step, if pain and spasm persists then see your doctor. ...Read more

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Have head ressure on both sides of my head muscle spasms n my bicep and numbness in my face?

Have head ressure on both sides of my head muscle spasms n my bicep and numbness in my face?

Evaluation: The head pressure and spasms could be from a pinched nerve in your neck or spasming in the muscles of the neck. The numbness in the face is a little more concerning though. Is it just on one side? Is it just your lips? Is the numbness constant or getting worse? Regardless, I would recommend seeing your doctor or an urgent care for evaluation now. ...Read more

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I've been having muscle spasms in my jaws. It usually happens when I eat, laugh or yawn. Is this normal? What could cause this?

I've been having muscle spasms in my jaws. It usually happens when I eat, laugh or yawn. Is this normal? What could cause this?

Jaw spasms: Check for TMJ (denist), abnormal bite, jaw joint displacement.. . May also be infection, trauma rarely tetanus. F/u/ w/ dentist and ENT.

https://www. Aacfp. Org/resources/tmjanddh. Cfm ...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