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What are the possible causes of right armpit, elbow, and thenar hand muscle atrophy and the pain associates with all three?

What are the possible causes of right armpit, elbow, and thenar hand muscle atrophy and the pain associates with all three?

Complicated: Thenar branch, median nerve (c8) is responsible for the innervation of the abductor pollicis brevis and opponens pollicis. The adductor pollicis is supplied by the deep branch of the ulnar nerve (c8-th1

to affect both, must be from an area where both nerves are in proximity. Disease/compression in the armpit or the neck would make sense. Investigate cervical spine and thoracic outlet syndrome. ...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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Having painful muscle spasm and twitching in left arm at and below the elbow down into the wrist.

Having painful muscle spasm and twitching in left arm at and below the elbow down into the wrist.

Could be...: Spasms with twitching do tend to suggest some injury or irritation of the nerves to the forearm. If you have any numbness, tingling or other change in sensation and weakness, that clarifies that nerve dysfunction involved. Would suggest you be evaluated if this is persisting as a good history and exam should sort this out for you. ...Read more

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I was waken by a very bad muscle spasm in my lower arm, from my elbow to my hand. It was very stiff and painful. My fingers were also pointed awkward.?

I was waken by a very bad muscle spasm in my lower arm, from my elbow to my hand. It was very stiff and painful. My fingers were also pointed awkward.?

Doctor can evaluate: Such symptoms may be due to a problem in the arm itself and/or in the nerves coming out of the spine and going to the arm. A primary care doctor, or a physical medicine doctor (pm&r), can evaluate. A neurologist and/or an orthopedic doctor may be consulted, if needed. ...Read more

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Joint pain in fingers, wrists, big toes, shoulder and elbow for a few months. Now painful muscle spasms in forearm. Are pain and spasm likely related?

Joint pain in fingers, wrists, big toes, shoulder and elbow for a few months. Now painful muscle spasms in forearm. Are pain and spasm likely related?

Could be need evalua: you need an evaluation. They could be related. Check with your physician and see if you should see a rheumatologist that can help clarify all these different types of symptoms ...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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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

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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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Episodes of tremors, numbness, foot drop, vision and balance problems in a 37 year-old woman.....?

Episodes of tremors, numbness, foot drop, vision and balance problems in a 37 year-old woman.....?

Consult doctor: You will need a complete exam with blood test and most likely MRI with and without contrast. You will need exam with neurologist and ophthalmologist too. Please see your doc ASAP. ...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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Does having twitching muscles in my back and elbow mean they are injured?

Does having twitching muscles in my back and elbow mean they are injured?

No: Muscle twitching is very common. It has to do with nerve irritation and doesn't mean the muscles are damaged. Usually, twitching is temporary and resolves on its own. ...Read more

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What do I do if I keep on getting muscle spasms on my arm?

What do I do if I keep on getting muscle spasms on my arm?

Be seen: You might want to be seen and evaluated for any potential underlying cause to your problem; such as a pinched nerve or torn ligament. Short of that, muscle spasms can often be relieved by moist heat, massage, or a muscle relaxant. ...Read more

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Have muscle spasms and twitches in my arm for past hour what could that be from? Feels like keeps bubbling

Have muscle spasms and twitches in my arm for past hour what could that be from? Feels like keeps bubbling

Fasciculations: Muscle fasciculations is a medical term for "muscle twitching." These are basically involuntary muscle contractions. Many things can cause them, including fluid and electrolyte problems, too much caffeine (or other stimulants), neurologic disorders, psychiatric disorders, and sleep deprivation. Also, over-exertion from exercise to a muscle group can cause it too. See your doctor soon. ...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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What can I do about the swelling, pain and muscle spasms in my arm from using a pain pump?

What can I do about the swelling, pain and muscle spasms in my arm from using a pain pump?

Need more info: If it is local swelling and pain, hot compresses amy help. Ibuprofen or another non-steroidal anti inflammatory may help. If there is any redness or pain to touch, you should have your physician look at the site. ...Read more

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Left arm has continuous charlie horse like pain and muscle spasms & twitches going on for over a week now.

Left arm has continuous charlie horse like pain and muscle spasms & twitches going on for over a week now.

Charlie horse: Make sure you have enough potassium and are well hydrated. Gatorade or powerade gas the proper mix of nutrients essential for hydration of muscles. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Had a muscle spasm under right arm a month ago and now just a slow ache. Is this normal or just still healing?

Had a muscle spasm under right arm a month ago and now just a slow ache. Is this normal or just still healing?

This could be a tear: This could be a muscle or tendon tear. We need more information but you can discuss this possibility with your physicians ...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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What would cause tension in left shoulder blade, muscle spasms in shoulder blade, chest, and in upper outside of arm (not bicep)?

Heart, nerves: Heart conditions can cause left upper extremity symptoms. Also, a pinched nerve in the neck can cause the symptoms you describe. If your symptoms are persistent/severe then you should definitely see a physician esp to evaluate for possible heart problems. ...Read more

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Shoveled and chopped ice yesterday, then after had back pain and muscle spasms in my arm and would make my hands shake is that normal?

DOMS: Delayed onset muscle soreness (doms) is a post-exercise muscle pain that may result from muscle overuse. Presenting symptoms include muscle stiffness, palpable tenderness, and pain with active muscle contractions. Symptoms usually subside within a short period of time without any residual effects.
Rec.: moist heat, relaxation and NSAID otc as needed. ...Read more

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Worked out three times no problem. Then went walking and muscle spasms between shoulder blade happened again. Upper arm pain and tingling Why?

Worked out three times no problem. Then went walking and muscle spasms between shoulder blade happened again. Upper arm pain and tingling Why?

Superior trapezius: 40's yo female with new three-time set of physical workouts has mid-scapular pain & "upper arm tingling". Rhomboid major muscle spasms seem likely explanation for the mid-scapular pain. Attendant Superior trapezius muscle spasm can evoke ipsilateral shoulder parasthesia. ...Read more

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I am on prednisone for 5 days, will my symptoms of cervical stenosis start up again, had pain go down arm, and arm still hurts, many muscle spasms.

I am on prednisone for 5 days, will my symptoms of cervical stenosis start up again, had pain go down arm, and arm still hurts, many muscle spasms.

You need to: Follow up with your doctor. The cervical stenosis can cause the problems you describe. It's possible the prednisone is simply not working. Perhaps a cervical collar would help? ...Read more

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My doc told me muscle spasm/ tension caused arm numbness/pins and needle~ How long does it last? I'm on Valium currently

With limited history: If cervical spasm from DJD with spinal stenosis treatment will help only control symptoms. Sometimes surgical intervention may be indicated if symptoms worsen ...Read more

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Left arm had muscle spasms since thursday. It then goes numb. Now, all I have is pain and muscle spasms. It goes from the forearm to hand?

Left arm had muscle spasms since thursday. It then goes numb. Now, all I have is pain and muscle spasms. It goes from the forearm to hand?

Ulnar nerve?: Muscles will spasm for several reasons. Over use, electrolyte imbalance, circulation problem or nerve entrapment. At your age, circulation problems are unlikely. If you have a strenous job or sweat a lot, make sure your are drinking enough fluids like gatoraide. Ulnar ner enttrapment at the elbow can cause muscle spasms in the forearm or hand, usually worse in the morning. Get it checked out. ...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