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What Is Moderate Muscle Cramps Or Spasms
What is the difference between muscle spasms and muscle cramps? I have cervical spondylosis and I call it spasms. Accurate?
No: You are referring to 3 different diagnoses, tho they are related. Muscles spasms are intermittent as in on and off. A cramp is unrelenting that is constant w/o intermittent relief. Both can be caused by spondylosis, which is a type of dislocation of the vertebra in the spine, putting strain and tension on ligaments and tendons, which leads to the mucsular pain. Txs are avalable. Talk to your dr. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
I've been having muscle cramps into the left side of my chest/left breast. Are these coronary muscle spasms?
What do I do for estreme leg, feet and hand muscle cramps? Kept me up all night--still spasaming. Tried diazapam that I have for occasional cramping and drank some tonic water for the quinine and drank gator ade for the electrolights.
I : I agree with dr. Jaffery. Another consideration would be spinal cord irritation and a neurologic exam would be able to uncover that problem. Before you visit the neurologist make sure to differentiate between "spasms", cramps, and restless legs. Spasms respresent a painful and involuntary muscle contraction. It can not be released voluntarily. A muscle cramp is a sudden intermittent pain of a muscle that may involve involuntary contractions and can be associated with spasms. Restless legs refers to an uneasiness and restlessness in the legs when at rest. This most commonly occurs after going to bed but can be seen earlier in the evening (anticipation). Cramps can also be associated with arthritic conditions and cold exposure. I hope this helps. ...Read more
Back and shoulders are knotted up from muscle spasms. I have ms. Why would the area feel hot to touch, but no where else? I'm currently relapsing.
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Do I have a vitamin B12 deficiency or MS? Im 19, female with tingling, numbness in head/scalp, feet, legs, and hands. Muscle spasm? Anxiety maybe?
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
I am experiencing muscle cramps or spasms (painful), severe. The following also describes me: Muscle cramps or spasms. What should I do?
We really need:
more information...where are the cramps....what is your general health like??? At your age (61) a number of possibilities exist as do the number of treatments available! Seek a "hands On" examination...start with your PCP (Primary Care Provider)
Hope this is helpful
Dr Z ...Read more
I am experiencing back pain (severity: severe) (side: upper) . The following also describes me: Muscle cramps or spasms. I've had it for a month.Help
Back pain: If your back pain has been happening for over a month, I would recommend seeing a kind and caring physician. They will take a thorough history and evaluation and determine if radiologic studies are needed. Chronic back pain could come from a number of reasons. Physicians may prescribe therapies such as NSAIDS, muscle relaxers or physical therapy. Please see your Dr. for more info. ...Read more
I am experiencing muscle cramps or spasms (painful), severe and balance problems. The following also describes me: Muscle cramps or spasms. What should I do?
Cramps & balance: There are lots of possibilities and likely two things happening together. You MAY have an inner ear infection or a neurological issue. You MAY also have low magnesium causing the muscle cramps. In any case, you need to see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. Peace and good health. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am experiencing muscle cramps or spasms (worsened by: during exercise) . The following also describe me: Back pain and Headache. What should I do?
You need to rest and hydrate. If your symptoms are worsening, see MD for a full medical history and exam.
Good luck. ...Read more
My girlfriend is experiencing back pain (severity: severe) (side: upper) and shoulder pain. The following also describes her: Muscle cramps or spasms. What should she do?
See doctor: She needs to see a doctor and begin by giving a good history. Such as any trauma to the back or any injury. Then she can be examined and diagnosed and treated. So tell her to get going so she does not suffer anymore ...Read more
I am experiencing back tenderness to touch. The following also describe me: Muscle cramps or spasms and Back pain. What should I do?
Tips: Some things you can try at home for back pain include a warm shower with the water aimed at your back, a heating pad (insure that you don’t get burned), stretching & Tylenol or NSAID’s. If your pain is severe or chronic, a medical evaluation would be prudent. Acupuncture & massage can be beneficial for some types of back pain. ...Read more
I am experiencing back pain (severity: severe) (side: lower) . The following also describe me: Muscle cramps or spasms, Obesity, and Stiff joints. What should I do?
I am experiencing sciatica. The following also describe me: Muscle cramps or spasms (painful), severe, Pain shooting down the leg, Hunched or stooped posture, Back pain, and Leg weakness. What should I do?
L-spine evaluation: The least severe and easiest to treat would be piriformis syndrome. This is pinching on the nerve by a muscle in you buttock region. Given your presentation and posture that causes the pain to occur this could possibly be a buldging disc in your lower lumbar spine. you should be evaluated by your primary care provider and possibly be referred to a spine specialist if need be. ...Read more
I have back pain (severity: severe) , muscle cramps or spasms, pain shooting down the leg. I had an MRI shows L3,4,5 Narrowed with degeneration. I am taking PT, I am improving, Is PT enough? I have an appt with Neurosurgeon.
I am experiencing leg pain, difficulty walking and legs cramping. The following also describes me: Muscle cramps or spasms (painful), severe. What should I do?
Chronic muscle spasm: It appears that you have chronic muscle spasms. I would need more info. How long have you been having this problem. Do these cramps happen at rest or while walking or both. what medical history do you have. Do you have any problem with your circulation. Are these muscle spasms intractable? If the muscles are chronic and intractable then the treatment can vary. Dependant on the laws in your counI ...Read more
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