Patient Comments: Muscle Spasms - Cause of Spasms


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Comment from: Christie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 31

I have had severe leg pain and muscle spasms for years now. It started when I was 18 and pregnant with my first son. I would wake up my brother and my boyfriend because I was screaming in pain and was actually still asleep. I have had doctors diagnose muscle spasms and diagnosis of tendonitis. But none of the doctors have truly helped me or seemed to show true concern. It is not faked and I am tired of hurting. It’s been years of being in pain. I need a good physician who cares.

Comment from: WEN, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 10

On November 16, 2018, I ate some contaminated shrimp that put me in the ICU for 5 days. My heart stopped and it took just over 17 minutes to revive me. Ever since my heart stopped and the blood flow stopped to all muscles, I have had severe muscle spasms all over; legs, arms, feet, back and my sides. Very painful. Wondering if this could be caused from the blood flow stopping and how to fix it.

Comment from: alabaster993, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 01

I'm still searching for answers. My muscle cramping started after I had surgery for severe stenosis of the lower lumbar spine. My entire body goes into spasm except for my arms. I can't stretch one cramp out without getting another somewhere else. The only thing that helps even a little is a heating pad set on high. Then the relief is almost immediate. I have been to doctors time and again without resolution or relief.

Comment from: Splanky, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 26

If I eat oats (oatmeal, Cheerios) I will suffer severe cramps in my legs within an hour or two. I can’t have any alcohol or caffeine either. Even decaf will bring on muscle spasms after a workout. Also, sleep deprivation leaves me at greater risk.

Comment from: jane brown, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: December 07

I fell on ice on my back. The muscle spasms started 1 week after. I had no broken bones.

Comment from: Somebodyhelpme, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: July 02

I am having different types of spasms, including optic nerve, urinary bladder, leg muscle, and who knows what else. The cause of my muscle spasms is what I'm trying to find out, after two years of different doctors, not to mention the cost, time wasted and discomfort.

Comment from: dalesr, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 14

I get muscle spasms in my legs and both sides of my stomach below the ribcage.

Comment from: Jseymour83, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 02

I had radiation in 1986 for throat cancer. Twenty plus years later I experience spasms in my throat. My muscles have fused into one muscle there. Drinking tonic water is the only help I've found, in addition to muscle relaxants.

Comment from: Hartleymama, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 23

Side effect of citalopram was anxiety attacks. I have involuntary muscle spasm in left hand, sometimes continuous shaking.

Comment from: Fibro gal, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 19

The article on causes of muscle spasms, including large muscle groups, fails to mention fibromyalgia. Recent research has shown that elevated lactic acid levels in muscles that fail to clear normally, is present in fibromyalgia patients. This leads to cramping, muscle tightness and soreness in every muscle similar to having run a marathon. Extreme muscle spasms can result with just the simplest repetitive activity, or body position. It would be good to include this since fibromyalgia is still a difficult diagnosis to get to, in the absence of a definitive lab test.

Comment from: johanne, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 15

I get this pain right across my chest and my back. I do cleaning as a job and it might be the cause for my muscle spasm.

Comment from: Amber, 65-74 (Patient) Published: January 27

I fell on icy ground last week badly bruised my hip. Now I am having dreadful groin spasms and cannot stand. The muscle spasms are so painful.


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Comment from: Abid, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: August 11

I have pain in right leg and lower back. I have had MRI of spinal cord. It shows there is muscle spasm and due to it a little space has been created between two disks and back bone has been straightened a little bit from lower back.

Comment from: Saladbar, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: June 17

Prescription opiate withdrawal caused my muscle spasms.

Comment from: num48, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: April 14

I have 2 herniated disks in my lower back which causes me extreme pain and difficulty walking. I usually get a shot of Toradol in the buttocks on my right side for it. I recently had another injection but on the left side of my buttocks. For some reason it caused me severe pulsating lower back spasms that were unbearable. I was barely able to reach my medication and when I finally did I took a Hydromorph Contin pain killer and in 5 minutes it went away.

Comment from: jprotten81, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: May 07

A few years ago my left shoulder was injured due to a fall. I get spasms that feel like someone grabbing very hard on my shoulder. Right now it is giving me constant pain. I have been prescribed Flexeril and tramadol but they seem to not be helping.

Comment from: monica, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 06

I have been suffering from pain for last 4 years it started after my son was born, first it was just waist down, in the buttocks but now is in every major muscle of my body calf, shin, back, shoulders and thighs. I feel all these muscle are in spasm all the time and I am in pain 24/7, 12 months a year. I need to figure out what’s causing these pains.

Comment from: Simi, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 06

I developed an allergy due to a different kind of woolen blanket I used for the winter. It took me a while to recognize that the cause of the allergy was the blanket. By the time I went to the doctor, the allergy (rashes) had spread all over by back and shoulders. The doctor advised me to have a blood test done and found that my RBC count was low and WBC very high. From past 2 weeks I am on medication but since past 4 days I am experiencing muscle spasm in my left mid back. The low RBC count is the cause of muscle spasm.

Comment from: ceresmary, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 31

In the case of myself and my husband, we both have spastic diplegia cerebral palsy. This causes muscle spasms systematic from head to toe, without necessary cause that we've found! It can be anything from turning sideways (side twisting) that can cause diaphragm spasms, to a charley horse like feeling! As I have additionally fibromyalgia, the muscle spasms tend to be more pronounced than when I was younger and tend to last longer.

Comment from: 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: November 02

My muscle spasms originally started as a reaction to an antipsychotic medication called Haldol. My psychiatrist said that the muscle spasms would cease once my body got used to the medication. However, they continued to persist, and, because of my doctor's reluctance to try me on some other type of antipsychotic, I developed tardive dystonia. My spasms mainly happen in my neck, forcing my neck to go back for long periods of time, which is extremely painful. Occasionally, they happen in my hands and arms. My doctors have told me that my condition is permanent. If my psychiatrist had only listened to me when I told him I was having muscle spasms, the doctor said I could have avoided having this disorder for the rest of my life.

Comment from: Bill, 45-54 Female Published: July 27

My fiancée is 45 years old. She was recently diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Her muscle spasms at night have gotten much worse. She is on tizanidine (Zanaflex). She wakes up very sore and tired from the muscle spasms.

Comment from: Jules, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 13

Damage to spinal nerves causes my muscle spasms.

Comment from: Collins Aneke, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: September 24

I had these pains on my waist a few years ago. This time around for the last 3 weeks, I have experienced excruciating pains with muscle spasms on my waist causing me to be off duty for the last 3 weeks. I can't stand erect properly or engage in any meaningful activities.


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Comment from: Graeme, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: August 15

I have torturous pains in my back at my shoulder level. This is because I perhaps injured my neck at work, and as a result, have these spasms, sometimes daily and overnight. I use a mixture of paracetamol and codeine in tablet form, but sadly I cannot take them all the time as instructed on the packet. Trying to relieve it with exercise is a waste of time.

Comment from: Tired of pain, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 30

I have been told the pain I am having is muscle spasms in my colon. I have a high tolerance of pain but this is like no pain I have ever felt. It is just like someone lights a match and holds it to my skin. My colon burns so bad and you can"t touch my stomach at all, have had to go to emergency room. If I bend and put any pressure on the colon it makes it worse.

Comment from: james, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: April 01

I am a diabetic. I also have back problems. I get leg cramps usually at night. The only thing that works for me is to take two or three teaspoons of mustard. I would like to find a solution to the problem.

Comment from: Doris, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 17

I have been suffering with muscle spasms in all parts of my body for about 5 years or more now. The midriff and back areas are the worst. Yesterday it was my colon, I had to stretch and rest. Sometimes just reaching to the back around causes spasms in my rib and back area; very painful. This does cause me problems when driving. I have to stop the car and stretch. I have been to the doctor several times but with no diagnosis given.

Comment from: Shethom, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 02

After TKR (total knee replacement) I have had really bad muscle spasms behind my knee and in the calf muscles and the thigh. My leg bends and twists in this spasm and I cannot put my foot to the ground; my ankle also swells and I feel it cannot take my body weight to walk.

Comment from: Rooplal, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 18

I am a Parkinson's sufferer, which means all my muscles are affected. When my leg muscles do not get an adequate and timely supply of oxygenated blood they do not contract and relax as they should. So some muscles stay in the contracted position. This is a spasm.

Comment from: Linda, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 25

After almost 48 years of being awakened at night with horrific muscle spasms in my legs from the thighs to my heels I finally got a cure five months ago. It's as simple as taking a half glass of tonic water in the evening which was recommended by both my hematologist and my husband's cardiologist. It's the quinine in the water. I had tried everything -- from diets with plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits and consuming plenty water and taking folic acid. The first year of taking over-the-counter folic acid worked, then my doctor prescribed a stronger folic acid, and it worked for a long time, but the spasms eventually returned. The tonic water has left me virtually free of muscle spasms. Another benefit is I have not had the arthritis pain in my fingers and hand I had during winter months. My husband started drinking the tonic water about three months ago and now has no problems with the arthritis he's suffered with for over 10 years due to a broken heel 13 years ago. He's been on prescribed meds for the arthritis and had to use a cane to assist him in walking. Even with the unusual cold and wet weather we've had here in Austin this year he has had no problem with his ankle. Every evening we have our cocktail (tonic water) together. Take it several hours prior to bedtime or you'll be up at night going to the bathroom.

Comment from: Hanamaulu Hawaii, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 14

I started having reoccurring muscle cramps from beginning of last year 2009. At which I was under doctor's care for other ailments. I was taking 6 pharmaceutical drugs. I sought the Lord for instructions and direction to be weaned off the pharmaceutical drugs. I purchased a Kaegen water system about 7 months ago, changed my eating habits (more vegetables, fruits and nuts in my diet). I was later lead to take vitamin supplements. It has been 6 months since my last reoccurrence. I am currently taking Omega 3 1000ml, D3 1000ml, Mega B 100ml, C 1000ml, Cholest (cholesterol), Potassium 99ml, Natural Calm (anti stress drink). I also take Pharmaceutical drugs Pantoprazole (acid reflux), Benicar (high blood pressure), Actonel (osteoporosis). I will stop taking Actonel (osteoporosis). Occasionally I take Sumatriptan. I no longer take Simvastatin (cholesterol), Tizanidine (muscle relaxer), Ibuprofen (muscle relaxer). I believe in homeopathic remedies, exercise, reading of the word and prayer to bring my body, mind and soul into alignment for proper use. Occasionally I visit a doctor for spinal alignment. Full Body massage is wonderful to experience on special occasions. I would want to encourage anyone out there that there are natural remedies and seeking the Lord for help to heal our body inside as well as outside. Take a step of faith and try it, you will find out that you will like it.

Comment from: [email protected], 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 07

I had a TIA (mini-stroke) 18 monthss ago-was put on nifedipine-I also take lovastatin - calcium - multi-vitamin, I started having severe pain when lifting arm -therapy has improved arm movement (not fully) now severe pain in head muscles (especially at night) being treated w/muscle relaxers-does not seem to be working have had x-rays, MRI they claim it is caused by severe muscle spasms (15 mo spasm-unacceptable).

Comment from: klcminor, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 07

I had polio in 1954 when 18 months old & was diagnosed with post polio in 1996. Muscle spasms are a fact of life for me, but have changed since moving to AZ in 2008 - more frequent & severe & recovery takes longer.

Comment from: Ng, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 01

I can't know exactly what it is that caused my muscle spasms. However they started while I was on medication.

Comment from: Vonda, 55-64 (Patient) Published: May 12

I have upper and lower back spasms.

Comment from: Af, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 17

My spasms hurt so badly in the stomach or chest.

Comment from: Tamara, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 06

I am having bad pains straight across my shoulder/back, and behind my right ear. I have pain in my neck, it hurts to turn my neck, to bend my neck, and it is painful getting up out of bed. I am taking Flexeril, but it doesn't get rid of the pain, it just eases it off.

Comment from: Annie, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

I am a twenty year old woman who practices Iyengar Yoga and the night after a class that was particularly straining for me, I woke up with a terrible cramp in what felt like a right glute muscle. I haven't experienced the same kind of cramping again, but the pain has not subsided for almost a month. Any type of physical activity, even walking, is extremely painful in the area that cramped.

Comment from: momof6, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 15

I have a back muscle spasm for about 5 years, after my hysterectomy. I take carisoprodol and the dr. is wanting me to get the steroid shots in my back so I can stop taking the muscle relaxant. I don't want to do the steroid shots. What are my options?

Comment from: mama12, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 28

I have had muscle spasms for 25 years. This always happens at night. I sleep on my side, and when I turn over to the other side and pull one leg up into the fetal position, it hits all at once. I feel the pain inside my upper leg, almost to the knee. These spasms last about 10 minutes. The pain is a deep, hard, pulsating pain that grabs and releases. It’s so bad, I cry. I can’t relieve the spasm by walking it out or rubbing it out. I just have to wait for it to subside. Last night, I had two spasms within one hour. I was prescribed cyclobenzaprine. The spasms seem to happen when I have worked hard around the house or in the yard. I am weak from my hips down. The pain is so strong that I feel exhausted the next day. I drink plenty of water and eat the right foods. I’m not sure what else I should do.

Comment from: donnawilson03, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: October 19

It is difficult to tell which of my conditions contributes to my spasms. I have fibromyalgia as well as herniations in L2, L3, L4 and L5. I have just received my first epidural for the herniations.

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Comment from: Happier n Healthier, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 07

5 years ago, I was given Cipro for an ear infection. I had a severe reaction which was treated improperly. Within 2 months, I developed severe occipital headaches, then severe pain and muscle spasms that became so bad that you could not bend my body. The local hospital and most of the doctors here were convinced that I was crazy or a drug addict. Luckily, I searched out-of-state and found a doctor who is both an M.D. and Holistic. He was able to diagnose me immediately. I'm not cured, but the relief started within 8 days. If you can't get relief, my suggestion is to look for alternative treatments. On the few occasions that I've needed urgent assistance for a spasm since treatment began, an I.V. of "Myer's Cocktail" or just magnesium and potassium will help much faster than any drug and is a lot safer than the narcotics the hospital uses.

Comment from: Jude, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 07

Every so often (about once a month) I wake up with horrible spasms in both of lower legs, from anout knee all the way to toes.(in back of legs). I try to smooth or rub them, nothing works. At times it feels it will stay, other times just a few seconds.once it happens, then I have it happen for several nights in a row.

Comment from: leigh, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 07

hi there i'm in a right mess i'm only 33 and have spondylitis or some thing like that of the lower back/sine my back pain has been awful no one knew what it was that wrong with me its been 3yrs now and i'm still suffering i now have muscle spasms at the front of my leg at the top in the night its killer really takes my breath away i'm on lots of pain med have been for 3yrs now i need an operation been told but he wont give it to me till i lost 5stone which is stupid as i cant wait any longer really as the pain is awful and i have another child now she's 1 i was house bound when pregnant to couldn't walk now i can but only so far cant sit for to long cant stand hardly at all really i feel uses less at times cant do what i want to do like go gym ride bike ect i get weakness in my legs to and have to watch what i do with the baby to as when i over do it i really suffer with pain.

Comment from: Emma, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 20

Several years ago after having babies I got very ill. I had digestive trouble (backed up, sluggish, undigested, etc.). Other symptoms included skin rash/acne, severe painful muscle spasms in my neck, back, and legs. I had a thyroid test, allergy tests, and celiac panel, which all came back normal. I went on a gluten-Free diet anyway and most of my symptoms resolved (some relief by the first week, then lots of relief in a month). I can't get an explanation from doctors; they don't seem to know. One doctor did say that back pain can be associated with digestive problems. I have a hard time absorbing all my nutrients and vitamins and have to supplement even though I eat a healthy diet. After having my children, I had a permanent muscle spasm in my neck for eight years and muscles spasms in my back that was constant. Now I only get it once in a blue moon if my digestion is disturbed. My muscle spasms and twitching in my legs are totally gone. I feel I should stay on a gluten-free diet or my symptoms will return. If anyone tries a gluten-free diet, you don't need to buy lots of gluten-free products because it can get expensive. Just eat healthy, unprocessed, home-cooked foods. Make your own snacks and breads.

Comment from: scribe, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 09

My spasms began when I was about 10 years old; I got them in my legs, hips, knees and ankles. The doctor said it was growing pains! I now have several muscles around my ribs in the front that are bulging like lumps from them being in spasm so long and they won't straighten out, my back has the same problems. I don't have any problems bending or stretching etc. I was told I had a Thyroid problem, but I think I was misdiagnosed as I stopped taking the tablets for 6 months now but when I did take them my muscle spasms got worse, I was in agony all the time even now I can't laugh too much because it brings it on around my ribs my friend got the same thing and she is on thyroxin as I was.

Comment from: mammys3, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 01

My spasms started about 2 years ago when I ruptured disks c6 and c7. I have not been the same since. I am very sensitive on my left side. It feels like my latissimus dorsi is messed up it constantly spasms really hard.

Comment from: jjsan, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 19

I start out with cramps in the toes, ankles, and then leg spasms begin up my entire leg. They are so painful that I am screaming for help. I can't stand, much less walk. They last from five minutes to half an hour before any sign of relief. It is happening so much that going to bed is a nightmare because I know I am just closing my eyes to be awakened by cramps and muscle spasms an hour or so after I go to sleep. Nothing helps: muscle relaxers, pain meds, nothing.

Comment from: 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 16

2 years ago I fell down steps, causing herniated L4 disc, bulging L5 disc, and my muscles in my lower back seemed to ripple like an accordion when I fell. My surgeon cut me open to see what these large and painful lumps were under my skin, and found that they were spastic muscles. The spasms were out of control and constant. Needless to say, there was nothing he could do so he sewed me back up and sent me home. Since then I lost my job, and no longer have insurance. I am in constant pain and movement is limited. I cry a lot.

Comment from: Mrgrimm, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: November 11

I often get muscle spasms in the morning, usually around my calves. During the days I get them after sitting down for a long time. (plane rides are like hell, as well as going to a long movie). Most of the time, I know when they are coming. I do not know if they are related to dehydration or a lack of potassium and /or Magnesium.

Comment from: Ardie, 45-54 Female Published: November 09

I was in an accident and I really did not get hurt, but since then I feel like I am having muscle spasms in my left side and left side of my back. I am very sore and the pain takes my breath away. It is like a very painful catch.

Comment from: rickster, 45-54 Male Published: October 28

I’m a 49 year old male and have been having muscle spasms and twitching all over my body for about 18 months now. Although not painful in any way I only notice them when I’m relaxed. My doctor says there is nothing to worry about and that it could just be my nerves, but I’m not sure only time will tell.

Comment from: gallahan42, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 02

I have secondary progressive MS and have spasms in the night and during the day. My doctor has tried a drug used for treating restless leg syndrome call Mirapex. It works wonderful. I can sleep at night, also during the day. I take a Mirapex and about 20 minutes later the spasms are gone. My doctor said that since the dosage is small, there is room in the future to take more as the MS gets worse.

Comment from: chaerry, Male (Caregiver) Published: September 02

Until now it is not known clearly what the real causes for muscle spasms are. Having correct diet and doing work outs are the only way to avoid them. Thanks for sharing.

Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 02

I was diagnosed with hemi facial spasms and had an EMG done to confirm this before doing a MVD surgery. The EMG was "negative" so the diagnosis was eliminated and surgery was cancelled. My concern is that when I lie down the drawing in my face relaxes and is fairly normal.

Comment from: D for, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 02

I am having small muscle spasm on and off over most of my body. Most appear to be in the hands lower arms, feet (including soles) lower and upper legs, but I also get them in the rest of the body and buttocks. They are small but painless spasms that seldom stop me from doing anything. I have been tested for the normal chemical deficiency but all come back clear. These spasms have been ongoing now for approximately 13 weeks.

Comment from: jerry, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: August 26

Information about the muscle spasms, causes and precautions to be taken to avoid them is very useful. Thanks for posting.