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Muscle spasms

Muscle spasms: Introduction

Muscle spasms: Involuntary movement or contraction of muscles without full control. See detailed information below for a list of 929 causes of Muscle spasms, Symptom Checker, Assessment Questionnaire, including diseases and drug side effect causes.

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Causes of Muscle spasms:

The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Muscle spasms. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

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Home Diagnostic Testing and Muscle spasms

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Causes of Types of Muscle spasms:

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Muscle spasms: Symptom Checker

Listed below are some combinations of symptoms associated with Muscle spasms, as listed in our database. Visit the Symptom Checker, to add and remove symptoms and research your condition.

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Muscle spasms Treatments

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Stories from Users for Muscle spasms

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Message Boards for Muscle spasms

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Diagnostic tests for Muscle spasms:

Various tests are used in the diagnosis of Muscle spasms. Some of these are listed below :

  • Physical examination
    • Inspect for muscle fasciculations (irregular contractions of small areas of muscle which have no rhythmical pattern, are present at rest but not during voluntary movement). This suggests motor neurone disease which cause muscle cramps
    • Observe for chorea (non- repetitive abrupt involuntary jerky movements) that can cause coordination problems. Causes of chorea include Huntington's chorea, Sydenham's chorea, Wilson's disease and senility
    • Peripheral nervous system examination including muscular tone, power, reflexes and coordination
  • Blood tests
    • Full blood count and ESR
  • more tests...»

Muscle spasms: Animations

Medications or substances causing Muscle spasms:

The following drugs, medications, substances or toxins are some of the possible causes of Muscle spasms as a symptom. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.

Muscle spasms: Comorbid Symptoms

Some of the comorbid or associated medical symptoms for Muscle spasms may include these symptoms:

Causes of General Symptom Types

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Muscle spasms

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Assessment Questionnaire: Questions your doctor may ask (and why!)

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Muscle spasms. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

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Muscle spasms: Deaths

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Misdiagnosis and Muscle spasms

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Muscle spasms: Research Related Doctors & Specialists

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Muscle spasms: Undiagnosed Conditions

Conditions that are commonly undiagnosed in related areas may include:

Organs affected by Muscle spasms:

The list of organs typically affected by Muscle spasms may include, but is not limited to:

Detailed list of causes of Muscle spasms

The list below shows some of the causes of Muscle spasms mentioned in various sources:

How Common are these Causes of Muscle spasms?

This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Muscle spasms. Of the 929 causes of Muscle spasms that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 0 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 8 causes are "common" diseases
  • 1 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 8 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 7 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 910 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Muscle spasms:

The following list of conditions have 'Muscle spasms' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Muscle spasms:

The following list of medical conditions have Muscle spasms or similar listed as a medical complication in our database. The distinction between a symptom and complication is not always clear, and conditions mentioning this symptom as a complication may also be relevant. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.









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Causes of Muscle spasms Based on Risk Factors

This information shows analysis of the list of causes of Muscle spasms based on whether certain risk factors apply to the patient:

  • Travel - has the patient travelled recently?
  • Diabetes - history of diabetes or family history of diabetes?

    Doctors and specialists: Who should I consult about Muscle spasms?

    Depending on the seriousness of the onset of Muscle spasms, you may want to consult one of the following medical professionals.

    Important:In extreme cases, always seek advice from emergency services :

    Classifications of Muscle spasms:

    Subtypes of Muscle spasms:

    Seizures (2418 causes), Muscle twitch (44 causes), Involuntary movements (34 causes), Rigidity (96 causes), Muscle contractions (58 causes), Fasciculations (18 causes), Muscle rigidity (73 causes), Muscle spasm (29 causes), Chorea (119 causes), Sydenham's chorea (5 causes), Facial spasms (31 causes), Hand Spasm (20 causes), Carpopedal spasm (8 causes), Athetosis (98 causes), Clonus (23 causes), Shin spasm (8 causes), Upper arm spasm (8 causes), Calf spasm (13 causes), Twitches (57 causes), Autonomic seizure (1 cause), Repetitive unwanted movements (5 causes), Grand mal seizures (24 causes), Jerky trunk movements (1 cause), Epilepsy (132 causes), Unresponsiveness (44 causes), reduced alertness (12 causes), Tetany (55 causes), jerky movements (4 causes), Myokymia (13 causes), Tics (20 causes), Tic (45 causes), Generalized Myokymia (9 causes), Eyelid Myokymia (7 causes), Facial Myokymia (5 causes), Decerebrate rigidity (22 causes), Convulsions (570 causes)

    Medical Conditions associated with Muscle spasms:

    Spasms (2183 causes), Muscle symptoms (7251 causes), Seizures (2418 causes), Movement symptoms (6001 causes), Musculoskeletal symptoms (6264 causes), Neurological symptoms (9575 causes), Brain symptoms (2787 causes), Nerve symptoms (9132 causes), Head symptoms (10192 causes)

    Symptoms related to Muscle spasms:

    Muscle twitch (44 causes), Muscle stiffness (158 causes), Muscle pain (956 causes), Muscle cramps (283 causes), Seizure (2418 causes), Spasms (2183 causes), Rigidity (96 causes), Anemia (926 causes), Sideroblastic spinocerebellar ataxia, Barakat syndrome, Brown-Sequard Syndrome, Chemical poisoning, -Methoxy-N, N-Diisopropyltryptamine, Calf spasm (13 causes), Shin spasm (8 causes), Upper arm spasm (8 causes), Clonus (23 causes)

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    Medical News summaries about Muscle spasms

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