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What Is Causing Muscle Spasms In My Left Calf?

I've been experiencing muscle spasms in my left calf for about the passed week or so. I've experienced muscle spasms in my calves before but none that have lasted an extended period of time and only been in the one calf. With the spasms I haven't experienced any pain really, it's actually more like a quiver than a spasm. I'm just worried it might be the sign of something more serious, please help!

For most cramps, stretch. If a spasm strikes the calf (by far the most common cramp site), pull the front of the foot up toward the knee. Since cramps usually result from muscle fatigue, you may be able to prevent such spasms by gently stretching before you exercise your calves.Stand a few feet from a wall, brace yourself against the wall with your hands and lean forward, keeping your heels on the ground until you feel a pull in your calves. This maneuver before bedtime can also help prevent unexplained nighttime spasms. If the cause isn't muscle fatigue, your physician may find other possibly treatable causes. These can include circulatory problems, hyperventilation an under active thyroid and low blood levels of calcium or (rarely) magnesium. And good luck.  (+ info)

How do you get rid of esophagus spasms?

Every since I had my gallbladder taken out I get spasms that start at the opening of my stomach and go up into my chest. It's a dull ache and is very annoying and sometimes very painfull. It usually only happens in the mornings after I get up but sometimes it will wake me up earlier. The doctors keep saying to use antacids but it is not acid.

Drinking peppermint oil mixed with water helps with the symptoms and can cause the muscles to contract normally. Also reduce your stress levels. (easier said than done, I know)  (+ info)

What can you do during pregnancy for muscle spasms in your back?

I know it's from carring (lots) of extra boobage, but I am having mega spasms, between my shoulder blades....

Make sure you are taking extra calcium with magnesium.. This is essential for muscles to function properly..And, rest, massage, etc.  (+ info)

I am 29 weeks pregnant and having little muscle spasms in my lower abdomen. Any idea what this is?

The spasms are not painful and happen every few minutes or so... They are happening right in the middle below my belly button, like where my pants sit. Thanks for any help.
Thanks for the responses, but they aren't painful, so I don't think they are contractions. And my baby is moving a lot and this isn't what it feels like when she moves. The spasms stay in one spot.

You could be having braxton hicks which is very common... tell your doctor. she could check your vagina to see if you were contracting at all. OR... it could be you feeling your little one move! which happened to me all the time.  (+ info)

I have a medical marijuana permit from Colorado. Which kind of marijuana is good for muscle spasms?

I know there are different varieties of marijuana and they are good for different things. There is one called Blueberry something that is supposed to be helpful to increase the appetite. Trainwreck and Four-way are for pain at night. I want some for muscle spasms that will not make me too high.

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Many strains are effective for muscle spasms, however, the key to what you want rests in "something that doesnt make me to high". There are two main cannabinoids in marijuana: called THC tetrahydrocannabinol, and CBD, or cannabidiol. There are also 2 original geographical varieties of marijuana: indica and sativa. Indicas originated below the 30th parallel in the Himalayan mountains, while sativas originated below the 10th parallel in the SE asian regions. Sativas typically have high THC and almost no CBD, whereas indicas may have up to equal amounts of CBD to THC.

THC causes the high. By itself, THC is a stimulation, increasing heart rate, sympathetic nervous system activity, and resltelessness. When combined with CBD however, the high changes from uplifting to more narcotic. Furthermore, another chemical called linalool (a terpenoid) is well documented to cause sedation, and is well distributed among the various marijuana varieties. Limonene is another terpenoid that gives certain strains the characteristic lemon odor. This chemical may act in combination with THC to cause an uplifting effect. And yes theres more. Some sativas of African and Hawaiin origin contain a slightly different chemical than THC, called THCV. This chemical often causes a more uplifting, but shorter duration, effect to THC.

So to put this in perspective is difficult but possible. Without expensive analysis of the chemicals, I cannot give an absolute quantitiative recommendation. However, I would recommend looking for a predominantly sativa strain, although blueberry is an indica with good sativa like psychoactivity. The lemon scented strains may be of benefit as well: lemon kush, lemon skunk, island sweet skunk, etc, as from a statitiscal analysis I performed with dozens of patients identified a trend in an uplifting effect being associated with lemon scent.

Aside from strains, my statistical analysis derived from products I've developed for patients, has identified a positive correlation between several medicinal effects (nausea, trauma derived pain, muscle spasms, and migraines) with minimal sedation, from cannabis based teas. Interestingly, the teas stiped with lecithin (water and fat loving food compound) give a smooth, long length of relief with a more uplifting effect, while teas made with non-dairy creamer (sky-high chai and cannacino) give a more narcotic high and even longer duration of pain relief.

Below is list of chemicals that occur in pharmacologically relevant concnetrations in marijuana, and all contribute in one way or another to the narcotic, stimulating, and medicinal effects of the plant. I hope to have a method for bulk quantification of these compounds within the next 2 years. The technology will be available to all dispensaries to ensure safe treatments. So in closing, I may be able to answer your question in the future.

Apigenin Anti-inflammatory, reduces melanoma, breast and pancreatic cancer growth , inhibit tumor growth , anti-viral

Kaempferol Antioxidant, works with quercitin to inhibit growth of some cancer cells, inhibits atherosclerosis

Limonene AChE inhibitor, blocks carcinogenesis of several smoke compounds, anti-depressantxi, lipolytic

α-Pinene Anti-inflammatory , anti-anxiety , associated with pine-like scent in cannabis

Citronellol Sedative, neuroprotectant and anticonvulsant , inhibit breast cancer cells , inhibit atherosclerosis

Citral Antifungal , analgesic (TRPV1) , antidepressant , may kill cancer cells

γ-Terpinene Anti-depressantxi, antibacterial, antifungal, antioxidant, enhances lipolytic effect of limonene

AChE inhibitor, analgesic , transdermal facilitator

Slight affinity for CB1 receptor, anti-anxiety and antidepressant

β-Pinene Gives pine smell, one of the most abundant terpenoids produced, anti-inflammatory, analgesic

Sedative, may prolong THC breakdown , anti-anxiety, broad spectrum cancer fighter , anti-viraliii

Sedative, anti-Alzheimer’s, vasorelaxation , cancer fighting properties , anti-inflammatory

β-Caryophyllene Activated anti-inflammatory by α-pinene, analgesicxv, potentiates anti-cancer effects of other terpenes

Greater PG inhibition than THC & CBG, AChE inhibitor, antioxidant , antimicrobial

Quercitan Potent anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, works with apigenin to inhibit melanoma , anti-cancer properties

β-Myrcene Most abundant terpenoid produced, analgesicxv, inhibits PGs, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer

Elsohly, M. et al. 1981. Chemical constituents of marijuana. Journal of Natural products.
Ujiki, Michael. 2006. Apigenin inhibits pancreatic cancer cell proliferation through G2/M cell cycle arrest. Molecular Cancer 5: 76.
Fang, Jing, et al. 2007. Apigenin inhibits tumor angiogenesis through decreasing HIF-1α and VEGF expression. Carcinogenesis 28: 858-864.
Chiang,  (+ info)

Muscle relaxer for back spasms. Does it only provide temporary relief or help stop the problem?

My doctor has prescribed a muscle relaxer for night and refered my to a specialist. I don't want to take the medicine unless it will keep the spasms from returning during the day. It's Friday night so I can't call and ask the doctor. Any experience?

muscle relaxers can be a tempoary relief if there is something skeletal that is causing the muscle spasms. If your vertebrae are out of alignment, the spasm will come back. But if you've just got a random spasm, the muscle relaxer may be all that's needed to relieve it. Once the spasm is gone, it's done. Think about when you wake up with a stiff neck. That's a muscle spasm that a muscle relaxer will most likely get rid of. I would say give it a try so you can get some decent sleep. And once you've gone to the specialist, they will figure out what needs to be done to prevent the spasm from coming back.  (+ info)

My right foot palm spasms and my neck has a slight spasm. What is this?

I have high anxiety, but this seems to have come out of nowhere. I have noticed that I also have minor spasms elsewhere.

Spasms are not painful.

No nausea, no loss of balance, no blurry vision, no numbness has occurred.

Any ideas?
Also, my doctor diagnosed me depression and anxiety, but I've been depressed for years and this never happened.
I smoked a little pot a month ago, but I've smoked before and never had negative reactions.

It's anxiety, not out of nowhere, you just said it yourself.  (+ info)

How do I get rid of weird leg spasms?

I'm getting some kind of weird leg spasms in my left thigh muscle. It doesn't hurt, and it doesn't prevent me from walking, moving or anything like that. It's just getting VERY irritating.

I get these spasms from time to time, but they usually go away. Recently, this one hasn't gone away, and I'm not sure what to do to stop it.

Any suggestions would be peachy, thanks!

If in fact you are an athlete or active person, the lactic acid theory is a pretty good one. Massage is very effective... it literally physically pushes the toxins around in your muscles so the blood in your capillaries can pick up the toxins (including lactic acid) and carry them away. Your kidneys filter them out of your blood for you and presto, you flush all that down the toilet.

Since it's your thigh, it's very easy for you to massage it yourself. You don't have to be a therapist to do it... use your palms and thumbs to press and squish your muscles like they're made of play-dough. Do it with some strength but you don't have to get so rough it hurts.

You may get good results that way, or you may have something else going on. For the past year, off and on, I've had a little twitch in my left forearm that goes on for about a day at a time. It drives me NUTS! You can actually see the muscle contract. It doesn't hurt or anything, like you say, it's just annoying as heck!

Good luck!  (+ info)

How do I prevent brain spasms from Zoloft withdraw?

I started breaking my zoloft pills in half a week ago and was only having the half pills and my psychiatrist said to stop taking the half pills on saturday because that would have been a week and would be a good time to stop. While I was only having the halfs i was having slight manageable brain spasms and now that im off im having really intense ones making my head hurt and its going through my whole body. I am also getting the intense vivid dreams too. How can I reduce this, because I cant deal with this any longer.

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I'm 20 weeks pregnant and keep having bad muscle spasms in my back. How can i make this stop?

I get bad muscle spasms in the same muscle multiple times during the day and it gets worse in the middle of the night. They hurt so bad I cant get any sleep. The dr gave me some muscle relaxers but they don't seem to work. I've tried hot baths, heating pads, tylenol, pretty much everything i know to try and nothing seems to help. Is this normal and how can i stop it?

I had that too. It got so bad that I would try to stop breathing because it made the pain worse.
Your doctor should have given you Oxycotin. You can be on it for three days. It took the pain away and made the spasms stop. They come back slightly every once in a great while, and for that I just take a hot shower and it goes away.  (+ info)

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