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Involuntary Muscle Spasms

By July 21, 2013 - 6:33am
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Since I was a child I could remember getting cramps in my neck at random moments. They would last for less than a minute or so then slowly ease back to normal. This persists even up to now but I mostly blew it off. But these past few months I've been subject to involuntarily spasms at night, usually just before I completely fall asleep. Either my whole body would just suddenly jerk hard once, or a limb, hand or foot would spasm involuntarily. I know it's a long shot but I was just wondering if the two conditions may be connected, and if anything major (e.g pinched nerves in the neck/spinal damage) could possibly be amiss. I have no knowledge of experiencing trauma in my body, I've never had an accident or a major operation. I also have never taken drugs which could compromise my health. I would be extremely grateful to anyone who can share any experience or insight.

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Thank you for your insight. After checking out the link you provided, I got a better idea of my condition. I will try to be better hydrated and increase my potassium intake for now, and if I experience any other irregularities which, combined with my current ones, can indicate a more serious problem, I will visit a physician. Again, thank you very much.

July 22, 2013 - 6:56am
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Hi sardon,

Thank you for your question. Muscle spasms are normally involuntary movements although their causes can be several different reasons. Have you ever went to the doctor to get a check up regarding this issue? Dehydration is a common reason why muscles tend to spasm and also a lack of potassium in the body can create leg spasms (usually at night) or they are called the dreaded "charlie horse". In any event, if you have continuous issues, you should always follow up with your doctor. Here is an informational site from Medicine Net that provides a great deal of information regarding muscle spasms http://www.medicinenet.com/muscle_spasms/article.htm.

Following up with your treating physician should always be a number one priority as each person is different. I hope this helps and good luck.


July 21, 2013 - 7:16am
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