What does a muscle spasm feel like?
Muscle spasms range in intensity from mild twitches to severe pain.
The spastic muscle may feel harder than normal to the touch, and/or appear visibly distorted.
How do you relieve muscle spasms?
First, stop doing whatever triggered the muscle spasm then:
- Gently stretch and massage the spasmodic muscle.
- Hold it in a stretched position until the spasms stop.
- Apply cold to sore/tender muscles or heat to tense/tight muscles.
What are muscle spasms caused by?
Spasms of skeletal muscles are most common and are often due to overuse and muscle fatigue, dehydration, and electrolyte abnormalities. The spasm occurs abruptly, is painful, and is usually short-lived. It may be relieved by gently stretching the muscle. Often this pain is colicky, meaning that it comes and goes.
Are muscle spasms dangerous?
Commonly, muscle spasms are normal responses to muscle overexertion, pain, or fatigue. However, in some circumstances, they imply serious systemic or neurological disease.
What causes back spasms?
Back spasms can be the result of injuries to the muscles, tendons, and ligaments in the back, or they can be related to more serious medical conditions. Heavy lifting is a common cause of back spasms. Arthritis in the lower back can put pressure on the spinal cord, which may cause pain in the back and the legs.
Should I exercise back spasms?
Exercise is good for low back pain — but not all exercises are beneficial. Any mild discomfort felt at the start of these exercises should disappear as muscles become stronger. But if pain is more than mild and lasts more than 15 minutes during exercise, patients should stop exercising and contact a doctor.
Does heat or ice help muscle spasms?
Ice or heat
Treating pain and spasms with hot or cold therapy can be extremely effective. For a persistent spasm, apply an ice pack on the muscle for 15 to 20 minutes at a time, a few times a day. A heating pad on the area may also be effective for 15 to 20 minutes at a time, but follow this with an ice pack.
What autoimmune disease causes muscle spasms?
Autoimmune Myositis. Autoimmune myositis is a group of autoimmune rheumatic disorders that cause inflammation and weakness in the muscles (polymyositis) or in the skin and muscles (dermatomyositis).
Can muscle spasms last for days?
Muscle spasms range in intensity from mild twitches to severe pain. Spasms may typically last from seconds to 15 minutes or longer, and may recur multiple times before going away.
What is the best medicine for muscle spasms?
Over-the-counter options for muscle spasms
OTC treatment options include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), acetaminophen, or a combination of both. Your doctor or pharmacist can help you choose an OTC treatment.