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Old 06-06-2006, 09:42 AM   #1
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How long can a muscle spasm last??

I had thought for a long time that a minimally bulging disc in my neck was impinging on one of my cervical nerves. Now my doc is telling me that it is a muscle spasm in my neck that is causing my radicular arm pain. The injury occurred on March 10. Is it not unusual for a muscle spasm last two and a half months? He gave me some kind of anti-inflammatory shot in my arm, although it was not cortisone. Is there anything I can do to speed this up, or do I just have to continue to wait it out?

 
Old 06-06-2006, 10:20 AM   #2
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Re: How long can a muscle spasm last??

Sonic-

After I had my cervical surgery, it was suggested that I go to massage therapy. It may take a few sessions, but they might be able to work you up to some deep tissue massage that could release that tension.

It will be uncomfortable in the short run, so you might want to have a couple of your pain pills with you to take after the session. It was definitely worth it for me.

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Old 06-07-2006, 10:01 AM   #3
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Re: How long can a muscle spasm last??

Unfortunately, I haven't been prescribed any pain pills.

[REMOVED] Aparently, when I was working out, I bulged a disc just slightly--not enough to touch the nerve, but enough for the radiologist to call it. My muscles quickly sensed that something was going on that was not right, so they immediately tensed up near the bulge, compressing the nerve. And I've been this way for 2.5 months.

I got some massaging at physical therapy. Are you saying I can get a massage that is deeper and more effective?

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Old 06-07-2006, 05:39 PM   #4
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Re: How long can a muscle spasm last??

I was wondering the same thing. I've had major problems for years with my neck/shoulder muscle and am now having major nerve pain in my arms and one leg.

Only thing mri showed was arthritis in cervical and lumbar spine. No bulges or impingements.

 
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Re: How long can a muscle spasm last??

I actually see massage therapists that massage deeply into my muscles with the purpose of breaking up knots. You need to tell them what you are looking for. Also, if you can see a physiatrist, they may able to give you more direction.

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Re: How long can a muscle spasm last??

I had ask my neurologist this question yesterday.As I suffer from severe muscle spasms in my legs.I have had no trauma to them,but have had 2 lumbar surgeries 7 years ago.18 months ago the muscle spasms started.He recommended the deep muscle massages and upped my meds(baclofen,zanaflex and quinine)which are for muscle spasms.He stated in between med doses to drink tonic water it contains quinine and it will help releive some of the spasms.But for how long they last ,he stated not until the underlying cause if found and treated.
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Re: How long can a muscle spasm last??

I have had a muscle spasm that moves from my neck to my shoulders blades or mid back and has been constant in varying degrees of pain (but always there) for months. I have been beside myself to say the least! After seeing docs-chiro-having MRI (2 bulging discs)-pain meds-muscle relax-accupunct-massage-neuro-and months of pain, it comes down to this... I just found out I have a rare disorder called CERVICAL DYSTONIA. Only thing that seems to work is believe it or not Botox - which insurance may or may not cover. I had no idea. Posting in case this info may help anyone.

 
Old 07-20-2006, 06:17 PM   #8
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Re: How long can a muscle spasm last??

I also have neck spasms. They are horrible. I was told to use ice packs not heat. Also had nerve conduction tests that show nerve damage in arms and legs. I have never had massages. I do not want to live on pain meds.
I am to the point of wanting Surgery if it will help. I have 2 ruptured discs in my neck and one in lower back. For those who have had Neck surgery, please tell me how it is.
Thanks, & God Bless

 
Old 09-13-2006, 05:57 AM   #9
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Re: How long can a muscle spasm last??

Hi everyone
i hurt my self in the gym doing military shoulder press. Its been a month now and my muscle spasms in back and arms seem to be getting worse. Ive tried valium and anti-inflamms. Ive also had physio, osteo.. Its driving me insane, am i able to start training at the gym even if spasms still exit??
Thanks so much

 
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