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Old 06-14-2004, 08:15 PM   #1
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What causes severe muscle spasms and knots...

What causes these to continue on long after an injury? I have spasms so strong that they cause jerking in my arms legs and neck with certain movements and positions. These jerks are very painful and uncontrolable. During my MRI they said to hold stil but I these movements were involentary. Are knots in the muscle called trigger points?

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Re: What causes severe muscle spasms and knots...

Have you had your magnesium level checked lately?some muscle twitches and spasms are somewhat normal in your situation but these sound much more violent than the norm.My son had an extremely low magnesium level once and the contortions and contractions of the muscles in his arms were really horrific.He was just lying on the couch one night and all of the sudden his arms and hands became like almost violently spastic and started these horrible contractions that were extremely was really hard to watch that.We had no clue as to what caused these to occur at the son was in liver failure and had all kinds of bizarre things going on in his body at the time.I ended up taking him into the ER as they just kept getting worse and we were both scared to death about just what could cause all this to happen.and when they ran his labs, we discovered that his magnesium level had completely bottomed out.

It wouldn't hurt to go to your doc and just have some simple labs run.He would need to check your potassium as well as the magnesium.Low potassium levels can also cause muscle spasms.These spasms could be totally unrelated to your injury.just a thought.Hope these go away soon. marcia
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