muscle spasm


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spasm

(spazm),
A sudden involuntary contraction of one or more muscles; includes cramps, and contractures.
Synonym(s): muscle spasm, spasmus
[G. spasmos]

spasm

(spazm)
A sudden involuntary contraction of one or more muscle groups; includes cramps, contractures.
Synonym(s): muscle spasm, spasmus.
[G. spasmos]

muscle spasm

Abnormally sustained and usually powerful contraction of a muscle. This may result from disorder in the muscle itself, from irritation to the nerve supplying it or from removal of the normal inhibiting influence on muscle contraction provided by nerve connections from the brain. Damage to these connections is common in CEREBRAL PALSY (spastic paralysis) or after STROKE or head injury and a spastic condition of the muscles results.

muscle spasm

powerful involuntary muscle contraction, often of sudden onset and quite often painful, which interferes with voluntary movement; may be a consequence of neurological damage or disease. See also cramp, spinal injury.

muscle spasm

involuntary, increased tension and shortening of skeletal muscle; cannot be reduced by voluntary relaxation of affected muscle

muscle spasm,

n abnormal and often painful contraction of muscle fibers commonly caused by sudden overuse or overstimulation.

spasm

(spazm)
Sudden involuntary contraction of one or more muscles; includes cramps and contractures.
[G. spasmos]

Patient discussion about muscle spasm

Q. DO YOU KNOW HOW TO STOP YOUR PANCREAS FROM SPASMS, I HAVE A HARD TIME WHEN IT SEEMS MY PANCREAS IS ACTING UP IT HURTS SO BAD AND MY LIPIDS ARE HIGH HOW DO I GET RID OF THE PAIN OR CONTROLL IT.

A. the Pancreas does not have sensory nerves in it. this is the reason why pancreas cancer is the most deadly- you don't realize it's there until it's much too late. so this pain you describe does not ad up to be from the Pancreas.
i think this is a very good reason to see a Doctor.

Q. I ask a client's Dr. to script flexaril for a lower back spasm and he made it for a drug called zanaflex? I am unfamiliar with zanaflex, what is the difference between it and flexaril 25mg? Benefits? Risks? I got him to order the air mattress and extended bed because client is 6'3" and is already bedridden on my 1st day..try to beat the skin breakdown, already stage I decubitis ulcers. I tried to talk the client into slideboard and lift away arm wheelchair...noway..he wants to walk bent with a rolling walker. He already had a lift chair delivered, so he just goes from bed to lift chair. He refuses to let me bathe him. He can't see, and he has me check his draw up on insulin to make sure it's right. He sends the P.T. man right back out the door after he signs the sheet. Difficult pt.!

A. Flexeril and Zanaflex are different drugs but are both muscle relaxants. There are hardly any differences between the two, clinically wise. If the doctor thought one is better than the other for your client I would suggest you take his advice and use the one he gave you.

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The involuntary muscle spasm you describe is a tic, which can affect muscles used for movement (the motor muscles) or the voice (vocal muscles) and can be either temporary (transient), lasting for under a year, or persist for more than a year (chronic).
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