Muscle spasms or cramp, also known as involuntary hypertonicity, are unintentional and painful muscle contractions. The pain from spasms is very sharp and intense, for example waking someone suddenly in the night, and the muscle may sometimes look hard under the skin. Spasms can make it impossible to use the muscle temporarily.
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Muscle spasms can occur as a result of many different illnesses including:
- ME/CFS and other neurological illnesses
- Gulf War Illness:22
- Diabetes, thyroid or liver conditions
Spasms can also be caused by
- prolonged exercise, especially in hot weather
- low levels of potassium, magnesium or calcium, which can result from using diuretics
- nerve compression, particularly in the spine.
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Drugs that treat spams are known as muscle relaxants or antispasmodics.
Muscle spasms can also be treated with skeletal and muscle relaxants such as carisoprodol, metaxalone, methocarbamol, tizanidine, orphenadrine and cyclobenzapine.
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References[edit | edit source]
- "Muscle spasm (Involuntary Hypertonicity)". drugs.com. Retrieved February 20, 2021.
- "Muscle cramp". drugs.com. Retrieved February 20, 2021.
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