Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience and a medical advice columnist for Newsmax Magazine. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. He is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

How Can I Stop Muscle Spasms?

Thursday, 11 Apr 2013 10:19 AM

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Question: I get frequent muscle spasms in my legs, stomach, and arms. I was told that I have thick blood and take aspirin for it. Is it possible this is causing it, and is there anything I can do?

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:
Leg cramps that recur are best evaluated by your physician. Calcium or electrolyte deficiencies can be a cause, and they can be corrected quickly and easily. Thick blood is not likely a cause of muscle spasms, but you should see your physician for a thyroid, chemistry, and blood screening, as well as a general physical evaluation to identify potential causes and remedies.
Some muscle spasms can be caused by disorders of metabolism, as well as by other conditions. You need to see your physician for a complete history and physical examination.


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