Muscle Stiffness

When you find it hard to move a muscle, and it feels tight, usually at rest, it is called muscle stiffness. The common causes of muscle stiffness include muscle sprain, muscle strain, insect bite, infection, anesthesia, and extreme heat or cold injury. If your neck feels stiff and you have a fever, consult a doctor immediately as it can be signs of infection of the brain or spinal cord.

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I have sharp pains right lower back area whenever I walk. Kindly help.

Query: Hi doctor, Yesterday, I bent down to pick up a grocery bag, and suddenly I felt a sharp pain in the lower right region of my back. And ever since, I have had sharp pains in that area whenever I walk, bend over or if I place my weight over my right hip, and whenever I put pressure on my right leg wh...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your predominant complaint is of pain in the right lower back, which is aggravated by bending forwards and walking. There are two possibilities: Muscle spasm or strain in your muscles of the gluteal area. This is a self-limiting problem, and it will settle in few day...  Read Full »

I have short term memory loss with paresthesia on my face. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 27 year old female, and I have severe short-term memory loss (8/30 MMSE). I have paresthesia bilaterally on my face, which has spread from the upper part to around my mouth. I also have startle myoclonus and muscle stiffness. My walking speed has slowed, and the muscles in my...  Read Full »


Dr. Hitesh Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Copper deficiency is a known cause for non-compressive myelopathy, which can explain your muscle stiffness, slowed walking, and clonus in legs. But startle myoclonus is a different thing. It might be a flexor spasm in legs, which someone interpreted as startle myoclonu...  Read Full »

When is ankle clonus abnormal in a child?

Query: Hello doctor, My two-month-old son has ankle clonus. When he is asleep, and I push on his foot, it sometimes goes over ten beats. When it happens on its own, it is much shorter. Is this something that should be further evaluated?   Read Full »


Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. If you are getting more than ten beats of ankle clonus, please get the child evaluated physically by a pediatric neurologist. In such cases, based on physical examination, your child may require an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) brain or USG (ultrasonography) of the b...  Read Full »

Is ALS or MS the cause of my symptoms?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 37-year-old male. I am experiencing some symptoms. I am concerned about ALS and MS. Twelve months back. I started to have pain in my left thumb after applying some force with it. I started to have a similar issue with the right index finger too. My thumb issue persisted but the fi...  Read Full »


Dr. Upendra K Shah

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Fasciculations are not seen in MS (multiple sclerosis). ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) occurs with fasciculations accompanied by weakness and loss of muscle mass. They do not subside spontaneously. Pain in fingers on applying pressure indicates tenderness. They are...  Read Full »

How to get rid of neck and shoulder pain due to cervical spondylosis?

Query: Hi doctor. I am a 33-year-old male. My weight is 72 kg, and my height is 5 feet 7 inches. For the last four weeks, I am suffering from severe neck pain that has spread to the shoulder. So two weeks before, I visited a doctor. He said that muscles got stiff and has prescribed tablets and advised phy...  Read Full »


Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Do you spend a lot of time over the phone or on the laptop? Do you have poor sleeping posture? Have you ever had pain like this before? Does the pain radiate to the arms? Is there any weakness or numbness in the hands? If none, then there is no immediate need for an MRI...  Read Full »

What are the signs of psoriatic arthiritis?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had a small patch of psoriasis on my ankle on and off for 10 years. I have also had flare-ups debilitating fatigue and joint pain for 10 years. I have been checked for Lupus, RA, MS and have received negative diagnosis. I just today learned about psoriatic arthritis and I am wo...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your symptoms include swelling of joint as well as morning stiffness and it looks associated with psoriatic arthritis. I would rather say it is seronegative rheumatoid arthritis associated with psoriasis also known as mixed connective tissue disorder (MCTD). Now I would ...  Read Full »

Do stiffness, muscle spasm, tingling and numbness indicate MS?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 44 years old. My symptoms are stiffness, heaviness, and hard to move. I feel like I am wearing a concrete suit when I am having issues. It is awful, and I have to use a walker, and sometimes that is not even enough. I feel extreme fatigue while walking, and it looked like I am dr...  Read Full »


Dr. S D Sinha

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. First of all, I will be responding based on the described symptoms and your MRI report (with no other details) (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The first impression is that the described symptoms are not very clearly suggestive of multiple sclerosi...  Read Full »

Does myoglobinuria affect the kidneys?

Query: Hi doctor, High abdomen exercise resulted back and thigh stiffness and pain. For pain, I had heat application, but no medicines. It was bearable. I ate five to six mangoes at night. My urine and other things were normal. The next day, I had Diclofenac in the morning as muscles were more stiff at t...  Read Full »


Dr. Vivekanandan G

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Do not worry, nothing will happen to your kidneys. All you need to do is just check your creatinine and urine deposits. Even if there is myoglobinuria (muscle destruction result in the presence of myoglobin in urine), it usually settles with adequate hydrat...  Read Full »

Why does my nephew have back stiffness and difficulty in walking?

Query: Hi doctor, I want an opinion for my 24 year old nephew. For the past four months, he has been suffering from the following problems. He has numbness in both his lower limbs for the past three months and he has total blackout for a few seconds. He has been suffering from constipation for the past ...  Read Full »


Dr. Rajyaguru

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. From your reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and the symptoms, it is suggestive of the myelitis (inflammation of the spinal cord). Hence, he has been treated with initial IV steroids and then oral. After taking these medications, either his symptom...  Read Full »

What causes extreme sweating, muscle stiffness and cramp??

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 50 year old male. I am living in a harsh, hot climate from my childhood. For the past three years, I have noticed that I get extremely exhausted with sweating. During the said period I get muscle stiffness, cramps and depression. My condition improves a little in days after drinkin...  Read Full »


Dr. Bindiya Thakkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. For better understanding I need more details from you. Do you get high blood pressure with these episodes? Is there any flushing? Do you have diabetes? Is there any medical problem that runs in the family? You can get kidney function, HbA1c, urine analysis, urine osmol...  Read Full »

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