Tag: muscle spasms

Is Twitching While Sleeping a Problem?

Is Twitching While Sleeping a Problem?

Twitching while sleeping is a common occurrence, but many people who experience these brief muscle movements aren’t even aware that they’re happening. Sometimes, however, the sudden twitching or jerking of your hand or foot is enough to awaken you. Or your spouse.

Twitching while sleeping also may be a symptom of

Don’t Let the Pain of Sciatica Linger

It may begin like a small niggling ache in your buttock. You think perhaps you bumped it and it’s just a little bruise. Then, a shooting pain extends down the back of your leg and into your toes, causing a pinpricking numbness. Sitting is painful. Walking is worse. You limp,

Ask the Experts: Goldenseal & Cancer Risk; Wood Pulp in Foods

Q: What is the evidence on goldenseal and cancer risk?

A: Goldenseal is a perennial herb in the buttercup family, native to Canada and the U.S. Native Americans introduced goldenseal to early settlers as part of their traditional medicine to treat digestive problems, skin disorders, and irritated eyes. Today, the supplement

Ask the Experts: Diverticulitis; Eye Vitamins; Tea Shortage

Q: I’ve read in your newsletter about the benefits of nuts and “seeded” fruits such as blueberries, but I have diverticulitis. Do I need to avoid these healthy foods because of their effects on diverticulitis?

A: Katelyn Castro, a dietetic intern at Tufts’ Frances Stern Nutrition Center, and Joel Mason, MD,

Prostatitis Causes More Than Pain

Prostatitis Causes More Than Pain

Historically, a man complaining of pelvic pain, urinary problems, and other hallmark signs of prostatitis would visit his doctor and receive repeated, prolonged courses of antibiotics. The thought was that a bacterial infection was the underlying culprit. We now know that such infections occur in only a small percentage of

Sciatic Nerve Pain: How to Deal with Sciatica

Sciatic Nerve Pain: How to Deal with Sciatica

The sciatic nerve is the biggest single nerve in the body, and has many sections that branch out through the lower spine area and down your legs. If any part of the sciatic nerve is squeezed or pinched, the result of this compression is searing pain in your lower back

Bothered by Muscle Spasms? 9 Tips to Put Them Behind You

Bothered by Muscle Spasms? 9 Tips to Put Them Behind You

Muscle spasms happen due to the sudden contraction of a muscle: The affected muscle pulls tight and may also feel harder than usual.
Muscle spasms can range from minor (for example, the leg or foot cramps you might experience at night sometimes) to more serious (lower back muscle spasms that

6. Other Sleep Stealers

Plenty of other factors can disrupt sleep. Traveling across time zones, environmental factors, chronic pain, the effects of illnesses and the medications used to treat them, and even taking it easy in your retirement are some of them. In many cases, simple steps can help restore restful sleep.
Sleep Phase Problems
When

Cool, Refreshing, and Challenging

Pool workouts have undergone an extreme make-over in the past few years. While working out in the water will always have a joint-friendly benefit, a variety of higher-intensity and unique classes are making a splash with people of all ages and all fitness levels. Almost anything you can do on

Ask the Doctor: Seizures & AD; Isolated Systolic Hypertension; Modafinil

Q: My 77-year-old wife has Alzheimer’s disease and recently began having seizures. Could the seizures be related to her Alzheimer’s?

A: Seizures are convulsions or muscle spasms associated with abnormal electrical activity in the brain. It is not uncommon for seizures to be associated with advanced Alzheimer’s disease (AD). It is estimated

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