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Inflammation of the brain causing muscle spasms

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Hello, my name is Andrew, I'm a 14 year old male. Two weeks ago, I visited a neurologist after experiencing numerous muscular twitches and spasms. These spasms began four weeks ago, starting in the head within one day of when a fever started (which reached temperatures of up to 39 degrees celcius). The fever left be bed ridden for four days.

I am still experiencing muscle twitches and spasms across my body (including my eyes, inner ear, lip, legs, arms and head). When I saw the neurologist, a neurological exam (follow the finger, look at the gait, e.c.t.) was conducted, with the results showing no neurological issue. A blood test was also conducted, and it showed high CK levels (3000).

I have been bed ridden for the most part over the past two weeks since I've seen the neurologist due to anxiety, and I have an EMG and NCS test scheduled for February 11th. I dodn't know how to feel or how I will function. I don't feel like attending school, and I don't plan to. Help.


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replied January 26th, 2010
Muscular and Nerve Disorders Answer A9515


Given the data you reported (muscle spasms and twitches that started one day after fever-39 degrees Celsius) you might be experiencing muscle spasms due to previous inflammation of the brain or the layers around it called meninges.

No data was given about what caused the fever and how it was treated. It might have been a symptom of encephalitis or meningitis. Encephalitis is an inflammation of the brain tissue and meningitis is an inflammation of the layers around the brain. Since the brain tissue is quite vulnerable, any minor damage might cause disturbing symptoms. Muscle spasms and twitches are one of the possible symptoms. However, the condition might be transitory and might subside in time.

This condition needs a physical examination from a neurologist. EMG (electromyography) and NCS (neuroconductive study) would check if there is any problem along the nerves and the muscles. If nothing is done, you might check your calcium and magnesium blood levels. Changes in those levels might sometimes be responsible for muscle spasms and can be easily treated with dietary supplements.


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