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Muscle spasms in the vaginal area. Its not sexually related.

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Muscle spasms in the vaginal area. It's not sexually related. Can it be anxiety related? Actually lasted for 4 hrs. on Mon. night so, went to the ER @5:00am Tues. Couldn't find anything wrong in xray or sonogram. Fine all day Wed. but, symptoms returned for two hrs. this morning. What's going on?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Ken replied 5 years ago.

I can understand your anxiety.

Muscle spasms indicate involuntary contraction of the muscles concerned. The cause can be varied. I would like to rule out - irritation of the nerve concerned {at the spine level or at its course}, diabetes, vitamin deficiency/ reduced blood flow to the muscles {secondary to atherosclerosis or spasm at the vessels}/ mineral deficiency, dehydration or may be infection at the vagina, cervix or pelvis/ excess use of the muscles. Before putting it on anxiety I would like to rule out above causes.

Few investigations like blood tests/ MRI for Lumbar spine may help.

Till than - Have balanced diet, adequate fluid/ avoid alcohol, smoking/ seitz bath may help/ take your daily vitamin pill/ stay away from anxiety {yoga, meditation help}.

Please do not worry, you will be fine.

Good luck
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
I had lots of blood work in ER. Do not have diabetes, infection or dehydration. I am bipolar and am in transition from Effexor ER to Emsam so, am currently off all meds. I called my shrink and he said he never heard of this situation in regards XXXXX XXXXX from Effexor. Can anxiety manifest itself in such an unusual way?
Expert:  Ken replied 5 years ago.

Yes, anxiety may present with such a symptom too. I would get x ray for lumbar spine followed by MRI to rule out irritation of the nerve.

Customer: replied 5 years ago.
How would this nerve just suddenly become problematic. How does the lumbar spine figure into this equation.
Expert:  Ken replied 5 years ago.

Let me explain a bit.

The spine consists of vertebrae and intervertbral discs {soft tissue cushion if I may say}. The cord or bunch of nerves in simple word passes through the spinal canal {formed by vertebral body in front and ring like posterior part around}. Any bone spur of displacement or bulge of the disc cause pressure over the cord which results in symptoms like muscle spasms or stiffness/ pain / numbness due to nerve irritation. The nerves leave the spinal canal through small rounded openings laterally. Pinching of these nerve roots can occur at this level too.

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