Muscle Rigidity

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  • Muscle rigidity

  • Muscle rigidity followed by other symptoms

  • Stiff muscles and joints started first

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

Muscle contraction refers to the tightening and shortening of the muscles.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Involuntary movements

  • Fine tremor of the fingers

  • Muscle weakness in the limbs

  • Numbness / sensory disorder

  • Impossible to walk normally

  • Back pain

  • Abnormal sensation (tingling, prickling)

  • Disorder of consciousness

  • Head injury

  • Seizure attack

  • Unilateral blindness

  • Neck pain / stiffness

Possible causes

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Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you have stiff muscle and/or joints that are not flexible even with assistance?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do you have headaches or does your head feel heavy?

  • Do you have problems focusing or a reduced sense of awareness in your surroundings?

  • Do you feel any numbness or change in sensation?

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