Limb Spasms
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Bret Mobley, MD, MS

Bret Mobley, MD, MS (Neuropathology)

Dr. Mobley graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School, completing a masters degree in neuroscience between his second and third years of medical school. He trained as a resident in pathology at Stanford University Hospital before joining the faculty of Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville Tennessee in 2010. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2018 and to Neuropathology Division Director in 2020.

Shohei Harase, MD

Shohei Harase, MD (Neurology)

Dr. Harase spent his junior and senior high school years in Finland and the U.S. After graduating from the University of Washington (Bachelor of Science, Molecular and Cellular Biology), he worked for Apple Japan Inc. before entering the University of the Ryukyus School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Okinawa Prefectural Chubu Hospital, where he received the Best Resident Award in 2016 and 2017. In 2021, he joined the Department of Cerebrovascular Medicine at the National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center, specializing in hyperacute stroke.

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  • Rigidity and difficulty moving one hand or leg

  • Limbs feels rigid and unable to move

  • Dystonia of limbs

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About the Symptom

Dystonia is a problem with movement where muscles involuntarily contract. The muscle contractions cause slow repeating movements, twisting, or abnormal postures. Some types of dystonia affect the limbs, including the hand and forearm. Dystonia happens due to problems with the nervous system.

Related serious diseases

Sometimes, Limb spasms may be related to these serious diseases:

  • Insular Cortex Epilepsy

    Insular cortex epilepsy is an under-recognized type of epilepsy. It is characterized by repeated seizures that either arise from the insula in the brain, or spread from the adjacent temporal or frontal lobes into the insular area. Seizures can manifest with different warning symptoms, such as a sudden rising sensation in the stomach, numbness or tingling in any part of the body, or a sensation of choking. Occasionally, insular seizures will arise out of sleep, which typically manifest with strange movements, agitation, or posturing

  • Temporal Lobe Epilepsy

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  • Is one hand or leg rigid and unable to move?

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Bret Mobley, MD, MS

Bret Mobley, MD, MS (Neuropathology)

Dr. Mobley graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School, completing a masters degree in neuroscience between his second and third years of medical school. He trained as a resident in pathology at Stanford University Hospital before joining the faculty of Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville Tennessee in 2010. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2018 and to Neuropathology Division Director in 2020.

Shohei Harase, MD

Shohei Harase, MD (Neurology)

Dr. Harase spent his junior and senior high school years in Finland and the U.S. After graduating from the University of Washington (Bachelor of Science, Molecular and Cellular Biology), he worked for Apple Japan Inc. before entering the University of the Ryukyus School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Okinawa Prefectural Chubu Hospital, where he received the Best Resident Award in 2016 and 2017. In 2021, he joined the Department of Cerebrovascular Medicine at the National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center, specializing in hyperacute stroke.

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