Severity and frequency are the distinguishing features of carpopedal spasms, as opposed to more common muscle contractions and spasms, and they can often be traced back to a specific ailment. Sometimes, the spasms are the result of a deficiency in electrolytes or thyroid hormones (hypothyroidism). Other causes include Celiac disease and acute hyperventilation syndrome (HVS). In many of these cases, the spasms are caused by low calcium levels.
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