Patient discussion about cramp

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Q. What are muscle cramps caused from?

I am a 30 year old woman and am pregnant. I keep on getting a muscle cramps on the back on my lower leg. It really hurts! What is causing it and how can I prevent it?
A1You can get muscle cramps almost anywhere in your body during pregnancy, but the most common site is your calves. Although the spasms may only last a short time, they can be very severe.
No one knows for certain what causes leg cramps in pregnancy, though there are some theories: Deficiencies in salt, calcium, magnesium and vitamin C or changes in blood circulation.
To prevent it make sure to stretch your muscles before bed and if you do get a cramp, immediately stretch your calf muscles: Straighten your leg, heel first, and gently flex your toes back toward your shins. It might hurt at first, but it will ease the spasm and the pain will gradually go away.

A2No one really knows why women have leg cramps when they're pregnant but it is very common. It's possible that your leg muscles are tired from carrying around the extra weight. Or they may be aggravated by the pressure your expanding uterus puts on the blood vessels that return blood from your legs to your heart and the nerves that lead from your trunk to your legs. To prevent it Avoid standing or sitting with your legs crossed for long periods of time. Stretch your calf muscles regularly during the day and before bed.
Rotate your ankles and wiggle your toes when sitting.
Take daily walks, unless your midwife or doctor has advised you not to exercise. Lie down on your left side to improve circulation to and from your legs.
Stay hydrated during the day by drinking water regularly.


Q. What causes cramps in, under and around the rib cage?

A1Im not really sure, but you may have IBS. Irritable bowel syndrome or IBS affects up to 55 million Americans, mostly women. IBS causes are unknown. IBS symptoms include diarrhea, constipation, and abdominal cramps. There are IBS treatments such as diet and lifestyle changes and medications that can help. Do you have any of these symptoms? Almost everything that i found with rib cage pain said something about IBS. Not really sure if this is your problem, but I hope this helps.
A2between all the ribs there are 3 muscles, any one of the acting too much can cramp. i had it happen when i saw the movie "Borat" - i laughed so hard that two days later i waked strangly when every now and then i felt a harsh pain from between two ribs.
but that was once- if it happens to you often- go see a Dr.

take care!

Q. How to prevent leg cramps?

Every night I get terrible leg cramps that wake me up from my sleep. This only started happening during my pregnancy. How can I stop it from happening?
A1You can try to prevent night cramps by wearing socks to bed or by pressing your foot against the bed board. If the painful cramps continue, ask your doctor about calcium or magnesium supplements as they can sometimes help.
A2Wear support hose during the day, and lift your feet up when you are resting, if possible. Use a heating pad or gently massage the back of your thigh to ease it, you can also ask your husband to do it for you.
A3my wife also had leg cramps, here are some tips to prevent them from happening-
Avoid standing or sitting with your legs crossed for long periods of time.
Stretch your calf muscles regularly during the day and several times before you go to bed.
Rotate your ankles and wiggle your toes when you sit, eat dinner, or watch TV.
Take a walk every day, unless your midwife or doctor has advised you not to exercise.
Stay hydrated during the day by drinking water regularly.
Try a warm bath before bed to relax your muscles.

good luck and congrats! my wife got those tips from a physiotherapist friend of hwer and they worked out nicely.

Q. after my husband and i have sex i have spotting and i have really bad cramps what could this be?

AHmm... I can think about several options, but it's not wise to try to diagnose people over the net. I think that seeing a gynecologist would be appropriate in this situation.

Meanwhile you can read more here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gynecologic_hemorrhage, http://womenshealth.about.com/cs/menstruation/a/bleedaftersex.htm and here http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/bleeding-after-sex/AN01192)

Q. My brother has had serious side effect with depakote like stomach cramps..

My brother has had serious side effect with depakote like stomach cramps, hair loss, nausea and indigestion when he had jaundice and later the doctor changed the med to lamotrigine ….will this have any side effect….?
A1All medications have possible side effects, unfortunatley it is a trial and error issue until your brothers doctor finds a medication that is right for him... My partner has had some sensitivities to medications and was switched to Lamotrigine and has not experienced any side effects. Your pharmasist should give you a print out aobut the medications and its possible side effects, read that print out to know for sure and be aware. If he experiences any serious side effects dont hesitate to get him back to the doctors right away.
A2Every bipolar drug has some side effect and it can not be decided without a try among them. Lamotrigine too has some, they are headaches, insomnia, acne, muscle aches, dry mouth, nausea and they can even develop dangerous rash.
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