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Patient discussion about cramping

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?

A. You 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.

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

A. Im 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.

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?

A. You 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.

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Theoretically, loading with an electrolyte replacement beverage might minimize the losses and shifts, but I am unaware of any controlled studies looking at this drink and rates of cramping.
Within 48 hours, cramping should significantly lessen in frequency and severity, if not disappear entirely.
In a small number of patients, they cause pain and aching in muscles which would have the tendency to make the cramping worse.
The increased frequency of cramps during the night or lying down may be caused by the plantar flexed foot, resulting in shortened calf and ventral foot muscles--increasing the vulnerability of cramping.
Cramp911 is a roll-on muscle re-laxer that rapidly alleviates muscle cramps resulting from athletic activity, nighttime cramping, neck and back spasms, dehydration, and even cramping associated with chronic conditions such as multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia.
Often a muscle that is cramping feels harder than normal to the touch or may even show visible signs of twitching.
June Jordan, in the September/October 2008 issue, wrote about her hands cramping.
1 : to cause or experience a sudden painful muscular tightening in <My hand was cramping from all the writing.
Jorge has been told by his former physician that his cramping may be related to the statin, which was recently changed to a statin/cholesterol-blocker combination.
Patricia reports that her cramping episodes occur randomly, last for 1 to 5 minutes, are most frequent at night and during sleep (usually 1-2 per night), and cause her to wake up.
If your cramps persist, consider seeing a neurologist, who can ascertain that your cramping is not symptomatic of a neurological disease.
The study consisted of 66 participants, who had experienced normal cramping at some point, had venous insufficiency, or were athletes suffering from exercise-induced cramping.