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cramp

 [kramp]
a painful spasmodic muscular contraction.
heat cramp spasm accompanied by pain, weak pulse, and dilated pupils; seen in workers in intense heat.
recumbency c's cramping in the muscles of the lower limbs and feet occurring while resting or during light sleep.
writers' cramp a muscle cramp in the hand caused by excessive use in writing.

cramp

(kramp),
1. A painful muscle spasm caused by prolonged tetanic contraction.
2. A localized muscle spasm related to occupational use, classified according to the occupation of the sufferer; for example, seamstress's cramp, writer's cramp.
[M.E. crampe, fr. O.Fr., fr. Germanic]

cramp

(krămp)
n.
1. An involuntary, spasmodic muscle contraction causing severe pain.
2. A temporary partial paralysis of habitually or excessively used muscles.
3. cramps Spasmodic contractions of the uterus, such as those occurring during menstruation or labor, usually causing pain in the abdomen that may radiate to the lower back and thighs.
v. cramped, cramping, cramps
v.tr.
To affect with or as if with a cramp.
v.intr.
To suffer from or experience cramps.
A painful, involuntary muscle spasm

cramp

Medtalk A painful, involuntary muscle spasm. See Heat cramp, Menstrual cramp, Pianist's cramp, Word-processor's cramp, Writer's cramp.

cramp

(kramp)
1. A painful muscle spasm caused by an involuntary muscular contraction.
2. A localized muscle spasm related to occupational use, qualified according to the occupation of the sufferer (e.g., writer's cramp).
See also: dysmenorrhea
[M.E. crampe, fr. O.Fr., fr. Germanic]

cramp

Powerful, sustained and painful contraction of a muscle or a group of muscles. The pain persists until the contraction eases off. Cramp may be caused by salt deficiency. The cause of the common night cramps is obscure. See also WRITER'S CRAMP.

cramp

(kramp)
A painful muscle spasm caused by prolonged tetanic contraction.
[M.E. crampe, fr. O.Fr., fr. Germanic]

Patient discussion about cramp

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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The study's findings indicated that female patients, diabetic people and those with chronic kidney disease on top of chronic liver disease were likely to experience muscle cramps. The researchers also indicated that patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease were prone to experiencing muscle cramps due to reduced muscle mass.
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Stretching exercises; quinine tablets if your cramps are very bad and exercise hasn't helped.
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resemble leg cramps but require immediate medical attention.
Evidence for a neurogenic origin of EAMCs includes the observation that cramp-prone subjects have a lower threshold for the electrical stimulation of muscle cramps (1,13,16) and that blocking the motor nerve with certain drugs such as anesthetics decreases or abolishes electrically induced cramping (17).
They can occur for no apparent reason and are known as idiopathic leg cramps.
When I reach mile 12 or so of a half-marathon or long run, my right calf cramps up, and has for years.
There are various other conditions from which the night cramp sufferer may also complain, including arthritis, varicose veins and thrombophlebitis; but the latter conditions are not necessarily the cause of the night cramps.
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PAINFUL leg cramps can happen to anyone, but tend to be common among seniors.