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Once or twice a wk, for years, I get severe stomach cramps & diarrhea but only after I lay down @ night or in the middle of the night. Celiac disease?

Once or twice a wk, for years, I get severe stomach cramps & diarrhea but only after I lay down @ night or in the middle of the night. Celiac disease?

Vague symptoms...: The symptoms you described are not diagnostic for celiac disease (or any other illness). You should be seen by your doctor where they can get a more thorough history and do an exam. I'd advise keeping a food and symptom diary to help with that appointment. Lab tests can be done to test for celiac. Take care. ...Read more

Dr. James Isobe
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Legs Cramping (Definition)

Leg pain can be due to a muscle cramp (also called a charley horse). Common causes of cramps include: * Dehydration or low amounts of potassium, sodium, calcium, or magnesium in the blood * Medications such as: o Diuretics, which can cause you to lose too much fluid or minerals o Statins, which lower cholesterol and can cause muscle injury * Muscle fatigue or strain from overuse, too much exercise, or holding a muscle in the same position ...Read more


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I've been experiencing on and off bouts of constipation and diarrhea. Also intestinal cramps. Family history of celiac disease. E.R MD thinks Gerd?

I've been experiencing on and off bouts of constipation and diarrhea.  Also intestinal cramps.  Family history of celiac disease.  E.R MD thinks Gerd?

Many possibilities.: GERD doesn't explain it. Constipation can though. Sometimes if you are constipated you get so backed up that eventually it comes out forcefully and fast (i.e. like diarrhea). If you stay regular it could go away (prune or pear juice, senna, docusate, miralax (polyethylene glycol) -- all over the counter). Take even if you start going to make sure it doesn't build up again. ...Read more

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Recurring itchy rash on both index finger knuckles and elbows. Could this be any indication I may have celiac disease. I often get excruciating abdominal cramps as well. Rash has been on and off for 3yrs. ?

Recurring itchy rash on both index finger knuckles and elbows. Could this be any indication I may have celiac disease. I often get excruciating abdominal cramps as well. Rash has been on and off for 3yrs. ?

Possible: You should talk to your doctor about this since it is possible that you may have celiac disease. Often a simple blood test would help confirm your suspicion. Regardless, having excruciating cramps deserves a workup. ...Read more

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I have severe leg cramps in calves and knee area at night I drink plenty water and take no chol meds. I have a L5 problem. No thryoid disease.

I have severe leg cramps in calves and knee area at night  I drink plenty water and take no chol meds. I have a L5 problem.   No thryoid disease.

I would make : Sure your circulation is okay perhaps thru arterial dopplers and if okay consider taking magox 400mg this is a magnesium supplement sold without prescription. ...Read more

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Leg pain I have leg cramps often , sometimes very painfull. One night i was up all night . About 4am i heard a pop and unberable pain for a few min.S the cramp didnot stop for 2 days.

Leg pain I have leg cramps often , sometimes very painfull. One night i was up all night . About 4am i heard a pop and unberable pain for a few min.S the cramp didnot stop for 2 days.

Leg : Leg cramps occur frequently and awaken many people. They are sometimes related to circulation problems, wearing high heeled shoes, spending a lot of time sitting and other activities that shorten the calf muscles. Doctors used to prescribe quinine for the cramps but fda no longer approves of this use. A paper in the new england journal of medicine about thirty years ago suggested leg stretches at bed-time. Stand up against the wall with one foot in front of the other and bend the front knee while keeping the back knee stiff. This stretches the gastrocnemius muscle in the back of the leg. I usually suggest calcium/magnesium tablets as well.If the cramps are in the front and back of the leg at the same time, i usually push hard on the cramped area to make the cramp stop. If you try to stretch one muscle out, the other uscle will cramp more. You may have popped some of the fibers with a severe cramp. The reason it lasted so long was that you may have had some bleeding into the muscle causing irritation. Depending on your age it also would be wise to see your doctor for blood work to check for inbalance of salts in your blood or abnormalities in calcium levels. Good luck in resolving this really common and annoying problem. ...Read more

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What can I do for leg cramps?

What can I do for leg cramps?

Go see your doctor: Review your medications w/your doc after telling her/him what bothers you. Any diuretics (water pills)? These can upset your electrolye balance leading to cramps. We used to recommend quinine for leg cramps but it's not easily available, nor inexpensive these days. You could try drinking tonic water, perhaps. Stretching is always helpful. Make sure no swelling in affected leg. ...Read more

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What can I do for leg cramps?

What can I do for leg cramps?

When does it occur?: If while walking, could be a problem with circulation or a arterial blockage.May also be from dehydration. If at night in bed, may be attributed to low potassium and/or magnesium. See your physician for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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What can I take for my leg cramps?

You can take...: ...yourself to the doctor so (s)he can find out WHY you have leg cramps. Probably benign, but could be serious. Do you ask, "How do I get rid of that whining noise my car makes?" or do you take it to a mechanic to find out what's causing the noise so that he can fix it? Same for your body as for your car: First diagnosis, THEN treatment. Always. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Celiac Disease (Definition)

In celiac disease, the body reacts to gluten (in wheat and gluten-like proteins in rye and barley) resulting in damage to the small intestine. This limits the intestine's ability to absorb some nutrients. Typically, people with celiac disease have loose stools, bloating, abdominal pain or discomfort, weight loss, poor weight gain ...Read more