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Doctor insights on: Does Alcohol Plays A Role In Increasing Or Worsening Muscle Cramps

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Does alcohol plays a role in increasing or worsening muscle cramps?

Does alcohol plays a role in increasing or worsening muscle cramps?

Yes, indeed: Alcohol leads to dehydration & hypoglycemia both of which can cause muscle cramps. If you're using alcohol, be sure to stay well hydrated & eat frequent small amounts of food to stave off the hypoglycemia. ...Read more

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Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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Does a high protein diet help with the recovery of tenden rebuilding due to injury like it would with muscle recovery?

Does a high protein diet help with the recovery of tenden rebuilding due to injury like it would with muscle recovery?

Not necessarily: Protein can certainly assist the healing process, but a normal well balanced diet is still the best. Excess protein only leads to excessive caloric intake and weight gain. Vitamin c is helpful for tendon repair. ...Read more

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Does endometriosis increases or decreases in size with time?does exercise help in normalising the hormones and endometriosis

Does endometriosis increases or decreases in size with time?does exercise help in normalising the hormones and endometriosis

Depends: I have had some patients who got better with time and some who got worse. Exercise always helpful for most conditions including endometriosis. Causes are still somewhat of a mystery. Hormone manipulation can help (BCP, Depo Provera, (medroxyprogesterone) Lupron) but some require surgery if severe. Best to discuss with your gyn provider. Sorry this was not more helpful. Can be VERY difficult to treat. Best of luck ...Read more

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Can dehydration in a hot work environment over time accelerate or increase tfcc/cartilage degeneration along with repetitive movement?

Can dehydration in a hot work environment over time accelerate or increase tfcc/cartilage degeneration along with repetitive movement?

No: There are no environmental factors that lead to increased tfcc pathology. Certain activities may increase the work load across the ulnar side of the wrist, but that is more of any activity issue. ...Read more

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Chronic pericarditis. Pain greatly increased during trip to higher elevation. A strange coincidence or can pain increase w altitude?

Chronic pericarditis. Pain greatly increased during trip to higher elevation. A strange coincidence or can pain increase w altitude?

Yes: Higher altitudes mean more fluid in your pericardium and lungs due to lower atmospheric pressures. Slower ascent and taking Diamox (acetazolamide) before ascent may help ...Read more

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Does regular masturbation cause weakness in the body?I am also not very good in eating vegetables or fruits.

Does regular masturbation cause weakness in the body?I am also not very good in eating vegetables or fruits.

Masturbation: Masturbation is a common part of the human experience. There are no negative health consequences to this common activity. In fact, all men you know masturbate or have masturbated, and nearly all of the females you know as well. We are not here to lecture you about your diet, but you do need some vegetables, especially the green leafy ones. ...Read more

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Is it ok to do high intensity exercise like durance running or kickboxing after a recent diagnosis of a hemorrhagic cyst?

Is it ok to do high intensity exercise like durance running or kickboxing after a recent diagnosis of a hemorrhagic cyst?

Need to know more: Like how big is it? Where is it located? Is it stable? You need that information to determine risk and consequences of rupture. Until that info is available i would refrain from any contact sports or endurance activity. Mild/moderate exercise on elliptical, yoga or. Pilates would be prudent in the meantime. ...Read more

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What is a tolerable diet to help prevent or worsen the pain associated with pancreatic cancer, while providing optimal nutrition?

2 issues: I think there are 2 issues you bring up. Humanly people with pancreatic cancer are digestive enzyme deficient, and thus don't absorb nutrients well. Replacement enzymes are available in pill form-pancrealipase might help. The trade name is creon. Pain is a separate issue that needs to be controlled with analgesics. Medications such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine and hydromorphone ... ...Read more

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Does high intake of sugar leads to muscle cramps while running or doing exercise?

Does high intake of sugar leads to muscle cramps while running or doing exercise?

Yes: It can cause cramps while lying down as well. It causes a spike in Insulin which drives potassium into the cells and the blood potassium goes down decreasing its availability for uptake into muscles resulting in cramping. ...Read more

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Can excessive dopamine use cause a significant decrease in a person's normal inhibitions to abnormal behaviors and an increased level of risk taking?

Can excessive dopamine use cause a significant decrease in a person's normal inhibitions to abnormal behaviors and an increased level of risk taking?

What does use mean?: The brain makes all of its DA. DA made outside the brain doesn't cross the blood-brain barrier so doesn't get into the brain. DOPA does cross the blood-brain barrier but ingested DOPA causes intractable nausea & vomiting if not given with carbidopa. Then there are dopamine agonists. Are you referring to those? ...Read more

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Could low sodium levels lead to muscle issues including difficulty in walking or could it cause tge muscles in the bowel to slow like paralytic ileus?

Could low sodium levels lead to muscle issues including difficulty in walking or could it cause tge muscles in the bowel to slow like paralytic ileus?

Maybe: Low sodium is not commonly seen unless it is due to some blood pressure medications. Athletes who may drink too much water during an event can also get low sodium. Very low sodium can cause weakness and confusion. Intestinal ileus and some muscle cramping is more commonly due to low potassium. ...Read more

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Can Gym and light weight lifting and gradual increase of weights worsen the symptoms of ulnar nuritis, or worsen the source or causes of the problem?

Can Gym and light weight lifting and gradual increase of weights worsen the symptoms of ulnar nuritis, or worsen the source or causes of the problem?

Avoid contact, flexs: using certain exercise machines that put pressure right on the cubital tunnel can cause aggravation of ulnar neuritis. If you have subluxation of the nerve then exercises involving repetitive flexion and extension could also aggravate your problem. Ask an orthopedic specialist regarding these potential issues and he can recommend physical therapy to guide you along. ...Read more

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Can restless leg syndrome cause weakness of specially calve muscles and can it contribute low energy levels for daily life activities? What is the Rx

Can restless leg syndrome cause weakness of specially calve muscles and can it contribute low energy levels for daily life activities? What is the Rx

Restless leg: Restless leg syndrome (RLS) can be associated with such symptoms, although the actual muscle weakness on exam (not just by symptoms) is unlikely. See your doctor if the diagnosis hasn't been confirmed. If it has, iron supplementation (ferrous sulfate) usually is rapidly effective (a few days) in relieving symptoms. Sometimes, but not always, there is also iron deficiency anemia. ...Read more

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Muscle Cramps Or Spasms (Definition)

A muscle cramp is a sudden and involuntary contract of one's muscle(s). Such cramps are usually harmless, and may result from certain medications or from long periods of exercise. ...Read more