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First Aid For Heat Cramps
Stop and cool: Stop the activity and move the person to a cool environment such as the shade or indoors. Use cool towels around the head. Rehydrate the person with water and electrolytes. If there is nausea and vomiting then call ems and transport the person to a hospital to get IV fluid rehydration. If the exhaustion progresses to stroke it is life threatening so if the person does not improve, then get help. ...Read more
Why is Advil (ibuprofen) preferred over asprin for menstral cramps during period ? Do they work the same for pain?
Feel better: Cramping tends to occur with dehydration so hydration should be the first step, water or sports drink. I've treated a lot of construction workers and usually they have sore feet and ankles, and i recommend cool baths to decrease swelling and inflammation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How many days does Gabapentin take to start relieving headaches (taking 100mg a night for first 3 nights, then 100 2x/day, then 200 2x/d, up to 400 3x/d)?
Unlikely success: If you have migraine headaches, I seriously doubt that gabapentin will help either relieve or prevent headaches. However, you may be taking a calcium channel blocker, and an increased dose may help. Discuss all of this with a headache specialist. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Instead of using ibuprofen for period cramps can I use magnesium and tylenol (acetaminophen) and get a similar effect?
Unlikely to help: Ibuprofen has a direct effect on the chemicals releases during period cramps.It acts at the source to shut them down as much as possible. Tylenol (acetaminophen) has no similar action.The magnesium may give you comfort but may also give you the squirts.Try if you wish, but I see little chance it would help. ...Read more
Unusual: You could but in most instances it would be unusual. ...Read more
Thermacare menstrual heat wraps are effective for cramping, however not recommended when pregnant for ligament pains (which are like cramps.) why?
Too hot: The wraps may get too hot for the baby. ...Read more
Do not be : Everyone should have basic training in life support. This is fairly simple and easy to obtain from local red cross and/or local hospital. More specific training and detailed management may be necessary for special needs children. However, the pediatrician can write this out in detail so that it is easy to follow for any sitter. ...Read more
Severe shoulder pain for over a week; using heat, ibuprofen, and gentle stretching; daytime improvements always undone overnight. What am i missing?
Tendinits: Pain @ night w/ your 1 wk history suggests tendinitis, probably of the rot.Cuff.Try sleeping on the opposite shoulder if you are a 'side'sleeper or propping pillows underneath your arm when you go to bed.If your pain continues i would suggest seeing your pcp or orthopedic surgeon.Good luck! ...Read more
Taking naproxen 500mg at night for period cramps. Don't want to take during the day. What could I take over the counter for the daytime pain?
Try Tonic Water: Try drinking a glass of tonic water in the evening. Tonic water contains a small amount of quinine, and is sometimes helpful for leg cramps. You can find this in the soft drink isle of the grocery store. If you are on medications that effect electrolytes (especially diuretics), you should have this checked. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Often heat, but...: If you've acutely injured your back (strain, contusion/bruise, etc) then cold compresses for the first few days will probably help. If this is a chronic recurrent problem, pain related to muscle spasm and tension then often a heating pad, warm showers, massage can be helpful. Don't forget proper posture, gentle stretching and core strengthening as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I've been getting random limb aches for as long as i can remember. The pain is dull at first and persists until OTC pain killer is used. What is this?
Arthralgia: Non specific arthralgia/ consult pcp/ rheumatologist for workup. ...Read more
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