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Food Poisoning Leg Cramps
Had a sausage breakfast sandwich 3.5 hours ago, now feeling nauseous, a bit weak, and a little tingly in arms/legs. Could it be food poisoning?
Probably not: Those are not typical symptoms of food poisoning, which would be nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, possibly fever and chills. Sausage breakfast sandwiches are not the healthiest, but I'm not sure I can blame it for all those symptoms, especially the tingly arms. What else is going on with you? Do other foods, especially fatty foods, cause nausea? Check it out with your doctor. ...Read more
Toxic ingestion (also called "poisoning") is a condition in which a person has eaten or drank a substance that causes ill symptoms or damage to his body. Taking an overdose of a medicine, taking any dose of a poison, drinking too much vodka, or accidentally drinking antifreeze. . . are all ...Read more
I think I got food poisoning on v-day. I was shaking my arms and legs were numb and I was so cold, now I have a really bad pain in my side?
Food Poisoning: You may well have contracted a virus, like norovirus (common on cruise ships and which is making the rounds around the us even without having been in a cruise), or a bacterial or parasitic infection. If you have fever and/or bad diarrhea, consult a doctor, and if you remain well hydrated and the symptoms don't clear in a few more days, make an appointment with your doctor to check it out. ...Read more
I frequently have leg cramps a few days before my period. Should I be worried since it happens often? Should I ask my doc. For supplements or increase specific foods in my diet before my period? Sometimes these cramps wake me from my sleep when it's painfu
Leg cramps: Hello. Some of my patients drink a cup of tonic water or club soda before they go to bed because of the quinine sulfate in these fluids. It is rare to find quinine sulfate pills over the counter (OTC). Some of these sound strange but work for some patients. Home remedies: eating 1Tbsp of mustard, drink apple cider vinegar, applying horse liniment etc. OTC magnesium is good for cramps AND sleep. ...Read more
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 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
Review meds, exercis: It depends on what is causing them. Lots of reasons exist for leg cramps, including medications, electrolyte problems, vascular problems, etc. If it is from a cholesterol drug called statins, then sometimes stopping or changing the medicine can help. Other times, over the counter medicines help, like naproxyn or ibuprofen. Coq-10 is a supplement that can help. Exercise may help too! ...Read more
Many: Not limited to men! Usually fatigue. Could be due to medications taken. Diuretics exacerbate this by causiing low potassium, magnesium and perhaps low calcium. Poor hydration contributes to this. If one has poor circulation to the lower extremities (pvd), leg crams can occur. Sometimes we just don't know why they cramp. You may be helped by some meds. See your pcp and discuss. ...Read more
Cramps are common: A muscle cramp is a involuntary contraction of a musle, especailly common of the legs and feet. Most commonly caused by hyperexcitability of the nerves that stimulate the muscles. Can also be the result of an injury and vigorous activity. Dehydration and electrolyte, element imbalances can also be causative factors. Simple stretching lengthens the muscle and stops the contraction. ...Read more
Even though I'm a pm;r spine/pain specialist, I would personally recommend a patient see their pcp to rule out any vascular issue if the physical exam I perform doesn't look like there is any spinal issues (pinched nerves) that can quite commonly cause leg cramps.
An MRI would help to look at the spine, but your pcp may be able to do some vascular studies if they deem appropriate. ...Read more
Fluids, rest, NSAIDs: Assuming these cramps are after dancing, because if they are coming while you're dancing the treatment is different and you should probably see your doctor. Any one who performs vigorous exercise, including dancing, is no stranger to muscle aches and cramps. Hydration before, during and after is important. Ice might help with pain but you should cool down first before using ice or a cold shower. ...Read more
Tonic water: Drink a bottle a day. Are you on any diuretics? See your doctor if not better in 1 wk. ...Read more
See your doctor:
Leg cramp warrant a medical evaluation as they can be caused from some serious conditions- your md will look for dvt, etc
the high load of protein usually causes stomach cramps or GI distress, however it is possible for the very high load of protein to cause some leg cramps as well. A sports nutritionist can help you to calculate the appropriate amount of supplements needed. ...Read more
Water and exercise: Leg cramps are common in pregnancy. Drink plenty of water to keep the muscle tissue hydrated. Exercise and stretch to keep muscles loose. Calcium supplementation daily. Potassium in fruits like bananas. A good massage may not prevent the cramps but it feels great. Put your partner to work. ...Read more
A "walkabout" is due: The australians have a great idea for what you need to do at your job during periodic breaks-"walkabout. Not only will your cramps go away, but you will improve "circulation" in more ways than one and prevent blood clots from "stalled blood' sitting motionless in your leg veins the primary cause for clotting and pulmonary embolism which can lead to death. ...Read more
Possibly, but: It is more likely to be potassium deficiency or other things. But you are right to be cautious and for a man in middle age "better safe than sorry" sounds right to me. So, see a doctor for a good cardiovascular checkup - it could be pad (peripheral artery disease) and an early treatment plan could save your life. Be well. ...Read more
Statin is an excellent drug to reduce cholesterol but like any other drugs it has side effect on of them muscle and joint pain
you should stop the medicine immediately and discuss with your doctor other options to reduce your cholesterol and keep you well and healthy
good luck ...Read more
Magnesium!: Leg cramps are usually due to a magnesium deficiency. I would suggest 400 mg of either magnesium aspartate, magnesium citrate, magnesium glycinate, magnesium maleate or magnesium taurate to relieve this problem. Do not waste your time with other forms of magnesium. These are available over the counter. If you take too much magnesium, you will get diarrhea. ...Read more
Electrolytes: Electrolytes are not a form of illumination, rather they are ions such as sodium, potassium, etc that circulate in your blood stream that if are not in correct balance can cause leg cramps in pregnancy. Make sure you are eating potassium rich foods like bananas. I hope I was able to shed some "lyte" on this problem. ...Read more
Electrolytes: There may be unrelated electrolytes imbalance. Please see a family dr. And have your blood levels checked. You may also be suffering from spinal nerve root irritation in the lower back spine giving rise to the leg cramps. The vitamins may just be a coincidence but if you are taking vitamins excessively b6 can give neuropathy. ...Read more