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Leg Cramp After Labour
Occasionally I get bad leg cramps in the upper back of my leg above the knee. After a 12hr day of labor in sun all day. What causes. Hurt I can't move?
Fatigue, dehydration: Muscle fatigue due to physical exertion, dehydration with loss of electrolytes contribute to leg cramping. Venous insufficiency with leg swelling aggravates the situation. Remedy with ice massages of aching muscles, adequate hydration with Gatorade or equivalent, stretching exercises. Using compression hose to cut down on leg swelling may help; see phlebologist @ www. Phlebology. Org ...Read more
I'm 39w 1dy and am 80% effaced and no dilation. I started having lite cramping yesterday with bad lower back pain. Today is leg cramps. Am I in labor?
Please call your OB: Any? S now should be directed to your OB u may be trying to go into early labor, leg cramps can happen for many reasons without labor, my advice to u is do not go past your due date, easy to induce, 99% of my pts want to be induced by their due date at the latest ideal time to deliver is 39-40 weeks, and indcution in my hands has prevented many potential c-sections. ...Read more
39 weeks pregnant and I've been having some lower tummy cramps here and there and leg cramps less fetal movement signs of labor soon to come?
Probably: These may be signs of impending labor. Make sure you are keeping yourself hydrated. If you don't feel baby move contact your OB or go to labor and delivery to get checked! ...Read more
Almost 36w pregnant, nausea followed by vomiting, lower leg cramps, tummy tightening, and back pain... Plus constant heartburn. Labor? Flu?
Leg Cramps: Leg Cramps can be caused by many conditions with the most serious being blood clots. So, any cramping that does not go away, with or without leg swelling, should be immediately checked out. Yet most leg cramps are due to muscle fatigue, dehydration, or spinal disease with nerve hypersensitivity. And, there are even more minor causes like deficiencies of certain minerals, etc. Dr Rich Blake ...Read more
Usually they happen at night. Most often it is a nerve compression in the Lumbar spine. Back pain may or may not be present. Certain sleep positions cause pinching of these nerves. I recommend sleeping on your stomach with 1-2 pillows under pelvis
Many Americans use walker and wheelchairs as they get older because this condition causes atrophy of the leg muscles and affects the ability to walk. ...Read more
Not??: Cramps are a conundrum. Proposed causes are all neurologic including spinal stenosis, hyperventilation and GOK-God Only Knows. We do not know the causes. Eecent article suggested that confusing your nervous system by eating very picky food may help. Breathing in a paper bag may also help. Docs do not know everything.. . yet or ever. Oh yes, overuse can also be trigger so the heels might do it. ...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
Fluids.: Make sure that you have a full amount of water in your system. You can also drink gatorade, for electrolyte replacement, and, stretch the affected muscles. Hopefully, that will do the trick for you. ...Read more
Source: You need to find the source. In a 39-year-old, especially female, I would think venous disease. If you have a strong family hiostory, smoke, high cholesterol, etc it could be arterial disease. Otherwise, it could be an electrolyte imbalance. See your doctor and a vascular specialist. ...Read more
Damage: A muscle cramp is an all inclusive contracture of the muscle fibers. A true cramp can lead to tearing of the muscle fibers or attached tendons. I have even seen pieces of bone pulled off from severe muscle cramps. If they persist you should see a physician as they may be a sign of other problems. ...Read more
Possibly some But I:
Am sure none may be found as we all get these odd aches and pains or cramps, which are there for a few days or weeks and then disappear.
If its going on for more than a couple of weeks, Do see you PCP to be examined and some labs might need to be done, to try to determine the cause. Generally these subside by itself.
Being seen by PCP would be the safest thing to do for you.
Good Luck. ...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