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What causes muscle cramps and spasms during exercise?

What causes muscle cramps and spasms during exercise?

Fatigue, dehydration: Probably the most likely causes for muscle
cramps is either fatigue or dehydration.
I say several cases in the first football game
of the season in the fourth quarter
usually if you are not in optimal shape or
you haven't taken enough fluids the muscles
will cramp.
Better to try to avoid the problem in the first place. ...Read more

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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What does it mean to have bad muscle cramps in back calves every morning?

What does it mean to have bad muscle cramps in back calves every morning?

Not normal: To have cramps on those area is not normal, do you do hard physical work or computer type a job, are healthy other wise, if the answer for the questions was no, please check it out, if yes do stretching exs for you back and legs. Good luck thanks. ...Read more

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How can I treat muscle cramps?

How can I treat muscle cramps?

Muscle spasms: If there is not a underlying disease that causes the cramping it can be treated with hydration, electrolyte replacement, use of magnesium oxide. ...Read more

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I have severe muscle cramps?

Muscle cramps: Many causes. After exercise due to poor stretching or buildup of lactic acid. Dehydration or electrolyte imbalance. Medications? If legs may suggest poor circulation. Smoker? ...Read more

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Which treatment works the best and fastest for muscle cramps?

Which treatment works the best and fastest for muscle cramps?

Warm the muscle: Muscle cramps can be treated with heat, contrary to joints which we treat with ice. Other things to consider are electrolyte balance. Potassium is important. Gentle stretching and medications such as muscle relaxants may also help. ...Read more

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What are the best treatments for muscle cramps & restless legs?

What are the best treatments for muscle cramps & restless legs?

Requip (ropinirole): Consider consulting with a physician regards the usage of this prescription for you condition. It is fda approved for treatment of restless leg syndrome. There is a dosage schedule for the first month, then the dosage remains constant from that point forward. Another consideration would be quinine sulfate, which is not longer fda approved for this condition, but the 324 mg. Version may work. ...Read more

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How do you cure muscle cramps while working out?

How do you cure muscle cramps while working out?

Hydrat/gater/k+: You need to keep well hydrated as you sweat water a lot, you also loose imp electrolyts and deplead glycogen and sugars. So gatorade I feel is best, can't stand the taste of powerade, also banannas for potassium. K+ is the crampings main culprit. Do it like the nfl, they get a shot every time they leave the field, don't wait until ur dehydrated, 2 late. Continuous intake. Studies = cold/warm same. ...Read more

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How to get rid of muscle cramps at night?

How to get rid of muscle cramps at night?

Let me try to help: Muscules cramps at night have many causes, we have to try to find the reason, if we can not her some view tips. Activities that might help prevent night leg cramps include, drinking plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration, wearing shoes that have proper support, stretching your leg muscles, or riding a stationary bicycle, for a few minutes before you go to bed. Good luck thanks. ...Read more

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Can muscle cramps be a sign of drug allergy?

Possibly: Athough any medicine can cause almost any possible side effect, having muscle cramps result from a drug allergy would be on the unusual side. That being said, the statins for high cholesterol can cause muscle pain. But that isn't an allergy. Nevertheless, I would think about other possibilities first. I would recommend seeing your regular physician. ...Read more

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How can you prevent muscle cramps?

How can you prevent muscle cramps?

Yes: Hydrate, acclimate, magnesium /calcium supplements, stretch, sleep well, eat well. ...Read more

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How can my athletic teen avoid muscle cramps?

Cramps: Keep well hydrated and make sure they drink a solution that contains the electrolytes that are being depleted from sweating profusely. (gatorede is one of them). ...Read more

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Hi, my father is 69 years old, sometimes he gets muscle cramps in legs, what is the reason?

Hi, my father is 69 years old, sometimes he gets muscle cramps in legs, what is the reason?

Depends on situation: Problems with leg muscles can be related to a number of things. Pinched nerves in the back (spinal stenosis) can cause leg pain with walking, relieved with sitting or leaning forward. Circulation problems also cause leg pain with walking or other activity, relieved with rest. Other issues include electrolyte problems (potassium, calcium, etc). Check the situation and see the appropriate doc. ...Read more

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How come I get muscle cramps if I do not run or jog?

How come I get muscle cramps if I do not run or jog?

You could get it: You do not have to jog to have muscules cramps, you could foot problem, you could have dehydration, body fluid shifts, low blood calcium, magnesium, low potassium. If you have diabetis you could have muscules cramps. Good luck. ...Read more

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How can I deal with joint pain/muscle cramps from hypothyroidism?

How can I deal with joint pain/muscle cramps from hypothyroidism?

Neither: Really neither. It will be interesting to know however why the need for anti histamines in the first place as urticaria is common in individuals with autoimmune thyroid disease let it be grave's or hashimoto's disease. ...Read more

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I have severe muscle cramps?

Muscle cramps: Many causes. After exercise due to poor stretching or buildup of lactic acid. Dehydration or electrolyte imbalance. Medications? If legs may suggest poor circulation. Smoker? ...Read more

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How can I treat muscle cramps?

Muscle spasms: If there is not a underlying disease that causes the cramping it can be treated with hydration, electrolyte replacement, use of magnesium oxide. ...Read more

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What can be done for muscle cramps?

Stretch, hydrate: Muscle cramps causes are not always well understood. A regular stretching routine of the muscles that cramp can help. Make sure you are hydrated well, drinking at least 64 oz. Of water daily. You need to add in electrolyte-containing beverages if a heavy sweater, particularly during exercise. Quinine has been shown to help some and is most easily found in tonic water. Try 1-2 glasses/day. ...Read more

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What I will do with my muscle cramps?

Take pain meds/seeMD: We can not really advice you what to do with muscle cramps without knowing what is causing your muscle spasm.We need more history as to how lond, location, associated symptoms, meds being taken, and need physical exam and if indicated other tests.
Meawhile rest your muscles do not overuse them and take anti inflammatory pain meds and message may help as well. If persists check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Why do I keep having random muscle cramps?

A possible cause: One of the most common symptoms of varicose veins and venous incompetence is leg cramps. As much as 65% of the time, people with varicose veins will have leg cramps. Although there are many other possible causes, as others have said, if you have any visible veins in your legs, you should see a venous specialist (phlebologist) for help. Tired muscles or an an electrolyte imbalance can be a cause. ...Read more

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What is good for muscle cramps and spasms?

What is good for muscle cramps and spasms?

Hydration, stretch: In general, keep hydrated, electrolyte balance, stretch the muscles and tendons regularly. If it is excessive cramping and spasms, get checked out by your dr. ...Read more

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Why is it that I keep getting muscle cramps?

Many things can: Cause muscle cramps. Potassium is a common culprit as well as dehydration even at small levels. Eat plenty of fruits rich in potassium. Most common in bananas and watermelon and stay hydrated. Many other things cause cramps including cholesterol meds, sodium deficiencies, if it is severe see a doc and they can look onto it further. ...Read more

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What can you do for muscle cramps in your back?

ICE/HEAT: I have always recommended rubbing on a counter irritant like biofreeze, having an "ice massage" until uncomfortable, then apply moist heat. ...Read more

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How do you cure muscle cramps while working out?

Hydrat/gater/k+: You need to keep well hydrated as you sweat water a lot, you also loose imp electrolyts and deplead glycogen and sugars. So gatorade I feel is best, can't stand the taste of powerade, also banannas for potassium. K+ is the crampings main culprit. Do it like the nfl, they get a shot every time they leave the field, don't wait until ur dehydrated, 2 late. Continuous intake. Studies = cold/warm same. ...Read more

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How can you cure muscle cramps when working out?

How can you cure muscle cramps when working out?

Avoid overuse: Avoid overuse of muscles and increase you work out gradually to what you can tolerate, eat healthy diet which includes protein, fats, carbs in limited amount and the right kind, fruits and vegies, nuts, eggs. If it persists inspite of that get a check up with your doctor including blood test. ...Read more

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Muscle cramps after marathon? Please advice thanks

Likely electrolytes: Other than normal stiffness or a localized "charleyhorse", you should not have generalized muscle cramps. Most likely cause is an electrolyte imbalance / deficiency. If you did not have this in training and your longest run was at least 20 miles, then do this: review your fluid and food/gel intake for both. You may see a difference in water/energy drinks/gels which could lead to deficiency. Also, heat. ...Read more

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What kinds of remedies are there for muscle cramps?

What kinds of remedies are there for muscle cramps?

Many possibilities: One of the most common symptoms of varicose veins and venous incompetence is leg cramps. As much as 70% of the time, people with varicose veins will have leg cramps. Although there are many other possible causes, as others have said, if you have any visible veins in your legs, you should see a venous specialist (phlebologist) for help. ...Read more

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What's the best way to deal with muscle cramps from exercise?

Magnesium: Magnesium is a mineral involved in over 400 different processes in the body. Among other things, magnesium allows muscles to achieve a neutral, relaxed state. Try magnesium oxide 250 or 400 mg tabs. Dosage will be the amount it takes to relieve muscle cramps without giving loose stools. The only side effect from magnesium, if you have normal kidneys, is diarrhea and then only if you take too much. ...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