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What could be the cause of constant, brief muscle cramps throughout the body?

What could be the cause of constant, brief muscle cramps throughout the body?

Muscle cramps: Possibly infection, usually viral especially if that's been present for a short period of time. If it's been going on for a while, you will need to discuss it with your doc and a work up might be suggested. ...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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I have problems with muscle cramps all over my body. I stay hydrated and have even taken potassium pills and eat bananas and still can't stop them.

I have problems with muscle cramps all over my body. I stay hydrated and have even taken potassium pills and eat bananas and still can't stop them.

Other possibilities: Other mineral problems can cause muscle cramps, not just low potassium. Have a full blood panel done including magnesium levels. Some medications can cause muscle cramps as a side effect; for example, statin medications to lower cholesterol can do this. There can be other disorders of the muscles themselves, inflammatory conditions, even low thyroid may cause your symptoms. See your doctor soon. ...Read more

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What are the causes of muscle cramps and how do you eliminate them?

What are the causes of muscle cramps and how do you eliminate them?

H20: Make sure you are getting enough water. Also consider a banana as that helps. ...Read more

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What are the causes of muscle cramps, and is there any way to stop them?

Multifactorial: Assuming you are talking about activity related cramps, I would say that the two most likely causes are electrolyte (salts) imbalance and poor hydration. Gatorade has an excellent site for fluid replacement in relation to excercise. In general you should be drinking 64 oz of fluid per day plus 12 oz for each hour of intense exercise. Avoid sodas and sugary drinks. Finally, ca+ and magnisium sup. ...Read more

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After having severe muscle cramps I can't control the the muscles in my body?

After having severe muscle cramps I can't control the the muscles in my body?

Strange and vague: The symptoms are strange and vague symptoms which would require more than an answer in this forum. ...Read more

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What to do if I have horrible muscle cramps and spasms what could be the cause?

What to do if I have horrible muscle cramps and spasms what could be the cause?

Inflammation/overuse: It may be due to inflammation in muscles, over use fatigue, symptom of a systemic disease, or due side effects from medications being taken.
Check with your doctor as you may need muscle relaxants and/or anti inflammatory pain meds to relieve your symptoms and evaluation to find the cause of your symptoms. ...Read more

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Why am I getting sudden and repititve muscle cramps throughout my body? It just started today and it is off and on.

Why am I getting sudden and repititve muscle cramps throughout my body? It just started today and it is off and on.

Muscle cramps: Repetitive muscle cramps/irritability may be due to deficiency of magnesium, calcium, sodium, or potassium. Drink some tomato juice with a little table salt sprinkled in it. If symptoms persist, consult your physician for evaluation and appropriate tests will be ordered. ...Read more

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Could anxiety cause muscle cramps?

Could anxiety cause muscle cramps?

Anxiety can lead to: Muscle tension - especially in head, neck and upper back. Hyperventilation during a panic attack could lead to acute muscle cramping. ...Read more

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Could either metromine or lovastatin cause muscle cramps?

Could either metromine or lovastatin cause muscle cramps?

No, but: Metromine is chlorpheniramine, a systemic antihistamine. It does not cause muscle cramps. Lovastatin, a "statin" (an hmg reductase co-enzyme inhibitor) also doesn't cause muscle cramps but can cause diffuse, flu-like, muscle aching. Lowering the dose often relieves it. A 2 week drug holiday can help determine if it's contributing to muscle pain if you're uncertain. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could anxiety cause muscle cramps?

Please tell me, could anxiety cause muscle cramps?

Yes: Muscle tension often goes hand in hand with anxiety. Some people experience cramping in association with panic attacks. Take care. ...Read more

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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

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What are the causes of muscle cramps and should I drink water?

Muscle cramps: Dehydration has always been thought of as being a cause of cramping. However there is increased thought that changes in neuromuscular control rather than electrolyte imbalance and dehydration as more convincing. ...Read more

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How does hypokalemia cause muscle cramps?

How does hypokalemia cause muscle cramps?

Low K cramps: It disturbs the electrolyte ratio of Na K and H in and outside of muscles leading to increased reaction to stimuli making muscles contract. Find cause of low K and correct zinc they will stop. Consult with me as I can help you and your team make it better fast. ...Read more

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What are the causes of muscle cramps and what can you do to get rid of them?

Cramps: Low calcium, hyperventilation or anxiety, low potassium, low magnesium, overexertion.
Ask your doc to help you track this down.
Occasion nerve damage or vascular insufficiency as well. ...Read more

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What causes muscle cramps in my ribcage area the only way to make them stop is to cough hard and exhale very slowly?

Many possibilities: Be sure to be screened for lung cancer. Generally muscle cramps are caused by dehydration and deficiencies in potassium and magnesium in the muscles and too much calcium and sodium. Cadmium in cigarette smoke increases calcium in the muscles. If you are interested in smoke cessation see kelly mcgonigal's book the will power instinct. ...Read more

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Can steroid injections in your knees cause muscle cramps? Any answers appreciated!

Possible, not common: Among the possible side effects of corticosteroids are muscle cramps. This is not a common reaction.

If the cramps are bothersome, it would be wise to consult the Dr. Who injected your knees. She would want to know. ...Read more

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What causes me to get extreme muscle cramps in my legs while I sleep?

What causes me to get extreme muscle cramps in my legs while I sleep?

Depends: It depends on what the cramps are like and how you make them go away. Vascular disease is a very common cause. ...Read more

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What can cause severe muscle cramps and stiffness in both calves?

What can cause severe muscle cramps and stiffness in both calves?

Lack of fluids.: Make sure you take in plenty of water through the day. Make sure that you have enough potassium in your system, bananas are a great source. Stretch your calves well nightly. ...Read more

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A person on a fad diet experiences muscle cramps. Did low cal or diuretic cause it?

A person on a fad diet experiences muscle cramps. Did low cal or diuretic cause it?

Either: The diuretic can lead to a low potassium, which is the most common cause of leg cramps. However a low magnesium or calcium can also lead to cramps. Should get blood tests to confirm and treat. Low calorie diets should ideally be monitored. A balanced diet with multivitamins an minerals is important. Good luck. ...Read more

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Will avalide (hydrochlorothiazide and irbesartan) cause you to have muscle cramps?

Possibly: Almost any medicine can cause almost any side effect. Although muscle pain is a reported side effect of avilide, muscle cramps are not reported in the literature. ...Read more

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Hi lamectal causes me to have muscle cramps in my legs. Will Trileptal do the same.

Hi lamectal causes me to have muscle cramps in my legs. Will Trileptal do the same.

Muscle cramp: These are uncommon side effects of these medications. Although it is possible I think is unlikely. Unfortunately, the only way to find out is. By trying the medication. Hope you feel well soon. ...Read more

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Can advair cause low potassium and muscle cramps?

Can advair cause low potassium and muscle cramps?

Possibly: A person who is taking Advair may experience low potassium and symptoms like muscle cramps, weakness, and abnormal heartbeat. Even if so, though, it’s *highly unlikely* that Advair’s the only cause. (Maybe a change in potassium or other electrolyte unrelated to Advair at all.) And while your lab work has likely been followed occasionally (once per year?), it may be good to contact your doctor. ...Read more

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Why does milk cause muscle cramps in lactose intolerance people?

Why does milk cause muscle cramps in lactose intolerance people?

Lactose intolerance: Lactose intolerance is caused by the lack (or low levels) of intestinal enzymes that break-down lactose, a sugar found in milk products. The cramping experienced comes from colon gas production due to bacteria metabolizing lactose and excess water pulled into the colon by unabsorbed lactose (resulting in diarrhea). ...Read more

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I keep getting muscle cramps/charlie-horses all over my body. Is it a deficiency of some kind?

Possible: See your md for eval and blood work. Might be as simple as dehydration -- drink many liters of water a day. Might be calcium problem as well. Get tested. ...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