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Frequent cramps in fingers, calf muscle and thigh. Underlying causes? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 07-Sep-2013
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Very Good Posted in: Bones, Muscles and Joints
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User:Hello doctor
Doctor:How can I help you today?
User:My father aged 67 years is getting frequent cramps in his fingers, calf muscle and thigh
User:could you please let me knwo on what can be done on this..?
Doctor:Cramps can have many reasons
Doctor:I usually suspect calcium or vitamin D deficiency
User:ok. what test could be undertaken for this..?
Doctor:But there can be other electrolyte alterations
Doctor:It is better that we get him tested for calcium levels, vit D levels, electrolyte levels
Doctor:Apart from that other tests should be done too
User:what are the 'other' tests?
Doctor:Like hemogram, rheumatoid factor, liver function tests, kidney function tests, etc
Doctor:ECG should be done too at this age
User:ECG is done. He is already undergone byepass, diabetic and has hypertension; all which are in control
Doctor:Is he on medicines for cholesterol?
Doctor:Since how long?
User:for the past 5 years
Doctor:Is his cholesterol controlled?
Doctor:For how long does he have muscle cramps?
User:hardly a minute
User:it lasts
User:sometime painful
Doctor:I meant since how long ?
User:for the past 1 month the frequency is more.
User:previously he used to get it ocassionally
Doctor:What is the medicines name?
User:in the calf muscles
User:for cholesterol?
User:each one tablet during nights
Doctor:I seriously think he should not take this medicine in the presence of muscle cramps
Doctor:This medicine can cause myositis
Doctor:It means damage to muscles
User:then how could the cholesterol and triglycerides level be controlled?
Doctor:they are already controlled
Doctor:You should consult the cardiologist regarding it
User:Yes. It is in control now. But, if the medicines are not taken, then how could it be in control?
Doctor:he can take low calorie diet
Doctor:myositis can cause kidney damage
Doctor:thus also get tested for creatine kinase in blood tests
User:thank you for your time
Doctor:Thanks for consulting me
User:thank you
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