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Keep getting cramps in legs, in calf and fingers. Suggest? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 28-Jul-2013
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User:Hi Doctor, I keep getting cramps in my legs from past 3 days. Please suggest something.
User:HI XXXXXXX here
Doctor:Proceed with your query. Is it about leg cramps?
Doctor:May I know your age and gender?
User:in my calf and fingers
Doctor:Since when are you having these cramps?
User:from past 3 days. but it used to happen before also sometimes
User:22 years, female
Doctor:Can you grade the severity of pain on a scale of 1 to 10? 10 being the most severe pain you have ever had?
Doctor:Is the pain aggravated or precipitated by any factors - such as time of period, heavy work and exertion?
Doctor:Are you on any birth control pills?
User:No I am not taking any pills
User:exertion from work
Doctor:May I know your current height and weight?
Doctor:I would like to know if your periods are regular?
User:5. 3 and 50kgs
User:or 48 kgs
Doctor:Thanks for providing these details.
Doctor:Cramps in the calf and muscles are caused by few medical condition.
Doctor:1. Excessive physical activity with low water intake can cause electrolyte disturbances leading to calf muscle pains.
Doctor:2. Similar muscle pains are brought about by hormonal changes. Pregnancy, birth control pills, thyroid disturbances are few condition that causes such pain.
User:ya I drink less water
Doctor:3. Blood vesssel issues such as venous clots are the next possible causes.
Doctor:One of these three factors may be the cause of your calf pain.
User:any suggestions ?
User:wat can be done
Doctor:I would encourage you to drink plenty of water. Adding electrolytes to the fluid can be useful.
User:any vitamin tablets to be taken ?
Doctor:Electrolyte powders such as electral added to water or ready made solutions like gatorade can be taken instead of plain water.
Doctor:2. Get your thyroid hormones and hemoglobin levels checked.
Doctor:If they are abnormal, it needs to be checked.
User:sure Doctor
Doctor:3. Rest well. Avoid physical exertion when in pain.
User:Thanks for the help
Doctor:4. Vitamin B12 supplement such as meganeurone can be taken once a day
Doctor:for 2-3 weeks.
Doctor:5. I hope you do not suspect pregnancy, if yes, get it ruled out.
User:No I am not suspecting that
Doctor:6. If problems persist or aggravates, see a doctor and plan for further tests including doppler scans.
User:ok bye
Doctor:Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor:Bye for now.
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