A muscle cramp is a sudden contraction of one or more of the muscles. The result can be intense pain and an inability to use the affected muscles. In athletes, common causes of leg cramps are overuse, stress and dehydration during sports played in warm weather. Overuse, injury, muscle strain or staying in the same position also may cause cramps. Writer's cramp affects the thumb and first two fingers of the hand with which one writes and is caused by using the same muscles for long periods. At home, one can develop hand or arm cramps spending long hours gripping a paintbrush or using a garden tool. Other causes may include circulatory or nerve problems. Some cramps occur during rest. A common variety of muscle cramp occurs in the calf muscles or toes during sleep.
What is the treatment?
To reduce muscle cramps one can learn stretching exercises that can help reduce the chances of getting muscle cramps. Drinking plenty of liquids also helps. For recurrent cramps that disturb sleep, the doctor may prescribe
Hello, mental pain is more intense as physical pain can be relieved with relative ease by giving local pain killers and anit inflammatory drugs, but in case of mental pain it is difficult to identify the real cause and its usually chronic and difficul to treat. Wish you good health.
What are the common misconceptions about cancer pain?
* Cancer causes intolerable pain that cannot be relieved - in fact some patients with cancer pain never have pain. For those who do, cancer pain can be relieved.
* Pain means that cancer is getting worse - Pain can be due to cancer or the effects of cancer treatment, Sometimes the pain is unrelated to cancer.
* “Shots” or injections will be needed to control cancer pain - at least 90% of cancer pain can be effectively relieved by simple medications that are taken by mouth. “Shots” are almost never necessary.
* Patients who use narcotics will become addicted - patients who take narcotics for pain rarely, if ever, become addicted.
* If strong narcotics like morphine are used too early in the treatment, they will not work later if the pain gets worse - strong medications like morphine stay effective as long as they are needed. If pain increases, the medication dose can be increased.
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I have a moderate/severe fear of roller coasters. I have been on roller coasters before because I was forced to. The worst one I went on was The Mummy in Universal Studios Orlando. It shoots you in the beginning and I don t know much else because it s in the dark and I close my eyes. My specific fear is the feeling I get during the ride. My pulse is like 200 before it even starts and when I feel some g s I get painful heart pains. I also feel pressure on my skull too. The heart pains hit good when I get shot up the ramp and when I am going down a deep slope. I fear for my life when these chest pains happen because my family has history of heart problems. I am not overweight at all and physically fit. Should I go on roller coasters? I m not scared of heights, I m just scared that my body will hurt itself. The Mummy wasn t that bad. I had others fears before I went on it. After doing it I liked it. I would go on them all if I didn t think I had a heart condition or something like that.
I am 24 years old male. I have quite a few queries regarding my health. I feel that nowadays my concentration level is too low and I am not able to focus on any matters. I am feeling so light and easy going. I am feeling that there s always something wrong with me which I feel is Psychological as all my blood tests are absolutely normal. My family doctor prescribes me to do a lot of exercises which I have started to do. My doubt is are these syndromes for any major health disorder as I feel mentally and physically very weak.
I have been taking Hydrocodone (Vicadin) for over 5 years to treat chronic pain. I am currently taking 2 10mg every 6 hours. I wish to stop taking this medication. What do you recommend as a substitute pain reliever? How should I discontinue the hydrocodone?
Wife is 65 years old and suffers from extreme constipation. She receives excellent medical care, UNC & Duke graduates, but neither her primary physician or her plethora of specialists seem to be able to offer practical suggestions.
Situation resulted from surgery in 2001 four “flat back” syndrome secondary to scoliosis. Nerve damage occurred during surgery with many negative outcomes, such as, chronic pain, bladder and bowel dysfunction, some paralysis in right leg.
She manages well, in spite of, these difficulties and prior to surgery was high functioning in very responsible position.
She takes heavy narcotics for pain which, of course, contributes to her problem. Also, she takes Miralax and copious fluids.
Bowel movements are unpredictable and can take hours to complete. This part of her disability severely constricts her quality of life.
Are there any suggestions, short of a colostomy, which might alleviate her symptoms of constipation, as well as, relieving the constipation itself.
I understand this is a complicated medical situation, but I am interested only in the bowel management issues.
Any suggestions? Any recommendations? Any solutions?
Thanks very much for your time and attention to this problem.
Hi Doc i am having a chronic pain on the rt waist dating back from 1994.this pain radiate from the waist ,when getting on the buttock it feels hot ,down the thigh it becomes numb and when it reaches the knee it becomes pain again .What could it be. Than you Vickie
I have chronic pain and take oxycodone resulting from mild brain ioonjury. Had stupid idea to smoke pot and had terrible reacction i head. Felt like small stroke, heaurns ever since, also d bWORST, i can barel type. i type 100 wpm now typing 20, and hands shaking, both, can feel it coming from both sides of head. Went to emregency room worthless bastard took cat scan, negative and sent me home do i have ms now, it is permanant right?
I can't get to sleep tonight. I have severe butt pain especially whn I lye down. Excursion. It shoot lik a knife. I'm on steroid , doesn't or didn't help Went to a pain doctore but he seems to thinks it a muscel and want me to do physical therapy...
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