Cramping is the most commonly experienced premenstrual symptom, as it marks the start of menses. However, it could be due to other reasons e.g. pregnancy, cancer, menopause, eating disorder, etc. Muscle cramps are extremely common. Almost everyone (one estimate is about 95%) experiences a cramp at some time in their life. Muscle cramps are common in adults and become increasingly frequent with aging.
HOW IS CRAMPING DIAGNOSED?
Physical examination by a general physician is done on the spot of the cramping. If it is abdominal cramping then a USG may be suggested. If the cramps are in the legs then the doctor may take an x-ray to see tissue or muscle damage.
HOW IS CRAMPING TREATED?
Treatment of the condition can be done at home if the cramping is mild, while pain relievers can help in numbing the pain. Further, antacids to release gas build up and medication or physiotherapy for muscle contractions can help in treating the cause of the cramps.