Muscle Cramps are sudden involuntary contraction of one or more of your muscles causing pain and immobility. Muscle cramps make it temporarily impossible to use the affected muscle. Symptoms are:
• Sudden sharp pain
• Hard lump of muscle beneath skin
HOW IS MUSCLE CRAMPS DIAGNOSED?
The health care practitioner will examine and ask questions about the symptoms and details of medical history. Blood tests may be done to check for the following:
• Calcium, potassium, or magnesium metabolism
• Kidney function
• Thyroid function
HOW IS MUSCLE CRAMPS TREATED?
Home treatment is most recommended. Hot cloth massage, using heating pad, ice or a cold cloth can relieve the cramps. Stretching can also help. Further treatment depends on the underlying condition.
DID YOU KNOW?
Muscle Cramps can be prevented by lowering the intake of food and drink that contains caffeine such as coffee and chocolate.