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Muscle Cramps

Timothy C. Hain, MD, Page last modified: September 24, 2012

OVERVIEW

Muscle cramps are very common and very disturbing. According to Blyton (2012), about one in every 3 adults have them.

CAUSES OF MUSCLE CRAMPS

For the most part, the cause is unknown. An incomplete list compiled from the literature includes:

DIAGNOSIS OF DROP ATTACKS

Usually electrolytes are checked (e.g. sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium). In some instances, EMG/NCV is performed looking for neuropathy or myopathy.

TREATMENT OF MUSCLE CRAMPS

While many treatments are proposed for muscle cramps, very little data is available showing that they are helpful (Blyton et al, 2012).

 

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