Hand, Foot Or Face Cramps After Eating Spicy?

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Hello, I have a question. My partner always has a complaint after eating spicy food he always feels his hands, feet, or even his face becomes cramped or can’t be moved. He had seen a neurologist before, but he said there was nothing wrong. I wonder what kind of illness is my partner? And how to solve it or is there a cure? Because when that happened, I didn’t know what to do. Thank you in advance,

1 Answer:

Hi Rizky, thank you for the question for HealthReplies.com

The consumption of spicy food is not known to cause muscle disorders such as cramps in the muscles of the limbs or the face. Excessive consumption of spicy food is known to cause irritation of the gastrointestinal tract causing abdominal pain and can also cause stomach cramps to diarrhea, but this effect only occurs in the digestive tract and has no effect on other body muscles.


Some of the things that are known to cause muscle cramps include:

excessive muscle use (for example, during strenuous exercise)
dehindration
stay in the same position for a long time
decreased blood flow to muscles
compression of the nerves in the spine
electrolyte disturbances

If your partner experiences excessive diarrhea after eating spicy food, it may be that the cramps in his muscles are caused by dehydration or electrolyte disturbances. However, if the muscle cramps occur without any trigger after eating spicy food, then maybe the muscle cramps that occur are not related to the consumption of spicy food, so we must find out other possible causes. If your partner often experiences cramps in the muscles of the hands, feet or face, you should bring your partner to an internal medicine doctor for further evaluation.


For a while your partner can try to avoid consuming spicy foods altogether and see if the muscle cramps get better or stay there. In addition, try to motivate your partner to drink more fluids (2-3 liters a day), often do stretching exercises on his muscles, and avoid staying in one position for a long time. If muscle cramps occur you can help relieve muscle cramps by stretching the cramped muscles and doing a gentle massage on the tense muscles. Your partner can also soak or compress the tense area using a warm compress.

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