What Causes Cramps All Over The Body?

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doctor,rnrnToday February 14, 2018 at 1 pm, my father has cramps all over his body (legs, hands, and stomach) after previously teaching tennis for 3 hours. But I’ve been drinking a lot and warming up first.rnrnNever had cramps like this happen before. Why, doctor and what medicine should you take?rnThank you

1 Answer:

Hello, good morning.

Cramps are a condition in which muscles experience sudden strong contractions and tension. Muscle cramps can be caused by:


Excessive use of muscles


Inadequate blood supply, for example during exercise


Lack of minerals such as potassium, calcium, and magnesium


Exposed to cold temperatures


Side effects of drugs, such as diuretics, statins, and steroids


Pressure on the spinal cord


Peripheral arterial disease (PAD)


Multiple sclerosis

Things that can be done to relieve muscle cramps include:


Stop activities when cramps occur


Relax the muscles by moving the cramped body part and doing light stretches


Compress or soak the body with warm water


Consume foods high in minerals, such as nuts, vegetables, and fruit.


If the cramp is causing unbearable pain, then you can try taking over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen and/or giving pain relief gels to the sore muscles.


Generally, muscle cramps are not serious and do not require special treatment, but if the complaints do not subside, it is advisable to see a doctor. The doctor may perform blood lab tests or other investigations if necessary.


Hope it helps,


Regards. Dr. Denisa

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