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Cramps

Cramps: Introduction

General information about Cramps is below, or review more specific information about these symptoms: muscle cramp, stomach cramp, abdominal pain, menstrual pain or other types.

The words "cramps" and "cramping" are overused in the medical world and may mean several different types of cramps or cramping symptoms. For abdominal or stomach symptoms, see abdominal cramps. For cramping of muscles see muscle cramps. For female menstrual-like cramping see menstrual cramps....more »

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Causes of Cramps:

The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Cramps. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

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Home Diagnostic Testing and Cramps

Home medical tests possibly related to Cramps:

Causes of Types of Cramps:

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Cramps: Symptom Checker

Listed below are some combinations of symptoms associated with Cramps, as listed in our database. Visit the Symptom Checker, to add and remove symptoms and research your condition.

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Cramps Treatments

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Stories from Users for Cramps

Real-life user stories relating to Cramps:

Message Boards for Cramps

Symptom specific forums: The following patient stories in our interactive forums and message boards relate to Cramps or relevant symptoms:

Diagnostic tests for Cramps:

Various tests are used in the diagnosis of Cramps. Some of these are listed below :

  • Physical examination
    • Inspect for abdominal distention - may suggest bowel obstruction.
    • Palpate the abdomen gently - to assess tenderness, rigidity of abdomen and to feel for any masses.
    • Listen to the bowel sounds - to assess possible bowel obstruction.
  • more tests...»

Cramps: Animations

Medications or substances causing Cramps:

The following drugs, medications, substances or toxins are some of the possible causes of Cramps as a symptom. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.

  • Fungizone Intravenous
  • Dyazide
  • Maxzide
  • Maxzide-25
  • Moduretic
  • Aldactazide
  • more causes...»

Drug interactions causing Cramps:

When combined, certain drugs, medications, substances or toxins may react causing Cramps as a symptom. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.

Cramps: Comorbid Symptoms

Some of the comorbid or associated medical symptoms for Cramps may include these symptoms:

Causes of General Symptom Types

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Cramps

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Assessment Questionnaire: Questions your doctor may ask (and why!)

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Cramps. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

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Cramps: Deaths

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Misdiagnosis and Cramps

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Cramps: Research Related Doctors & Specialists

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Cramps: Undiagnosed Conditions

Conditions that are commonly undiagnosed in related areas may include:

Causes of Cramps listed in Disease Database:

Other medical conditions listed in the Disease Database as possible causes of Cramps as a symptom include:

Definitions of Cramps:

A sustained and usually painful contraction of muscle fibers. This may occur as an isolated phenomenon or as a manifestation of an underlying disease process (e.g., UREMIA; HYPOTHYROIDISM; MOTOR NEURON DISEASE; etc.). (From Adams et al., Principles of Neurology, 6th ed, p1398)
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Organs affected by Cramps:

The list of organs typically affected by Cramps may include, but is not limited to:

Detailed list of causes of Cramps

The list below shows some of the causes of Cramps mentioned in various sources:

How Common are these Causes of Cramps?

This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Cramps. Of the 339 causes of Cramps that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 4 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 6 causes are "common" diseases
  • 2 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 0 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 10 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 327 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Cramps:

The following list of conditions have 'Cramps' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Cramps:

The following list of medical conditions have Cramps or similar listed as a medical complication in our database. The distinction between a symptom and complication is not always clear, and conditions mentioning this symptom as a complication may also be relevant. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Causes of Cramps Based on Risk Factors

This information shows analysis of the list of causes of Cramps based on whether certain risk factors apply to the patient:

  • Travel - has the patient travelled recently?
  • Diabetes - history of diabetes or family history of diabetes?

    Doctors and specialists: Who should I consult about Cramps?

    Depending on the seriousness of the onset of Cramps, you may want to consult one of the following medical professionals.

    Important:In extreme cases, always seek advice from emergency services :

    Classifications of Cramps:

    Subtypes of Cramps:

    Abdominal cramps (345 causes), Muscle cramps (283 causes), Menstrual cramps (16 causes), Hand cramps (1 cause), Cramping abdominal pain (16 causes)

    Medical Conditions associated with Cramps:

    Pain symptoms (6458 causes), Sensory symptoms (7134 causes), Muscle symptoms (7251 causes), Musculoskeletal symptoms (6264 causes), Nerve symptoms (9132 causes), Neurological symptoms (9575 causes), Sensations (6520 causes), Brain symptoms (2787 causes), Common symptoms (8589 causes), Body symptoms (5672 causes), Head symptoms (10192 causes)

    Symptoms related to Cramps:

    Abdominal cramps (345 causes), Muscle cramps (283 causes), Menstrual cramps (16 causes), Abdominal pain (2568 causes), Stomach cramps (379 causes), Gastroenteritis (35 causes), Dysmenorrhoea (54 causes), Viral infection, Ectopic pregnancy (15 causes), Miscarriage (285 causes), Pregnancy (699 causes), Kidney disease, Thyroid disease (18 causes), Hypokalemia (153 causes), Hypocalcemia (13 causes), Restless legs syndrome, Varicose veins (65 causes), multiple sclerosis

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    Medical News summaries about Cramps

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