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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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Why: e.g. abdominal cramps or leg cramps.
Why: to determine if acute or chronic e.g. acute abdominal cramps suggests intestinal obstruction, renal stones, gallstones or common bile duct stones; chronic colicky pain suggests chronic cholecystitis, gallstones, renal stones or partial intestinal obstruction.
Why: i.e. colicky not steady (if not cramp-like in nature see abdominal pain).
Why: To determine if the cramps are diffuse or focal e.g. upper abdomen may suggest cholecystitis or gallstones; flank cramps may suggest renal stones.
Why: i.e. rate from 1 to 10, with 10 being the worst pain you can imagine.
Why: e.g. cramps that are brought on 1-2 hrs after meals, especially if it is a fatty meal may be related to cholecystitis or gallstones.
Why: e.g. acute cholecystitis typically radiates to right shoulder blade or right shoulder; acute renal stone pain typically radiates to the testicles.
Why: suggests dysmenorrheal (period pain).
Why: e.g. pregnancy, motor neuron disease, low sodium, hemodialysis, renal failure, diabetes, dehydration, thyroiditis.
Why: suggests heat cramps.
Why: e.g. constipation may be related to ingestion of codeine containing medications.
Why: e.g. previous laparotomy increases risk of adhesions which may cause small bowel obstruction.
Why: may indicate travelers diarrhea, food poisoning, gastroenteritis.
Why: may suggest viral gastroenteritis or food poisoning if shared foods.
Why: alcohol excess can make premenstrual cramps worse.
Why: e.g. amphetamines can cause abdominal cramps.
Why: e.g. bowel cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease.
Why: may suggest bowel cancer, gastric cancer, acute gastroenteritis or food poisoning.
Why: may suggest colon cancer as cause of large bowel obstruction or gastric cancer as cause of gastric outlet obstruction.
Why: may suggest gastroenteritis, food poisoning, acute cholecystitis or bowel obstruction.
Why: may suggest gastroenteritis, travelers diarrhea, food poisoning or partial bowel obstruction.
Why: may suggest intestinal obstruction (if constipation is absolute) or partial intestinal obstruction. Constipation itself may cause cramp-like abdominal pain.
Why: significant distention with colonic obstruction, mild distention with small bowel obstruction.
Why: may suggest bowel cancer or diverticular disease as cause of large bowel obstruction.
Why: may suggest renal stones.
Why: may suggest food poisoning, gastroenteritis.
Why: suggests uterine cause of abdominal cramps.
Why: e.g. absent periods, nausea, tender breasts - may suggest normal pregnancy as cause of abdominal 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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The following list of medical conditions have 'Cramps'
or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.
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