Cramps (Articles)

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Night Cramp is something from which great many people occasionally suffer - and they don't easily forget it.

Even healthiest people may get short, sharp pain in legs after strenuous day.

Many older people can bring it on by making powerful stretching movements while lying down in bed. If this sort of night cramp becomes real nuisance, avoiding over-stretching and tablets containing quinine sulphate at bed-time may be all that is needed.

very small number of patients, however, cannot take quinine without becoming dizzy or getting buzzing in ears. They may have to decide whether they would rather have cramp and no dizziness, or reverse.

But cramp in lower limbs in daytime and in younger, active patients can be very distressing and is more serious. It is not uncommon and has rather clumsy name of intermittent claudications.

patient first complains of aching legs after exercise. It may be slight, but gradually becomes more pronounced. Then pain is not merely ache, but definite, crippling cramp, which can become so severe that patient finds he or she cannot stand after much walking.

Intermittent claudication is caused by narrowing of arteries and often starts in 30s. It generally means that arteries everywhere in body have become narrowed and blood cannot reach muscles fast enough when they are in use. heart muscles may be equally affected.

This condition may be good enough excuse for not doing jobs you donít like doing, but that is poor consolation. It is disease which affects men far more than women and attacks are more common in cold weather, or even after sitting in chair at office in draught. It is also slightly hereditary complaint.

This is by no means same as night-time cramp already mentioned, and there is no absolute cure. patient learns to regulate amount of exercise he or she can comfortably take.

No drugs offer complete relief but there is one habit which sufferer must give up ó smoking. Whatever may or may not be oneís views about habit, it undoubtedly makes intermittent claudication far more troublesome.

number of patients will secretly admit that so long as they keep off tobacco they do not get this fearsome cramp.

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