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Cramp is something from which a great many people occasionally suffer - and they donít easily forget it.
people may get a short,
pain in the legs after a strenuous day.
Many older people can bring it on by making powerful
movements while lying down in bed. If this sort of
cramp becomes a real nuisance, avoiding over-
and tablets containing quinine
at bedtime may be all that is needed.
A very small
of patients, however, cannot take quinine without becoming dizzy or getting buzzing in the ears. They may have to decide whether they would rather have cramp and no dizziness, or the reverse.
But cramp in the
limbs in the daytime and in younger,
can be very distressing and is more serious. It is not uncommon and has the rather clumsy
The patient first complains of aching legs after exercise. It may be slight, but gradually becomes more pronounced. Then the pain is not merely an ache, but a definite,
cramp, which can become so severe that the patient finds he or she cannot stand after much walking.
Intermittent claudication is caused by the narrowing of the arteries and often starts in the 30s. It generally means that the arteries everywhere in the body have become narrowed and blood cannot reach the muscles
enough when they are in use. The
muscles may be equally affected.
This condition may be a
enough excuse for not doing jobs you donít like doing, but that is poor consolation. It is a disease which affects men
more than women and attacks are more common in cold
, or even after sitting in a chair at the office in a draught. It is also a slightly hereditary
This is by no means the same as the
-time cramp already
, and there is no absolute cure. The patient learns to regulate the amount of exercise he or she can comfortably take.
No drugs offer a complete relief but there is one habit which the sufferer must give up ó smoking. Whatever may or may not be oneís views about the habit, it undoubtedly makes intermittent claudication
of patients will
admit that so long as they keep off tobacco they do not get this