Make an appointment with your doctor if you have muscle cramps that are severe, frequent and not getting better with self-care.
Here's some information to help you get ready for your appointment.
What you can do
When you make your appointment, ask if there's anything you need to do in advance. Make a list of:
- Your symptoms, including any that seem unrelated to the reason for your appointment
- Key personal information, including major stresses, recent life changes and family medical history
- All medications, vitamins and supplements you take, including dosages
- Questions to ask your doctor
Take a family member or friend along, if possible, to help you remember the information you receive.
For muscle cramp, some basic questions to ask your doctor include:
- What's likely causing my cramps?
- Are there other possible causes?
- What tests do I need?
- Is my condition temporary or chronic?
- What's the best course of action?
- What alternatives are there to the approach you're suggesting?
Don't hesitate to ask other questions.
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor is likely to ask you questions, including:
- When did you develop cramps?
- How frequent and severe are your cramps?
- Does anything typically precede your cramps, such as mild to strenuous exercise?
- Do you ever have cramps while resting?
- Does stretching relieve your cramps?
- Do you have other symptoms, such as muscle weakness or numbness?
- Have you noticed changes in your urine after exercise?
Feb. 16, 2016
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