Difference between revisions of "Heat cramps"

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#Pain is difficult to treat
*Pain is difficult to treat
## often does not respond to opiates alone
**Often does not respond to opiates alone
#Gatorade or NS IV
*Mild symptoms: sports drinks
*Severe symptoms: IV normal saline
==See Also==
==See Also==

Revision as of 01:08, 26 August 2015


  • Painful, involuntary, spasmodic contractions of skeletal muscles
    • Usually affects calves, may involve thighs and shoulders
  • Occurs to those who sweat profusely and replace fluid losses with water
    • May occur during exercise, but more common during rest several hours later

Differential Diagnosis

Environmental heat diagnoses


  • Self-limited
  • Pain is difficult to treat
    • Often does not respond to opiates alone
  • Mild symptoms: sports drinks
  • Severe symptoms: IV normal saline

See Also