Heat cramps

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Background

  • 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

Treatment

  1. Self-limited
  2. Pain is difficult to treat
    1. often does not respond to opiates alone
  3. Gatorade or NS IV

See Also

Source

Tintinalli