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Muscle Cramps (cont.)

Exams and Tests

The health-care professional will review your history to analyze the character, location, intensity, and frequency of your muscle cramps. Your medications will be reviewed to determine if they may be playing a role in causing your muscle cramps. The physical examination will include evaluation of muscle strength, dexterity, and nerve function. Blood tests for the muscle enzymes (CPK, aldolase, LDH, ALT, AST) can be helpful to determine if muscle injury is occurring. Other blood testing may include evaluation of the levels of calcium, phosphorus, potassium, and magnesium, as well as thyroid function. Occasionally, testing with a neurologist might include tests of nerve conduction velocity (NCV) and an electromyogram (EMG).

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/6/2014

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