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I am having severe muscle cramps in my sides (ribs) and

I am having severe...

I am having severe muscle cramps in my sides (ribs) and lower abdomen and lower stomach (not stomoach cramps but muscle cramps)

Doctor's Assistant: How long has this been bothering you? Are you experiencing any vomiting or nausea?

No vomiting or nausea and it has been over a year or more. i get them daily they are very painful and last up to 15min sometimes 3 or 4 cramps at the same time 2-3 times a day

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
i am 42 no other medical issues. i have tried taking magnesium supplements and potassium supplements but they have no affect.

Have you had any tests?

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
no tests have not been to doctor i have no insurance and only make 10 an hour

I'm very sorry about this

what seems to trigger it?

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
it happens more often when i am working in the heat but it also happens when i am at rest at home though much less frequently

do you drink enough water?

dehydration can cause this

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
what i am really looking for is an answer if it is worth it to go to doctor, i cant afford alot if they have to run expensive tests i cannot do it. I drink alot of water i dont think dehydration is it.

I absolutely think it is worth it

You need to see a family doctor and get checked

it could be low potassium or iron

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
do you know how much the tests for this will run? and I already tried potasium supplements can the doctor proscribe better ones?

Yes, he/she can.

The visit will cost 150 probably and maybe another 150 for tests?

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
if i go and pay for these tests do you think they will help me. I dont want to spend 300 with no results

Yes, I do.

simple blood tests should show it.

I'm sorry this is such a struggle for you

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