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Leg Cramp or Something More? When to Seek Urgent Care

Leg Cramp — Buffalo, MN — Stellis HealthA lot of people try to balance the question of their health with the following question: is this serious enough to contact the doctor? Sometimes, you’re not sure if you need to worry about certain symptoms, especially if all you really need is a bit of rest or hydration.

Leg cramps can be extremely painful, but most of the time, they do not need more medical care than you can give yourself at home. However, sometimes leg pain can indicate the need for intervention.

Causes of Sudden Leg Pain

Most of the time, the feeling of intense pain in your legs is from muscle cramps or spasms. People often refer to these cramps as charley horses. The muscle contracts and often may not release for several seconds. During the contraction, the pain may escalate or intensify. Charley horses have a number of causes, but the most common reasons for the cramps include: (more…)

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4 FAQs About Urinary Tract Infections

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Your body’s kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra make up your urinary system. The primary function of the urinary system is to filter blood and also to produce urine. The urine helps rid the body of waste and extra water that the body doesn’t need. An infection in the urinary system is called a urinary tract infection or a UTI.

If you ever get a UTI, you should seek medical attention right away. Left untreated, a UTI can spread to the bladder and the kidneys. To help you better understand UTIs, here are the answers to four frequently asked questions about urinary tract infections. (more…)

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Tips for Surviving Pregnancy Over the Summer

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Pregnancy is often a joyous time for a woman. However, some of the symptoms associated with it aren’t the most pleasant. The heat of summer days doesn’t help many pregnancy-related issues, either. Plus, the added heat can affect your overall health. Optimize your health and happiness during pregnancy this summer with these tips.

Stay Hydrated

Water is necessary for your body to function properly. Your organs require it to work as they should, and water is even necessary on a cellular level. When you suffer from dehydration, you can experience a variety of symptoms, such as:

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Blood Pressure and Aging: What Every Senior Should Know

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As you grow older, you may encounter a number of age-related health challenges, from arthritis and osteoporosis to high blood pressure, also called hypertension. Individuals aged 65 and older develop this condition three times as commonly as those aged 20 to 44.

Because high blood pressure can increase the risks for heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, and other issues, you need to understand how high blood pressure affects seniors, how to interpret age-related changes in blood pressure, and what you can do to control the problem. Here are some key points to consider.

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