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why do people get cramps in their legs

A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Romeo
18 years experience Wound care
Many reasons..: You may be dehydrated or over exercising. You may have a vitamin or mineral deficiency. See your doctor and have an evaluation.
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Dr. Bennett Werner
43 years experience Cardiology
Very common: The majority of leg cramps simply occur from muscle deconditioning and overstretch, mostly occurring at night, and respond to stretching "toes toward ... Read More
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A 64-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shelly Sethi
18 years experience Family Medicine
Leg cramps: Hi. This could be a magnesium deficiency, b12 deficiency , iron deficiency or even dehydration. Try taking these vitamins and I would suggest getting ... Read More
A 67-year-old female asked:
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
40 years experience Internal Medicine
Common: Occasional leg cramps are common. Staying well hydrated can help. if they bother you, ask your doctor to check your electrolytes and kidney function.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Crystal Twynham
32 years experience General Surgery
Muscle spasms: I am assuming that the cramps you are describing are leg cramps. The large muscles in the legs experience pain when the muscles contract and don't le ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Trettin
32 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
See your pcp: Difficult to say without examination. I would reccommend seeing your primary care physician for evaluation and treatment. Your symptoms are suggestive ... Read More
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A 12-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Goldman
54 years experience Rheumatology
Stretch: You can try to stretch. Be certain your potassium and magnesium are OK Ask you physician to evalaute this
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
46 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
?: Maybe too low on calcium or potassium.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tariq Niazi
42 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Pain meds, including: A muscle relaxer, or massaging the calf, or standing on a cold floor. One or the other of these would work for you. See your pcp to get investigated ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leila Hashemi
20 years experience Internal Medicine
Leg cramp: some causes of cramp: low potassium, magnesium and calcium, dehydration, kidney and thyroid disease,peripheral vascular dx, muscle injury, over usin ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Tamler
32 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Cramps: The cause of nocturnal leg cramps is often unknown, some causes: sitting for long periods of time, over-exertion of muscles, standing or working on co ... Read More
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