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A 52-year-old female asked:

What causes leg cramps?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
Multiple potential : Causes from overuse of muscle, electrolyte or salt imbalance/dehydration to vascular issues, neurologic issues, metabolic issues like thyroid conditions to medication related issues such as statins to certain conditions like restless leg syndrome. If a persistent problem, see your physician.
Dr. Sandra Gotman
Podiatry 36 years experience
Leg cramps: Usually they happen at night. Most often it is a nerve compression in the Lumbar spine. Back pain may or may not be present. Certain sleep positions cause pinching of these nerves. I recommend sleeping on your stomach with 1-2 pillows under pelvis Many Americans use walker and wheelchairs as they get older because this condition causes atrophy of the leg muscles and affects the ability to walk.
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 57 years experience
Unknown: No reliable answer. Suggested causes include prolonged sitting or standing, use of diuretics and statins, electrolyte losses. No test is reliable to precisely define any one case. They are more common with advancing age. Leg exercise- gentle- before bed, gentle stretching before bed, magnesium supplement are among remedies used. There is no treatment that works every time.

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What causes leg cramps in both legs?

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Dr. Ranji Varghese
Sleep Medicine 17 years experience
Yes: Although most commonly affecting the lower legs, restless leg syndrome can also affect the lower back and arms. The symptoms tend to be worse at night and also with inactivity and are accompanied by an urge to move. Moving only temporarily alleviates the symptoms.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What can cause leg cramps in both legs in the evenings?

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Dr. Ranji Varghese
Sleep Medicine 17 years experience
Yes: Although most commonly affecting the lower legs, restless leg syndrome can also affect the lower back and arms. The symptoms tend to be worse at night and also with inactivity and are accompanied by an urge to move. Moving only temporarily alleviates the symptoms.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What's your opinion on causes leg cramps?

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Dr. Douglas Tavenner, jr.
Cosmetic Dentistry 50 years experience
Sugar: Sugar usage can do this. I am a aware of a person that will get bad leg cramps at night if they have any sugar containing foods after 4:00 pm that day.
A 24-year-old female asked:

Leg cramps possible cause?

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Dr. Marshall Solomon
Podiatry 48 years experience
Overuse in activitie: Overuse, dehydration, lower back problems, edema-swelling of legs.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What could be causing leg cramps / anxiety?

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Psychiatry 32 years experience
Leg cramps: Could be restless legs syndrome or electrolyte imbalance or induced by substances. Best to get medical clearance first by your pcp.

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