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What can cause calf muscle contractions?

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Dr. Sandra Gotman
Podiatry 36 years experience
Calf muscle contraction: If you are experiencing the cramping at night then this is likely due to compression of lumbar nerves coming from your lower back. You may want to change the position in which you sleep or possibly even the mattress you are sleeping on. Follow up with a neurologist to determine whether you have lumbar spine problems. Good luck

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A 31-year-old member asked:

What can cause you to have constant muscle contractions?

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Dr. John Ayres
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
Many things: Muscles contract or spasm for many reasons. In hot weather a perspiring athlete can get dehydrated and lose electrolytes causing cramps. That's why it's important to stay hydrated. Low potassium can cause cramps. Bananas are a good source of potassium. Other causes include poor blood circulation , insufficient stretching before exercise, magnesium or calcium deficiency, and certain medications.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What causes involuntary muscle contractions?

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Dr. Nika Ferdowsi
Specializes in Family Medicine
Various Reasons: This could be due to an electrolyte imbalance like low calcium or potassium. It could also be due to stress or anxiety. Could also be from caffeine, medication, exercise or lack of exercise.

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