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A 28-year-old female asked:

I have had muscle cramps in my calfs for a few weeks now. could it be blood clots or low potassium? should i see a doctor right away?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Leg : Leg cramps are common for many people. Yes, leg cramps can be occuring as a result of a blood clot in the leg (whoch decreases blood flow to the lower leg, causing pain) or an electrolyte imbalance (which can cause muscles to spasm). Other causes can be overextertion, peripheral vascular disease, dehydration and nerve disorders. It is important to see your doctor to determine the causitive factor. Also, take a look at your foot and note if there are any changes in color. Seek emergency medical attention for any change in color to the leg/foot and/or if you are experiencing unbearable pain.
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Dr. Nick (Donald) Morrison
Phlebology 32 years experience
Yes: You need to have a specific venous ultrasound of your legs to rule out a deep vein thrombosis -blood clot, but also to see if you have vein disease which is treatable. See vein specialist called phlebologist: www.Phlebology.Org. Inherited disease of veins has faulty valves in leg veins, allows blood to flow backwards down leg and can cause cramping. Office treatments available & compression socks.
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Last updated Oct 3, 2016
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