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A 59-year-old female asked:

I've been having difficulties with my feet/ calves cramping at night, and sometimes suddenly my feet and hand feel freezing cold my feet have cramped before but not so severly nor regulary. i take multivitamins, fish oil, osteo biflex, calcium, eat banan

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 37 years experience
Calf : Calf cramping when walking coiuld be a sign of a problem known as claudication, indicating a problem with arterial circulation and cold hands and feet could be a circulation issue as well. Muscle cramping can also occur with a mineral, metabolic or endocrine issue. The reason for not because of the epidural steroid incetions may be the factor you are looking for as well talk to the neurologist/neurosurgeon/orthopedist/pain doctor or who ever recommend the steroid inceptions as well as speaking to your family doctor again.
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Dr. Peter Nefcy
Radiology 41 years experience
Cramps at night: Multivitamins and all those supplements are worthless. The cramps are probably due to relative ischemia when you are supine and your circulation does not have a gravity assist. Try the following: Hot soaks for 5-10 minutes at night of hands and feet every two to three days before bedtime. Keep hands and feet warm with loose socks and cotton gloves every night
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Dr. Peter Nefcy
Dr. Peter Nefcy commented
Radiology 41 years experience
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The do moderate exercise every day for 15 to 20 minutes directed towards your feet and hands. Walking with weights and going up on your toes can work. A whole body workout will not help as much. This will improve your circulation to the hands and feet. After a few week, you will feel the cramps diminishing over time. Keep it up.
May 29, 2018
Last updated Sep 10, 2018


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