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Every night i wake up with bad leg cramps. what shouldi do?

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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Common: Leg cramps are a common problem. The cause is unknown, though. Try magnesium supplement, tonic water with quinine, potassium supplements may help. Local heat or topical rub such as bengay/icyhot or voltaren (diclofenac) gel may be of some relief. Avoid exercise before bedtime.
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
Could also be low Fe: Agree with other answers. Sometimes nighttime leg cramps are associated with iron deficiency (with or without anemia). Get it checked (blood test for iron-fe, iron binding capacity, and ferritin-iron storage protein).
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 54 years experience
Seek cause: Tired, irritated muscles due to a number of causes result in cramping. Venous incompetence results in leg swelling; prolonged working, standing, dehydration, heavy exercise are other causes. Low levels of potassium, calcium, magnesium from diuretic use can cause cramping. Try stretching exercises, ice massages, see a venous specialist (phlebologist) for help.
Dr. Ted King
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Many causes: One of the most common symptoms of varicose veins and venous incompetence is leg cramps. As much as 70% of the time, people with varicose veins will have leg cramps. Although there are many other possible causes, as others have said, if you have any visible veins in your legs, you should see a venous specialist (phlebologist) for help.

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See your pcp: Difficult to say without examination. I would reccommend seeing your primary care physician for evaluation and treatment. Your symptoms are suggestive of "restless leg syndrome " and there is effective medication available by prescription for this condition. Best of luck!
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Diferent: Possibilities, but I find magnesium supplements taken before bedtime work really well for this.
A 64-year-old male asked:

Why do I get leg cramps every night?

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Dr. Shelly Sethi
Family Medicine 19 years experience
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 your blood checked. Thank you, Dr. Sethi

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