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Oak Ridge, TN
A 37-year-old female asked about a 36-year-old member:

can it be normal to have leg cramps or spasms everyday mostly when at rest - such as laying down? i drink plenty of water. i dont know what else can be checked as my potassium & magnesium were normal. b vitamins werent checked. frustrating

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Leg cramps: Since we can only measure extracellular potassium and magnesium we can't be sure if intracellular levels are ok. That is why I still recommend trying a magnesium and/or potassium supplement. Your pharmacist can recommend one. Calcium deficiency can also cause recurrent muscle cramping. To prevent calf cramps, perform calf muscle stretching before bedtime. Tight muscles are prone to cramping.

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Kidney mass 2 small 2 biopsy yet, dr is keepin an eye on it till we can, but also have high potassium in blood & kidney is not functioing so well, ?

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Dr. Rakesh Lattupalli
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See Nephrologist: Kidney lesions are usually not biopsied and monitored. If suspicious for cancer will need partial nephrectomy but is unlikely at your age. Work up for hyperkalemia(high potassium) need to be done by a kidney doctor. While kidney insufficiency is a major cause of high potassium, it is not the only one.

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