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How do i help stop leg cramps.?

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Dr. William Lizarraga
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Review meds, exercis: It depends on what is causing them. Lots of reasons exist for leg cramps, including medications, electrolyte problems, vascular problems, etc. If it is from a cholesterol drug called statins, then sometimes stopping or changing the medicine can help. Other times, over the counter medicines help, like naproxyn or ibuprofen. Coq-10 is a supplement that can help. Exercise may help too!
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Water, stretch, vits: Many people get leg cramps from not being well hydrated or not stretching their muscles enough. I would make sure that you are drinking adequate water during the day and not too much caffeine (makes you dehydrated). Gentle passive range of motion stretches can help. If this does not get rid of the cramps i would try adding a daily multivitamin/multimineral. If all that fails i would see a doctor.
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 54 years experience
Evaluate cause: Leg cramps come on with tired, irritated muscle as a result of venous disease (which causes swelling), heavy exercise, prolonged working/standing. Low levels of potassium, calcium, magnesium, dehydration also contributes. Try stretching exercises, ice massages, repletion of minerals. See a phlebologist to have your leg veins evaluated.
Dr. Ted King
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Think about veins: It could be from over use. There is also a possibility that it could be related to too little iron, magnesium, potassium, or calcium in your blood. One of the most common symptoms of varicose veins and venous incompetence is leg cramps. As much as 65% of the time, people with varicose veins will have leg cramps. If you have any visible veins in your legs, see a vein specialist.

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How can I stop painfull leg cramps?

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Dr. Keith Joe
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Fluids/diet: When are they occurring? During exercise, after exercise, daily activities, at night when sleeping? Cramping can have many causes but some basic things you can do to try to relieve them are staying well hydrated and watching nutrition. Bananas are great for the potassium and so you might want to try eating these.
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How do I stop leg cramps at night? Leg cramps at night

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Dr. Richard Zimon
Internal Medicine 59 years experience
Sometimes: Over the Counter Diphenhydramine (eg Benadryl) will help. Speak with your PCP for "stronger" Prescription medications. Hope this is helpful Dr Z
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A 46-year-old female asked:

I have been getting leg cramps, can you tell me how to stop them?

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
Ideas?: Calcium or potassium deficiences can do this - so foods high in them or supplements can help. That might be why mylanta works for many women. Comfortable, well fitting supportive shoes. Some leg stretching exercises might also help. Search around for more. Good luck!
A 46-year-old member asked:

Does vinegar help treat leg cramps?

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Dr. Bettina Herbert
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 20 years experience
Try these first: Most common cause for cramps is dehydration. Drink enough water during the day. Then add magnesium (mag-rich foods or supplements). Mag glycinate is least likely to cause loose stools. After that, add some calcium. Stretching immediately after exercise also helps.
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A 53-year-old member asked:

What causes leg cramps, and why does stretching help?

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Dr. Vic Kalman
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Cramps are common: A muscle cramp is a involuntary contraction of a musle, especailly common of the legs and feet. Most commonly caused by hyperexcitability of the nerves that stimulate the muscles. Can also be the result of an injury and vigorous activity. Dehydration and electrolyte, element imbalances can also be causative factors. Simple stretching lengthens the muscle and stops the contraction.

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