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Why do i get bad cramps at night time in my legs like something is trying to escape .i am a 50 year old male . please help .?

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Dr. Gary Birnbaum
Internal Medicine 44 years experience
Cramps: many causes: There are many causes for leg cramps. See your doctor to check for disorders of potassium, magnesium, or calcium. Get an evaluation for restless legs syndrome. See if the cramps are from one of your medications. Sometimes walking barefoot on hard floors may cause leg cramps. Although quinine may help in some cases, this agent may result in severe low platelets. See your doctor for this!
Dr. David Rosen
Phlebology 22 years experience
Another possibility: I agree with dr. Birnbaum, but would add another possibility: chronic venous insufficiency. Many docs & patients are unaware of the association between chronic superficial venous insufficiency (faulty valves leading to increased pooling/pressure in leg veins) and chronic leg cramps. A board-certified phlebologist (vein specialist) can evaluate such issues. Minimally-invasive procedures may help.
Dr. Ted King
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I agree with Dr. Rosen. One of the most common, and most commonly overlooked, causes of nocturnal leg cramps is venous insufficency and varicose veins. If you have varicose veins and day or night time leg cramps, see a phlebologist.
Mar 3, 2012

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