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What can i do to alleviate nocturnal leg cramps?

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Dr. Jeoffry Gordon
Internal Medicine 54 years experience
Good stretching: First try stretching before you go to bed. Stand 2 feet from a wall. Plant your feet fully and flat on the floor. Lean on the wall for 120 seconds with your shoulders. This stretches out and relaxes the muscles on the back of your calves.
Dr. David Rosen
Phlebology 22 years experience
Another possibility: I agree with dr. Gordon, 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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