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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
A 44-year-old member asked:

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!
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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!

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