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A 55-year-old female asked:

Why do i get leg cramps at night?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Lauren Romeo
Wound Care 20 years experience
Many reasons..: You may be dehydrated or over exercising. You may have a vitamin or mineral deficiency. See your doctor and have an evaluation.
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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 45 years experience
Very common: The majority of leg cramps simply occur from muscle deconditioning and overstretch, mostly occurring at night, and respond to stretching "toes toward the nose". Rare causes: low calcium or magnesium, neuromyotonia, restless leg syndrome, some drugs, familial, multiple sclerosis, pregnancy, strenuous exercise and some very, very rare neuromuscular diseases.
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cussetta, AL
A 20-year-old female asked:

I have been having leg cramps at night. Why do you get these?

1 doctor answer5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Martin Tamler
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 34 years experience
Cramps: The cause of nocturnal leg cramps is often unknown, some causes: sitting for long periods of time, over-exertion of muscles, standing or working on concrete floors, sitting improperly, pregnancy, alcoholism, dehydration/electrolyte imbalances, parkinson’s, neuromuscular disorders, endocrine disorders (diabetes, hypothyroidism) and meds (diuretics, statins, beta agonists).
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Lake Oswego, OR
A member asked:

How do I stop leg cramps at night? Leg cramps at night

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Dr. Richard Zimon
Internal Medicine 60 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 41-year-old member asked:

What to do if I am getting woke up by leg cramps.?

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Dr. Arnold Beresh
Podiatry 42 years experience
Could be many things: Make sure you are not dehydrated, take a daily multivitamin, decrease or stop carbonated beverages. If no help see a doctor.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

What to do if I have been getting a lot of leg cramps what can I do about it?

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Dr. Ejiro Isiorho
Podiatry 9 years experience
Cramping: Making sure that you are getting enough electrolytes such as potassium from bananas in your diet for one, as well as water. If the cramping continues i would see your pcp.
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