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A 55-year-old female asked:

Why do i get leg cramps at night?

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Dr. Lauren Romeo
Wound care 19 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.
Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 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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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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