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Dr. James Isobe
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Legs Cramping (Overview)

Involuntary contraction of one or more muscle groups in the lower extremities. There are multiple potential etiologies m.


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What cause leg cramp?

What cause leg cramp?

Leg Cramps: Leg Cramps can be caused by many conditions with the most serious being blood clots. So, any cramping that does not go away, with or without leg swelling, should be immediately checked out. Yet most leg cramps are due to muscle fatigue, dehydration, or spinal disease with nerve hypersensitivity. And, there are even more minor causes like deficiencies of certain minerals, etc. Dr Rich Blake ...Read more

Dr. James Isobe
343 Doctors shared insights

Legs Cramping (Overview)

Involuntary contraction of one or more muscle groups in the lower extremities. There are multiple potential etiologies m.


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I f I am experiencing leg cramps does that mean I have poor circulation?

I f I am experiencing leg cramps does that mean I have poor circulation?

Not necessarily: Cramps, tightness or "charley horses" during walking or activity might be intermittent claudication. This is a symptom common with pad. Cramps at night or during periods of inactivity that improves with walking is unlikely pad or poor circulation. Discussion with your physician may help further determine what the issue is. ...Read more

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Managing Restless Leg Syndrome (Checklist)

See a vein specialist
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Check your cholesterol medications
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Have a venous ultrasound to check for reflux
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What's a good way to treat a charlie horse (leg cramp)?

What's a good way to treat a charlie horse (leg cramp)?

Water & stretches: Are you drinking your 2-3qts of water each day? Do you stretch before you walk your 15 min each day? If not, give it a try. If so, check in with your doc. ...Read more

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How can I treat leg cramps in pregnancy?

How can I treat leg cramps in pregnancy?

Water and exercise: Leg cramps are common in pregnancy. Drink plenty of water to keep the muscle tissue hydrated. Exercise and stretch to keep muscles loose. Calcium supplementation daily. Potassium in fruits like bananas. A good massage may not prevent the cramps but it feels great. Put your partner to work. ...Read more

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Leg pain I have leg cramps often, sometimes very painfull. One night I was up all night. About 4am I heard a pop and unberable pain for a few min. S the cramp didnot stop for 2 days.

Leg pain I have leg cramps often, sometimes very painfull. One night I was up all night. About 4am I heard a pop and unberable pain for a few min. S the cramp didnot stop for 2 days.

Leg: Leg cramps occur frequently and awaken many people. They are sometimes related to circulation problems, wearing high heeled shoes, spending a lot of time sitting and other activities that shorten the calf muscles. Doctors used to prescribe quinine for the cramps but fda no longer approves of this use. A paper in the new england journal of medicine about thirty years ago suggested leg stretches at bed-time. Stand up against the wall with one foot in front of the other and bend the front knee while keeping the back knee stiff. This stretches the gastrocnemius muscle in the back of the leg. I usually suggest calcium/magnesium tablets as well. If the cramps are in the front and back of the leg at the same time, I usually push hard on the cramped area to make the cramp stop. If you try to stretch one muscle out, the other uscle will cramp more. You may have popped some of the fibers with a severe cramp. The reason it lasted so long was that you may have had some bleeding into the muscle causing irritation. Depending on your age it also would be wise to see your doctor for blood work to check for inbalance of salts in your blood or abnormalities in calcium levels.
Good luck in resolving this really common and annoying problem. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for occasional lower leg cramp?

What is the best treatment for occasional lower leg cramp?

Make sure you: Are well hydrated. I find magnesium supplements to be helpful, particularly if dealing with a night cramp. Bananas for their potassium may be helpful as well. ...Read more

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I have a vitamin B12 deficiency with leg cramps and anterior shin splint. Will it get cured forever or not. Will I be able to jog henceforth?

I have a vitamin B12 deficiency with leg cramps and anterior shin splint. Will it get cured forever or not. Will I be able to jog henceforth?

Probably: Leg cramping is due to venous disease (venous incompetence), heavy exercise, prolonged standing/working on legs, low potassium, calcium, magnesium. Vit B12 def can cause neurological symptoms like numbness/tingling, but has no bearing on cramping. Shin splint is muscle strain of anterior/posterior tibialis muscle from overuse. After rest/rehab you may resume jogging. ...Read more

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What can I do to get rid of my leg cramps now?

What can I do to get rid of my leg cramps now?

STRETCH!!!: Stretch and hold with a towel or splint, water and time. If you have a companion get them to massage your legs where the cramp is. ...Read more

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Would a person taking statin drugs that gets leg cramps be helped by k tab potassium pills?

Would a person taking statin drugs that gets leg cramps be helped by k tab potassium pills?

No on 2 counts: Statins don't cause leg cramps and potassium doesn't cure them. Statins can cause generalized aching and reduction of dose is usually all that's required to correct that. Sometimes switching drugs is needed. Leg cramps are very common and generally related to overstretch and overuse. Stretching and warm-up exercises done daily helps most people. ...Read more

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How can I prevent my legs from cramping?

How can I prevent my legs from cramping?

Calcium, water: Taking calcium (and sometimes magnesium) before bed may help the charlie-horse type leg cramps that wakes pregnant women up screaming at night. Also, make sure that you drink enough water during the day to stay well hydrated.
Massaging and stretching the calf when you get the cramp may help it go away.
If you have pain, redness and swelling in one leg only, call your doctor right away. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me food which is rich in calcium and magnesium to avoid night leg cramping?

Can you please tell me food which is rich in calcium and magnesium to avoid night leg cramping?

TONIC for leg cramps: Try drinking a cup of tonic water in the evening. It has quinine in it which has been shown to help nocturnal leg cramps. ...Read more

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What are some causes and remedies for leg cramps in young toddlers? My daughter is almost three and she has complained of leg cramps for about a year and a half maybe. She usually gets the cramps at night and tells me that they are around her knees and u

What are some causes and remedies for leg cramps in young toddlers? My daughter is almost three and she has complained of leg cramps for about a year and a half maybe. She usually gets the cramps at night and tells me that they are around her knees and u

That: That is an unusual complaint for a child that age. I agree with her aunt that she should have blood work performed. It sounds like she is having adequate nutrition, so I would urge you to have her medically evaluated. ...Read more

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Any explanation for why I get leg cramps almost every night?

Any explanation for why I get leg cramps almost every night?

Leg cramp: Some causes of cramp:
low potassium, magnesium and calcium, dehydration, kidney and thyroid disease, peripheral vascular dx, muscle injury, over using of muscles, medications incluidng statin, Antidepressant, birth control pill, sitting or sleeping on a hard surface for long time, restless leg syndrome, please talk to your doctor for evaluation
ypu can try Tonic water with quinine 8 oz at night. ...Read more

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What causes leg cramps?

What causes leg cramps?

Leg cramps: Usually they happen at night. Most often it is a nerve compression in the Lumbar spine. Back pain may or may not be present. Certain sleep positions cause pinching of these nerves. I recommend sleeping on your stomach with 1-2 pillows under pelvis
Many Americans use walker and wheelchairs as they get older because this condition causes atrophy of the leg muscles and affects the ability to walk. ...Read more

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Can beer cure leg cramps?

Can beer cure leg cramps?

No: Beer is not a treatment for leg cramps. ...Read more

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Why're my legs cramping up?

Muscles irritated.: Tired/irritated muscles cramp up, and they get that way with strenuous exercise, prolonged standing, sitting, venous incompetence where the venous valves leak resulting in increased venous pressure in the leg veins. See a phlebologist by logging on www. Phlebology. Org and find one in your area. ...Read more

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What causes leg cramps in both legs?

Yes: Although most commonly affecting the lower legs, restless leg syndrome can also affect the lower back and arms. The symptoms tend to be worse at night and also with inactivity and are accompanied by an urge to move. Moving only temporarily alleviates the symptoms. ...Read more

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How can I treat leg cramps in pregnancy?

Water and exercise: Leg cramps are common in pregnancy. Drink plenty of water to keep the muscle tissue hydrated. Exercise and stretch to keep muscles loose. Calcium supplementation daily. Potassium in fruits like bananas. A good massage may not prevent the cramps but it feels great. Put your partner to work. ...Read more

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Leg cramps from sitting at my job all day.?

Leg cramps from sitting at my job all day.?

A "walkabout" is due: The australians have a great idea for what you need to do at your job during periodic breaks-"walkabout. Not only will your cramps go away, but you will improve "circulation" in more ways than one and prevent blood clots from "stalled blood' sitting motionless in your leg veins the primary cause for clotting and pulmonary embolism which can lead to death. ...Read more

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Why are my legs cramping up so bad at night?

Muscle irritation: Prolonged standing, excessive exercise, venous insufficiency, electrolyte abnormality (low potassium low calcium, low magnesium) contribute to leg cramping. Try visiting www. Phlebology. Org and see a phlebologist in your zip code area who can evaluate your legs and help you. ...Read more

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Can leg cramps be a sign of a heart condition?

Can leg cramps be a sign of a heart condition?

Possibly, but: It is more likely to be potassium deficiency or other things. But you are right to be cautious and for a man in middle age "better safe than sorry" sounds right to me. So, see a doctor for a good cardiovascular checkup - it could be pad (peripheral artery disease) and an early treatment plan could save your life. Be well. ...Read more

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Leg cramps and weakness from pravastatin 80 mg?

Leg cramps and weakness from pravastatin 80 mg?

It can: Statin is an excellent drug to reduce cholesterol but like any other drugs it has side effect on of them muscle and joint pain
you should stop the medicine immediately and discuss with your doctor other options to reduce your cholesterol and keep you well and healthy
good luck ...Read more

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Any advice on preventing leg cramps/charley horse?

Any advice on preventing leg cramps/charley horse?

Magnesium!: Leg cramps are usually due to a magnesium deficiency. I would suggest 400 mg of either magnesium aspartate, magnesium citrate, magnesium glycinate, magnesium maleate or magnesium taurate to relieve this problem. Do not waste your time with other forms of magnesium. These are available over the counter. If you take too much magnesium, you will get diarrhea. ...Read more

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What causes leg cramps in pregnancy? Can I avoid it?

What causes leg cramps in pregnancy? Can I avoid it?

Electrolytes: Electrolytes are not a form of illumination, rather they are ions such as sodium, potassium, etc that circulate in your blood stream that if are not in correct balance can cause leg cramps in pregnancy. Make sure you are eating potassium rich foods like bananas. I hope I was able to shed some "lyte" on this problem. ...Read more

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What can cause leg cramps in both legs in the evenings?

Yes: Although most commonly affecting the lower legs, restless leg syndrome can also affect the lower back and arms. The symptoms tend to be worse at night and also with inactivity and are accompanied by an urge to move. Moving only temporarily alleviates the symptoms. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Legs cramping?

What is the definition or description of: Legs cramping?

Spasm: Involuntary contraction of one or more muscle groups in the lower extremities. There are multiple potential etiologies m. ...Read more

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For what reasons might a multi vitamin cause leg cramps?

For what reasons might a multi vitamin cause leg cramps?

Electrolytes: There may be unrelated electrolytes imbalance. Please see a family dr. And have your blood levels checked. You may also be suffering from spinal nerve root irritation in the lower back spine giving rise to the leg cramps. The vitamins may just be a coincidence but if you are taking vitamins excessively b6 can give neuropathy. ...Read more