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Can potassium help cure leg cramps from running?

Can potassium help cure leg cramps from running?

Sugar: Sugar usage can do this. I am a aware of a person that will get bad leg cramps at night if they have any sugar containing foods after 4:00 pm that day. ...Read more

Dr. Janice Alexander
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Hyperkalemia (Definition)

Hyperkalemia in an elevated potassium level in the blood. It can be mild to severe. The most common causes are kidney disease, Addison's disease, dehydration, and multiple drug therapies. It can occur in crush injuries and rhabdomyolysis (rapid breakdown of muscle) or hemolysis (breakdown of blood cells). Severe hyperkalemia can be fatal and cause the heart to stop beating or become very slow. It is usually treated by resin exchange agents (Kayexalate or others) or dialysis and fluids. Sometimes glucose, Insulin and sodium bicarbonate can be utilized as ...Read more


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I supplement with 100 mg potassium daily-- too much? When I eliminate it I get leg cramps.

I supplement with 100 mg potassium daily-- too much? When I eliminate it I get leg cramps.

Not too much: Potassium is usually dispensed as potassium chloride or potassium citrate. 100 mg usually refers to the weight of the salt. Physicians usually put patients on 10 to 20 meq of potassium as a supplement if needed. 10 meq of potassium = 1,080 mg of potassium citrate or 750 mg of potassium chloride. ...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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I get leg cramps really bad. I have done everything they say to take magnesium and potassium but not together. They wake me up hurting. Suggestion?

I get leg cramps really bad. I have done everything they say to take magnesium and potassium but not together. They wake me up hurting. Suggestion?

Leg cramps: It may be time to see a neurologist, pmnr doctor, or pain specialists. Things to consider would include nerve irritation and/or a back problem. Your physicians may consider an EMG or a lumbar MRI based on your symptoms and physical exam. Hope you can get to the bottom of it and feel better. ...Read more

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My son playes baseball, and he gets bad leg cramps (charlie horses). Is it ok for him to have potassium pills or should I give him some else?

My son playes baseball, and he gets bad leg cramps (charlie horses). Is it ok for him to have potassium pills or should I give him some else?

Probably Not: A healthy 9 year old who eats a regular diet should not have issues with low potassium unless there is some underlying problem. Low magnesium can also cause leg cramps. Instead of giving potassium pills i would suggest just a regular children's multivitamin. If the problem does not resolve with this i would have his pediatrician check a complete metabolic panel to look for any abnormalities. ...Read more

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Will taking potassium and magnesium supplements stop feet and leg cramps ?

Will taking potassium and magnesium  supplements stop feet and leg cramps ?

Possibly if the : Reason you had them were due to deficiencies. Be careful with taking too much of either.... ...Read more

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Potassium levels a little low. My potassium levels were a little low, most likely due to water pills i take ( triamterene ) dr put me on potassium 10 meq once a day, been on them for a month now and still feeling crummy and getting leg cramps and soreness

Yes, : Yes, it is possible that potassium levels can continue to drop even though you are taking potassium pills. Rechecking the potassium would be reasonable. Also you may need a magnesium supplement for your cramping so ask your doctor about that. There are foods that can increase your potassium (bananas, melon, etc), so after your potassium is rechecked and if it is still low that is something to consider. ...Read more

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What is a good mg amount of a potassium supplement to add daily if my potassium is low after hospital blood work? I'm getting severe leg cramps.

What is a good mg amount of a potassium supplement to add daily if my potassium is low after hospital blood work? I'm getting severe leg cramps.

Potassium: Potassium comes in 10 mEq tabs. The usual daily replacement dose is 20-40 mEq/day. Usually magnesium is also low and needs to be repleted, too. Talk to your doc about having it prescribed and also have your lytes, K, Mg,etc rechecked in couple of weeks. ...Read more

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Having trouble with foot and leg cramps bad at night, woke up this morning with stiff muscle aching. Not feeling well, sleepy potassium 3.5 thyriod ok?

Having trouble with foot and leg cramps bad at night, woke up this morning with stiff muscle aching. Not feeling well, sleepy potassium 3.5 thyriod ok?

Difficult problem: Your magnesium level should be checked. Trying over the counter magnesium is an option even if your level is normal, also although not well understood Benadryl (diphenhydramine) 25 mg (antihistamine) works great for night (nocturnal) leg cramps. Also if not contra indicated for you your md may also try Diltiazem a calcium channel blocker at night. ...Read more

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What can I do for nightime leg cramps when I have to be careful of my fluid and pottasium intake. I am also on torosimide and flurosimide.?

What can I do for nightime leg cramps when I have to be careful of my fluid and pottasium intake. I am also on torosimide and flurosimide.?

Check veins : Irritation of muscles due to overwork, swelling can result in cramping. Abnormalities in electrolytes like potassium, calcium can precipitate cramping, but venous insufficiency is a more common cause. Go to www.Phlebology.Org, and seek advice of a phlebologist in your area. For now try stretching exercises prior retiring in the evening. ...Read more

Dr. James Isobe
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Legs Cramping (Definition)

Leg pain can be due to a muscle cramp (also called a charley horse). Common causes of cramps include: * Dehydration or low amounts of potassium, sodium, calcium, or magnesium in the blood * Medications such as: o Diuretics, which can cause you to lose too much fluid or minerals o Statins, which lower cholesterol and can cause muscle injury * Muscle fatigue or strain from overuse, too much exercise, or holding a muscle in the same position ...Read more


Dr. Madhu Kandarpa
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Potassium (Definition)

Potassium is an essential electrolyte, important in the functioning of many organs including the heart, kidneys, muscles, nerves, and digestive system. Deficiency can be caused by diseases such as kidney failure, vomiting, and diarrhea, or by ...Read more