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Dr. Jeffrey Ogden
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Iron Supplements (Definition)

Effective treatment for anemia is generally taking an iron supplement by mouth. Iron pills are large and difficult for some women to swallow. If so, you can usually break them in half and have one half with breakfast and the other with lunch. Drink a lot of water and eat foods that are high in fiber as iron can be constipating. You doctor may also prescribe ...Read more


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What supplements would you recommend for osteoporosis and leg cramps?

What supplements would you recommend for osteoporosis and leg cramps?

Vitamin D, calcium: Osteoporosis and leg cramps are generally not related. While electrolytes such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium have been suggested to be deficient in people suffering from leg cramps, there has been little scientific evidence to show that supplementation is effective. Vitamin d and calcium supplementation are recommended for osteopenia and osteoporosis. ...Read more

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Which vitamin supplements should one take if you get leg cramps?

Which vitamin supplements should one take if you get leg cramps?

May not need vitamin: Before you start taking any supplement, make sure you have enough water in your body. Drink 2qts daily, everybody knows that already. Now, duplicate everything else you drink that isn't milk or fresh juice. If you drink a can of soda pop, drink 12 more ounces of water. Get your body cleaned out. Then if you still have leg cramps, see your doc. ...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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I frequently have leg cramps a few days before my period. Should I be worried since it happens often? Should I ask my doc. For supplements or increase specific foods in my diet before my period? Sometimes these cramps wake me from my sleep when it's painfu

I frequently have leg cramps a few days before my period. Should I be worried since it happens often? Should I ask my doc. For supplements or increase specific foods in my diet before my period? Sometimes these cramps wake me from my sleep when it's painfu

Leg cramps: Hello. Some of my patients drink a cup of tonic water or club soda before they go to bed because of the quinine sulfate in these fluids. It is rare to find quinine sulfate pills over the counter (OTC). Some of these sound strange but work for some patients. Home remedies: eating 1Tbsp of mustard, drink apple cider vinegar, applying horse liniment etc. OTC magnesium is good for cramps AND sleep. ...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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I have GERD and am on Nexium but keep getting this recurring burning sensation in the entire right side of my body (side of face, pinky toe and pinky in hand, thigh). I am iron deficient and am on iron supplements right now.

I have GERD and am on Nexium but keep getting this recurring burning sensation in the entire right side of my body (side of face, pinky toe and pinky in hand, thigh). I am iron deficient and am on iron supplements right now.

Neurologic: GERD or Nexium does not cause the type of symptoms you are describing. I am concerned as to why a young male (unless you have been a vegan for many years) would develop iron-deficiency anemia. Your best bet is to consult a neurologist. The fact that the entire half (including the face) is affected however does not make sense neurologically either. ...Read more

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Could zocor (simvastatin) cause night leg cramps?

Could zocor (simvastatin) cause night leg cramps?

Maybe: All statins including zocor (simvastatin) can cause muscle pains, usually proximal muscles such as thighs or arms, and usually bilaterally. If you have this, check your ck blood test with your primary care doctor to rule out a more serious complication and try to stop it to see if the symptoms disappear - they always do in case of statin associated muscle pain within 1-2 weeks of stopping the medication. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a full bladder cause leg cramps?

Please tell me, could a full bladder cause leg cramps?

Unheard of, specif -: Ically by me. Cannot think of any connection between the 2, except irritation of the nerves in the pelvis by the full bladder. If that happens, I am sure its very rare, as the full bladder will be relieved, much much before the cramps can occur. I have never heard of this, though.
Maybe a urologist could educate us. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me what causes a person to have leg cramps while running?

Can anyone tell me what causes a person to have leg cramps while running?

Muscle cramp: That could be 2/2 electrolyte imbalance, dehydration, overuse of muscle, injury to muscle, some medications like statin, depression med and birth control pills, low blood supply to the legs, please see your provider for evlauation. Stay hydrated while running. ...Read more

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Can leg cramps cause bruising?

Can leg cramps cause bruising?

Generally not: 'routine' muscle cramping is not linked to bruising. However if u stained a muscle (partially tore it) then the bruising and swelling which can occur is sometimes associated w/involuntary muscle cramping. Good luck! ...Read more

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What causes feet and leg cramps or charlie horses?

What causes feet and leg cramps or charlie horses?

Muscle cramps: May be brought on by many conditions or activities. Here is a few: dehydration, medications side effects and medical conditions (arterial disease, kidney disease and multiple sclerosis). See your doctor for investigation, tests and treatment if needed. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are the causes of leg cramps and blurred vision?

What are the causes of leg cramps and blurred vision?

Overuse: When one engages in vigorous exercise, you may have these symptoms, especially if you are overdoing it. If this is happening with regularity, seek out a trainer who will give you a more appropriate program. If these symptoms happen with mild exercise, please seek out the care of your doctor. ...Read more

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Can amlodipine besylate be the cause of my leg cramps?

Possibly: Amlodipine can deplete nutrients, like coq10 and magneisum, which can cause muscle cramps. Your profile indicates that you are already taking coq10 but it might not be in the form that is best absorbed. Consider changing to ubiquinol. Also consider checking your magnesium level and if low then replete. You should talk to your doctor about other possible causes of leg cramps such circulation issues. ...Read more

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Might foods high in salt content cause leg cramps while sleeping?

Might foods high in salt content cause leg cramps while sleeping?

No: Most of the time there is no clear cause for leg cramps during sleep. Foods high in salt are not good for you for many reasons, but they do not cause leg cramps. ...Read more

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What causes severe charley horses. I cannot stretch my legs because I get severe leg cramps.

What causes severe charley horses. I cannot stretch my legs because I get severe leg cramps.

Lots of things: Here you go - and this is not a complete list : poor fitting shoes, sciatica, neuropathy (many causes), lower back arthritis, certain medicines, exercising, and many others. Your physician can properly diagnose you. ...Read more

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What causes nighttime leg cramps that result in extremly painful temporary contractures called?

No definite answer: Night time leg cramps are very common especially in middle aged folks and more so in the elderly. There has been no cause documented. Mineral deficiency is debatable as there's no proven relief from use of magnesium that is advertised as anti-cramp remedy. Quinine had worked the best until it was pulled off the market a few years ago. ...Read more

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How to treat leg cramps for toddler, which causes unable to walk? What is the cause of it? How long will it last?

How to treat leg cramps for toddler, which causes unable to walk? What is the cause of it? How long will it last?

Leg cramps: Any cause of leg cramps in a toddler needs to be investigated, especially to rule out infection, tumor (leukemia) or legg perthes disease. ...Read more

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Having random leg cramps and shoulder cramps, tingling, pain. Other than magnesium and calcium what could cause? What should I get checked for?

Having random leg cramps and shoulder cramps, tingling, pain. Other than magnesium and calcium what could cause? What should I get checked for?

Neuropathy: This sounds like a small fiber sensory neuropathy, or a degenerative process of the sensory fibers, or the fiberst that are responsible for sensation. Causes included a viral etiology or an autoimmune disorder such as lupus. I would see a neurologist ...Read more

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Occasionally I get bad leg cramps in the upper back of my leg above the knee. After a 12hr day of labor in sun all day. What causes. Hurt I can't move?

Occasionally I get bad leg cramps in the upper back of my leg above the knee. After a 12hr day of labor in sun all day. What causes. Hurt I can't move?

Fatigue, dehydration: Muscle fatigue due to physical exertion, dehydration with loss of electrolytes contribute to leg cramping. Venous insufficiency with leg swelling aggravates the situation. Remedy with ice massages of aching muscles, adequate hydration with Gatorade or equivalent, stretching exercises. Using compression hose to cut down on leg swelling may help; see phlebologist @ www. Phlebology. Org ...Read more

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What causes leg cramps in some women during their menstruation?

What causes leg cramps in some women during their menstruation?

Prostaglandins: During a woman's period a chemical in the body rises. The rise in this group of chemicals (prostaglandins) causes the cramps ...Read more

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What causes leg cramps at night in men?

What causes leg cramps at night in men?

Many: Not limited to men! Usually fatigue. Could be due to medications taken. Diuretics exacerbate this by causiing low potassium, magnesium and perhaps low calcium. Poor hydration contributes to this. If one has poor circulation to the lower extremities (pvd), leg crams can occur. Sometimes we just don't know why they cramp. You may be helped by some meds. See your pcp and discuss. ...Read more

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What causes leg cramps, and why does stretching help?

Cramps are common: A muscle cramp is a involuntary contraction of a musle, especailly common of the legs and feet. Most commonly caused by hyperexcitability of the nerves that stimulate the muscles. Can also be the result of an injury and vigorous activity. Dehydration and electrolyte, element imbalances can also be causative factors. Simple stretching lengthens the muscle and stops the contraction. ...Read more

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What are the causes of leg cramps when I start to get out of bed?

Electrolyte imbalanc: Leg cramps can be cause by several things. However, the most common cause is electrolyte imbalance and or dehydration. Make sure you are hydrated and I would make sure you take a calcium supplement. If this does not help consider trying a magnesium supplement. If nothing else helps there is a product called 'crampy legs' which usually helps. ...Read more

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Can sotalol cause leg pains or leg cramps?

Can sotalol cause leg pains or leg cramps?

Yes: According to the drug literature pain can occur in 2-7% cases depending on dosage. I would not change any medication that your doctor prescribes before talking with them first. ...Read more

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What are the causes of leg cramps and how can you prevent/cure them?

Many causes: Common causes of cramping include rigorous exercise, side effects to certain prescription medications, and calcium, magnesium, potassium and vitamin d deficiency. ...Read more

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What causes leg cramps in the middle of the night, and what can I do to prevent them?

What causes leg cramps in the middle of the night, and what can I do to prevent them?

Many possibilities: Restless leg syndrome usually causes such symptoms in the evening and bedtime. Poor circulation has to be considered. Certain medications, low potassium levels, other conditions as well should be considered. Talk to your internist or sleep physician. ...Read more

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What can cause leg cramps during sleep?

What can cause leg cramps during sleep?

Vessels and nerves: If there is intermittent circulation going to a muscle, it is not going to be "fed" properly and the efficiency in the muscle function may be compromised. Twitching is plausible and can result in cramping. Talk to your PCP and a consult with a vascular specialist may be needed, especially if you have other medical history, like diabetes. ...Read more

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Can high protein drinks cause leg cramps?

See your doctor: Leg cramp warrant a medical evaluation as they can be caused from some serious conditions- your md will look for dvt, etc
the high load of protein usually causes stomach cramps or GI distress, however it is possible for the very high load of protein to cause some leg cramps as well. A sports nutritionist can help you to calculate the appropriate amount of supplements needed. ...Read more

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What causes leg cramps in both legs?

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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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?

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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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

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My leg cramps up and hurts to walk, more often now. Are there any meds that cause that as a side effect?

My leg cramps up and hurts to walk, more often now. Are there any meds that cause that as a side effect?

No: Walking, especially uphill and experiencing cramping/tightness in muscles of the calf or buttock area is called claudication, and when stopping for 5-10 min the symptom goes away. Walking again for will trigger cramping, and this is indicative of pad (peripheral arterial disease), poor circulation, and you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have fibro and UCTD but have leg cramps since I was 2yrs old. They happen in the cold. I have to wear sweats and sox or I pay. What causes this? Thx

I have fibro and UCTD but have leg cramps since I was 2yrs old. They happen in the cold. I have to wear sweats and sox or I pay. What causes this? Thx

Leg Cramps: Several things can cause- electrolyte (potassium) deficiencies, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus levels need to be checked. Certain vitamin deficiencies can cause it too. Trace minerals are also important. Lastly-- blood supply to affected part is important. Check with your doc ...Read more

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Had hip replcmt 5/28. Labs drawn to find cause of night leg cramps on 7/10 showed CK Total of 275. I am a 58 ys female. This is really high. Input pls?

Had hip replcmt 5/28. Labs drawn to find cause of night leg cramps on 7/10 showed CK Total of 275. I am a 58 ys female. This is really high. Input pls?

CPK: CPK is found mainly in the heart, brain, Liver, and skeletal muscle. Inflammation and injury to either of these Organs can increase CPK level. Your value is mild to moderately high, I recommend that you recheck it again and if it's elevated then your primary doctor should look for the cause. If this test was done right after the surgery it could be just due to surgical trauma. Good luck. ...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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What causes leg cramps and numb feet?

Various: 1. Vitamin deficiency
2. Diabetes
3. Poor circulation
4. Neuropathy
5. Chemical exposure

numb feet are never something to ignore, see you doctor asap. ...Read more

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What causes hands, feet and leg cramps?

What causes hands, feet and leg cramps?

Cramps: Can be caused by many things. The most common reasons tend to be if you are dehydrated, lack in calcium or potassium. Try increasing your fluid intake, take calcium supplements (or eat more dairy products if u can) and a banana a day. If u are very active and sweat a lot start drinking light Gatorade to see if it will help. ...Read more

Dr. Randy Baker
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Supplements (Definition)

A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...Read more


Dr. James Isobe
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Legs Cramping (Definition)

Involuntary contraction of one or more muscle groups in the lower extremities. There are ...Read more