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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

Hypocalcemia (Definition)

Hypocalcemia refers to low measured levels of calcium in the blood. Symptoms of hypocalcemia may include numbness/tinglng of he hands and mouth or cramping. In severe cases, one's ability to think may be impaired. Hypocalcemia may be due to poor diet, vit d deficiency, disorders of the parathryoid ...Read more


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Can I try 3-4 TUMS (calcium carbonate) for severe leg cramps while on Prednisone? I do take multivitamin & a Magnesium, Zinc, Calcium supplement. Have OA. Any harm?

Can I try 3-4 TUMS (calcium carbonate) for severe leg cramps while on Prednisone? I do take multivitamin & a Magnesium, Zinc, Calcium supplement. Have OA. Any harm?

Possibly: TUMs (calcium carbonate) may affect the absorption of other medications. Also if they have calcium in them you do not want to go above 1, 500 mg of calcium a day because of the risk of kidney stones. Also you said you have OA and we typically do not use Prednisone for that condition. Please make certain of your diagnosis ...Read more

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Can calcium deficiency cause multiple broken arms? 50 # total but osteoporosis only in left leg not arms. Low calcium levels med-high impact falls

Can calcium deficiency cause multiple broken arms? 50 # total but osteoporosis only in left leg not arms. Low calcium levels med-high impact falls

Most likely not: Hypocalcemia needs confirmation by measurement of the serum ionized calcium level. When the diagnosis is confirmed by the finding of a serum calcium level lower than 8.2 mg/dl or an ionized calcium level lower than 4.4 mg/dl attention should turn toward seeking the cause. When we find the cause the treatment will directed to that.
Heck with endocrinologists.
Good luck. ...Read more

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My child, age 7 keeps complaining of pain in his legs sometimes usually near his knee cap. What to do? Does it relate to low calcium level?

My child, age 7 keeps complaining of pain in his legs sometimes usually near his knee cap. What to do? Does it relate to low calcium level?

Kneecap pain: This is not a calcium deficiency but very common in early elementary age. As the long bones stretch and grow bone/cartilage, it can cause slight discomfort, and if pain is there, can safely give tylenol or Advil. If swelling, fever, limp occurs, being to reg MD. Welcome
to health tap, Dr. Ivy Fisher ...Read more

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Have anemia, and low calcium. Consistently experience excruciating bone pain in legs and ribcage. Have had clear lung scans and spine mris.

Have anemia, and low calcium. Consistently experience excruciating bone pain in legs and ribcage. Have had clear lung scans and spine mris.

You need a workup: Hi. Low calcium is not normal. Bone pain isn't either in absence of a fracture. What is your PTH? Your 25-hydroxyvitamin D? Your alkaline phosphatase? Your 24-hour urine calcium? You need a good work up! Go see my ol' buddy, Dr. Gyan Brard, an endocrinologist in Mesa, or any other good endocrinologist. Good luck! ...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?

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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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?

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 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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What causes muscles spasms & leg cramps?

What causes muscles spasms & leg cramps?

Irritated muscles: Venous disease, dehydration, low levels of potassium, calcium, magnesium, tired muscles from heavy exercise, or prolonged standing and working on legs. ...Read more

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What causes leg cramps while your asleep?

What causes leg cramps while your asleep?

Don't forget veins: As dr. Isobe rightly said, there are many things that can cause leg cramps. However, venous insufficiency is a more common cause of leg cramps that calcium, magnesium, iron, and potassium defiencies combined. ...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 while I am sleeping?

Restless leg syndrom: Are you describing uncomfortable need to move around, maybe pins & needles or bugs crawling, that's relieved once you get out of bed? Or true muscle cramp, presumably in calf? Former might be restless leg syndrome while latter might be due to electrolyte imbalance. Talk to your family doctor in more detail. S/he can order some simple blood tests & offer some options. Not sure what's in singapore. ...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 metformin 1500mg daily cause leg cramps in the early morning?

Can metformin 1500mg daily cause leg cramps in the early morning?

1500: Firstly, metformin comes in tablets of 500 or 1000 mg and should be taken twice a day.
Your "dose" of 1500 doesn't sound right.
What are your blood sugar levels and how often are they measured?
If the levels are always OK then cut down to metformin 500 mg twice a day.
If your blood sugars are not normal please see your Endocrinologist. ...Read more

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What causes severe leg cramps in a dialysis patient. Especially at night or during dialysis.?

What causes severe leg cramps in a dialysis patient. Especially at night or during dialysis.?

Fluid shifts: Most attribute leg muscle cramps during or after dialysis to the shifting of fluid out of the muscle cells as excess fluid is removed during dialysis and the body re-equillabrates. ...Read more

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After 5 yrs of tamoxifen I was switched to arimadex by hcp am noticing "severe" leg cramps at night what can be the cause the exercise I'm doing?

After 5 yrs of tamoxifen I was switched to arimadex by hcp am noticing "severe" leg cramps at night what can be the cause the exercise I'm doing?

Maybe Arimidex (anastrozole): Arimidex (anastrozole) lowers your body estrogen to virtually zero. In studies, 15% of patients had joint pain and 7% had bone pain. Many of my patients develop pain in their joints or back, and some in their legs. So it could be the arimidex, (anastrozole) or it could be the exercise. Ask your doctor if a trial off the drug for a few weeks would be worth trying. That way you can know for sure! ...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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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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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 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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Leg cramps possible cause?

Overuse in activitie: Overuse, dehydration, lower back problems, edema-swelling of legs. ...Read more

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What conditions could cause major leg cramps?

Several things: Tired muscles from heavy exercise, prolonged standing/working on them. Abnormalities in potassium, calcium, magnesium, dehydration, venous disease (venous insufficiency), poor arterial circulation can result in rest pain which some describe as cramping. ...Read more

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What causes leg cramps and how can you cure them?

What causes leg cramps and how can you cure them?

When does it occur?: If while walking, could be a problem with circulation or a arterial blockage. May also be from dehydration. If at night in bed, may be attributed to low potassium and/or magnesium. See your physician for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Legs Cramping (Definition)

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