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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 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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When I sleep, sometimes I got a cramps on my leg, what might cause that?

When I sleep, sometimes I got a cramps on my leg, what might cause that?

Nocturnal Leg Cramps: Leg cramps at night can represent a variety of ailments from dehydration, flat feet. New exercise and anemia to restless leg syndrome. "sometimes" implies infrequent cramps. Try hydration throughout the day. Magnesium, apple cider vinegar and mustard are home remedies. Calcium and otc potassium may also work. So as you can see, the cause must be determined and the treatment rendered. ...Read more

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I get feet cramps at night when iam a sleep what cause this middle age male

I get feet cramps at night when iam a sleep what cause this middle age male

People: People often use the word "cramp" to mean any crampy pain, but to a doctor, a cramp is a painful contraction (squeezing) of a muscle that moves a joint. For example, a cramp in the calf will cause the foot to move down to a tiptoe position, while a cramp in the foot may cause the toes to move up, down, in, or out. It is important to know whether the cramps are true cramps or pain without true cramps.

Restless limb syndrome, for example, does not cause true cramps, although for some people the pain feels quite achy.

True nocturnal (night time) lower limb cramps are a fairly common, and usually benign (harmless) problem. Some cases are linked to medications, such as diuretics ("water pills" or "fluid pills") or statins (cholesterol lowering pills), but no one really has a good explanation for what causes nighttime leg cramps otherwise. We know that they can happen during the later stages of pregnancy, are more common in teenagers and old folks, and seem to run in some families.

Because we don't exactly know what causes nighttime leg cramps, there isn't a one-size-fits-all cure. A lot of experts agree that light exercise at night (most mention riding a stationary bike at low speed and low resistance) and stretching the low back and low limbs are effective. Avoiding dehydration may also help. Supplements such as vitamin d, magnesium, and coenzyme q10 may help some people. Quinine is probably effective, but fewer doctors are prescribing it because it has toxic effects. ...Read more

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Why am I having calves cramp or whatever it is? It doesn't let me sleep cause they hurt me.

Why am I having calves cramp or whatever it is? It doesn't let me sleep cause they hurt me.

Dehydration: Leg cramps can be caused by dehydration or exercise or some imbalance in potassium or magnesium. Stretching your calves before bedtime may help. Make sure you drink plenty of fluids throughout the day. ...Read more

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I had a full hysterectomy over a year ago I still have my ovaries but everything else is gone I have been having cramps that wake me out of my sleep, what could be causeing it and should I be conserned? I also have been bleeding a bit the past two weeks a

I had a full hysterectomy over a year ago I still have my ovaries but everything else is gone I have been having cramps that wake me out of my sleep, what could be causeing it and should I be conserned? I also have been bleeding a bit the past two weeks a

Somewhat: Concerning. If you are having some bleeding after a hysterectomy you should review this with your doctor (s). The cramping sounds severe too, particularly, if it's waking from sleep. Again another reason to be seen and evaluated by your doctor (s). ...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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Slight cramps in back when sleep/dull glut ache when standing walking, not much during running. Am stretching. Lost 10 lbs.? What is cause? Posture?

Slight cramps in back when sleep/dull glut ache when standing walking, not much during running. Am stretching. Lost 10 lbs.? What is cause? Posture?

Muscle damage...: Exercise, cholesterol medication, dehydration alcohol in different combination can cause muscle damage......halt exercise, hydrate yourself, stop cholesterol med if taking, get blood CPK and kidney function checked. Electrolytes, potassium, Magnesium, Calcium may be relevant. ...Read more

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What are cramps in back of your legs caused by usually while sleeping wake up painful When cramping what do you do?

What are cramps in back of your legs caused by usually while sleeping wake up painful When cramping what do you do?

RLS: RLS= Restless Legs Syndrome. You nee a sleep study PSG. This is a nocturnal sleep disorder that is classified under the seizure disorders. It is treated with neuroleptics. While you are waiting to be evaluated exams and have blood tested done., you can start magnesium 500mg at bedtime an iron 325mg. ...Read more

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What causes me to get extreme muscle cramps in my legs while I sleep?

What causes me to get extreme muscle cramps in my legs while I sleep?

Depends: It depends on what the cramps are like and how you make them go away. Vascular disease is a very common cause. ...Read more

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Feel nauseous today, stomach cramps and gas also. I only got one hour of sleep and usually get 10-12 hours. This the cause?

Feel nauseous today, stomach cramps and gas also. I only got one hour of sleep and usually get 10-12 hours. This the cause?

Yes: Sleep is very important and lack of sleep can definitely cause the issues you describe. Get back to sleeping your full night and this should resolve. ...Read more

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When I'm in bed I can't sleep cause I feel like I have constant cramp in my legs and feet, but there's nothing wrong with them, isit my mind?

When I'm in bed I can't sleep cause I feel like I have constant cramp in my legs and feet, but there's nothing wrong with them, isit my mind?

Cramps: If your diet is calcium-deficient, or you exercise heavily in the evenings, cramping can be real after falling asleep. At your age, claudication, or cramping due to cardiac illness is very unlikely. As a female, you are past the age of rapid linear growth, which can cause 'growing pains' ...Read more

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What would be the cause of stomach cramps and pain that would last 40 days and has occurred 3 times now in 10 years with clear bloodwork and ultra sound? And never hurts through the night when sleeping.

What would be the cause of stomach cramps and pain that would last 40 days and has occurred 3 times now in 10 years with clear bloodwork and ultra sound? And never hurts through the night when sleeping.

Hard to tell: Any association with change in bowl movement or association with certain type of food or hunger? May need full examination and may need endoscopic or stool analysis or and radiologic examination ...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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I'm experiencing very bad cramps after 2 dulcalx, how long do these cramps last I cannot lye down or sleep I'm in a lot of pain?

No guarantees but: Ginger can reduce nausea & upset stomach. You can drink slightly flattened ginger ale or nibble on crystallized ginger. Or pour boiling water over freshly sliced organic ginger & steep x 5 min in a covered pot. Sip. ...Read more

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I got cramps in my head and I got pills for like stress from my Dr don't know if they work I can't sleep at night I messing it to stop?

I got cramps in my head and I got pills for like stress from my Dr don't know if they work I can't sleep at night I messing it to stop?

See your Doctor: Talk to your doctor if the pills to help reduce feelings of stress aren't working. Living in constant stress can't be easy and we know it is very unhealthy. Headaches can be common. Get your doctors help. This is hard to fix but well worth the effort. The next step is to followup and review treatment. ...Read more

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How do you stop getting "charlie horse" cramps when you are sleeping?

How do you stop getting "charlie horse" cramps when you are sleeping?

Sleep-related cramps: If you are getting them nightly then first and foremost you should speak to your pcp regarding checking your electrolytes as imbalances in your potassium, calcium, and/or magnesium levels can cause muscle cramps. If this is not the case then you could try taking a glass of tonic water (without gin or vodka preferably) at bedtime as the small amount of quinine in tonic water helps to prevent cramps. ...Read more

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Has anyone else experienced menstrual cramps when lying down to sleep?

Has anyone else experienced menstrual cramps when lying down to sleep?

Common issue: Women prone to menstrual cramping may experience them at any time of day, including when laying down to sleep. Over the counter medicines like Aleve (naproxen) may help -- discuss with your physician. ...Read more

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Is it possible to experienced menstrual cramps when lying down to sleep which subside upon sitting up?

Is it possible to experienced menstrual cramps when lying down to sleep which subside upon sitting up?

Yes: Cramps can be unpredictable. Unfortunately they can sometimes be affected by changes in body position, actuvity level, food, temperature, fatigue/stress, weather, etc. Those symptoms do not make me think of anything particularly dangerous. ...Read more

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I have cramps in both thighs during sleep occasionally. What could be the reason and how should I deal with it?

I have cramps in both thighs during sleep occasionally. What could be the reason and how should I deal with it?

Common: "Charley horses" are somewhat common and seem to happen at night primarily. Causes can be dehydration, low potassium, low calcium, muscle overuse or just because. I suggest to my patients a nighttime snack of tonic water and a banana. You should also see your doctor to have your blood work checked. Sometimes, if the cramps are severe and frequent, muscle relaxers help. ...Read more

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Why do my hands cramp when I sleep?

Why do my hands cramp when I sleep?

Sleep position: This can be caused by your sleep position pinching a nerve. Try to change how you position you hand and arms. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I have sharp stabbing menstrual cramps that are keeping me from sleeping?

I have sharp stabbing menstrual cramps that are keeping me from sleeping?

See GYN: If its causing significant pain, see your GYN who can help you with medications to regulate your periods and hopefully make them less painful
Best wishes
Dr M ...Read more

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Why do my hands cramp in the night while sleeping?

Why do my hands cramp in the night while sleeping?

Postural: This may be related to the postion that you sleep in. Or it could be a pinched nerve.
Do you have any other symptoms or mucles pains? You doctor or a chiropractor can help determine what is going on. ...Read more

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Sometimes when I sleep my left calf cramps and it stays like that for hours, what's wrong? I'm 25, 177 lbs, 5'7", weight lifter.

Sometimes when I sleep my left calf cramps and it stays like that for hours, what's wrong? I'm 25, 177 lbs, 5'7", weight lifter.

Charley horse is: The colloquial name for this phenomenon with a wide range of causes. The spasm can be immediately relieved by stretching the muscle, place your foot flat on the floor and bend the other knee. Causes include overexercise, not enough fluids, low calcium, magnesium and other electrolytes, medical problems, pregnancy and unusual positioning. ...Read more

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I feel like I don't sleep "straight" enough for lack of a better term. Could this be leading to constant tension and cramps in my back Dr?

I feel like I don't sleep "straight" enough for lack of a better term. Could this be leading to constant tension and cramps in my back Dr?

Unlikely, moreLikely: Internal emotional issues (fear, anger) are driving the tension & cramps. Study: Dr. John E. Sarno's & Robin McKenzie's work on Google & Amazon for better understanding & likely improvements. Clonazepam & Zoloft (sertraline) may partially treat symptoms but do not solve human life problems. Look for better help worthy of your trust to confront/solve internal historical issues driving problems. ...Read more