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I am having horrible arm and leg cramps and joint pain while taking latuda/trileptal, began during 4th week of treatment, why and will it go away?

I am having horrible arm and leg cramps and joint pain while taking latuda/trileptal, began during 4th week of treatment, why and will it go away?

Nerves: Trileptal is a nerve related to nerves (depression/mental health), the pain may be related to the medication. The side effects do include weakness and uncontrolled muscle movements/spasms, so I would return to the prescribing doctor and discuss the issues that are occurring. The symptoms may resolve, or the physician may choose to change your medication. ...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


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Im in my 3rd trimester & I have notice that when im sleeping on either side my arms go numb, & I have been having some leg cramps. Is it normal?

Im in my 3rd trimester & I have notice that when im sleeping on either side my arms go numb, & I have been having some leg cramps. Is it normal?

Staypuff marshmellow: At this stage in pregnancy you are carrying a heavy child, and an enormous amount of circulatory fluid and extra blood so when you sleep on your arm, it too "goes to sleep" from the pressure and temporary obstruction of circulation and nerve compression. Use pillows liberally and change positions often to avoid the problem. ...Read more

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Hi doc, I am an everyday meth smoker and have slowly worsening back of leg cramp and arm tingles/cramp. Also, temporary red raised skin around mouth?

Hi doc, I am an everyday meth smoker and have slowly worsening back of leg cramp and arm tingles/cramp. Also, temporary red raised skin around mouth?

What did you expect?: Please forgive me. These symptoms are all-too-familiar and are going to get much worse until you stop taking meth. The meth users that I've autopsied have tried to claw the flesh from their bodies. Please stop this. You're strong, your fellow meth-users are NOT real friends, and you can do this. ...Read more

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What's your opinion on causes leg cramps?

What's your opinion on causes leg cramps?

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

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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?

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