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Cramps In Hamstrings
No: No a hamstring injury is a tear or partial tear of the hamstring muscle / tendon w/ resultant bleeding and mild swelling (mild bruising may be seen on back of thigh or below knee).Cramping can occur secondary to the injury or can be related to metabolic reasons etc. See your physician. Best of luck! ...Read more
Stretch: Have a towel handy at bedside. When your foot or hamstring cramps, wrap the towel around your foot and pull upward on the ends. The cramps will "break" with the stretching. Hold the stretch for about 2 minutes and then gently relieve the stretch. Quinine can prevent night cramps and used to be rx'd as the drug "quinaam", but w serious side effects, it was taken off the market. Stretching best. ...Read more
My pinky to cramps up, sticking out for about 3-5 seconds several times a day. I injured my plc in 2008. I seem to have issues with my hamstring ever?
Varies: There can be a number of considerations, from local issues with the toe itself to more systemic issues like a subtle electrolyte abnormality. A good medical checkup would likely be a good place to start. ...Read more
Sciatica: Sciatica is a definite possibility. This usually is caused by pressure on the nerve commonly as it exits your lower spine from a disc bulge or herniation, or possibly from a bone spur. Stretching exercises, physical therapy, chiropractic care are all reasonable initial treatments. However, if the pain persists or is associated with more severe symptoms such as numbness, tingling, weakness, or bowel/bladder incontinence -- you need to seek medical attention from an orthopedic surgeon or neurosurgeon. ...Read more
PVD: Peripheral vascular insufficiency might be the cause although your age is alittle young. Under the increased demand of the muscle during exercise, the blood supply might not be enough to need the needs of the muscles. See your PCP first. ...Read more
Diagnosed with hamstring tear 4 days ago, now have lots of cramps and numbness in my calf and foot and they are very cold to touch. Is this normal?
Leg pressure...: You should call your doctor immediately and relay the information. You should be evaluated today, if not sooner. ...Read more
Both feet are tingly. Non diabetic. Sometimes have cramps in both calves and right hamstring. Has been about 3 weeks now?
Neuropathy: You could have peripheral neuropathy or dysfunction in the nerves carrying sensation. Reasons include diabetes, heavy alcohol consumption, back pain related to nerve root irritation, exposure to chemotherapy or idiopathic, meaning we do not know the cause. Sometimes the tingling will be transient and go away. Other times it will persist and needs to be evaluated by a podiatric physician or neur. ...Read more
I have pain in both legs on the calve and hamstrings I have also got a cramp pain on left side of my ribs what could this be?
Tight hamstrings: Must likely pain is due to tight hamstrings and calf muscle (achilles or gastrosoleus complex)some persons are genetically predispose for tight muscles. Recomendations are very good program of consistent and progressive streching that should be done as a routine on a daily basis and specially before and after running. ...Read more
I had surgery on my left knee 2 years ago from childhood torture when I bend on both knees my leg cramp its in my hamstring area how can this be fixed?
12.16 partial hamstring tear is it normal to still have a lot of pain My knee and thigh are killing me my calf starting to cramp Ortho Dr on vac to1.6?
Hamstring injury: Length of time one takes to recover depends on the severity of the injury, Rest, Ice, Partial weight bear with crutches. Consistent use of NSAIDs. For 3-4 weeks is the norm. MRI testing and physical therapy can also be useful, to assess severity of injury and assist with the healing process. (Pt for 6-8 weeks). It may take 6-12 weeks to return to return to full running and jumping. ...Read more
Leg cramps (usually calf), pulled groin, pulled quad, tight hamstrings all occurring recently. Function of my age & fact that I run a lot, or worse?
You could use some training advice but start out with a consultation with a Board Certified PHYSIATRIST (Muscle/Skeletal specialist!
Hope this helps
Dr Z ...Read more
May be tough to: Get a confirmed diagnosis. Cramping can be nonspecific, due to dehydration, deficiencies of calcium or potassium, associated with muscle or nerve disease, or even due to spasticity from brain or spinal cord. Not unique to see in a variety of metabolic disorders, vitamin deficiencies, and medication/drug reactions. So, have your primary doc perform a full evaluation and decide a course of action. ...Read more
Try moist heat: To relax tissues.Get a more detailed answer ›
No: I would have it checked out by your doctor if worsens, changes, or fails to improve. ...Read more
My b-i-law was n a mine explision in vietnam. His leg is severely damaged with bad cirulation. He has severe cramps. What can he do when they occur?
More info: I am sorry he is having these issues. My best recommendation is for him to go to a VA Hospital or a military hospital if he is able to be seen there and be evaluated properly. In the interim, he may use cool or warm compresses to areas involved and may try motrin if he is not allergic to it. Depending on his weight, the dose may vary. He should follow info on label. ...Read more
Leg Cramps: Leg Cramps can be caused by many conditions with the most serious being blood clots. So, any cramping that does not go away, with or without leg swelling, should be immediately checked out. Yet most leg cramps are due to muscle fatigue, dehydration, or spinal disease with nerve hypersensitivity. And, there are even more minor causes like deficiencies of certain minerals, etc. Dr Rich Blake ...Read more
Usually they happen at night. Most often it is a nerve compression in the Lumbar spine. Back pain may or may not be present. Certain sleep positions cause pinching of these nerves. I recommend sleeping on your stomach with 1-2 pillows under pelvis
Many Americans use walker and wheelchairs as they get older because this condition causes atrophy of the leg muscles and affects the ability to walk. ...Read more
Swelling in pelvis: When you menstruate, you have an egg rupture from one side of the pelvis or the other. This causes swelling in the lower abdomen in an area where the nerves pass thru onto the lower leg. This is a fairly common problem and can be treated, usually, with an anti-inflammatory agent. ...Read more
Not??: Cramps are a conundrum. Proposed causes are all neurologic including spinal stenosis, hyperventilation and GOK-God Only Knows. We do not know the causes. Eecent article suggested that confusing your nervous system by eating very picky food may help. Breathing in a paper bag may also help. Docs do not know everything.. . yet or ever. Oh yes, overuse can also be trigger so the heels might do it. ...Read more
Go see your doctor: Review your medications w/your doc after telling her/him what bothers you. Any diuretics (water pills)? These can upset your electrolye balance leading to cramps. We used to recommend quinine for leg cramps but it's not easily available, nor inexpensive these days. You could try drinking tonic water, perhaps. Stretching is always helpful. Make sure no swelling in affected leg. ...Read more