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How Can I Keep From Getting Cramps In My Legs
Stretch & quinine: Nocturnal leg cramps can occur for unknown reasons. Are you getting them at night? You should stretch before bed time and when you get them. The best therapy for them are quinine pills, but the fda removed them from the market - for reasons that are not completely clear. Taken at bedtime they are very effective in preventing noctunal leg cramps. Try drinking quinine water at bedtime. ...Read more
Very common: The majority of leg cramps simply occur from muscle deconditioning and overstretch, mostly occurring at night, and respond to stretching "toes toward the nose". Rare causes: low calcium or magnesium, neuromyotonia, restless leg syndrome, some drugs, familial, multiple sclerosis, pregnancy, strenuous exercise and some very, very rare neuromuscular diseases. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pain meds, including: A muscle relaxer, or massaging the calf, or standing on a cold floor. One or the other of these would work for you. See your pcp to get investigated as to why you are getting the cramps, as there are some causes that could be diagnosed, and then corrected. Good luck, happy holidays. ...Read more
Leg cramp: Some causes of cramp: low potassium, magnesium and calcium, dehydration, kidney and thyroid disease, peripheral vascular dx, muscle injury, over using of muscles, medications incluidng statin, Antidepressant, birth control pill, sitting or sleeping on a hard surface for long time, restless leg syndrome, please talk to your doctor for evaluation ypu can try Tonic water with quinine 8 oz at night. ...Read more
Cramps: The cause of nocturnal leg cramps is often unknown, some causes: sitting for long periods of time, over-exertion of muscles, standing or working on concrete floors, sitting improperly, pregnancy, alcoholism, dehydration/electrolyte imbalances, parkinson’s, neuromuscular disorders, endocrine disorders (diabetes, hypothyroidism) and meds (diuretics, statins, beta agonists). ...Read more
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
Leg cramps my dr. Has done nothing for them what can I do or what dr. Do I need to see get them at least 5 nights a week..
Several possbilities: Leg cramps can be caused by hormone problems, neuropathy, arterial problems, mineral deficiencies, structural problems like lumbar or pelvic dysfunctions & much more. Tests for many of these are simple physical, blood or ultrasound exams. Others are more complicated. A good osteopathic family practice dr. Could be helpful as he/she should understand all of the above. Neurologist may also be helpful ...Read more
Sometimes I get horrible pain from leg cramps that wake me up. What causes them and what can I do to help me relieve the pain?
Lots of things -: Out bodies need at least 2 quarts of water each day to do all the biochemical processes, then another quart or more to balance out the soda pop and sugary food we eat each day. If we don't drink enough water, the muscles of our body cramp because they need a good flush - so give it to 'em! Drink 2qts water daily then duplicate any non-juice beverage ounce per ounce with water. ...Read more
What causes leg cramps in the middle of the night? What can I do to get them to stop? How can I prevent them from re-occurring?
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