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How do I help stop leg cramps.?

How do I help stop leg cramps.?

Review meds, exercis: It depends on what is causing them. Lots of reasons exist for leg cramps, including medications, electrolyte problems, vascular problems, etc. If it is from a cholesterol drug called statins, then sometimes stopping or changing the medicine can help. Other times, over the counter medicines help, like naproxyn or ibuprofen. Coq-10 is a supplement that can help. Exercise may help too! ...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


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How can I stop painfull leg cramps?

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How can I stop painfull leg cramps?

Fluids/diet: When are they occurring? During exercise, after exercise, daily activities, at night when sleeping? Cramping can have many causes but some basic things you can do to try to relieve them are staying well hydrated and watching nutrition. Bananas are great for the potassium and so you might want to try eating these. ...Read more

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How can I stop leg and feet cramps.?

How can I stop leg and feet cramps.?

Find: The cause. Go to your dr. They can evaluate this and come up with a plan. ...Read more

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How do I alleviate stomach cramps?

How do I alleviate stomach cramps?

Depends on cause: This is difficult to answer because stomach cramps can represent pain from any internal abdominal organ, not just the stomach. If you have fever, tenderness to the touch, vomiting, or severe constipation call a doctor. Otherwise, low tech remedies include light exercise, heat, massage, stretching, and breathing. Otc aspirin+caffeine if menses related, otherwise simethicone, peptobismol or laxative. ...Read more

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How do you stop night cramps?

How do you stop night cramps?

1) diagnose 2) treat: Need to find cause of night cramps before discussing treatment options. You didn't mention taking any diuretics or other medications. Perhaps your salts & minerals are out of balance. If so, supplemental potassium or magnesium (whichever is necessary) might help. Try stretching calves before bedtime. Speaking of which, you didn't even mention which muscles are cramping up. Any change in activity? ...Read more

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Im pregnant. What can I do to help my back stop hurting?

Im pregnant. What can I do to help my back stop hurting?

Tylenol/hot baths: Tylenol, (acetaminophen) at a dose of 1gm every 6-8 hours, and hot baths, as hot as you can stand it and for 15-30 minutes are the best things for lower back pains in pregnancy. ...Read more

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How do I ease cramps?

How do I ease cramps?

Cramps: Please resubmit your question with more info. Do you refer to menstrual cramps? Or to muscle cramps like a "charlie horse"? ...Read more

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What can I do for leg cramps?

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What can I do for leg cramps?

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

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What can I do for leg cramps?

What can I do for leg cramps?

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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What can I do to help ease period cramps?

What can I do to help ease period cramps?

Options: Nsaid’s, ssri’s, hormone meds, otc meds containing diuretics, warm bath, heating pad, exercise & acupuncture are excellent for dysmenorrhea. Avoid caffeine, chocolate, alcohol & salt. Get gyn eval to r/o underlying pathology. Consider omega- 3 fatty acids, magnesium (supplementation or through diet) or black cohosh with dr ok. Sipping chamomile & green tea can dissipate pain. ...Read more

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How do I relieve bad menstrual cramps?.

How do I relieve bad menstrual cramps?.

NSAIDs: Over the counter medicines called nsaids, like Ibuprofen (brand name - Motrin or advil) or naprosyn (brand name aleve) are very effective. If cramps are still interfering with your daily activities, you may want to consider birth control pills or a Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud. If you are still not getting relief, then you should have an us to make sure you don't have fibroids, endometriosis, or adenomyosis. ...Read more

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How do i stop cramps ?

How do i stop cramps
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NSAID: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) usually treat cramps very well. These include ibuprofen (Advil) and naproxen (Aleve), both in prescription strength and over-the-counter. Prescription strength NSAID are often required for severe cramps eg. Ibuprofen 600-800 mg up to 3x/day, or Naproxen 500 mg up to 3x/day. Taking one of theses medications 2 days prior to menses can be very helpful. ...Read more

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I get period like cramps while exercising. How do I prevent this?

I get period like cramps while exercising. How do I prevent this?

Pelvic cramps: This may be referred pain coming from low back. Also known as radiculopthy. Low back pain may be absent. I recommend an orthopedist specializing in spine isuues. Good luck ...Read more

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How do I get my leg muscles to stop hurting during excersising?

How do I get my leg muscles to stop hurting during excersising?

Exercise discomfort: It is difficult to judge the source of your pain without knowing more details. I will say this: I am a runner, and have daily leg discomfort with my runs. The benefits of exercise far outweigh the discomforts, assuming you do not have a stress fracture or other injury that needs to be treated. Like they say, "pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.". ...Read more

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How do i relieve stomach cramps?

How do i relieve stomach cramps?

Need more info: "Stomach" cramps may be from strong muscular contractions of stomach, intestine, gall bladder, ureter or uterus. The location and cause of the cramps needs to be determined to address the proper treatment. It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to see your doctor.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex.
Get HPV vaccine ...Read more

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I have been getting leg cramps, can you tell me how to stop them?

I have been getting leg cramps, can you tell me how to stop them?

Ideas?: Calcium or potassium deficiences can do this - so foods high in them or supplements can help. That might be why mylanta works for many women. Comfortable, well fitting supportive shoes. Some leg stretching exercises might also help. Search around for more. Good luck! ...Read more

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What should I do to help my awful period cramps?

Dysmenorrhea: Try: omega- 3 fatty acids or magnesium (supplementation or through diet) with your doctor’s approval. Nsaid'scan help with pain. Discuss use of a traditional herbal like black cohosh with your doctor. Chamomile tea can be soothing. Sipping green tea can also dissipate pain. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, extra salt. A warm heating pad is beneficial. Acupuncture is excellent for dysmenorrhea. ...Read more

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How do I help stop leg cramps.?

Review meds, exercis: It depends on what is causing them. Lots of reasons exist for leg cramps, including medications, electrolyte problems, vascular problems, etc. If it is from a cholesterol drug called statins, then sometimes stopping or changing the medicine can help. Other times, over the counter medicines help, like naproxyn or ibuprofen. Coq-10 is a supplement that can help. Exercise may help too! ...Read more

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How can I stop painfull leg cramps?

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Fluids/diet: When are they occurring? During exercise, after exercise, daily activities, at night when sleeping? Cramping can have many causes but some basic things you can do to try to relieve them are staying well hydrated and watching nutrition. Bananas are great for the potassium and so you might want to try eating these. ...Read more

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I have been getting leg cramps, can you tell me how to stop them?

Ideas?: Calcium or potassium deficiences can do this - so foods high in them or supplements can help. That might be why mylanta works for many women. Comfortable, well fitting supportive shoes. Some leg stretching exercises might also help. Search around for more. Good luck! ...Read more

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What to do if i get horrible leg cramps in one leg at night how can I stop it?

What to do if i get horrible leg cramps in one leg at night how can I stop it?

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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Leg pain I have leg cramps often , sometimes very painfull. One night i was up all night . About 4am i heard a pop and unberable pain for a few min.S the cramp didnot stop for 2 days.

Leg pain I have leg cramps often , sometimes very painfull. One night i was up all night . About 4am i heard a pop and unberable pain for a few min.S the cramp didnot stop for 2 days.

Leg : Leg cramps occur frequently and awaken many people. They are sometimes related to circulation problems, wearing high heeled shoes, spending a lot of time sitting and other activities that shorten the calf muscles. Doctors used to prescribe quinine for the cramps but fda no longer approves of this use. A paper in the new england journal of medicine about thirty years ago suggested leg stretches at bed-time. Stand up against the wall with one foot in front of the other and bend the front knee while keeping the back knee stiff. This stretches the gastrocnemius muscle in the back of the leg. I usually suggest calcium/magnesium tablets as well.If the cramps are in the front and back of the leg at the same time, i usually push hard on the cramped area to make the cramp stop. If you try to stretch one muscle out, the other uscle will cramp more. You may have popped some of the fibers with a severe cramp. The reason it lasted so long was that you may have had some bleeding into the muscle causing irritation. Depending on your age it also would be wise to see your doctor for blood work to check for inbalance of salts in your blood or abnormalities in calcium levels. Good luck in resolving this really common and annoying problem. ...Read more

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How to prevent or stop these sudden painful leg cramps?

How to prevent or stop these sudden painful leg cramps?

Fluids.: Make sure that you have a full amount of water in your system. You can also drink gatorade, for electrolyte replacement, and, stretch the affected muscles. Hopefully, that will do the trick for you. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Hydration: Night cramps in the legs are usually caused from an electrolyte imbalance. Some things to consider are getting proper hydration and electrolyte balance established. And also make sure you are doing enough stretching. ...Read more

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When I take a diuretic I get really bad leg cramps. Should I stop or switch?

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When I take a diuretic I get really bad leg cramps. Should I stop or switch?

Talk to your doctor: Diuretics can certainly cause leg cramps. If they are that bad, it would be reasonable to stop taking it. But before you do that, you should really discuss it with the prescribing doctor. If the diuretic is for high bp, you want to make sure your BP is being controlled. You would likely require another medication for BP when stopping your diuretic. ...Read more

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2 years ago i got severely overheated at work with major leg cramps, now i get cramps in my left leg all the time, why is this, how can I stop rhis?

2 years ago i got severely overheated at work with major leg cramps, now i get cramps in my left leg all the time, why is this, how can I stop rhis?

First off : You may want to have your circulation checked. It could also be a neurological issue or a vitamin deficiency. I would also look at any education you are taking....And make sure electrolytes are where they should be. ...Read more

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Safe to use a lavendar epsom salt bath while on lisinopril. I've been taking it for 5 days and have bad back and leg cramps. Dr sd stop taking the rx?

Safe to use a lavendar epsom salt bath while on lisinopril. I've been taking it for 5 days and have bad back and leg cramps. Dr sd stop taking the rx?

Epsom salt: Unless you're drinking the epsom salt, i simply don't see how a bath (ie, topical) epsom salt could possibly interact with Lisinopril which is in your blood stream. A nice, warm/hot bath should be a very good treatment for cramps and muscular pain and is a time honored rx (as in ancient greeks - used by hipprocates himself!). ...Read more

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Why does symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) or prednisone cause leg cramps at night? What nutrient do I need to prevent them? I have to be able to make them stop! so painful!

Symbicort (budesonide and formoterol): This is one of the listed side effects of symbicort (budesonide and formoterol). See your prescribing physician for any and all questions regarding your medications. ...Read more

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Will taking potassium and magnesium supplements stop feet and leg cramps ?

Will taking potassium and magnesium  supplements stop feet and leg cramps ?

Possibly if the : Reason you had them were due to deficiencies. Be careful with taking too much of either.... ...Read more

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What causes leg cramps?

What causes leg cramps?

Leg cramps: 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

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What can I do for leg cramps?

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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

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What can I do for leg cramps?

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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Why do I get leg cramps at night?

Why do I get leg cramps at night?

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 more

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