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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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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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How can I stop painfull leg cramps?

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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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 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?

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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