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How do I stop my leg muscle spasms? Take potassium? Take magnesium? What else?

How do I stop my leg muscle spasms?  Take potassium? Take magnesium? What else?

?Restless leg syndro: This could be a sign of restless leg syndrome but it first requires evaluation to help determine the cause which could be due to electrolytes, hormones, nerve (central or peripheral), or other disease processes. ...Read more

Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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What can cause severe leg muscle contractions? My potassium level is normal and i take magnesium every day, so I am exploring other explanations.

What can cause severe leg muscle contractions? My potassium level is normal and i take magnesium every day, so I am exploring other explanations.

See your : Doctor about your concerns they may refer you for vascular testing. You are rather young for this but it does happen. Better safe then sorry. ...Read more

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Muscle spasms legs, feet and side back come and go, mild but noticeable. Had for 1 month. Is it MS, ALS will I get paralysed ?

Muscle spasms legs, feet and side back come and go, mild but noticeable. Had for 1 month. Is it MS, ALS will I get paralysed ?

No: Someone has been reading too many medical horror stories. It is mega highly unlikely that spasms in an otherwise healthy 20 year old represent anything but overuse or electrolyte disturbance. The diseases you mention generally do not begin like that. See your family doc for an evaluation and reassurance of the correct diagnosis, so you can get this problem resolved. ...Read more

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Could I have multiple sclerosis even if my MRI was normal? I have a lot of the symptoms (muscle spasm, weakness, tingling down my back and legs), but my MRI didn’t show anything. Can an MRI miss ms?

Could I have multiple sclerosis even if my MRI was normal? I have a lot of the symptoms (muscle spasm, weakness, tingling down my back and legs), but my MRI didn’t show anything. Can an MRI miss ms?

Typically not: Mri is the most sensitive test available to aid in the diagnosis of ms. While there are rare cases of MRI negative ms, the vast, vast, vast majority of patients with ms have MRI abnormalities. Having said that, given your symptoms it would be important to know if the cervical and thoracic spinal cord were imaged. If brain and spinal cord imaging negative then not likely to be ms. ...Read more

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Numb/tingling in hands, legs, and feet on both sides. Muscle spasms in legs, back and arms. Loss of balance, dizzy, stiff. Is it Neuropathy or ms?

Numb/tingling in hands, legs, and feet on both sides. Muscle spasms in legs, back and arms. Loss of balance, dizzy, stiff. Is it Neuropathy or ms?

Bad choices: You probably don't need or want to pick A or B. Both require a doctor's DX and TX and it might be another thing altogether. A common cause of neuropathy is a diabetic condition w/ other signs too - are you a diabetic? Get into care if 'yes'! MS usually starts a bit later in age. Have an exam to find an answer. Best! ...Read more

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I get leg cramps really bad. I have done everything they say to take magnesium and potassium but not together. They wake me up hurting. Suggestion?

I get leg cramps really bad. I have done everything they say to take magnesium and potassium but not together. They wake me up hurting. Suggestion?

Leg cramps: It may be time to see a neurologist, pmnr doctor, or pain specialists. Things to consider would include nerve irritation and/or a back problem. Your physicians may consider an EMG or a lumbar MRI based on your symptoms and physical exam. Hope you can get to the bottom of it and feel better. ...Read more

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If you take magnesium oxide to help with leg cramps, does it make your muscles weak?

If you take magnesium oxide to help with leg cramps, does it make your muscles weak?

Should not: Mgo is used for relief of indigestion, heartburn as an antacid; short term laxative; and supplement. Side effects may be nausea, abdominal cramping, and long term use may cause bowel obstruction. It should not result in muscle weakness. ...Read more

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Is it beneficial to take Magnesium supplement while on Prozac (fluoxetine)? I heard it helps with muscle spasms attributed to Prozac (fluoxetine).

Is it beneficial to take Magnesium supplement while on Prozac (fluoxetine)? I heard it helps with muscle spasms attributed to Prozac (fluoxetine).

Magnesium cathartic : Most magnesium supplements only affect the bowels, not the muscles or the brain. If your supplement works, good. But if not, the dose of Prozac (fluoxetine) may be too high. If not, muscle spasms may be relieved with gentle self massage, perhaps with olive or sesame oil morning and evening for a few minutes. Talk with your doctor soon. ...Read more

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Dr. Madhu Kandarpa
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Potassium (Definition)

Potassium is an essential electrolyte, important in the functioning of many organs including the heart, kidneys, muscles, nerves, and digestive system. Deficiency can be caused by diseases such as kidney failure, vomiting, and diarrhea, or by ...Read more


Dr. Laurence Badgley
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Muscle Spasm (Definition)

Muscle spasm is a symptom in which a person's muscle or muscles tighten up and stay contracted for longer than they should. Some causes of muscle spasms are nerve problems, muscle problems, injuries, infections, ...Read more