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How can I treat leg cramps in pregnancy?

How can I treat leg cramps in pregnancy?

Water and exercise : Leg cramps are common in pregnancy. Drink plenty of water to keep the muscle tissue hydrated. Exercise and stretch to keep muscles loose. Calcium supplementation daily. Potassium in fruits like bananas. A good massage may not prevent the cramps but it feels great. Put your partner to work. ...Read more

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When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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What causes leg cramps in pregnancy? Can I avoid it ?

What causes leg cramps in pregnancy? Can I avoid it ?

Electrolytes: Electrolytes are not a form of illumination, rather they are ions such as sodium, potassium, etc that circulate in your blood stream that if are not in correct balance can cause leg cramps in pregnancy. Make sure you are eating potassium rich foods like bananas. I hope I was able to shed some "lyte" on this problem. ...Read more

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All test are negative why am I still having pregnancy symptoms all except morning sickness and leg cramps, its been 2 1/2 weeks took test 24 and neg.

All test are negative why am I still having pregnancy symptoms all except morning sickness and leg cramps, its been 2 1/2 weeks took test 24 and neg.

Health Class: Your symptoms do not in any way represent pregnancy. You have tested 24 times? Perhaps you should take a few minutes to learn that true early pregnancy is ASYMPTOMATIC until the fetus is big enough to make HCG and have a placenta. That means 'early' signs are not pregnancy but something else, usually. Leg cramping, a sign of the last weeks of pregnancy is not early pregnancy. Ever. ...Read more

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I'm 8 month pregnant and am having bad upper leg cramps. Real bad when relaxing.Sometimes can't even walk. Why? (2nd pregnancy)

I'm 8 month pregnant and am having bad upper leg cramps. Real bad when relaxing.Sometimes can't even walk. Why? (2nd pregnancy)

Not enough calcium: Leg cramps can sometimes be due to not enough calcium, magnesium or potassium. Get 3-4 servings a day of milk or cheese or yogurt, and if you aren't getting that much take calcium supplements 500 mg once or twice a day. Oranges and bananas have potassium so eat them once a day. And check with your doctor! ...Read more

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2 week missed periods, and white discharge from the vagina, leg cramps, and fast heart beat. What could be the reason? Pregnancy?

Don’t guess.: Take a test.  they are the same tests used in a doctors office. They can detect a pregnancy 7-10 days after conception. The best time to take one is when you miss your period.  if you doubt the result you can repeat it in 1-2 days. If you were pregnant the hormone level would rise enough for detection. ...Read more

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How long does leg cramps associated with varicose veins last?

How long does leg cramps associated with varicose veins last?

Until VV fixed: Muscle cramping is often a common symptom of venous insufficiency, and when this is corrected, the cramping often lets up within days/weeks. See www.Phlebology.Org, and check out a phlebologist in your area who can help you sort out the cause. ...Read more

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How to treat leg cramps for toddler, which causes unable to walk? What is the cause of it? How long will it last?

How to treat leg cramps for toddler, which causes unable to walk? What is the cause of it? How long will it last?

Leg cramps: Any cause of leg cramps in a toddler needs to be investigated, especially to rule out infection , tumor(leukemia) or legg perthes disease. ...Read more

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I feel pain like cramps behind me right knee and around it, that knee and leg feel colder then other leg.cramps last even for a day and dont change wi?

I feel pain like cramps behind me right knee and around it, that knee and leg feel colder then other leg.cramps last even for a day and dont change wi?

Be seen : With that history, I would certainly be seen and evaluated for a aneurysm of the popliteal artery, which can cause the symptoms you are describing. There are numerous other possibilities as well, but it is concerning that you feel the blood flow is reduced on on leg compared to the other. That is not normal. ...Read more

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How long does it take after drinking a cup of Gatorade to help with leg cramps?

How long does it take after drinking a cup of Gatorade to help with leg cramps?

Gatorade is full of: sugar and artificial colors. You are better off using club soda. Even better is to see the doc and have your magnesium level check. Leg cramps are often associated w/low magnesium. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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My wife, 4 yr old son, and I in the middle of the night all woke last night with leg cramps. That's never happened. Coincidence? Are we ok?

My wife, 4 yr old son, and I in the middle of the night all woke last night with leg cramps. That's never happened. Coincidence? Are we ok?

Probably coincidence: If everyone feels OK in morning, without persistent pain, then likely coincidental. Only things I can think of that might give multiple people muscle cramps at same time are some infections (should cause persistent pain all over), and heat/exertional cramps if everyone had been on tough hike together, for example. Most likely you all are just predisposed to nocturnal cramps. ...Read more

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I take creatine and started having leg cramps so I stopped. Will water help with these cramps and how long should it take for them to go away?

I take creatine and started having leg cramps so I stopped. Will water help with these cramps and how long should it take for them to go away?

Stop the Creatine!: Taking creatine for muscles is popular but potentially dangerous. Creatine can cause permanent damage to your kidneys even if you stop the creatine. So, it's better to NOT take creatine in the first place. You have diabetes, which can affect the kidneys, so creatine is even more dangerous for you. Drinking lots of water is best way to replenish electrolytes before and after weight training. ...Read more

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I started lisinopril last month and have been having leg cramps almost every day. Is this a side effect?

I started lisinopril last month and have been having leg cramps almost every day. Is this a side effect?

Call pharmacy : Lisonopril is an ace inhibitor. Side effects vary and calling your pharmacist may help. Record when you take the medication then when the pain starts. Your pharmacist will be able to look up side effects and consult on these. If blood tests are required the pharmacist can communicate to md. ...Read more

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I had a robotic hysterectomy and sling surgery one week ago. Last two nights I have lower leg cramps keeping me from sleep?

I had a robotic hysterectomy and sling surgery one week ago. Last two nights I have lower leg cramps  keeping me  from sleep?

Leg cramps: Any swelling of your legs? Is it in both legs or just one. The main concern is having a blood clot in your leg called a dvt, which can break off and go to your lungs, called a pe. I would go see your doctor and maybe get an ultrasound of your legs. ...Read more

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How long should I wait between zanaflex (tizanidine) and flexeril? I have started taking zanaflex (tizanidine) during the day but it doesn't cut it for my leg cramps at night.

How long should I wait between zanaflex (tizanidine) and flexeril?  I have started taking zanaflex (tizanidine) during the day but it doesn't cut it for my leg cramps at night.

8 hours: You should wait 8 hours after taking a zanaflex (tizanidine) before you take a flexeril. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water and taking a multivitamin/multimineral. Dehydration and vitamin/mineral deficiencies can contribute to muscle cramping. Stretching daily also helps muscles not to cramp. ...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