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Doctor insights on: Hypothyroidism And Daytime Leg Cramps

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What causes leg cramps? They're brief but they hurt. No twitching, happens at research. I do have sciatica and hypothyroid. Is it related to either?

What causes leg cramps? They're brief but they hurt. No twitching, happens at research. I do have sciatica and hypothyroid. Is it related to either?

Yes: Could be either. Could also be muscle tightness and electrolyte imbalances as well. Suggest seeing your doctor to determine which it is. ...Read more

Dr. Su Fairchild
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Hypothyroidism (Definition)

When the thyroid gland is overactive and too much thyroid hormone is produced, which speeds up metabolism. This results in weight loss, a quick heartbeat, sweating, nervousness, ...Read more


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Are severe nocturnal leg cramps sign of any illnesses? Both legs affected. Just switched from Soma to flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) b/c daytime fatigue. Want to avoid Soma

Are severe nocturnal leg cramps sign of any illnesses? Both legs affected. Just switched from Soma to flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) b/c daytime fatigue. Want to avoid Soma

Could be.: Many medications can cause cramps, so talk with your doc about the meds you are on first. With nocturnal leg cramps, i'd probably do some basic blood work to check for anemia, as well as your potassium and other electrolytes, thyroid and kidney function. And good for you for wanting to avoid soma (carisoprodol). At the risk of incurring corporate pharmaceutical wrath - I've found it to be an awful medication. ...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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Leg cramps possible cause?

Leg cramps possible cause?

Overuse in activitie: Overuse, dehydration, lower back problems, edema-swelling of legs. ...Read more

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What can I do for leg cramps?

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 take for my leg cramps?

What can I take for my leg cramps?

You can take...: ...yourself to the doctor so (s)he can find out WHY you have leg cramps. Probably benign, but could be serious. Do you ask, "How do I get rid of that whining noise my car makes? " or do you take it to a mechanic to find out what's causing the noise so that he can fix it? Same for your body as for your car: First diagnosis, THEN treatment. Always. ...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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What's the best way to end leg cramps?

What's the best way to end leg cramps?

Water, vitamins: First, make sure you are drinking enough water and eating a healthy, balanced diet and taking supplements as needed. If you are dong all these things but still getting the leg cramps visit your doctor for an evaluation. Www. Otwithmd. Com. ...Read more

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What conditions could cause major leg cramps?

What conditions could cause major leg cramps?

Several things: Tired muscles from heavy exercise, prolonged standing/working on them. Abnormalities in potassium, calcium, magnesium, dehydration, venous disease (venous insufficiency), poor arterial circulation can result in rest pain which some describe as cramping. ...Read more

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What causes leg cramps and how can you cure them?

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 causes a person to pass out from having leg cramps?

What causes a person to pass out from having leg cramps?

A pulmonary embolus: This is by no means common, but if someone had a blood clot in the leg which then broke free and traveled to the lungs it could cause that person to pass out. This is just one possible answer to your question. ...Read more

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What are the causes of leg cramps in the middle of the night?

Many possible causes: Common causes of cramping include rigorous exercise, side effects to certain prescription medications, and calcium, magnesium, potassium and vitamin d deficiency. ...Read more

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What causes persistant leg cramps primarily in one leg (right)?

What causes persistant leg cramps primarily in one leg (right)?

Muscle irritation: Cramping comes on when muscles become irritated after heavy working, exercise, prolonged standing. A frequent cause is venous incompetence, and the leaky valves within veins allow reverse flow of blood down the legs, resulting in swelling, subsequent cramping. See www. Phlebology. Org and see a phlebologist who can help you out. ...Read more

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Can eating pineapple causes leg cramps?

Can eating pineapple causes leg cramps?

See below: Not sure have not heard that before. Check with a pharmacist or nutritionist. ...Read more

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What to do or what to drink for leg cramps?

Leg cramps: Tonic water. It has quinine which helps with cramps. ...Read more

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What could be causing leg cramps / anxiety?

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What could be causing leg cramps / anxiety?

Leg cramps: Could be restless legs syndrome or electrolyte imbalance or induced by substances. Best to get medical clearance first by your pcp. ...Read more

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Can leg cramps be related to wearing high heels?

Leg cramps and heels: High heels cause compression of the nerves of lumbar spine. These nerves are responsible for your leg muscles
Get into lower heel shoes and have your low back looked at by a professional.
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Leg cramps from steroid shots?

Leg cramps from steroid shots?

Possibly: High doses of Hydrocortisone et al. May be associated with lowered serum calcium, potassium, & magnesium levels, which may lead to leg cramps. The condition is usually self-limiting & requires no treatment (unless the steroid is continued). However, mineral supplementation (calcium citrate, potassium citrate, magnesium) may ease the discomfort. ...Read more

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Is it detrol (tolterodine) la that's doing these leg cramps?

Maybe: Leg cramp is not general associated with Detrol (tolterodine) however joint pain has been reported. ...Read more

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Can beer cure leg cramps?

No: Beer is not a treatment for leg cramps. ...Read more

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What causes leg cramps in both legs?

Yes: Although most commonly affecting the lower legs, restless leg syndrome can also affect the lower back and arms. The symptoms tend to be worse at night and also with inactivity and are accompanied by an urge to move. Moving only temporarily alleviates the symptoms. ...Read more

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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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Leg cramps from sitting at my job all day.?

Leg cramps from sitting at my job all day.?

A "walkabout" is due: The australians have a great idea for what you need to do at your job during periodic breaks-"walkabout. Not only will your cramps go away, but you will improve "circulation" in more ways than one and prevent blood clots from "stalled blood' sitting motionless in your leg veins the primary cause for clotting and pulmonary embolism which can lead to death. ...Read more

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Can leg cramps be a sign of a heart condition?

Can leg cramps be a sign of a heart condition?

Possibly, but: It is more likely to be potassium deficiency or other things. But you are right to be cautious and for a man in middle age "better safe than sorry" sounds right to me. So, see a doctor for a good cardiovascular checkup - it could be pad (peripheral artery disease) and an early treatment plan could save your life. Be well. ...Read more

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Leg cramps and weakness from pravastatin 80 mg?

Leg cramps and weakness from pravastatin 80 mg?

It can: Statin is an excellent drug to reduce cholesterol but like any other drugs it has side effect on of them muscle and joint pain
you should stop the medicine immediately and discuss with your doctor other options to reduce your cholesterol and keep you well and healthy
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Any advice on preventing leg cramps/charley horse?

Any advice on preventing leg cramps/charley horse?

Magnesium!: Leg cramps are usually due to a magnesium deficiency. I would suggest 400 mg of either magnesium aspartate, magnesium citrate, magnesium glycinate, magnesium maleate or magnesium taurate to relieve this problem. Do not waste your time with other forms of magnesium. These are available over the counter. If you take too much magnesium, you will get diarrhea. ...Read more

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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

Dr. James Isobe
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Legs Cramping (Definition)

Involuntary contraction of one or more muscle groups in the lower extremities. There are ...Read more