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Dr. Randy Baker
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What vitamin is good for leg cramps? My leg cramps so tight it is sore for a couple days.

What  vitamin is good for leg cramps? My leg cramps so tight it is sore for a couple days.

Magnesium, E, B12...: The most common nutrient needed for leg cramps is magnesium, ideally as glycinate, taurate or citrate, but sometimes potassium, calcium & vit e help. B12 shots can help too. Stretching the back of the legs before bedtime can help too. Many herbs can also relax muscles, such as valerian, skullcap, passionflower and kava. Consider warm baths with epsom salts and lavender oil. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Bradley Butkovich
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Whats good things to do for leg cramps to go away?

Whats good things to do for leg cramps to go away?

STRETCH!!!: Stretch and hold with a towel or splint, water and time. If you have a companion get them to massage your legs where the cramp is. Hydration isKey. Drink water before bed and throughout the day. Also, can be caused by a lack of electrolytes most commonly potassium and calcium. Eat a banana after dinner or some watermelon (fantastic potassium sources). Also calcium supplement. ...Read more

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Dr. Jane van Dis
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Dr. Michael Bolesta
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Are there any good ways to prevent leg cramps in my sleep?

Are there any good ways to prevent leg cramps in my sleep?

Several things: Night-time leg cramps are common. Try stretching your calf muscles before going to bed: stand away from a wall and lean forward keeping one heel flat and bringing the other foot forward; hold 30-60 seconds and then stretch the other side. Consider stretching several times a day. There are medications for some conditions that help. See your primary provider if stretching does not work. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
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Dr. Bennett Werner
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I think the metropolol I am taking is causing nocturnal leg cramps. What is a good substitute. I've been on the met for two years?

I think the metropolol I am taking is causing  nocturnal leg cramps. What is a good substitute. I've been on the met for two years?

No: Metoprolol doesn't cause nocturnal leg cramps. That said, there at least 50 alternatives. I can't suggest an alternative without knowing more about you. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
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I am feeling fatigue, occasionally dizziness swelling of calves&ankles., occasionally leg cramps. Heart cath was good, leg circulation test was good what could be wrong

I  am feeling fatigue, occasionally dizziness swelling of calves&ankles., occasionally leg cramps. Heart cath was good, leg circulation test was good what could be wrong

You need to visit: Your internist, for a complete history and physical. Blood work sounds like a good idea as well. Do you take medications? Any medical conditions? Cramping in legs at night? Or while walking? There are more questions that need to be answered.....To help you. ...Read more

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Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
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What is a good mg amount of a potassium supplement to add daily if my potassium is low after hospital blood work? I'm getting severe leg cramps.

What is a good mg amount of a potassium supplement to add daily if my potassium is low after hospital blood work? I'm getting severe leg cramps.

Potassium: Potassium comes in 10 mEq tabs. The usual daily replacement dose is 20-40 mEq/day. Usually magnesium is also low and needs to be repleted, too. Talk to your doc about having it prescribed and also have your lytes, K, Mg,etc rechecked in couple of weeks. ...Read more

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Dr. Howard Fox
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I have been having bad leg and feet cramps atnight. My potassium level is good. I take a heating pad to bed everynite. I am on cholesterol meds, high blood pressure med. Have been for many years. Don't know what to do with these leg cramps. I'm frust

There : There are many causes for leg cramps at night, including the infamous "restless leg syndrome." (btw, whenever you see the word "syndrome" in medicine, it's code for "we don't know.") electrolyte disturbances (not only potassium) can cause this, and some blood pressure medication is well known to cause electrolyte imbalances, but the symptoms aren't limited to bed time. Another common cause is muscle fatigue, especially if you feel your cramping is worse after a day when you're on your feet more than usual. This is due to biomechanical problems with your feet and legs that cause your muscles to overwork. You also mentioned you're taking "cholesterol meds." statins have gotten some bad press recently, despite the great way they lower cholesterol and cardiovascular risk. While it's probably unrelated, it's probably also worth telling the doctor who prescribed your cholesterol medication about your leg cramps. In fact, your starting point in getting relief is probably your primary care physician. If he suspects it might be due to muscle fatigue, a visit to a podiatrist for a pair of orthotics would certainly help you. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. William Lizarraga
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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. Danny Proffitt
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What causes leg cramps at night in men?

What causes leg cramps at night in men?

Many: Not limited to men! usually fatigue. Could be due to medications taken. Diuretics exacerbate this by causiing low potassium, magnesium and perhaps low calcium. Poor hydration contributes to this. If one has poor circulation to the lower extremities (pvd), leg crams can occur. Sometimes we just don't know why they cramp. You may be helped by some meds. See your pcp and discuss. ...Read more

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Turmeric (curcuma longa) is a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant of ...Read more


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