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Doctor insights on: Leg Cramps Before Period

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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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I frequently have leg cramps a few days before my period. Should I be worried since it happens often? Should I ask my doc.for supplements or increase specific foods in my diet before my period? Sometimes these cramps wake me from my sleep when it's painfu

I frequently have leg cramps a few days before my period. Should I be worried since it happens often? Should I ask my doc.for supplements or increase specific foods in my diet before my period? Sometimes these cramps wake me from my sleep when it's painfu

Leg cramps: Hello. Some of my patients drink a cup of tonic water or club soda before they go to bed because of the quinine sulfate in these fluids. It is rare to find quinine sulfate pills over the counter (OTC). Some of these sound strange but work for some patients. Home remedies: eating 1Tbsp of mustard, drink apple cider vinegar, applying horse liniment etc. OTC magnesium is good for cramps AND sleep. ...Read more

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4 days late, leg cramps, slight hardly existent cramps, period is usually spot on give or take 1 day. Took 1 test came back negative ?

4 days late, leg cramps, slight hardly existent cramps, period is usually spot on give or take 1 day. Took 1 test came back negative ?

I know it is really: surprising when your period is late when it is usually very predictably on time. But with a negative pregnancy test taken after the day you expected your period, it is still highly likely you are not pregnant. Stress, illness, medications, changes in general (the holidays!) all affect your hormones and menstrual pattern. If no menses in another week, test again. Good wishes:) ...Read more

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Have had my period twice in one month three months in a row am tired all the time and feel nautous a lot have leg cramps at night tubes tied not prego?

Have had my period twice in one month three months in a row am tired all the time and feel nautous a lot have leg cramps at night tubes tied not prego?

Irregular periods: Irregular periods are one of the most common problems obgyns treat. If this is one time problem it usually resolves on its own. If this is a recurring problem you should be evaluated. Infections, polyps, fibroids and hormonal changes can cause. Since your tubes are tied there are many options to help with painful, heavy or irregular periods. Discuss with your obgyn ...Read more

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On my first cycle of Clomid 50mg. Actively TTC, CD33-period due, leg cramps during night. Pregnant? or period delayed due to side effects of clomid?

On my  first cycle of Clomid 50mg. Actively TTC, CD33-period due, leg cramps during night. Pregnant? or period delayed due to side effects of clomid?

Take the test: The only way to tell if you are pregnant is to take the test. Home pregnancy tests are inexpensive and very sensitive - will be positive by the time of your missed period. Good luck. ...Read more

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2yrs on mirena but have nausea tired and leg cramps little to no period last month. Usually my period is heavier,Could I be pregnant ?

2yrs on mirena but have nausea tired and leg cramps little to no period last month. Usually my period is heavier,Could I be pregnant ?

Probably not: Probably not if the Mirena is in place. I'm concerned, however, because you are having heavy periods. You need to be checked to make sure the IUD is in the right place, and a pregnancy test to make sure you're not pregnant. ...Read more

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3 days late. Neg test mon & wed. First day of last period 8/31/15. Headaches, crying, leg cramps,vomiting, light spotting today. did i test to early?

3 days late. Neg test mon & wed. First day of last period  8/31/15. Headaches, crying, leg cramps,vomiting, light spotting today. did i test to early?

Possibly too early: though at 4 weeks is generally when most over the counter pregnancy tests pick up their high sensitivity. I would do it again at this point to make sure. ...Read more