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I'm getting really bad leg cramps just from standing up and walking. What do I do?

I'm getting really bad leg cramps just from standing up and walking. What do I do?

Stretch.: Stretch the affected m uscles. Drink plenty of water or gatorade, to replenish fluids and electrolytes.

Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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Walking (Definition)

Your doctor may also suggest a safe exercise plan. Walking is usually the easiest type of exercise, but swimming or other low-impact exercises can work just as well. Exercise is an important way to keep blood sugar in control, and physical activity in pregnancy has been found to decrease the risk ...Read more


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Hi, I am visiting sf, and find that my shins are hurting a lot while walking and I have intense leg cramps. What can I do to alleviate. Love to walk.?

Hi, I am visiting sf, and find that my shins are hurting a lot while walking and I have intense leg cramps. What can I do to alleviate. Love to walk.?

Some thoughts...: For a traveler walking in san francisco and getting leg cramps and shin pains, some thoughts come to mind (and the visitor may have to call her dr. Back home for advice). With leg pains and leg swelling, the possibility of blood clots is there, especially if she had a long drive or a plane ride. Staying hydrated, with normal body electrolytes is important also. Some meds can affect electrolytes.

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My leg cramps up and hurts to walk, more often now. Are there any meds that cause that as a side effect?

My leg cramps up and hurts to walk, more often now. Are there any meds that cause that as a side effect?

No: Walking, especially uphill and experiencing cramping/tightness in muscles of the calf or buttock area is called claudication, and when stopping for 5-10 min the symptom goes away. Walking again for will trigger cramping, and this is indicative of pad (peripheral arterial disease), poor circulation, and you should see your doctor.

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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.

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My son had hisdtap polio 9 days ago and is just now having bad leg cramps and can hardly walk up stairs, and is walking very funny. Could it be gettin?

My son had hisdtap polio 9 days ago and is just now having bad leg cramps and can hardly walk up stairs, and is walking very funny. Could it be gettin?

You need to see dr: This is not a "normal" reaction. You need to see doctor right away. Though very rare, guillain barre syndrome is a possibility with the description you are giving.

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What's the most likely cause for a leg cramp in one leg only? It's been a few days. It feels better when I stretch and/or walk.

Cramp: Most likely is a muscle strain or overuse injury. The other one would be an electrolyte deficiency or imbalance such as a lack of potassium or magnesium or calcium. The most concerning one would be if you have any swelling in that leg or any recent travel or on birth control pills or a family history of blood clots is a clot in your leg.

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What would cause server leg cramp. Deep in the thigh bone down to back of calve muscles and hurts to walk?

What would cause server leg cramp. Deep in the thigh bone down to back of calve muscles and hurts to walk?

Multiple causes: Can be blood clot, lumbar referred pain, muscle injury, vascular problem, local bone or soft tissue problem. Should be checked out.

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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.

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What's your opinion on causes leg cramps?

What's your opinion on causes leg cramps?

Sugar: Sugar usage can do this. I am a aware of a person that will get bad leg cramps at night if they have any sugar containing foods after 4:00 pm that day.

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Does vinegar help treat leg cramps?

Does vinegar help treat leg cramps?

Try these first: Most common cause for cramps is dehydration. Drink enough water during the day. Then add magnesium (mag-rich foods or supplements). Mag glycinate is least likely to cause loose stools. After that, add some calcium. Stretching immediately after exercise also helps.

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Can leg cramps be a sign of pregnacy?

Not directly related: Of all the signs of pregnancy, leg cramps is not one of them.

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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.

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How do I deal with leg cramps on dianette?

How do I deal with leg cramps on dianette?

See below: If you've suffered for more than 3 cycles, see your family doctor.

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Can sotalol cause leg pains or leg cramps?

Can sotalol cause leg pains or leg cramps?

Yes: According to the drug literature pain can occur in 2-7% cases depending on dosage. I would not change any medication that your doctor prescribes before talking with them first.

Dr. James Isobe
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