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Doctor insights on: My Upper Leg Cramps

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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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Been experiencing constipation, acid reflux, indigestion on and off for 8 months. Thigh/leg cramps since childhood, could it be tapeworm -taenia solium?

Been experiencing constipation, acid reflux, indigestion on and off for 8 months. Thigh/leg cramps since childhood, could it be tapeworm -taenia solium?

Yes: Symtoms of parasite infestation are very non specific. Since it seems you have some concerns about this infection, the only way to be sure is to do a test called: stool for ova and parasites. You should ask your primary provider about this issue because you do not want to ignore symptoms that you have described. ...Read more

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Pulsating outer left thigh pain along with leg cramps and twitching calves. Leg cramps started a month ago. Lumbar MRI pending, DVT ultrasound negativ?

Pulsating outer left thigh pain along with leg cramps and twitching calves. Leg cramps started a month ago. Lumbar MRI pending, DVT ultrasound negativ?

Sciatica: Although there are several possibilities, one if the more common causes is a sciatica, which is an irritation of a nerve in the back that can cause pain that runs into the hip. When you lower your chin, it increases the pressure in the spinal canal and can aggravate the symptoms like you are describing. The hip and the SI joint are also potential causes. Don't hesitate to be seen. ...Read more

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I have a bruise that showed up on my leg (thigh). Havnt hurt it in anyway. Its making my whole Leg cramp its very tender to the touch and a Bit hard. ?

I have a bruise that showed up on my leg (thigh). Havnt hurt it in anyway. Its making my whole
Leg cramp its very tender to the touch and a
Bit hard. ?

Get evaluated: Often bruises appear after a non painful trauma, or during sleep, but medical diseases can also appear as bruises, so it is prudent to get a medical evaluation to determine your health is sound ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Woke w/sharp pain in inner thigh in one leg, cramp in calf of other. Walked around a bit, pain went away-went back to sleep. Woke to thigh pain again.

Woke w/sharp pain in inner thigh in one leg, cramp in calf of other. Walked around a bit, pain went away-went back to sleep. Woke to thigh pain again.

Cramps: Recurrent muscle cramps or spasms may be caused by deficiencies of calcium or magnesium. Sometimes they are due to excessive muscle tightness caused by various muscle activities during the day. In this case stretching maneuvers of the legs before going to bed may prevent the nocturnal spasms. You could also take a magnesium supplement daily. See your physician as needed. ...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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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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