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Night Cramps In Calves
I have very bad cramps in my calves and feet especially at night. What would be your best advice to make these better or go away?
Night cramps: Cramps in muscles of the lower extremity while sleeping (or trying to) are called night cramps. These are a result of muscle metabolism and the accumulation of Lactic Acid in the tissues, resulting in painful contraction. Some things to consider are: proper hydration and electrolyte balance, such as calcium and potassium. Gatorade and similar drinks have such electrolytes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Husband, 67-calf cramps, esp.In middle of night. Take a while to resolve. Health good overall. Says has always had, but cause for concern?
Poor circulation: If these cramps occur when asleep with your legs up on the bed you can try hanging legs of bed. You may be having circulation issues. Do you smoke? If you do, that is contributing to your circulation issues. I recommend you stop. See your podiatrist or primary care doctor for a full vascular workup. ...Read more
Why do I get bad cramps at night time in my legs like something is trying to escape .I am a 50 year old male . Please help .?
Another possibility: I agree with dr. Birnbaum, but would add another possibility: chronic venous insufficiency. Many docs & patients are unaware of the association between chronic superficial venous insufficiency (faulty valves leading to increased pooling/pressure in leg veins) and chronic leg cramps. A board-certified phlebologist (vein specialist) can evaluate such issues. Minimally-invasive procedures may help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Daughter's recently been getting severe calf cramps at night that wake her up& last around 2 minutes and has lasting pain for 1-2 days after.Serious?
How old?: in a young child it is due to vigiurous excersize like bicycling or trampoline without warming up sometime if there is electrolyte imbalance specially in summer due to decreased sodium, potasium, magnesium and calcium make sure you replenish them with an electrolyte drink like pedialyte ...Read more
Yes: These types of cramps are usually inadequate dietary salt intake. Pregnant women can suffer from these as their body water increases leading a to a reduction in sodium in the blood. Increased dietary salt intake usually helps. ...Read more
I have muscle cramps at night in the calf and it is extremely painful. Is there any way to treat this.
Yes: First, see your physician for a thorough history and physical examination. If other diagnoses have been ruled out( blood clots, gastroc muscle strains, etc.) than certain medications can be very helpful.Best of Luck! ...Read more
At night in bed lying on my back when i bend my right leg i sometimes get a sudden cramp in my calf. Thoughts?
What is the cause of cramps in legs at night?I do not smoke. Is it true that banana reduces cramps? Or what can I take?
Try bananas: It is thought that leg spasms may be from low potassium. Bananas are a good source of potassium. You can also drink orange juice. Realistically unless you see a doctor during the spasm it is hard to know exactly the cause. It is simple though to eat a banana and see if it helps. Those cramps do hurt though don't they? ...Read more
I suffer a lot from cramps, usually at night, in my legs.
Which type of Magnesium would you recommend?
Restless legs: No reliable cure is available, but the following may help relieve the symptoms... If you smoke, stop. Smoking may impair blood flow to leg muscles. Avoid caffeine and alcohol, both of which can make symptoms worse. Take a calcium/magnesium supplement at bedtime. Try 500 mg of calcium citrate and 250-500 mg of magnesium to calm the muscles. Exercise, stretch or massage your leg, take a hot bath. ...Read more
Why do I feel like my legs want to cramp a lot at night. Sometimes they do, but most of the time they just feel heavy and seem to be on the edge of it?
Bad circulation: Although your symptoms are a little vague, you may have poor circulation in your legs causing those cramps feelings. Venous congestion from varicose veins and poor flow can cause crampy discomfort but arterial insufficiency from peripheral vascular disease can be more serious. Maybe your just sleeping in the wrong position. Either way you need to be evaluated by a physician. ...Read more
Leg cramping: leg cramps can reflect a relative salt deficiency, or potassium deficiency, or calcium deficiency, or magnesium deficiency; extreme over use of muscles can result in nocturnal cramps too; it is unlikely you have a circulatory problem - try a bit more of the above minerals - natural sources are best. ...Read more
I have been getting bad leg cramps in the middle of the night in my calves. (the whole calve). It wakes me up and i want to cry what could be causing?
My calves are twitching while I'm just relaxing. 2 nights ago had shin cramps at night. What is this?
Several causes: It could be restless legs syndrome (RLS) for which there is effective treatment. RLS can be related to iron deficiency anemia and some other causes. It is unclear how often you take the medications listed as they too could potentially contribute to your symptoms as can some vitamin deficiencies and some myopathic concerns, which are less likely. Please seek evaluation by your PCP. ...Read more
I have severe leg cramps in calves and knee area at night I drink plenty water and take no chol meds. I have a L5 problem. No thryoid disease.
Rare you a person: Who works out a lot, runs etc- increase your calcium intake. ...Read more
Troublesome: Leg cramps plague many people and are difficult to treat. Make sure you are well hydrated. Extra calcium sometimes helps as do foods rich in potassium. Stretching exercises before bed help some people. Often cramps are a sign of fatigue - if you're on your feet a lots wear good shoes or orthotics and get a pad to stand on that cushions hard surfaces. ...Read more