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Doctor insights on: Night Cramps In Calves

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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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What causes muscle spasms and charlie horses in legs all day and all night?

What causes muscle spasms and charlie horses in legs all day and all night?

Muscle spasm: This may be a mineral or vitamin deficiency or side effect of some medication or nutritional deficiency. You need to see your doctor to sort this out and help you. ...Read more

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Calf pain waking up at night can't move legs and get rid of cramp?

Calf pain waking up at night can't move legs and get rid of cramp?

Circulation issue: Sounds like a problem with your circulation. When you stand up or walk, gravity assists in bringing blood through your legs and feet. When you sleep in bed, gravity isn't able to bring more blood to your feet which causes, amongst other things, muscle cramps. I would recommend evaluation by your primary care doctor. ...Read more

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Have aches in arms , legs, upper, lower back and legs get very stiff pains alternate all day but especially at night?

Have aches in arms , legs, upper, lower back and legs get very stiff pains alternate all day but especially at night?

This can be a long: Conversation but let's say it's been going on for a while and no one can figure out why. Do you grind your teeth at night? That's the headache, most likely. Arthritis pain, insomnia, muscle spasm, if not sleeping, muscles do not relax allowing blood flow into muscles in a spasm loop. If new onset may be different but i bet u have recurrent insomnia and pain w/o diagnosis, private consult? ...Read more

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Have a sudden movement in my calf muscle at times in the night mostly cause? Restless leg syndrome?

Have a sudden movement in my calf muscle at times in the night mostly cause? Restless leg syndrome?

RLS...maybe: RLS is a common, terribly bothersome, sleep disruption that has unclear causes in most cases. Nocturnal recumbency leg cramps, on the other hand actually hurt("Charlie horse cramp"), whereas RLS gives the sensation one just MUST move the leg/legs. Rarely, electrolyte imbalance can mimic RLS. Interestingly, some anti-Parkinson's disease meds at low doses, are highly effective for RLS. ...Read more

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I have pain in my calf muscles during morning walk?

I have pain in my calf muscles during morning walk?

Morning stretch : It is possible that you have some shortening of the achilles' tendon that gets worse overnight. Walking stretches the tendon/muscle and may cause pain. Do calf stretches when you wake up and see if that solves the problem. Otherwise consult with a physiatrist or sports medicine physician. ...Read more

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Pain and stiffness in calves and toes when waking up in morning ...

Pain and stiffness in calves and toes when waking up in morning ...

Support: Pain and stiffness in the feet and lower legs after inactivity could indicate muscle fatigue from poor biomechanics. My first step would be to insure you are wearing supportive shoes. If this doesn't improve things, see a podiatrist for a complete biomechanical exam. You may need custom orthotics. ...Read more

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Charlie horses at night in both calfs, numbness in one or both legs and have to stop walking, legs feel like I have done extreme leg exercises & sore?

Charlie horses at night in both calfs, numbness in one or both legs and have to stop walking,  legs feel like I have done extreme leg exercises & sore?

Maybe venous disease: Cramping at night is a common complaint in those with chronic venous insufficiency. The numbness and muscle soreness can result from the changes in ph affect the potassium levels in muscles (thereby also affecting contraction of the muscle fibers). Often the direct dilation of veins presses on nerves or causes chemical irritation locally which can result in numbness or a burning like feeling. ...Read more

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What causes cramps in the feet at night?

What causes cramps in the feet at night?

Multiple: Restless legs syndrome, lumbar disc dysfunction (especially at l5-s1), medications, anxiety/trauma also neuropathy due to diabetes or nutritional disorders or deficiencies restless legs syndrome is problematic due to Dopamine dysegulation. ...Read more

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How can I prevent post-exercise muscle cramps in my legs at night?

How can I prevent post-exercise muscle cramps in my legs at night?

Muscle cramps: Always warm up before exercising. Also do tip-toe exercises or massage your calves. Get good hydration during and after exercise ( gatorade or alike). Try tonic water or magnesium supplements. ...Read more

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Muscular cramps in calfs?

Need more info: There are many potential causes for that condition. ...Read more

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What brings on "charlie horses" in legs at night?

A rude awakening...: The most common reason for calf cramps is dehydration, electrolyte abnormalities, certain medications, and recent excessive muscular activity. Some medications can deplete your potassium or calcium, magnesium levels. Adequate hydration would be the first thing to try. Consider a nightly gin and tonic without the gin… Tonic water contains quinine in small amounts and sometimes works wonders! ...Read more

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I'm suffering from night time leg cramps in the lower calf. Remedies?

I'm suffering from night time leg cramps in the lower calf. Remedies?

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

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Woke up drenched in sweat and painful abdominal cramps, symptom of pregnacy?

Woke up drenched in sweat and painful abdominal cramps, symptom of pregnacy?

Not necessarily.: Sx’s can include: tender /swollen breasts, nausea or vomiting; lack of period; ^ frequency of urination; headaches, insomnia, fatigue. Moodiness, mild cramping, food cravings ; aversions; passing gas; enlarging waist line ; ^ white, milky vaginal discharge. Take pregnancy test to know. ...Read more

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I am in excruciating pain in hip morning also down whole leg with foot tingling. at night severe pain can't sl. walking unbearable?

I am in excruciating pain in hip morning also down whole leg with foot tingling. at night severe pain can't sl. walking unbearable?

Back issues: Your symptoms are similar to someone with back issues. Most likely sciatica. You should see a neurologist or orthopedist for follow up studies such as an MRI ...Read more

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Can shallow breathing at night cause leg and foot cramps at night?

Can shallow breathing at night cause leg and foot cramps at night?

Sleep apnea: Sleep apnea, which is shallow breathing, alternating with awakening and gasping for air, can be associated with conditions such as restless leg syndrome. People with sleep apnea often have risk factors for diseases of the arteries, like peripheral arterial disease. Either way, you should have a thorough history and physical examination, by your doctor, to get you started on treatment. ...Read more

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