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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
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 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?
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.
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?
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
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
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
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