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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?

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 more

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Why do cramps occur in legs especially at night?And what can be done ?

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

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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 .?

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 more

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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?

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

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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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I have muscle cramps at night in the calf and it is extremely painful. Is there any way to treat this.

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

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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