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Nightime Leg Cramps
What can I do for nightime leg cramps when I have to be careful of my fluid and pottasium intake. I am also on torosimide and flurosimide.?
Check veins : Irritation of muscles due to overwork, swelling can result in cramping. Abnormalities in electrolytes like potassium, calcium can precipitate cramping, but venous insufficiency is a more common cause. Go to www.Phlebology.Org, and seek advice of a phlebologist in your area. For now try stretching exercises prior retiring in the evening. ...Read more
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
Review meds, exercis: It depends on what is causing them. Lots of reasons exist for leg cramps, including medications, electrolyte problems, vascular problems, etc. If it is from a cholesterol drug called statins, then sometimes stopping or changing the medicine can help. Other times, over the counter medicines help, like naproxyn or ibuprofen. Coq-10 is a supplement that can help. Exercise may help too! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Common: Leg cramps are a common problem. The cause is unknown, though. Try magnesium supplement, tonic water with quinine, potassium supplements may help. Local heat or topical rub such as bengay/icyhot or voltaren gel may be of some relief. Avoid exercise before bedtime. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Cramps are common: A muscle cramp is a involuntary contraction of a musle, especailly common of the legs and feet. Most commonly caused by hyperexcitability of the nerves that stimulate the muscles. Can also be the result of an injury and vigorous activity. Dehydration and electrolyte, element imbalances can also be causative factors. Simple stretching lengthens the muscle and stops the contraction. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Another possibility: I agree with dr. Gordon, 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
Vein trouble?: One of the most common symptoms associated with varicose veins and venous insufficiency. If you have leg cramps and veins that you can see in your legs, you would do well to see a vein specialist (phlebologist) for an evaluation. Treating your veins, if they are giving you trouble, can make a world of difference with leg cramps. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cramp your style: Before you can do anything about leg cramps it is best to try to find the cause. Not always an easy thing to now. Are the cramps in the calf? These are typical. Can be caused by overuse, positional, low calcium, potassium, dehydration just to mention some. You must consider back problems and even the side effects of some drugs. It is probably best to see a physician for help wading thru it all. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Several things: Tired muscles from heavy exercise, prolonged standing/working on them. Abnormalities in potassium, calcium, magnesium, dehydration, venous disease (venous insufficiency), poor arterial circulation can result in rest pain which some describe as cramping. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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