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My son playes baseball, and he gets bad leg cramps (charlie horses). Is it ok for him to have potassium pills or should I give him some else?

My son playes baseball, and he gets bad leg cramps (charlie horses). Is it ok for him to have potassium pills or should I give him some else?

Probably Not: A healthy 9 year old who eats a regular diet should not have issues with low potassium unless there is some underlying problem. Low magnesium can also cause leg cramps. Instead of giving potassium pills I would suggest just a regular children's multivitamin. If the problem does not resolve with this I would have his pediatrician check a complete metabolic panel to look for any abnormalities. ...Read more

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Potassium (Definition)

Potassium is an essential electrolyte, important in the functioning of many organs including the heart, kidneys, muscles, nerves, and digestive system. Deficiency can be caused by diseases such as kidney failure, vomiting, and diarrhea, or by ...Read more


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I supplement with 100 mg potassium daily-- too much? When I eliminate it I get leg cramps.

I supplement with 100 mg potassium daily-- too much? When I eliminate it I get leg cramps.

Not too much: Potassium is usually dispensed as potassium chloride or potassium citrate. 100 mg usually refers to the weight of the salt. Physicians usually put patients on 10 to 20 meq
of potassium as a supplement if needed.

10 meq of potassium = 1, 080 mg of potassium citrate or
750 mg of potassium chloride. ...Read more

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Would a person taking statin drugs that gets leg cramps be helped by k tab potassium pills?

Would a person taking statin drugs that gets leg cramps be helped by k tab potassium pills?

No on 2 counts: Statins don't cause leg cramps and potassium doesn't cure them. Statins can cause generalized aching and reduction of dose is usually all that's required to correct that. Sometimes switching drugs is needed. Leg cramps are very common and generally related to overstretch and overuse. Stretching and warm-up exercises done daily helps most people. ...Read more

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I get leg cramps really bad. I have done everything they say to take magnesium and potassium but not together. They wake me up hurting. Suggestion?

I get leg cramps really bad. I have done everything they say to take magnesium and potassium but not together. They wake me up hurting. Suggestion?

Leg cramps: It may be time to see a neurologist, pmnr doctor, or pain specialists. Things to consider would include nerve irritation and/or a back problem. Your physicians may consider an EMG or a lumbar MRI based on your symptoms and physical exam.

Hope you can get to the bottom of it and feel better. ...Read more

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Will taking potassium and magnesium supplements stop feet and leg cramps?

Will taking potassium and magnesium supplements stop feet and leg cramps?

Possibly if the: Reason you had them were due to deficiencies. Be careful with taking too much of either.... ...Read more

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Potassium levels a little low. My potassium levels were a little low, most likely due to water pills I take (triamterene) dr put me on potassium 10 meq once a day, been on them for a month now and still feeling crummy and getting leg cramps and soreness

Yes,: Yes, it is possible that potassium levels can continue to drop even though you are taking potassium pills. Rechecking the potassium would be reasonable. Also you may need a magnesium supplement for your cramping so ask your doctor about that. There are foods that can increase your potassium (bananas, melon, etc), so after your potassium is rechecked and if it is still low that is something to consider. ...Read more

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Can potassium help cure leg cramps from running?

Can potassium help cure leg cramps from running?

Sugar: Sugar usage can do this. I am a aware of a person that will get bad leg cramps at night if they have any sugar containing foods after 4:00 pm that day. ...Read more

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What is a good mg amount of a potassium supplement to add daily if my potassium is low after hospital blood work? I'm getting severe leg cramps.

What is a good mg amount of a potassium supplement to add daily if my potassium is low after hospital blood work? I'm getting severe leg cramps.

Potassium: Potassium comes in 10 mEq tabs. The usual daily replacement dose is 20-40 mEq/day. Usually magnesium is also low and needs to be repleted, too. Talk to your doc about having it prescribed and also have your lytes, K, Mg, etc rechecked in couple of weeks. ...Read more

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Having trouble with foot and leg cramps bad at night, woke up this morning with stiff muscle aching. Not feeling well, sleepy potassium 3.5 thyriod ok?

Having trouble with foot and leg cramps bad at night, woke up this morning with stiff muscle aching. Not feeling well, sleepy potassium 3.5 thyriod ok?

Difficult problem: Your magnesium level should be checked.
Trying over the counter magnesium is an option even if your level is normal, also although not well understood Benadryl (diphenhydramine) 25 mg (antihistamine) works great for night (nocturnal) leg cramps.
Also if not contra indicated for you your md may also try Diltiazem a calcium channel blocker at night. ...Read more

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Pain all over body, numb in face & fingers, leg cramps at night, neg blood tests for vitamin deficiency, mono or thyroid, slightly elevated WBC?

Pain all over body, numb in face & fingers, leg cramps at night, neg blood tests for vitamin deficiency, mono or thyroid, slightly elevated WBC?

Pain all over body: Do not give up searching for the cause of your problems. If your doctor can not find out what is wrong, perhaps get another opinion. You could be having some type of auto immune disease e.g. fibromyocitis or other causeing your pain. Also perhaps infection, as many infections can cause this type of problem. Do not give up. Recommend you see a doctor working in Integrative Medicine. ...Read more

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I have a vitamin B12 deficiency with leg cramps and anterior shin splint. Will it get cured forever or not. Will I be able to jog henceforth?

I have a vitamin B12 deficiency with leg cramps and anterior shin splint. Will it get cured forever or not. Will I be able to jog henceforth?

Probably: Leg cramping is due to venous disease (venous incompetence), heavy exercise, prolonged standing/working on legs, low potassium, calcium, magnesium. Vit B12 def can cause neurological symptoms like numbness/tingling, but has no bearing on cramping. Shin splint is muscle strain of anterior/posterior tibialis muscle from overuse. After rest/rehab you may resume jogging. ...Read more

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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.?

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

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Can a potassium deficiency give you lef cramps?

Yes: Low potassium levels (known as hypokalemia) can often cause muscle weakness and cramps. Low potassium levels can occur after heavy exercise through poassium losses in sweat. This is why many sports drinks are fortified with potassium and athletes often eat foods rich in potassium in matches (for example, bananas). ...Read more

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Charley horse and swollen ankle could it be potassium deficiency?

Charley horse and swollen ankle could it be potassium deficiency?

Could be clot: If charley horse is associating with swelling I would be very concerned about deep venous thrombosis which is highly dangerous and can travel to lungs and cause pulmonary embolism, can be life theretening. Diagnosed with venous ultrasound of leg and treated with blood thinner. Highly recommend to get checked out. ...Read more

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What causes charley horse in calf with steroid use? Could it be potassium deficiency

What causes charley horse in calf with steroid use? Could it be potassium deficiency

What kind of: Steroid use are we talking about? What are the steeds being used for?
Potassium def is a possibility, as is magnesium deficiency aside hydration etc, if this is chronic or persistent you should be evaluated. ...Read more

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I had skip beats almost treated it (potassium deficiency maybe), now I have insane twitch, crawling around body mostly bottom half, calf tighten, some headache, arm ache (rare), could it be magnesium?

Skipped beats K?: 19M from Cleveland asks about skipped beats and almost treated it (potassium deficiency maybe) twitching crawling around body could it be Mg.

This can all come from low K and much less likely low Mg. But you need to see what your blood K and Mg are. Skipped beats due to low K are dangerous and you need to see your team again. ...Read more

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Leg cramps, headaches, dizziness and easy bruising. Had full metabolic workup and all normal. Any other suggestions other than deficiency of minerals?

Leg cramps, headaches, dizziness and easy bruising. Had full metabolic workup and all normal. Any other suggestions other than deficiency of minerals?

Meds, history?: This is complicated and should be evaluated further. Certain medications can lead to easy bruising. If that's not the case, further blood testing might be needed. Low platelets, bleeding disorders need to be considered. ...Read more

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Leg cramps possible cause?

Overuse in activitie: Overuse, dehydration, lower back problems, edema-swelling of legs. ...Read more

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What can I do for leg cramps?

What can I do for leg cramps?

Go see your doctor: Review your medications w/your doc after telling her/him what bothers you. Any diuretics (water pills)? These can upset your electrolye balance leading to cramps. We used to recommend quinine for leg cramps but it's not easily available, nor inexpensive these days. You could try drinking tonic water, perhaps. Stretching is always helpful. Make sure no swelling in affected leg. ...Read more

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What can I do for leg cramps?

What can I do for leg cramps?

When does it occur?: If while walking, could be a problem with circulation or a arterial blockage. May also be from dehydration. If at night in bed, may be attributed to low potassium and/or magnesium. See your physician for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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What can I take for my leg cramps?

What can I take for my leg cramps?

You can take...: ...yourself to the doctor so (s)he can find out WHY you have leg cramps. Probably benign, but could be serious. Do you ask, "How do I get rid of that whining noise my car makes? " or do you take it to a mechanic to find out what's causing the noise so that he can fix it? Same for your body as for your car: First diagnosis, THEN treatment. Always. ...Read more

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How can I stop painfull leg cramps?

How can I stop painfull leg cramps?

Fluids/diet: When are they occurring? During exercise, after exercise, daily activities, at night when sleeping? Cramping can have many causes but some basic things you can do to try to relieve them are staying well hydrated and watching nutrition. Bananas are great for the potassium and so you might want to try eating these. ...Read more

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What's the best way to end leg cramps?

What's the best way to end leg cramps?

Water, vitamins: First, make sure you are drinking enough water and eating a healthy, balanced diet and taking supplements as needed. If you are dong all these things but still getting the leg cramps visit your doctor for an evaluation. Www. Otwithmd. Com. ...Read more

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What conditions could cause major leg cramps?

What conditions could cause major leg cramps?

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 more

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What causes leg cramps and how can you cure them?

What causes leg cramps and how can you cure them?

When does it occur?: If while walking, could be a problem with circulation or a arterial blockage. May also be from dehydration. If at night in bed, may be attributed to low potassium and/or magnesium. See your physician for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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What causes a person to pass out from having leg cramps?

What causes a person to pass out from having leg cramps?

A pulmonary embolus: This is by no means common, but if someone had a blood clot in the leg which then broke free and traveled to the lungs it could cause that person to pass out. This is just one possible answer to your question. ...Read more

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What are the causes of leg cramps in the middle of the night?

Many possible causes: Common causes of cramping include rigorous exercise, side effects to certain prescription medications, and calcium, magnesium, potassium and vitamin d deficiency. ...Read more

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What causes persistant leg cramps primarily in one leg (right)?

What causes persistant leg cramps primarily in one leg (right)?

Muscle irritation: Cramping comes on when muscles become irritated after heavy working, exercise, prolonged standing. A frequent cause is venous incompetence, and the leaky valves within veins allow reverse flow of blood down the legs, resulting in swelling, subsequent cramping. See www. Phlebology. Org and see a phlebologist who can help you out. ...Read more

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Can eating pineapple causes leg cramps?

Can eating pineapple causes leg cramps?

See below: Not sure have not heard that before. Check with a pharmacist or nutritionist. ...Read more

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What to do or what to drink for leg cramps?

What to do or what to drink for leg cramps?

Leg cramps: Tonic water. It has quinine which helps with cramps. ...Read more

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What could be causing leg cramps / anxiety?

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What could be causing leg cramps / anxiety?

Leg cramps: Could be restless legs syndrome or electrolyte imbalance or induced by substances. Best to get medical clearance first by your pcp. ...Read more

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Can leg cramps be related to wearing high heels?

Leg cramps and heels: High heels cause compression of the nerves of lumbar spine. These nerves are responsible for your leg muscles
Get into lower heel shoes and have your low back looked at by a professional.
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Leg cramps from steroid shots?

Leg cramps from steroid shots?

Possibly: High doses of Hydrocortisone et al. May be associated with lowered serum calcium, potassium, & magnesium levels, which may lead to leg cramps. The condition is usually self-limiting & requires no treatment (unless the steroid is continued). However, mineral supplementation (calcium citrate, potassium citrate, magnesium) may ease the discomfort. ...Read more

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Is it detrol (tolterodine) la that's doing these leg cramps?

Maybe: Leg cramp is not general associated with Detrol (tolterodine) however joint pain has been reported. ...Read more

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What causes leg cramps and numb feet?

Various: 1. Vitamin deficiency
2. Diabetes
3. Poor circulation
4. Neuropathy
5. Chemical exposure

numb feet are never something to ignore, see you doctor asap. ...Read more

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What causes hands, feet and leg cramps?

What causes hands, feet and leg cramps?

Cramps: Can be caused by many things. The most common reasons tend to be if you are dehydrated, lack in calcium or potassium. Try increasing your fluid intake, take calcium supplements (or eat more dairy products if u can) and a banana a day. If u are very active and sweat a lot start drinking light Gatorade to see if it will help. ...Read more

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How do I help stop leg cramps.?

How do I help stop leg cramps.?

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 more

Dr. Clarence Grim
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Hypokalemia (Definition)

Most labs will define normal as 3.5 to 5. Some may increase the upper limits to 5.2 but anything above 5.5 is clearly abnormal. Level below ...Read more


Dr. James Isobe
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Legs Cramping (Definition)

Involuntary contraction of one or more muscle groups in the lower extremities. There are ...Read more