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Potassium Deficiency And Leg Cramps
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
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
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
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?
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
Possibly if the: Reason you had them were due to deficiencies. Be careful with taking too much of either.... ...Read more
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
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.
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?
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
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
I'm 8 weeks pregnant. Started having mild left leg cramps (i used to have the same cramps in periods also). Does it indicate any deficiency?
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
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
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
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
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
Leg cramps, headaches, dizziness and easy bruising. Had full metabolic workup and all normal. Any other suggestions other than deficiency of minerals?
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
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
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
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
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
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
Not the flu. Plz help. Nausea, migraine, dizziness, cold chills, stomach pain, leg cramps. Had this since I had my baby a month ago plz help me no meds help?
Don't worry: You need to drink plenty of water and eat very well with vitamin ...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 more