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My calves are twitching while I'm just relaxing. 2 nights ago had shin cramps at night. What is this? M

My calves are twitching while I'm just relaxing. 2 nights ago had shin cramps at night. What is this? 














































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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

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Had shin cramps at night. First left leg then both. Eventually subsided. Should I worry about Dvt? This wasn't typical calf Charlie horse.

Had shin cramps at night. First left leg then both. Eventually subsided. Should I worry about Dvt? This wasn't typical calf Charlie horse.

DVT Risk Factors: There are several risk factors for Deep Venous Thrombosis. These are defined by Virchow's Triad: Stasis, Injury, and Hypercoagulability. If you have been sedentary, had an injury/operation, history of a blood clotting disorder, these are risk factors. Since you have severe cramps, it would be a good idea to have an exam by your physician who can perform a doppler examination to rule out DVT. ...Read more

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What causes shin cramps?

What causes shin cramps?

Cramps Cause?: Any tubular structure in the body response with pain to pressure causing distention if the tubular structure is the intestine for example the pressure is exerted by contraction of the wall as in gas pains. Similarly when the uterine muscle contracts there is cramping. Varicose veins are painful as they are forced to distend. Uterine cramps at menses can be relieved by ibuprofen. ...Read more

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Why do you get cramps in the shin and the foot turns inward? It can sit in from 1 minute up to 10 minutes. It only happens when i'm sitting still.

Why do you get cramps in the shin and the foot turns inward? It can sit in from 1 minute up to 10 minutes. It only happens when i'm sitting still.

Mmm..: If you are healthy with no medical problem, taking no medications or laxative, no obvious local reason to have cramps, i would ignore it. We get weird things that come and go, and if it's not handicapping, i would be patient. ...Read more

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Hi, I am visiting sf, and find that my shins are hurting a lot while walking and I have intense leg cramps. What can I do to alleviate. Love to walk.?

Hi, I am visiting sf, and find that my shins are hurting a lot while walking and I have intense leg cramps. What can I do to alleviate. Love to walk.?

Some thoughts...: For a traveler walking in san francisco and getting leg cramps and shin pains, some thoughts come to mind (and the visitor may have to call her dr. Back home for advice). With leg pains and leg swelling, the possibility of blood clots is there, especially if she had a long drive or a plane ride. Staying hydrated, with normal body electrolytes is important also. Some meds can affect electrolytes. ...Read more

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Calf cramp for 3 days, cut shin on stick just before start of cramp. doesn't look infected, just coincidence? how do I stop the cramp?

Calf cramp for 3 days, cut shin on stick just before start of cramp. doesn't look infected, just coincidence? how do I stop the cramp?

A Sticky situation.: Sometimes two events happening in close proximity can be coincidental, but then again they can appear to be a little too coincidental. Since you have never had the cramp before the shin incident, there could be link there. The fact that you have had the cramping for three days is troubling, in light of the shin injury. Because of the multiple reasons for calf cramping, you should be examined soon. ...Read more

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Are shin splints the same as cramps in lower leg muscles?

Are shin splints the same as cramps in lower leg muscles?

No: Shin splints occur in the front along shin, cramps occur in back in muscle belly proper ..... Usualy the gastrocnemius muscle. ...Read more

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Legs swelling muscle cramps and pain in left shin. What can I do to alleviate swelling?

Legs swelling muscle cramps and pain in left shin. What can I do to alleviate swelling?

Leg Swelling: There are so many causes of leg swelling, some serious like a blood clot, that it is important to get this checked out in an er or orthopedic clinic. Typically, leg swelling can be from inactivity (bed rest) or prolonged sitting and standing. Compression hose, elevation, less salt in the diet, ankle pumping exercises can all help. But, definitely make sure your kidneys are fine. ...Read more

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What is the difference between shin splints and cramps in the lower leg muscles? Or are they the same thing?

What is the difference between shin splints and cramps in the lower leg muscles? Or are they the same thing?

Shin: Splints, happen on the front part of lower legs, usually from some sort of activity such as running. Cramps can happen any where in the leg. The symptoms in shin splints usually do not include cramping of the legs. ...Read more