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What causes leg cramps at night in men?

What causes leg cramps at night in men?

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 more

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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


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What causes cramps in the feet at night?

What causes cramps in the feet at night?

Multiple: Restless legs syndrome, lumbar disc dysfunction (especially at l5-s1), medications, anxiety/trauma also neuropathy due to diabetes or nutritional disorders or deficiencies restless legs syndrome is problematic due to Dopamine dysegulation. ...Read more

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What could cause restless legs at night?

What could cause restless legs at night?

RLS: If it is not primary that mean you are born with it and with age gets worse. The most common cause would be iron deficiency renal disease or thyroid disease. Avoid coffee and alcohol in evenings. Can get help from a sleep doctor. ...Read more

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What causes twitching at night?

What causes twitching at night?

Irritation: Eyelid twitching is secondary to nerve or muscle fiber irritation. You do not need to treat it. That being said, it can be annoying. Try hot compresses for a few minutes, or, if you can, take aspirin, or aleve, (naproxen) or ibuprofen. Usually a single dose will stop the twitching in 30 to 40 min. ...Read more

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Burning abdominal pain along with night sweats wakes me up at night, what could cause this?

Burning abdominal pain along with night sweats wakes me up at night, what could cause this?

Need more info: You cannot be diagnosed without more data and a physical exam, labs and possibly some imaging studies. In addition, answers on HealthTap aren't intended for individual treatment, prescription or diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can shallow breathing at night cause leg and foot cramps at night?

Can shallow breathing at night cause leg and foot cramps at night?

Sleep apnea: Sleep apnea, which is shallow breathing, alternating with awakening and gasping for air, can be associated with conditions such as restless leg syndrome. People with sleep apnea often have risk factors for diseases of the arteries, like peripheral arterial disease. Either way, you should have a thorough history and physical examination, by your doctor, to get you started on treatment. ...Read more

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Calf pain waking up at night can't move legs and get rid of cramp?

Calf pain waking up at night can't move legs and get rid of cramp?

Circulation issue: Sounds like a problem with your circulation. When you stand up or walk, gravity assists in bringing blood through your legs and feet. When you sleep in bed, gravity isn't able to bring more blood to your feet which causes, amongst other things, muscle cramps. I would recommend evaluation by your primary care doctor. ...Read more

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What causes itchy feet at night?

What causes itchy feet at night?

Neuropathy: Is a common cause of itching in bed. Some causes of neuropathy are conditions that affect back, diabetes and vitamin b anemia. Fungus and or other type of dermatitis is possible. Is there any visible scaling, peeling or cracking of skin? ...Read more

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What causes twitching legs during the night?

What causes twitching legs during the night?

Several possibles: There are a couple types of movement disorders that occur mostly at night. One is a variant of restless leg syndrome, called periodic limb movements disorder of sleep. This can seem like kicking or writhing so might not be what you mean there are some other movement issues that could cause actual muscle twitching and smaller movements. If possible have a video taken to show doc or sleep eval. ...Read more

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What causes leg cramps while your asleep?

What causes leg cramps while your asleep?

Don't forget veins: As dr. Isobe rightly said, there are many things that can cause leg cramps. However, venous insufficiency is a more common cause of leg cramps that calcium, magnesium, iron, and potassium defiencies combined. ...Read more

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I have severe leg pain at night that wakes me sometimes... Not a cramp like achey pain. What causes this?

I have severe leg pain at night that wakes me sometimes... Not a cramp like achey pain. What causes this?

Get evaluated: common causes of let pain are muscle spasms, low iron, low calcium or magnesium. As a female, if,your menstruation is heavy, thus may be a problem. Your doc should be able to,draw some labs, and examine you for other causes as well. Then proper treatment can start! ...Read more

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What can you do for leg cramps at night and pain throughout the day?

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 more

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What could cause twitching or spasms in belly at night while going to sleep?

What could cause twitching or spasms in belly at night while going to sleep?

Muscle changes?: Muscle twitches could occur with a viral infection, changes in the spinal cord, changes in the blood chemistry, medicine side effects, lots of exercise or sit ups, or stopping lots of exercise or sit ups after doing them regularly. ...Read more

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What causes waking and overheating at night?

What causes waking and overheating at night?

SWEATING PROFUSELY: While sleeping your metabolism is at work and your sympathetic nervous system prevails over the parasympathetic ns. These are the signs of over stimulation of the ns. You will learn this in physiology class. ...Read more

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What are possible causes of severe knuckle pain at night?

Arthritis: Pain in the joints is often from arthritis. Many patients complain of pain after a day of use, night pain, and morning stiffness. ...Read more

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I get muscle pulls when asleep at night. What causes them?

I get muscle pulls when asleep at night. What causes them?

Restless leg syndrom: Restless leg syndrome encompasses many issue: involuntary movement; crawling tingling feelings, and cramps. Deficiencies in magnesium, potassium are causes and may help, particularly if you take a "fluid" pill. Calcium may help too. But there are several medicines that work quite well that your doctor can prescribe, if you do have restless leg syndrome. ...Read more

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