Top
20
Doctor insights on: What Causes Calf Muscle Cramps At Night

Share
1

1
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

See 2 more doctor answers

Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


2

2
Very painful leg muscle contractions at night. Rls?

Very painful leg muscle contractions at night. Rls?

Probably not: Rls is described as an irresistible urge to move the legs which is often accompanied by unusual or unpleasant sensations in the legs that may be described as creeping, tugging, or pulling. What you are describing sounds more like nocturnal leg cramps which is commonly associated with varicose veins. ...Read more

3

3
What causes muscle spasms and charlie horses in legs all day and all night?

What causes muscle spasms and charlie horses in legs all day and all night?

Muscle spasm: This may be a mineral or vitamin deficiency or side effect of some medication or nutritional deficiency. You need to see your doctor to sort this out and help you. ...Read more

4

4
What causes muscle cramps and spasms during exercise?

What causes muscle cramps and spasms during exercise?

Fatigue, dehydration: Probably the most likely causes for muscle cramps is either fatigue or dehydration. I say several cases in the first football game of the season in the fourth quarter usually if you are not in optimal shape or you havent taken enough fluids the muscles will cramp. Better to try to avoid the problem in the first place. ...Read more

5

5
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

See 2 more doctor answers
6

6
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

7

7
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

See 1 more doctor answer
8

8
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

9

9
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

10

10
What causes calf muscle twitching and a high pulse?

What causes calf muscle twitching and a high pulse?

2 things: Not a usual combination. My answer is specualtive (beware). High catecholamine levels (or caffeine, cocaine, amphetamine or other stimulants) can cause this or they may be totally unrelated. ...Read more

11

11
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

13

13
What causes muscle cramps from lower leg to hip the cramps are quite bad were toi scream?

Muscle cramps: There are many things which cause cramping in the lower extremities, ranging from electrolyte imbalances to circulation problems to oxygenation problems including sleep apnea, etc. In order to evaluate this properly, you really should see your primary care physician or at least establish a physician relationship on HealthTap. There are many excellent treatments once the proper diagnosis is made. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
14

14
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

See 1 more doctor answer
15

15
What causes muscle aching after exercise?

What causes muscle aching after exercise?

Stress /remodeling: Exercise stresses muscles bones & joints, though it's usually an example of "good" stress. When we push ourselves more than the muscle is ready for, we cause microscopic tears in the muscle and micro-fractures in bones that the body then has to "fix". This is natural & makes muscles/bones stronger, but also sore. Warm up well, drink lots of water, and don't push too far or you risk a big tear. ...Read more

16

16
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

17

17
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

18

18
How can I prevent post-exercise muscle cramps in my legs at night?

How can I prevent post-exercise muscle cramps in my legs at night?

Muscle cramps: Always warm up before exercising. Also do tip-toe exercises or massage your calves. Get good hydration during and after exercise ( gatorade or alike). Try tonic water or magnesium supplements. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
19

19
Severe abdominal muscle spasms that come and go. Debilitating, have to exit car to stretch. Other cramps in lwr legs and feet wake me at night.

Severe abdominal muscle spasms that come and go. Debilitating, have to exit car to stretch. Other cramps in lwr legs and feet wake me at night.

Muscles irritabile: Recurrent and frequent muscle spasms could be due to deficiencies in serum magnesium and calcium. Have these checked. Also stretching your lower leg muscles before going to bed may help. ...Read more

20

20
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

See 2 more doctor answers
Dr. Ellen Bondar
441 doctors shared insights

Muscle Cramps Or Spasms (Definition)

A muscle cramp is a sudden and involuntary contract of one's muscle(s). Such cramps are usually harmless, and may result from certain medications or from long periods of exercise. ...Read more


Nocturnal (Definition)

This term is used to note that something ...Read more