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What Causes Calf Muscle Cramps At Night
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
I have severe leg pain at night that wakes me sometimes... Not a cramp like achey pain. What causes this?
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.
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
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