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My wife gets cramps in her left calf. What is this cause from?

My wife gets cramps in her left calf. What is this cause from?

Cramps in calf: Check potassium ,magnesium , calcium , Vit D, sodium level. if she is a runner when drinking drink 1/2 water 1/2 gatorade juice so you do not dilute sodium or check for blood clot especially if on BCP or smoker. F/U with doctor/urgent care today to insure not clot. ...Read more

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What are the causes and how can I relieve bad cramps in my right calf? (feels life something is tensing to the point of tearing)

What are the causes and how can I relieve bad cramps in my right calf? (feels life something is tensing to the point of tearing)

Restless leg syndrom: Cramps in the calf is big problem? And have many causes.Most common what call restless leg syndrom. Other causes are numerus to mention? If this happen to you usually at night or during swimming, i advise to minimaze the situation, bend your knee, relax your foot, that should help to shorten then duration of the attack, if did get better use moist heat on the calf muscles, madication some need it ...Read more

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Workout about 1&1/2 hr a day. Been doing it for about 9 months now. Tonight I have a cramp really bad in my calf. What might have caused this and how?

Workout about 1&1/2 hr a day. Been doing it for about 9 months now. Tonight I have a cramp really bad in my calf. What might have caused this and how?

No great answer: Muscle cramps are common, and most of the time there is no good explanation for why they occur. Muscle fatigue, dehydration, electrolyte imbalances are among the theoretical causes, although there is no good study to explain the reasons. With that said, try to stay hydrated, stretch before and after exercise, and assure you are getting enough electrolytes when you have a long workout. ...Read more

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What causes cramp in legs?

Complex: The differential diagnosis includes lack of sufficient arterial flow, side effects from medications e.g. Statin, electrolyte deficiencies i.e. Low potassium, calcium, or magnesium. ...Read more

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Why am I having calves cramp or whatever it is? It doesn't let me sleep cause they hurt me.

Why am I having calves cramp or whatever it is? It doesn't let me sleep cause they hurt me.

Dehydration: Leg cramps can be caused by dehydration or exercise or some imbalance in potassium or magnesium. Stretching your calves before bedtime may help. Make sure you drink plenty of fluids throughout the day. ...Read more

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What could cause legs cramps?

What could cause legs cramps?

Many things: This is a problem that necessitates a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. This will allow him/her to examine you, ask specific questions. And possibly order tests to find out what's wrong and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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What cause legs and body cramps?

Many : There could be issues ranging from anemia, thyroid disorder, magnesium or other mineral deficiencies, dehydration and more see your doc and see if there are any treatable conditions. ...Read more

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What causes severe cramp in your legs?

What causes severe cramp in your legs?

Cramps: Cramping in the legs and feet could result from poor blood flow, dehydration, or biomechanical and electrolyte imbalances. I would recommend evaluation by a physician if this persists. ...Read more

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I get calf cramp, mostly in summer. Could this be caused from walking on tiles?

Unlikely: Most likely it is from dehydration. One is not even thirsty until they are already 30% dehydrated. It could be from a lack of minerals too. ...Read more

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What causes calf cramps during yoga or Pilates poses? What can I do to stop them?

What causes calf cramps during yoga or Pilates poses? What can I do to stop them?

Exercise & Cramping: It could be several things like too little potassium or calcium in the diet and thus in the muscles. It could be early fatigue if your muscles are not in shape yet and this can resolve with time, stretching and exercise. ...Read more

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What is the cause of cramps in legs at night?I do not smoke. Is it true that banana reduces cramps? Or what can I take?

What is the cause of cramps in legs at night?I do not smoke. Is it true that banana reduces cramps? Or what can I take?

Try bananas: It is thought that leg spasms may be from low potassium. Bananas are a good source of potassium. You can also drink orange juice. Realistically unless you see a doctor during the spasm it is hard to know exactly the cause. It is simple though to eat a banana and see if it helps. Those cramps do hurt though don't they? ...Read more

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What causes extreme pains inner thighs & legs cramps?

What causes extreme pains  inner thighs & legs cramps?

MANY possible causes: The cause can be musculoskeletal (adductor strain/overstretched muscle, hip arthritis), inguinal hernia, peripheral vascular disease (poor blood supply), lumbar disc disc with radiculopathy, even kidney stones.Cramps tend to be more chemically related from inadequate calcium/magnesium/potassium, dehydration, muscle fatigue.Lots of running is associated & good stretching can help.See doc if persist ...Read more

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What causes my legs to cramp when I am on my period?

What causes my legs to cramp when I am on my period?

Your uterus: If the cramps are in both thighs (upper legs), they are most likely referred from your uterus Aleve (naproxen) or similar medicine should help. ...Read more

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What can cause severe muscle cramps and stiffness in both calves?

What can cause severe muscle cramps and stiffness in both calves?

Lack of fluids.: make sure you take in plenty of water through the day. Make sure that you have enough potassium in your system, bananas are a great source. Stretch your calves well nightly. ...Read more

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I have irritating muscle cramps in my calves. Could it be caused by lack of exercise? (i'm usually more active than now)

I have irritating muscle cramps in my calves. Could it be caused by lack of exercise?  (i'm usually more active than now)

Calf cramps: Possibly, but it may also be from low potassium levels (hypokalemia) or low calcium levels (hypocalcemia). Eating foods like bananas can help increase potassium. Calcium supplements are easy to take as well. You may want to get some basic bloodwork done with your primary care physician as a start. ...Read more

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Occasional lower back ache. My butt feels like it cramps. Both legs get cramp like pain on and off in calves and feet.Occasional numbness. Causes?

Recommend evaluation: Symptoms may suggest lumbar spine or neuromuscular pathology caused by vitamin deficiencies or hormone and electrolyte imbalances. Questions regarding other sxs should be addressed. You could schedule a consult or see your PCP. I recommend further evaluation with lab tests including B12, CK, TSH and a basic metabolic panel as well as an MRI of lumbar spine and if negative an electromyelogram. ...Read more

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Could this be a sign of blood clots? I am on the pill now for 5 months. Monday of last week i noticed an odd ache in my left calf muscle and ankle, no over exercise or stretching to cause this. Next day same thing but the cramps a little worse so i took s

Could this be a sign of blood clots? I am on the pill now for 5 months. Monday of last week i noticed an odd ache in my left calf muscle and ankle, no over exercise or stretching to cause this. Next day same thing but the cramps a little worse so i took s

It is possible. : The pill and other oral contraceptives can increase your risk of blood clot and especially so if your are a smoker. If you have swelling in that leg compared to the other or tenderness then i would have a high suspicion for a clot. Call your doc or go to a local urgent care or emergency department. If it is getting worse do not ignore it. ...Read more

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Can sciatica cause cramp like pain in back of thigh when getting up or straighten my back up get pains in thigh calf and butt?

Yes: That is exactly what it can do. Recommend stretch and exercise to see if it improves. If not then see a spine specialist to evaluate your options for treatments. ...Read more

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