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What causes feet and leg cramps or charlie horses?

What causes feet and leg cramps or charlie horses?

Muscle cramps: may be brought on by many conditions or activities. Here is a few: dehydration, medications side effects and medical conditions (arterial disease, kidney disease and multiple sclerosis). See your doctor for investigation, tests and treatment if needed. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. James Isobe
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Legs Cramping (Definition)

Leg pain can be due to a muscle cramp (also called a charley horse). Common causes of cramps include: * Dehydration or low amounts of potassium, sodium, calcium, or magnesium in the blood * Medications such as: o Diuretics, which can cause you to lose too much fluid or minerals o Statins, which lower cholesterol and can cause muscle injury * Muscle fatigue or strain from overuse, too much exercise, or holding a muscle in the same position ...Read more


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What causes leg cramps and numb feet?

Various: 1. Vitamin deficiency 2. Diabetes 3. Poor circulation 4. Neuropathy 5. Chemical exposure numb feet are never something to ignore, see you doctor asap. ...Read more

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What causes hands, feet and leg cramps?

What causes hands, feet and leg cramps?

Cramps: Can be caused by many things. The most common reasons tend to be if you are dehydrated, lack in calcium or potassium. Try increasing your fluid intake, take calcium supplements ( or eat more dairy products if u can) and a banana a day. If u are very active and sweat a lot start drinking light Gatorade to see if it will help. ...Read more

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Rbc magnesium 4.3. Having foot and leg cramps at night, memory loss and facial and upper leg numbness/tingling. Could it it be related to lower mg?

Rbc magnesium 4.3. Having foot and leg cramps at night, memory loss and facial and upper leg numbness/tingling. Could it it be related to lower mg?

Possibly: The symptoms you have are frequently encountered in people with magnesium deficiency. Unless you have chronic kidney disease, taking magnesium as a trial to see if it helps, should be safe. Please discuss with your physician, but using magnesium glycinate or taurate, etc should avoid diarrhea that's more frequent with mg oxide and citrate forms. Gradually work up to 250-500 mg/day. ...Read more

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Having trouble with foot and leg cramps bad at night, woke up this morning with stiff muscle aching. Not feeling well, sleepy potassium 3.5 thyriod ok?

Having trouble with foot and leg cramps bad at night, woke up this morning with stiff muscle aching. Not feeling well, sleepy potassium 3.5 thyriod ok?

Difficult problem: Your magnesium level should be checked. Trying over the counter magnesium is an option even if your level is normal, also although not well understood Benadryl (diphenhydramine) 25 mg (antihistamine) works great for night (nocturnal) leg cramps. Also if not contra indicated for you your md may also try Diltiazem a calcium channel blocker at night. ...Read more

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What should I do about numb feet and leg cramps?

What should I do about numb feet and leg cramps?

Get an evaluation: I would suggest some blood work to check your chemistry and hormone levels, possibly an MRI of the lumbar spine to evaluate for pinched nerves, and then if necessary a nerve conduction test. ...Read more

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I have to nuropathy of the feet and i've been having leg cramps quite often lately this related and what i need to do. I have been eating bananas?

I have to nuropathy of the feet and i've been having leg cramps quite often lately this related and what i need to do. I have been eating bananas?

Neurologist: Get evaluated by a neurologist or a pain management doctor. Cramps can be a sign of neuropathy but may also be a sign of a different problem (electrolytes/blood salt for one). Eating bananas help if it is due to low potassium. ...Read more