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What can cause leg cramps during sleep?

What can cause leg cramps during sleep?

Vessels and nerves: If there is intermittent circulation going to a muscle, it is not going to be "fed" properly and the efficiency in the muscle function may be compromised. Twitching is plausible and can result in cramping. Talk to your PCP and a consult with a vascular specialist may be needed, especially if you have other medical history, like diabetes. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Might foods high in salt content cause leg cramps while sleeping?

Might foods high in salt content cause leg cramps while sleeping?

No: Most of the time there is no clear cause for leg cramps during sleep. Foods high in salt are not good for you for many reasons, but they do not cause leg cramps. ...Read more

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My husband has leg cramps and leg trembles during his sleep. It has been ongoing for 6 months. Is this serious? Thanks

My husband has leg cramps and leg trembles during his sleep. It has been ongoing for 6 months. Is this serious? Thanks

PLMs: This sounds like periodic limb movements of sleep. They normally bother the bed partner more than the individual with the limb movements. Consider taking a video of the movements and showing them to a sleep physician. ...Read more

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I get a leg cramps every night while sleeping. It happens when my legs get cold. Larger problem?

I get a leg cramps every night while sleeping. It happens when my legs get cold. Larger problem?

Diet or drugs?: Medications can increase risks of leg cramps as can nutritional deficiencies. If you are taking medicines or have an unusual diet talk to your doctor about testing for low potassium or magnesium levels or anemia. You can try tonic water or mineral supplements. If one leg is swelling and cramping more that the other or is much colder, do not ignore that... It could be a sign of a clot (dvt). ...Read more

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What causes leg cramps while I am sleeping?

Restless leg syndrom: Are you describing uncomfortable need to move around, maybe pins & needles or bugs crawling, that's relieved once you get out of bed? Or true muscle cramp, presumably in calf? Former might be restless leg syndrome while latter might be due to electrolyte imbalance. Talk to your family doctor in more detail. S/he can order some simple blood tests & offer some options. Not sure what's in singapore. ...Read more

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Getting leg cramps/pains. I can't sleep and it's very uncomfortable during the day. Doesn't feel like RLS and not muscular?

Getting leg cramps/pains. I can't sleep and it's very uncomfortable during the day. Doesn't feel like RLS and not muscular?

Needs Evaluation: Could be a circulatory issue, a mineral or electrolyte deficiency, even anxiety. Start with your doctor. Expect to have blood work done, possibly an ultrasound of your leg arteries and a comparison of the blood pressure in your arms and your legs. Your doctor will take a history to help determine the inciting factors and do some basic physical examination. ...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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Are there any good ways to prevent leg cramps in my sleep?

Several things: Night-time leg cramps are common. Try stretching your calf muscles before going to bed: stand away from a wall and lean forward keeping one heel flat and bringing the other foot forward; hold 30-60 seconds and then stretch the other side. Consider stretching several times a day. There are medications for some conditions that help. See your primary provider if stretching does not work. ...Read more

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Yes im having bad leg cramps and can't sleep at night and very bad headaches?

Yes im having bad leg cramps and can't sleep at night and very bad headaches?

Medical evaluation.: If you get headaches associated w sleep, poor quality sleep and you are having leg cramps- have you been medically evaluated? I would see your primary care provider. He or she might need to refer to a sleep medicine specialist. If that is the case, a polysomnograph might be needed. In the meantime use good sleep hygiene. 1. Keep a regular bedtime & wakening time (to include weekends). Get up. ...Read more

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Could it be that sleep apnea may contribute to night leg cramps?

Not likely: Leg cramps at night are more likely due to calcium &/or magnesium deficiency or a vitamin d deficiency. Sometimes restless leg syndrome is associated with sleep apnea. ...Read more

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I had a robotic hysterectomy and sling surgery one week ago. Last two nights I have lower leg cramps keeping me from sleep?

I had a robotic hysterectomy and sling surgery one week ago. Last two nights I have lower leg cramps keeping me from sleep?

Leg cramps: Any swelling of your legs? Is it in both legs or just one. The main concern is having a blood clot in your leg called a dvt, which can break off and go to your lungs, called a pe. I would go see your doctor and maybe get an ultrasound of your legs. ...Read more

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I'm in my 3rd trimester & I have notice that when im sleeping on either side my arms go numb, & I have been having some leg cramps. Is it normal?

Staypuff marshmellow: At this stage in pregnancy you are carrying a heavy child, and an enormous amount of circulatory fluid and extra blood so when you sleep on your arm, it too "goes to sleep" from the pressure and temporary obstruction of circulation and nerve compression. Use pillows liberally and change positions often to avoid the problem. ...Read more

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I have a venous us and see a vascular doc in a week for severe bilateral foot/ankle swelling attacks. The leg cramps/pain behind knee.? How to sleep?

I have a venous us and see a vascular doc in a week for severe bilateral foot/ankle swelling attacks. The leg cramps/pain behind knee.? How to sleep?

One of the concerns: Is a clot, a bakers cyst is another that comes to mind. A clot is serious if present and needs to be dealt with immediately. The question is did you already have he ultrasound or not? If you didn't go get it done...And do not wait a week. If you did and it was negative, I would call the doctors office anyway explain your ina lot of pain and ask to be seen earlier.
Perhaps ice would help.... ...Read more

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Why do I always have leg cramp in e lower part during sleeping?

See below: This can be restless leg syndrome, most of the time unknown cause. Happens in 10% of population, more frequent in females. Non-pharmacologic treatments include avoiding caffeine and alcohol, set regular time to go to bed. The are meds also that help this, your dr can help which one will be the best for you. ...Read more

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What causes severe leg cramps in a dialysis patient. Especially at night or during dialysis.?

What causes severe leg cramps in a dialysis patient. Especially at night or during dialysis.?

Fluid shifts: Most attribute leg muscle cramps during or after dialysis to the shifting of fluid out of the muscle cells as excess fluid is removed during dialysis and the body re-equillabrates. ...Read more

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What causes leg cramps in some women during their menstruation?

What causes leg cramps in some women during their menstruation?

Prostaglandins: During a woman's period a chemical in the body rises. The rise in this group of chemicals (prostaglandins) causes the cramps ...Read more

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What are cramps in back of your legs caused by usually while sleeping wake up painful When cramping what do you do?

What are cramps in back of your legs caused by usually while sleeping wake up painful When cramping what do you do?

RLS: RLS= Restless Legs Syndrome. You nee a sleep study PSG. This is a nocturnal sleep disorder that is classified under the seizure disorders. It is treated with neuroleptics. While you are waiting to be evaluated exams and have blood tested done., you can start magnesium 500mg at bedtime an iron 325mg. ...Read more

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Woke w/sharp pain in inner thigh in one leg, cramp in calf of other. Walked around a bit, pain went away-went back to sleep. Woke to thigh pain again.

Woke w/sharp pain in inner thigh in one leg, cramp in calf of other. Walked around a bit, pain went away-went back to sleep. Woke to thigh pain again.

Cramps: Recurrent muscle cramps or spasms may be caused by deficiencies of calcium or magnesium. Sometimes they are due to excessive muscle tightness caused by various muscle activities during the day. In this case stretching maneuvers of the legs before going to bed may prevent the nocturnal spasms. You could also take a magnesium supplement daily. See your physician as needed. ...Read more

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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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What causes leg cramps, and why does stretching help?

Cramps are common: A muscle cramp is a involuntary contraction of a musle, especailly common of the legs and feet. Most commonly caused by hyperexcitability of the nerves that stimulate the muscles. Can also be the result of an injury and vigorous activity. Dehydration and electrolyte, element imbalances can also be causative factors. Simple stretching lengthens the muscle and stops the contraction. ...Read more

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Can sotalol cause leg pains or leg cramps?

Can sotalol cause leg pains or leg cramps?

Yes: According to the drug literature pain can occur in 2-7% cases depending on dosage. I would not change any medication that your doctor prescribes before talking with them first. ...Read more

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Legs Cramping (Definition)

Involuntary contraction of one or more muscle groups in the lower extremities. There are ...Read more