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What Causes 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
My husband has leg cramps and leg trembles during his sleep. It has been ongoing for 6 months. Is this serious? Thanks
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
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
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
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
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
My mum is complaining of really bad leg cramps when she's either turning in her sleeping or getting dressed. Why is this?
I had a robotic hysterectomy and sling surgery one week ago. Last two nights I have lower leg cramps keeping me from sleep?
No: This is a myth. No proof or evidence it is helpful. ...Read more
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
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
I've had a leg cramps for a month now and the last two weeks it has made my foot be asleep it's hard to walk it hurts so bad that I have to sit for ye?
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
I sometimes get cramps on my legs during sleep. It only goes away if I point my toes toward my head. Why is this happening?
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
I got always a leg cramps at night and during swimming. What is the causes and what should I do at least lessen the occurrence?
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
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
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
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
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