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What causes leg cramps in both legs?

What causes leg cramps in both legs?

Yes: Although most commonly affecting the lower legs, restless leg syndrome can also affect the lower back and arms. The symptoms tend to be worse at night and also with inactivity and are accompanied by an urge to move. Moving only temporarily alleviates the symptoms. ...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


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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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What causes feet and leg cramps or charlie horses?

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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

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What causes leg cramps?

Leg cramps: Usually they happen at night. Most often it is a nerve compression in the Lumbar spine. Back pain may or may not be present. Certain sleep positions cause pinching of these nerves. I recommend sleeping on your stomach with 1-2 pillows under pelvis Many Americans use walker and wheelchairs as they get older because this condition causes atrophy of the leg muscles and affects the ability to walk. ...Read more

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What causes persistant leg cramps primarily in one leg (right)?

What causes persistant leg cramps primarily in one leg (right)?

Muscle irritation: Cramping comes on when muscles become irritated after heavy working, exercise, prolonged standing. A frequent cause is venous incompetence, and the leaky valves within veins allow reverse flow of blood down the legs, resulting in swelling, subsequent cramping. See www.Phlebology.Org and see a phlebologist who can help you out. ...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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What cause leg cramp?

What cause leg cramp?

Leg Cramps: Leg Cramps can be caused by many conditions with the most serious being blood clots. So, any cramping that does not go away, with or without leg swelling, should be immediately checked out. Yet most leg cramps are due to muscle fatigue, dehydration, or spinal disease with nerve hypersensitivity. And, there are even more minor causes like deficiencies of certain minerals, etc. Dr Rich Blake ...Read more

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What causes severe leg cramping and burning pain in both legs?

What causes severe leg cramping and burning pain in both legs?

Hard to say: Potential issues include nerve entrapment, radiation from back, nutritional issues and hydration, metabolic and genetic issues like Charcot Marie tooth, vascular issues like poor circulation or poplite artery entrapment, exertional compartment syndrome, medial tibial stress syndrome, and stress fractures. Since the differential is so broad, probably should get checked by a sports doc ...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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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 cramps in my toes?

What causes cramps in my toes?

Muscle fatigue : Muscles cramp when they fatigued. This often happens when your feet are not properly supported, causing them to be overworked. Switching to properly supportive shoe gear should help. If not, see a podiatrist to discuss custom biomechanical orthotics. Also, stay well-hydrated and consider electrolyte replacement if you are exercising. ...Read more

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What can cause leg pains in lower extremities?

What can cause leg pains in lower extremities?

Leg pains: Several things such as muscular, vascular, neurological, etc. Best to have that checked by your primary care doc. ...Read more

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Dipples in calves, cramping and leg twitching what could this be?

Dipples in calves, cramping and leg twitching what could this be?

Neurologist time: Primary care md will first order a doppler study (i don't know why) to work up leg symptoms. Cramping, dimpling and twitching suggests a problem with the excitability of the muscle due to muscle disease, neuromusclular problems, neuropathy or electrolite imbalance. If thyroid, potassium, magnesium, calcium, sodium and kidney function is normal, you probably need to be referred to a specialist. ...Read more

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What could cause leg aching, cramping, and twitchy?

What could cause leg aching, cramping, and twitchy?

Cramping: Several reasons can cause muscle cramping. These include but not limited to electrolyte disturbances or muscle related problems. ...Read more

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Does restless leg syndrome cause a charlie horse in calf?

Does restless leg syndrome cause a charlie horse in calf?

No: Cramping or charlie horses in the calf are generally not part of restless leg syndrome. I would recommend that you see your doctor for further workup and treatment of what could be causing the cramping especially electrolyte disturbances. ...Read more

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What causes severe pain in the calf and thigh muscles of both legs?

What causes severe pain in the calf and thigh muscles of both legs?

Lots of things: Severe calf pain can be due to intermittant claudication which you must address due to poor circulation. Upper thigh pain can also be due to poor circulation especially if you are a past smoker. Overexercise which causes cramping, and lack of stretching may also be a cause. Arthridities and neuromuscular disorders should also be addressed. I would see your physician for a proper diagnosis. ...Read more

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What can cause leg cramps in both legs in the evenings?

What can cause leg cramps in both legs in the evenings?

Yes: Although most commonly affecting the lower legs, restless leg syndrome can also affect the lower back and arms. The symptoms tend to be worse at night and also with inactivity and are accompanied by an urge to move. Moving only temporarily alleviates the symptoms. ...Read more

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What causes muscle cramps from lower leg to hip the cramps are quite bad were toi scream?

What causes muscle cramps from lower leg to hip the cramps are quite bad were toi scream?

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 more

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