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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 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 severe charley horses. I cannot stretch my legs because I get severe leg cramps.

What causes severe charley horses.  I cannot stretch my legs because I get severe leg cramps.

Lots of things: Here you go - and this is not a complete list : poor fitting shoes, sciatica, neuropathy (many causes), lower back arthritis, certain medicines, exercising, and many others. Your physician can properly diagnose you. ...Read more

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Does Lipitor (atorvastatin) cause restless legs & leg cramps?

Does Lipitor (atorvastatin) cause restless legs & leg cramps?

Possibly: Lipitor (atorvastatin) has been reported to cause arm/leg pain, muscle spasms, and sore muscles. These occur in less than 15% of patients. If you have developed any of these symptoms, you may want to discuss it with your doctor. If your symptoms are troubling, perhaps a different medicine or a different dose may be needed. ...Read more

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I have severe leg cramps in calves and knee area at night I drink plenty water and take no chol meds. I have a L5 problem. No thryoid disease.

I have severe leg cramps in calves and knee area at night  I drink plenty water and take no chol meds. I have a L5 problem.   No thryoid disease.

I would make : Sure your circulation is okay perhaps thru arterial dopplers and if okay consider taking magox 400mg this is a magnesium supplement sold without prescription. ...Read more

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I'm suffering from night time leg cramps in the lower calf. Remedies?

Yes: These types of cramps are usually inadequate dietary salt intake. Pregnant women can suffer from these as their body water increases leading a to a reduction in sodium in the blood. Increased dietary salt intake usually helps. ...Read more

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If you get calf / leg cramps, should you reduced or eliminated anything from your diet?

Salt: Typical leg cramps are caused by a build up of Lactic Acid due to muscle fatigue. Quinine as in tonic water is very helpful and stay hydrated with water. ...Read more

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My legs are very stiff when getting up in the morning, but is sometimes better as i move.At first no pain, now pain.And leg cramps.What might it be?

My legs are very stiff when getting up in the morning, but is sometimes better as i move.At first no pain, now pain.And leg cramps.What might it be?

First...: Try eating things that have potassium, such as a banana, drink plenty of water. Try doing some stretches, learn some yoga poses and do some of those poses every morning and before going to bed. Try all of these things first and if the symptoms continue then i recommend seeing a doctor so they can make a proper diagnosis and further help you from there :]. ...Read more

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Will cortosone shots make leg cramps worse?My cramps have got unbareable, in my legs and some in my sides.

Will cortosone shots make leg cramps worse?My cramps have got unbareable, in my legs and some in my sides.

No: In orthopedics we mostly inject cortisone into knee and shoulders, right into the joint. There are a few other joints that we can inject in the office. Sometimes cortisone will be given as an intramuscular injection especially by primary care physicians. It is also used for trigger point injections. I have no knowledge of a direct relationship from cortisone injection and cramps. ...Read more

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Had blood test done by a neurologist and all items came back normal besides low aldolase. 1.9 U/L. My symptoms are leg cramps in the back calves?

Had blood test done by a neurologist and all items came back normal besides low aldolase. 
1.9 U/L. My symptoms are leg cramps in the back calves?

Normal results: it is actually normal from my reference, aldolase is an enzyme that helps with sugar breakdown to produce energy , high in muscle cells , without any further abnormalities , no risk or anything to worry about , probably next time it will be normal, usually not associated with muscle aches, potassium, calcium,,sodium could be ...Read more

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I am feeling fatigue, occasionally dizziness swelling of calves&ankles., occasionally leg cramps. Heart cath was good, leg circulation test was good what could be wrong

I  am feeling fatigue, occasionally dizziness swelling of calves&ankles., occasionally leg cramps. Heart cath was good, leg circulation test was good what could be wrong

You need to visit: Your internist, for a complete history and physical. Blood work sounds like a good idea as well. Do you take medications? Any medical conditions? Cramping in legs at night? Or while walking? There are more questions that need to be answered.....To help you. ...Read more

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Pulsating outer left thigh pain along with leg cramps and twitching calves. Leg cramps started a month ago. Lumbar MRI pending, DVT ultrasound negativ?

Pulsating outer left thigh pain along with leg cramps and twitching calves. Leg cramps started a month ago. Lumbar MRI pending, DVT ultrasound negativ?

Sciatica: Although there are several possibilities, one if the more common causes is a sciatica, which is an irritation of a nerve in the back that can cause pain that runs into the hip. When you lower your chin, it increases the pressure in the spinal canal and can aggravate the symptoms like you are describing. The hip and the SI joint are also potential causes. Don't hesitate to be seen. ...Read more