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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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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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

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What causes leg or arm twitching while sleeping?

What causes leg or arm twitching while sleeping?

PLMD: Could be periodic limb movement disorder which occurs during sleep. Please see a sleep specialist for further work-up. ...Read more

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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

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What causes me to get extreme muscle cramps in my legs while i sleep?

What causes me to get extreme muscle cramps in my legs while i sleep?

Depends: It depends on what the cramps are like and how you make them go away. Vascular disease is a very common cause. ...Read more

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What is the cause for restless leg syndrome? Experiencing it night and day! also having lower back pain.

What is the cause for restless leg syndrome?  Experiencing it night and day!  also having lower back pain.

Not known: No known cause for restless legs syndrome exists. Researchers suspect the condition may be due to an imbalance of the brain chemical dopamine. This chemical sends messages to control muscle movement. Rls runs in families in at least half the people with rls, especaily early age. Rls sometimes accompanies other conditions. Pregnancy peripheral neuropathy. Iron deficiency. Kidney failure. ...Read more

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What could cause restless legs at night?

What could cause restless legs at night?

RLS: If it is not primary that mean you are born with it and with age gets worse. The most common cause would be iron deficiency renal disease or thyroid disease. Avoid coffee and alcohol in evenings. Can get help from a sleep doctor. ...Read more

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What causes sudden blood clot in legs while sleeping?

What causes sudden blood clot in legs while sleeping?

Doesn't: Has nothing to do with sleeping blood clots can occur for many varied reasons but sleeping is not one of them. ...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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I am experiencing night time leg twitching/jerking movements. What is causing this? This prevents me from falling asleep. What can I do

I am experiencing night time leg twitching/jerking movements. What is causing this? This prevents me from falling asleep. What can I do

Need evaluation: During that interval between wakefulness and sleep there is some normal shifting around of arms and legs. This does not normally require treatment.Anxiety can make these movement more pronounced and when anxiety is treated they lessen and sleep comes more quickly. Sometimes however when the restless movements are very bothersome they represent restless legs syndrome (rls) and need meds. ...Read more

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What causes twitching legs during the night?

Several possibles: There are a couple types of movement disorders that occur mostly at night. One is a variant of restless leg syndrome, called periodic limb movements disorder of sleep. This can seem like kicking or writhing so might not be what you mean there are some other movement issues that could cause actual muscle twitching and smaller movements. If possible have a video taken to show doc or sleep eval. ...Read more

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What could cause leg spasms/cramps during basketball?

What could cause leg spasms/cramps during basketball?

Salt or water?: Common causes include dehydration and electrolyte imbalance provoke by exercise. Another possibility is physical deconditioning in someone unused to strenuous exertion. ...Read more

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What causes leg pain during pregnancy?

What causes leg pain during pregnancy?

One cause Veins: Many women have inherited the gene for venous disease. Then with hormones of pregnancy, increased pressure on the pelvic veins and leg veins. There is venous reflux. Please wear prescription support stockings throughout your pregnancy. ...Read more

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What can cause neck pain and numbness in hands while sleeping. While working I have twisting of fingers and restless legs while resting.

What can cause neck pain and numbness in hands while sleeping. While working I have twisting of fingers and restless legs while resting.

Neck problems: It is very possible that the root if your numbness, tingling and lack of strength of upper extremities and hands is on the neck. High and hard pillows may exacerbate it while in bed. Make a consult to a chiropractor or medical doctor regarding your neck contracture and pain. Use a soft pillow or none at all. Relax your neck when you work at the office, using a tall seat whenever possible. ...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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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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What could cause twitching or spasms in belly at night while going to sleep?

What could cause twitching or spasms in belly at night while going to sleep?

Muscle changes?: Muscle twitches could occur with a viral infection, changes in the spinal cord, changes in the blood chemistry, medicine side effects, lots of exercise or sit ups, or stopping lots of exercise or sit ups after doing them regularly. ...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