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What Do Leg Cramps Mean
How to deal with leg cramps after vigorous work. I mean what should be taken and does drinking glucose is a good thing to deal with cramps.
Not necessarily: Cramps, tightness or "charley horses" during walking or activity might be intermittent claudication. This is a symptom common with pad. Cramps at night or during periods of inactivity that improves with walking is unlikely pad or poor circulation. Discussion with your physician may help further determine what the issue is. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am 16 year old girl I've been getting more hungry than usual and I have leg cramps does it mean it's a growth spurt? I'm 4'10 and supposed to be 5'4
It's possible: That you're having a growth spurt, however most girls have reached their adult height around age 13. Girls usually have one last growth spurt before they start having their periods, and then they're done growing. Everyone is a little different and it is important to talk to your parents and doctor about your concerns about your height. Read more
Multiple potential: Causes from overuse of muscle, electrolyte or salt imbalance/dehydration to vascular issues, neurologic issues, metabolic issues like thyroid conditions to medication related issues such as statins to certain conditions like restless leg syndrome. If a persistent problem, see your physician. Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Go see your doctor: Review your medications w/your doc after telling her/him what bothers you. Any diuretics (water pills)? These can upset your electrolye balance leading to cramps. We used to recommend quinine for leg cramps but it's not easily available, nor inexpensive these days. You could try drinking tonic water, perhaps. Stretching is always helpful. Make sure no swelling in affected leg. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Review meds, exercis: It depends on what is causing them. Lots of reasons exist for leg cramps, including medications, electrolyte problems, vascular problems, etc. If it is from a cholesterol drug called statins, then sometimes stopping or changing the medicine can help. Other times, over the counter medicines help, like naproxyn or ibuprofen. Coq-10 is a supplement that can help. Exercise may help too! Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Very common: The majority of leg cramps simply occur from muscle deconditioning and overstretch, mostly occurring at night, and respond to stretching "toes toward the nose". Rare causes: low calcium or magnesium, neuromyotonia, restless leg syndrome, some drugs, familial, multiple sclerosis, pregnancy, strenuous exercise and some very, very rare neuromuscular diseases. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
You can take...: ...yourself to the doctor so (s)he can find out WHY you have leg cramps. Probably benign, but could be serious. Do you ask, "How do I get rid of that whining noise my car makes? " or do you take it to a mechanic to find out what's causing the noise so that he can fix it? Same for your body as for your car: First diagnosis, THEN treatment. Always. Read more
Fluids/diet: When are they occurring? During exercise, after exercise, daily activities, at night when sleeping? Cramping can have many causes but some basic things you can do to try to relieve them are staying well hydrated and watching nutrition. Bananas are great for the potassium and so you might want to try eating these. 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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Cramp your style: Before you can do anything about leg cramps it is best to try to find the cause. Not always an easy thing to now. Are the cramps in the calf? These are typical. Can be caused by overuse, positional, low calcium, potassium, dehydration just to mention some. You must consider back problems and even the side effects of some drugs. It is probably best to see a physician for help wading thru it all. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Several things: Tired muscles from heavy exercise, prolonged standing/working on them. Abnormalities in potassium, calcium, magnesium, dehydration, venous disease (venous insufficiency), poor arterial circulation can result in rest pain which some describe as cramping. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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