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What to do for muscle cramps in legs when trying to sleep?

What to do for muscle cramps in legs when trying to sleep?

Many possibilities: It could be from over use. There is also a possibility that it could be related to too little iron, magnesium, potassium, or calcium in your blood. One of the most common symptoms of varicose veins and venous incompetence is leg cramps. As much as 65% of the time, people with varicose veins will have leg cramps. If you have any visible veins in your legs, see a vein specialist. ...Read more

Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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How do I massage my own leg to relieve restless leg syndrome in order to get some sleep. What else can I also do?

How do I massage my own leg to relieve restless leg syndrome in order to get some sleep. What else can I also do?

Medical therapy: I suggest a comprehensive medical examination and blood testing. Many excellent medications are available for RLS. PLease consult your treating physician. ...Read more

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I get night time leg and feet muscle spasms that are excruciating ....What can I do to treat and stop them?

I get night time leg and feet muscle spasms that are excruciating ....What can I do to treat and stop them?

First try: First try eating more potassium (like a banana) try doing this for awhile and if things don't change let me know :]. ...Read more

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What can you do for muscle cramps in your back?

What can you do for  muscle cramps in your back?

ICE/HEAT: I have always recommended rubbing on a counter irritant like biofreeze, having an "ice massage" until uncomfortable, then apply moist heat. ...Read more

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Restless legs when i go to sleep like a burning sensation in thighs and calves have to put one leg up quite high to stretch the muscles to sleep?

Restless legs when i go to sleep like a burning sensation in thighs and calves have to put one leg up quite high to stretch the muscles to sleep?

You might try: a simple OTC remedy BENADRYL Capsules (Diphenhydramine) an ANTI-HISTAMINE...at night has been known to help with "Restless legs syndrome" Just a thought...hope it helps!) Dr Z ...Read more

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What to do if i get muscle cramps once in awhile in my feet on what to do if a muscle cramp starts?

What to do if i get muscle cramps once in awhile in my feet on what to do if a muscle cramp starts?

Rest and stretch: Rest from the activity you are doing that causes the cramp, and then stretch the foot in a manner to relieve the cramp. Often this means gently but consistently pulling the toes back to stretch the plantar aspect of the foot. ...Read more

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Why do you twitch in bed, when your about to go to sleep? Not just before.. But when your still awake in bed? Leg and arm twitches

Why do you twitch in bed, when your about to go to sleep?  Not just before.. But when your still awake in bed? Leg and arm twitches

Myoclonic jerks: Do not worry, it is common and widespread. If you are asleep and it awakens you, then this is termed periodic leg movements in sleep (aka , nocturnal myoclonus), which should be treated with a medicine. Otherwise, no real problem or concern. ...Read more

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For the past 3-4 days i couldnt sleep and neither do I feel tired enough to do so in the first place is that bad and what can I do to fall asleep?

For the past 3-4 days i couldnt sleep and neither do I feel tired enough to do so in the first place is that bad and what can I do to fall asleep?

Worried?: Sudden difficulty sleeping is often due to anxiety at your age. Are you worried about something? Do you feel like you have a good plan to deal with the issue? Have you discussed it with a parent or school counselor? Writing down what you are worried about and adding possible solutions prior to bed may help you relax. If not, you may need to speak to a doctor for help. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can do to relieve the pain when I wake up with a Charlie horse in my calf? I don't know how to stop it from cramping.

Is there anything I can do to relieve the pain when I wake up with a Charlie horse in my calf?  I don't know how to stop it from cramping.

First make sure: It's not a clot in your leg. If it is not I would consider taking magnesium supplements before bedtime like magox400 mg. if you are on any statins I would either discontinue them (with discussion with your doctor) or supplement with coenzyme q10. ...Read more

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What to do to when I pull a muscle in your upper leg?

What to do to when I pull a muscle in your upper leg?

Rest, maybe meds: Rest, gentle range of motion and stretching to avoid contractures, and may be some usage of anti-imflammatory medication can be helpful..Avoid extrenuous activities until healed... If not better, check with your doc, .... ...Read more

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What will happen to my body if I have to deprive myself of sleep for several days?

What will happen to my body if I have to deprive myself of sleep for several days?

Sleep deprivation: All living things require sleep. Sleep deprivation leads to sleep rebound. Issues that occur include mood disturbance, decreased memory, increased general pain, GI issues and others. Your body after a few days will start reverting to microsleep whether you want to or not. People describe "losing time" and uncontrollable sleepiness or panic. ...Read more

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Small things keep me awake like a muscle twitch or a leg move and I have to take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to go to sleep. What is the reason for this?

Small things keep me awake like a muscle twitch or a leg move and I have to take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to go to sleep. What is the reason for this?

Prevention: Not being able to sleep may indicated sleep problems that can be life shortening or life threatening. A condition called restless leg syndrome may be at play. The only way to know if there are serious problems is with an overnight sleep test. I encourage you to seek help. ...Read more

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What to do if I have pain in legs after jogging. trying to improve my posture. need help?

Leg pain: Try simple stretching before running . Decrease the length of time you r running as many times the pain indicates u r doing too much i.e. Too long ,too fast . Try starting going at a pace consistent with a fast walk and stop after 10 minutes. Do this 3-4 times a week , increase only by 10 % per week ...Read more

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I have pain in left lower back, when i sit long, lift something or try strech. What can be and what to do to find out what is going on? Thank you!

I have pain in left lower back, when i sit long, lift something or try strech. What can be and what to do to find out what is going on? Thank you!

LBP: Left lower back pain in 27 y is most likely muscle & ligament strain. Herniated disc, ankylosing spondylitis , and kidney stone can be the possibilities. Please see your doctor for good history and thorough physical exam and some diagnostic tests. You are already on movalis which is anti-inflammatory medication. Continue it. Please read-back pain; http://doctorrajput.Com thanks. ...Read more

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When i lay down to sleep my arms start throbbing/tingling with pain. It takes hours to go to sleep. They don't hurt any other time. What is this?

When i lay down to sleep my arms start throbbing/tingling with pain. It takes hours to go to sleep. They don't hurt any other time. What is this?

Carpal Tunnel : Pain, numbness, tingling, weakness and night pain are the most common symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. It can increase with progressive pregnancies. http://www.centraljerseyhand.com/carpal-tunnel-syndrome.htm. ...Read more

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I get muscle cramps in my sides for no reason. I stretch out and pound on the muscle to relax it. It will seize and relax many times. Why?

I get muscle cramps in my sides for no  reason. I stretch out and pound on the muscle to relax it. It will seize and relax many times. Why?

Muscle spasm: It sound like you are experiencing muscle spasm- there are many causes: overuse, exercise, electrolyte or calcium loss, metabolic causes etc. Pound down electrolyte rich fluids like powerade, gatorade, vitamin water, and multivits. Consult your private physician for definitive blood and metabolic testing. ...Read more

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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more


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Muscle Cramps Or Spasms (Definition)

A muscle cramp is a sudden and involuntary contract of one's muscle(s). Such cramps are usually harmless, and may result from certain medications or from long periods of exercise. ...Read more