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Why do I get leg cramps just below my knee every night?

Why do I get leg cramps just below my knee every night?

# of reasons: Leg cramps occur because of tired muscles (standing long periods, workout), low potassium, venous insufficiency, peripheral arterial disease (pad), and the trigger may be simply stretching in bed. Try stretching exercises, ice massages to area of cramping. Evaluation of your leg veins by a phlebologist (physician who treats venous problems) may be next step. ...Read more

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Dr. James Isobe
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Legs Cramping (Definition)

Leg pain can be due to a muscle cramp (also called a charley horse). Common causes of cramps include: * Dehydration or low amounts of potassium, sodium, calcium, or magnesium in the blood * Medications such as: o Diuretics, which can cause you to lose too much fluid or minerals o Statins, which lower cholesterol and can cause muscle injury * Muscle fatigue or strain from overuse, too much exercise, or holding a muscle in the same position ...Read more


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I have really bad leg cramps ever night.I have tried every thing I know to do. It is several times a night in both legs at the same time, knees down ?

I have really bad leg cramps ever night.I have tried every thing I know to do. It is several times a night in both legs at the same time, knees down ?

Seek medical help: Cause of calf cramping may be tired muscles after prolonged standing, abnormalities in blood chemistry (potassium, calcium, magnesium), dehydration, simply tired muscles from exercise, and venous incompetence. Preferably, see a phlebologist to have your legs evaluated, starting with ultrasound of the veins in your legs. ...Read more

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Why do I get severe leg cramps right below the back of my knees to the point that if I am not careful they will lock?

Why do I get severe leg cramps right below the back of my knees to the point that if I am not careful they will lock?

The Charlie horse: Muscle fatigue/injury, over-used, poor blood cirulation, medication use, neurologic disease, low potassium/calcium etc...Can cause muscle spasm. At times, no cause can be found. Charlie horse or leg cramp often occurs at night and can be quite severe. The true mechanism is not well known. There are treatments, but you should get evaluated by doc first. Keep well hydrated. Good luck. ...Read more

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Occasionally I get bad leg cramps in the upper back of my leg above the knee. after a 12hr day of labor in sun all day.what causes.hurt I can't move?

Occasionally I get bad leg cramps in the upper back of my leg above the knee. after a 12hr day of labor in sun all day.what causes.hurt I can't move?

Fatigue, dehydration: Muscle fatigue due to physical exertion, dehydration with loss of electrolytes contribute to leg cramping. Venous insufficiency with leg swelling aggravates the situation. Remedy with ice massages of aching muscles, adequate hydration with Gatorade or equivalent, stretching exercises. Using compression hose to cut down on leg swelling may help; see phlebologist @ www.phlebology.org ...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 have severe leg cramps from the waistline to my knees... It's been getting worse what can I do? About this

I have severe leg cramps from the waistline to my knees... It's been getting worse what can I do? About this

Not enough details: Leg cramps can be caused from sciatica or herniated lumbar disc or peripheral vascular insufficiency and decreased blood flow or even blood clots in the leg there may be other symptoms that can point to one cause over other also duration of symptoms may be helpful so please see your primary care doctor who can diagnose your problem good luck. ...Read more

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I feel pain like cramps behind me right knee and around it, that knee and leg feel colder then other leg.cramps last even for a day and dont change wi?

I feel pain like cramps behind me right knee and around it, that knee and leg feel colder then other leg.cramps last even for a day and dont change wi?

Be seen : With that history, I would certainly be seen and evaluated for a aneurysm of the popliteal artery, which can cause the symptoms you are describing. There are numerous other possibilities as well, but it is concerning that you feel the blood flow is reduced on on leg compared to the other. That is not normal. ...Read more

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I feel leg cramps and knee pain.and a tingling sensation on my left buttocks.what is it?thanks

I feel leg cramps and knee pain.and a tingling sensation on my left buttocks.what is it?thanks

Could be different: things. Time to go in for a check up and have it examined, tested, and your PCP may need to further assess what's going on. It can range from sciatica, to electrolyte deficiency, to tendonitis, or any number of things best examined physically to get immediate relief. If it's musculoskeletal, it will be easier to solve, and treat. Get a 2nd opinion from an osteopathic doctor specializing in NMM. ...Read more