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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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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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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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Managing Restless Leg Syndrome (Checklist)

See a vein specialist
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Daily
Check cholesterol medications
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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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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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Have your iron level checked
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Take medication as prescribed
Once
Reduce caffeine intake
Once
Quit smoking
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I'm 32 weeks pregnant. I have leg cramps doesn't feel like my whole leg. just the top of my leg below my knee. (only the left 1 hurts) need relief.

Calcium: Sometimes this can be due to a lack of calcium but it is worrisome that it is only in one leg and in the calf. Pregnancy is a hypercoagulable state and we always worry about blood clots. See your doctor today or go to the E.R. and stay off your leg as much as possible in the meantime. ...Read more

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What are some causes and remedies for leg cramps in young toddlers? My daughter is almost three and she has complained of leg cramps for about a year and a half maybe. She usually gets the cramps at night and tells me that they are around her knees and u

That : That is an unusual complaint for a child that age. I agree with her aunt that she should have blood work performed. It sounds like she is having adequate nutrition, so i would urge you to have her medically evaluated. ...Read more

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Managing Restless Leg Syndrome (Checklist)

Take a hot bath
once every night
Exercise
daily
Massage
weekly
Avoid caffeine
daily
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Knee cracked hard now I have stinging below the knee cap and leg cramps?

Knee cracked hard now I have stinging below the knee cap and leg cramps?

Many thoughts: You may have had the patella slip sideways or may have had a piece of cartilage get caught between the upper and lower leg bones. If there is no swelling, heat or redness, one may wish to ice the knee, take some Ibuprofen type medications for pain and rest the joint as much as possible for a few days. If this doesn't work, get seen by pcp or ortho doc. ...Read more

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