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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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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?

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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?

Don't forget veins: One of the most common symptoms of varicose veins and venous incompetence is leg cramps. As much as 70% of the time, people with varicose veins will have leg cramps. Although there are many other possible causes, as others have said, if you have any visible veins in your legs, you should see a venous specialist (phlebologist) for help. ...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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Outer knee pain when I bend my knees. Extremely hard to get up from the ground. Severe leg cramps and into the hip. Can't walk they get so bad.

Outer knee pain when I bend my knees. Extremely hard to get up from the ground. Severe leg cramps and into the hip. Can't walk they get so bad.

Leg pain: Either you have knee problems meaning you need to see an Orthopod or you have arterial insuffiency to your legs meaning you need to see a Vascular Surgeon. Go see your PCP for referral if your legs are bothering you a lot. ...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

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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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 don't 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 don't 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

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Only at bed time I have extremely painful leg cramps and pain on the left side of my thigh and my right knee no matter how I lay or what I try?

Only at bed time I have extremely painful leg cramps and pain on the left side of my thigh and my right knee no matter how I lay or what I try?

Cramps: One thing that you might want to start in addition to stretching, etc is proper hydration and taking a daily multi-vitamin. Another suggestion, try a gentle heating pad. These are just suggestions, if your symptoms do not improve dramatically you should have a hands on physical exam from a medical professional. ...Read more

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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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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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I have pitted edema from my knee to my ankle on my right leg only. I have leg cramps also dull chest pain and pain between shoulder blades. Causes?

See your doctor: There are many different causes of these symptoms, the most worrisome include a problem with your heart or a blood clot. More history is needed to make an educated diagnosis, but I highly recommend you see your doctor or go to the emergency room right away to rule out the possibility of your heart or a blood clot causing these symptoms. ...Read more

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I have a venous us and see a vascular doc in a week for severe bilateral foot/ankle swelling attacks. The leg cramps/pain behind knee.? How to sleep?

I have a venous us and see a vascular doc in a week for severe bilateral foot/ankle swelling attacks. The leg cramps/pain behind knee.? How to sleep?

One of the concerns: Is a clot, a bakers cyst is another that comes to mind. A clot is serious if present and needs to be dealt with immediately. The question is did you already have he ultrasound or not? If you didn't go get it done...And do not wait a week. If you did and it was negative, I would call the doctors office anyway explain your ina lot of pain and ask to be seen earlier.
Perhaps ice would help.... ...Read more

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Why do I get leg cramps every night?

Why do I get leg cramps every night?

Leg cramps: Hi. This could be a magnesium deficiency, b12 deficiency, iron deficiency or even dehydration. Try taking these vitamins and I would suggest getting your blood checked.
Thank you,
Dr. Sethi

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Any explanation for why I get leg cramps almost every night?

Any explanation for why I get leg cramps almost every night?

Leg cramp: Some causes of cramp:
low potassium, magnesium and calcium, dehydration, kidney and thyroid disease, peripheral vascular dx, muscle injury, over using of muscles, medications incluidng statin, Antidepressant, birth control pill, sitting or sleeping on a hard surface for long time, restless leg syndrome, please talk to your doctor for evaluation
ypu can try Tonic water with quinine 8 oz at night. ...Read more

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Why is it that I get leg cramps almost every night?

Why is it that I get leg cramps almost every night?

See your pcp: Difficult to say without examination. I would reccommend seeing your primary care physician for evaluation and treatment. Your symptoms are suggestive of "restless leg syndrome " and there is effective medication available by prescription for this condition. Best of luck! ...Read more

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I get a leg cramps every night while sleeping. It happens when my legs get cold. Larger problem?

I get a leg cramps every night while sleeping. It happens when my legs get cold. Larger problem?

Diet or drugs?: Medications can increase risks of leg cramps as can nutritional deficiencies. If you are taking medicines or have an unusual diet talk to your doctor about testing for low potassium or magnesium levels or anemia. You can try tonic water or mineral supplements. If one leg is swelling and cramping more that the other or is much colder, do not ignore that... It could be a sign of a clot (dvt). ...Read more

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Why do I get leg cramps at night?

Why do I get leg cramps at night?

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 more

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Why would it be that when I eat an orange I get leg cramps during the night?

??: I would not have any idea as to why this may happen
of course all individuals are different in how they respond to things
i would suggest that you refrain from eating oranges esp at night. ...Read more

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I have been having leg cramps at night. Why do you get these?

I have been having leg cramps at night. Why do you get these?

Cramps: The cause of nocturnal leg cramps is often unknown, some causes: sitting for long periods of time, over-exertion of muscles, standing or working on concrete floors, sitting improperly, pregnancy, alcoholism, dehydration/electrolyte imbalances, parkinson’s, neuromuscular disorders, endocrine disorders (diabetes, hypothyroidism) and meds (diuretics, statins, beta agonists). ...Read more

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My husband wakes up in the middle of the night with leg cramps. How can he get rid of them?

My husband wakes up in the middle of the night with leg cramps. How can he get rid of them?

He needs to be seen: And properly evaluated and diagnosed, so treatment could be started for him.
The reasons for his pain might be from his spine, hip or Sacroiliac joint, Knee joint; or a nerve lesions like Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome (like Carpal T in hands), where pain from the foot gets referred to the leg/calf.
It might be the Charlie Horse.
Without being evaluated it will be difficult to get rid of it.
Good Luck. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned if my husband wakes up in the middle of the night with leg cramps. What will get rid of them?

Possibly: Possibly this may be related to dehydration, magnesium deficiency or a lower spine problem. If it is bad enough to impact his sleep you should see a physician to have a further workup. ...Read more

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What causes leg cramps in the middle of the night? What can I do to get them to stop? How can I prevent them from re-occurring?

What causes leg cramps in the middle of the night? What can I do to get them to stop? How can I prevent them from re-occurring?

Hydration: Night cramps in the legs are usually caused from an electrolyte imbalance. Some things to consider are getting proper hydration and electrolyte balance established. And also make sure you are doing enough stretching. ...Read more