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Why Do People Get Cramps In Their Legs
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
Muscle spasms: I am assuming that the cramps you are describing are leg cramps. The large muscles in the legs experience pain when the muscles contract and don't let go, causing pain that can shoot down your legs. This can be a sign of poor circulation, abnormal salts (especially potassium, magnesium, or calcium), and should be evaluated by your primary physician. Good luck! ...Read more
Pain meds, including:
A muscle relaxer, or massaging the calf, or standing on a cold floor. One or the other of these would work for you.
See your pcp to get investigated as to why you are getting the cramps, as there are some causes that could be diagnosed, and then corrected.
Good luck, happy holidays. ...Read more
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
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
Electrolyte imbalanc: Leg cramps can be cause by several things. However, the most common cause is electrolyte imbalance and or dehydration. Make sure you are hydrated and I would make sure you take a calcium supplement. If this does not help consider trying a magnesium supplement. If nothing else helps there is a product called 'crampy legs' which usually helps. ...Read more
Leg cramps my dr. Has done nothing for them what can I do or what dr. Do I need to see get them at least 5 nights a week..
Several possbilities: Leg cramps can be caused by hormone problems, neuropathy, arterial problems, mineral deficiencies, structural problems like lumbar or pelvic dysfunctions & much more. Tests for many of these are simple physical, blood or ultrasound exams. Others are more complicated. A good osteopathic family practice dr. Could be helpful as he/she should understand all of the above. Neurologist may also be helpful ...Read more
Why do I get bad cramps at night time in my legs like something is trying to escape. I am a 50 year old male. Please help.?
Another possibility: I agree with dr. Birnbaum, but would add another possibility: chronic venous insufficiency. Many docs & patients are unaware of the association between chronic superficial venous insufficiency (faulty valves leading to increased pooling/pressure in leg veins) and chronic leg cramps. A board-certified phlebologist (vein specialist) can evaluate such issues. Minimally-invasive procedures may help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sometimes I get horrible pain from leg cramps that wake me up. What causes them and what can I do to help me relieve the pain?
Lots of things -: Out bodies need at least 2 quarts of water each day to do all the biochemical processes, then another quart or more to balance out the soda pop and sugary food we eat each day. If we don't drink enough water, the muscles of our body cramp because they need a good flush - so give it to 'em! Drink 2qts water daily then duplicate any non-juice beverage ounce per ounce with water. ...Read more
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