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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 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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Why do I get pain down my legs when I get cramps?

Why do I get pain down my legs when I get cramps?

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

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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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What to do if I get nightly leg cramps and they hurt a lot?

What to do if I get nightly leg cramps and they hurt a lot?

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

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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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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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What are the causes of leg cramps when I start to get out of bed?

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

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What to do if I get horrible leg cramps in one leg at night how can I stop it?

What to do if I get horrible leg cramps in one leg at night how can I stop it?

Sugar: Sugar usage can do this. I am a aware of a person that will get bad leg cramps at night if they have any sugar containing foods after 4:00 pm that day. ...Read more

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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

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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.?

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 more

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I get constant cramps in my left leg. What can I do for this?

I get constant cramps in my left leg. What can I do for this?

Hard to know: They say potassium and electrolyte imbalance causes this sometimes. I would try eating a banana which is a good source of potassium and see if this helps. You migt also try gatorade or any drink with salt and electrolytes in it. ...Read more

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Can doctors tell me what does your body tell you when you always get leg cramps?

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