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Why Do You Get Leg Cramps
Hydrate: Foot cramps are common and over 65, many cramping episodes can be prevented by ensuring adequate hydration either with water alone or mixed with a mild electrolyte beverage like Gatorade, which has some sodium and potassium in it. If your stools are regular you can add a magnesium supplement for a short time. Lastly, shoes with good arch support, mild heat and local massage to the area may help. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
Tied, muscle pain: Heat cramps can result in intense tightening of the muscle for seconds to minutes and are often very painful. Immediate treatment involves resting the affected area, gentle stretching of the muscle (if possible) and hydration. Many, but not all, cramps are related to dehydration and/or sodium/potassium depletion. After cramps, many feel very fatigued, thirsty and those muscles become sore. ...Read more
Prostaglandins: During the period, a physiologic process occurs which leads to the sloughing (shedding) of the inner lining of the uterus, known as the endometrium. What facilitates this involves the production of very powerful chemicals by the body known as prostaglandins. These produce very strong contractions of the uterus which in some women can be as painful as labor. This also explains menstrual diarrhea. ...Read more
Go see your doctor: Review your medications w/your doc after telling her/him what bothers you. Any diuretics (water pills)? These can upset your electrolye balance leading to cramps. We used to recommend quinine for leg cramps but it's not easily available, nor inexpensive these days. You could try drinking tonic water, perhaps. Stretching is always helpful. Make sure no swelling in affected leg. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Constant or with sex: It is my understanding that there can be many causes for vaginal pain, and the list of potential causes can only be narrowed by knowing more about the nature of the pain and whether it seems associated with specific activities or with any other factors. Before offing more, would need nature of pain, frequency, apparently related factors and/or symptoms, when it occurs, duration, and intensity. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cramps: Find out the cause and then treat that. ...Read more
Sleep-related cramps: If you are getting them nightly then first and foremost you should speak to your pcp regarding checking your electrolytes as imbalances in your potassium, calcium, and/or magnesium levels can cause muscle cramps. If this is not the case then you could try taking a glass of tonic water (without gin or vodka preferably) at bedtime as the small amount of quinine in tonic water helps to prevent cramps. ...Read more
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
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
Menstrual cramps?: Avoid caffeine, alcohol, extra salt & junk carbohydrates. Increase complex carbohydrates – try to incorporate at least 5 servings of vegetables and 4 servings of fruit into your diet daily. Try: omega- 3 fatty acids. Try to take in magnesium either through supplementation or through your diet with your doctor’s approval. Non –steroidal anti-inflammatory medications can help with pain control. ...Read more
Seek med eval.: Nsaid’s, ssri’s, hormone meds, otc meds containing diuretics, warm bath, heating pad, exercise ; acupuncture are excellent for pms / period. Avoid caffeine, chocolate, alcohol ; salt. Get gyn eval to r/o underlying pathology. Consider omega- 3 fatty acids, magnesium (supplementation or through diet) or black cohosh with dr ok. Sipping chamomile can dissipate pain. Ginger helps w nausea. ...Read more
Sx relief: Try: omega- 3 fatty acids or magnesium (supplementation or through diet) with your doctor’s approval. Nsaid'scan help with pain. Discuss use of a traditional herbal like black cohosh with your doctor. Chamomile tea can be soothing. Sipping green tea can also dissipate pain. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, extra salt. A warm bath or heating pad is beneficial. Acupuncture is excellent for dysmenorrhea. ...Read more
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