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What causes leg cramps?

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5 doctors agree

In brief: Leg cramps

Usually they happen at night.
Most often it is a nerve compression in the Lumbar spine. Back pain may or may not be present. Certain sleep positions cause pinching of these nerves. I recommend sleeping on your stomach with 1-2 pillows under pelvis Many Americans use walker and wheelchairs as they get older because this condition causes atrophy of the leg muscles and affects the ability to walk.

In brief: Leg cramps

Usually they happen at night.
Most often it is a nerve compression in the Lumbar spine. Back pain may or may not be present. Certain sleep positions cause pinching of these nerves. I recommend sleeping on your stomach with 1-2 pillows under pelvis Many Americans use walker and wheelchairs as they get older because this condition causes atrophy of the leg muscles and affects the ability to walk.
Dr. Sandra Gotman
Dr. Sandra Gotman
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
5 doctors agree

In brief: Multiple potential

Causes from overuse of muscle, electrolyte or salt imbalance/dehydration to vascular issues, neurologic issues, metabolic issues like thyroid conditions to medication related issues such as statins to certain conditions like restless leg syndrome.
If a persistent problem, see your physician.

In brief: Multiple potential

Causes from overuse of muscle, electrolyte or salt imbalance/dehydration to vascular issues, neurologic issues, metabolic issues like thyroid conditions to medication related issues such as statins to certain conditions like restless leg syndrome.
If a persistent problem, see your physician.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Unknown

No reliable answer. Suggested causes include prolonged sitting or standing, use of diuretics and statins, electrolyte losses.
No test is reliable to precisely define any one case. They are more common with advancing age. Leg exercise- gentle- before bed, gentle stretching before bed, magnesium supplement are among remedies used. There is no treatment that works every time.

In brief: Unknown

No reliable answer. Suggested causes include prolonged sitting or standing, use of diuretics and statins, electrolyte losses.
No test is reliable to precisely define any one case. They are more common with advancing age. Leg exercise- gentle- before bed, gentle stretching before bed, magnesium supplement are among remedies used. There is no treatment that works every time.
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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