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My husband, 65, gets severe leg and ankle cramps to where he cannot sleep. is there anything he can do to stop them?

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Dr. Caroline Capitano
Pain Management
6 doctors agree

In brief: Depends on why

There are many reasons that a person can get muscle cramps including medications and underlying medical conditions.
Also the sensation of a cramp may represent a different symptoms/disorder. A complete examination/history and possibly studies needs to be done if this persists.

In brief: Depends on why

There are many reasons that a person can get muscle cramps including medications and underlying medical conditions.
Also the sensation of a cramp may represent a different symptoms/disorder. A complete examination/history and possibly studies needs to be done if this persists.
Dr. Caroline Capitano
Dr. Caroline Capitano
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Dr. Liesa Harte
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Cramps

Some common causes are a deficiency of magnesium, potassium, vitamin D, or dehydration.

In brief: Cramps

Some common causes are a deficiency of magnesium, potassium, vitamin D, or dehydration.
Dr. Liesa Harte
Dr. Liesa Harte
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Dr. Milroy Samuel
Obstetrics & Gynecology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

He needs a vascular study to see if the circulation to his legs are adequate.

In brief: Yes

He needs a vascular study to see if the circulation to his legs are adequate.
Dr. Milroy Samuel
Dr. Milroy Samuel
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2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Leg cramp could be very painful it could be avoided by eating banana every night and drink some orange juice or eat an orange or any fruit that is rich on potassium if the does not help you can see your doctor he can put him on medicine for that

In brief: Yes

Leg cramp could be very painful it could be avoided by eating banana every night and drink some orange juice or eat an orange or any fruit that is rich on potassium if the does not help you can see your doctor he can put him on medicine for that
Dr. M. Hytham Beck
Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Leg cramps

Leg cramps can be annoying as you well know.
There can be electrolyte issues involved, etc. so it best to have him evaluated and some routine blood tests done. Usually, there may be no definitive cause found, but there are Rx medications that may help him. Best wishes to you both.

In brief: Leg cramps

Leg cramps can be annoying as you well know.
There can be electrolyte issues involved, etc. so it best to have him evaluated and some routine blood tests done. Usually, there may be no definitive cause found, but there are Rx medications that may help him. Best wishes to you both.
Dr. John Munshower
Dr. John Munshower
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