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I HAVE AGONIZING LEG CRAMPS AT NIGHT AFTER SLEEPING FOR ABOUT

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I HAVE AGONIZING LEG CRAMPS AT NIGHT AFTER SLEEPING FOR ABOUT 4-5HRS. MY ENTIRE FOOT CURLS UNDER AND LOCKS UP IT PULLS THE MUSCLE ALONG SIDE THE LEG IN GREAT PAIN UNTIL I CAN GET UP AND PUSH MY FOOT UP AND THEN WALK ON IT FOR A SHORT TIME.IT 4 TO 5 TIMES EVERYNIGHT. I LOSE LOTS OF SLEEP AND HAVE VERY SORE LEG MUSCLES DURING THE DAY. MY PRIMARY CARE DOCTOR DOES NOT KNOW WHAT TO DO, I SAW A NEURO POD SHE DID SOME TEST COULDN'T HELP, SPINE SURGEON HAS NO CLUES FOR HELP I AM AT WITS END. CAN YOU HRLP ME?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. P. Jyoti replied 7 years ago.
You are suffering from muscle cramps. The most likely cause for such cramps is an electrolyte imbalance. Such cramps occur commonly at night.

You should take the following steps:

Plenty of Electrolyte or Rehydration fluids, these are available OTC at all pharmacies.

Warm compresses when there are cramps.

Gentle stretching exercises regularly.

Vit. B supplements: you can get these at the pharmacy.

Vit. E supplements: you can also get these at the pharmacy OTC.


You should try this out for two weeks. If these steps do not help you, you may have other causes which are causing your cramps. Muscle cramps can also be caused by the following conditions:



Calcium and Magnesium metabolic irregularity
Sodium and Potassium metabolic irregualrity
Disc herniation in lumbar vertebra. There may have been a recurrence of herniation.
Kidney failure
Alcoholism
Muscle disorders


You may need to undergo the following investigations:
Sodium and Pottassium levels.
Calcium and Magnesium levels
MRI of lumbar vertebra.

EMG Blood urea and Serum Creatinine
Thyroid levels


All these should lead to an effective diagnosis. You should discuss these conditions and investigations with your doctor.

You can check out these links:
http://www.postgradmed.com/issues/2002/02_02/pn_legcramps.htm

http://orthopedics.about.com/cs/sprainsstrains/a/legcramp.htm
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002066.htm





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