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
metabolic irregularity Sodium
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
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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