How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Robert Fernando Your Own Question
Robert Fernando
Robert Fernando, Doctor
Category: Health
Satisfied Customers: 6680
Experience:  MBBS, Experienced Family Physician
8493425
Type Your Health Question Here...
Robert Fernando is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

hello I wake up with bad cramps in my left leg sometime from

This answer was rated:

hello I wake up with bad cramps in my left leg sometime from quads on down this has happened about 14 time in a year I not that active any more except for work which I'm on my feet for 19 to 16 hrs a day what could cause such pain in that group of muscles
Hello,
Welcome to justanswer.com and thank you for your question.This is Dr. Robert, I'm so sorry to hear of your discomfort.
I am going to assist you with your question. First I need a little more information-

Have you noticed discoloration or swelling in left leg?
Do you get cramps in leg at night?
Do you have to stand throughout the day?
Do you have any other medical issue?
Are you taking any pills?
Have you undergone any medical investigations?

Kind Regards,
Dr. Robert


Customer: replied 4 years ago.

no swelling or discoloration no issues except cholesterol is high no drugs ,it hasn't happened in awhile but I get awaken by the pain and discomfort i can't stretch my leg out until the pain hits peak then i try to massage it ti stand up last for about 1min at a time until i can wake up and stand yes I'm in a deep sleep when the cramp starts


Customer: replied 4 years ago.
,

no swelling or discoloration no issues except cholesterol is high no drugs ,it hasn't happened in awhile but I get awaken by the pain and discomfort i can't stretch my leg out until the pain hits peak then i try to massage it ti stand up last for about 1min at a time until i can wake up and stand yes I'm in a deep sleep when the cramp starts


  

Dear Customer, Thanks for providing the additional information.
I understand your stressful condition.There are different medical conditions for such symptoms, Possible causes are-

-Imbalance of electrolyte levels in body
-Thyroid disorder- Hypothyroidism
-Peripheral artery disease
-Blood clot or varicose veins( though it doesn't looks to be)
-Kidney disease
-Diabetes.

To make a diagnose, you need to undergo few tests which includes-
Complete blood count, Blood sugar test, Thyroid hormone test, Kidney function test. Also sodium, potassium, and calcium levels in blood should be checked.
You should also get Doppler ultrasound exam of affected limb.

You should use a cold pack to relax tense muscles, and this will help in cramps. After this use a warm towel or heating pad later if you have pain or tenderness, you can take a hot bath.

Also massaging the cramped muscle will help in solving the problem.
You should gently stretch your leg and move your foot towards your knee, until you feel the calf muscles stretch.This will relax your leg muscles.

Also you should formulate an exercise routine and ensure that you build on it gradually.You should avoid alcohol, coffee,tobacco.
Please make an appointment with your healthcare provider for evaluation and get it managed.

If there’s more I can do, please use the reply tab and let me know how I can be of further assistance.
It’s my goal to provide you with EXCELLENT SERVICE.
Please rate me highly and provide me with feedback.
Thank you


Robert Fernando and 4 other Health Specialists are ready to help you

Related Health Questions