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Is this a vitamin deficiency? am experiencing excruciating

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Is this a vitamin deficiency?
am experiencing excruciating leg cramps/pain on the front of my legs
from the ankle to the knee (front shins) an hour or two after going to bed and reoccurring
every 2 hours.

Thank you for your question,

I’m Dr. Saha and I’ll try to help you.

When did the symptoms develop?

Is there any redness, swelling?

Did you consult doctor for it?

Did yo have any test?

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Dr Saha

I have had leg cramps in the past, but not in this area nor as severe.

These cramps started two weeks ago after an Epidural Injection ,

nerve root block at the base of my spine & Blusson Spinal Cord Hosp.

There is nor redness nor swelling. The cramps come on suddenly,

last up to 15 minutes, and another 20 minutes before the leg(s) can


Have not had tests nor seen a doctor, Am four hours from a town with

no doctors.

Thank you for the detail information.

There can be a number of causes for cramps of the legs at night.

Irritation of nerve or impingement can be possible.

Dehydration, deficiency of calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium-electrolytes, vitamins etc. are frequent causes.

Peripheral artery disease causing circulation abnormalities also can cause muscle spasm.

Systemic diseases like diabetes, low thyroid can be associated with it.

Sometimes no cause can be apparent too.

I would advise to have an examination by doctor.

Doctor can take a few tests like blood metabolic panel, doppler ultrasound, NCV, EMG etc.

You can try some home measures-

Please take plenty of fluid, fresh fruits, vegetables.

Electrolyte solution like gatorade can be tried.

Please avoid coffee, alcohol, tobacco now, if you take any.

Stretching, warm bath can be taken before going to bed.

Vitamin and minerals, calcium supplements can be taken if there is any deficiency detected on testing.

Sometimes muscle relaxants are prescribed.

I hope this information helps.

I will be happy to assist, if you need any clarification.

Please feel free for any follow up query.

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