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I got a really sharp pain in my leg while I was sleeping,

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I got a really sharp pain in my leg while I was sleeping, strong enough to wake me up and limp and scream and toss me off the bed. It was such an intense pain it felt like spikes were growing in my leg and spreading all around. What could this mean. I went back to sleep, woke up an hour later and it still hurts. I limp when I walk and I can stretch my calves because it will hurt too much...Anyone have any idea what this could be? There is no red mark on my leg so I know it's not a bug bite, and I've been bitten before, this feels worse.

How long are you having the symptoms?

In which parts of the leg?

Do you take any medicine?

Do you have any other symptom or previous illness?

Thank you.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
I just got it about 40 minutes ago, in my sleep.

It's in my let calf in the back part mostly, where the meat is.

I don't take any medicine.

I don't have any previous illness I'm fairly healthy.

Thank you for the information.

There can be a few possibilities.

You have not noticed any bite.

This can be due to muscle cramp, pinched nerve, blood clot etc.

There are several causes of muscle cramps.

Usually cramps are felts mostly in the limbs. But any muscle of the body can be affected.

Deficiency of calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium- vitamins, dehydration etc. are the major factors.

Poor circulation or nerve involvement also can cause muscle spasm.

You need to get it checked by doctor.

You may try some home measures-

Take plenty of fluid.


Stretching or gentle massage can be done.

Tylenol can be taken to help with pain.

I hope this information helps.

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

Please feel free for any follow up query.

Best wishes.
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