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Why are my legs cramping
November 4, 2002
12:48 pm
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pam g fu
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my legs are aching and keeping me from sleeping at night, i know there is a weather change but i have never had this before and it seems to be getting worse, any suggestions?

November 4, 2002
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Hi Pam,I found this for you.

Nocturnal leg cramps are sudden, involuntary contractions of the calf muscles that occur during the night or while at rest. The cramps can affect persons in any age-group, but they tend to occur in middle-aged and older populations. Sometimes muscles in the soles of the feet also cramp.

Research has not identified precisely what causes nighttime muscle cramps. The problem is most likely with the nerves controlling the muscles rather than with the muscles themselves. Some research points to a problem with the transition from wakefulness to sleep. Some researchers think that these cramps result from a subtle malfunction in the control system that normally separates our brain from the body movements we make in our dreams.

Sometimes the cramps are caused by overexertion of the muscles, structural disorders (flat feet), standing on concrete, prolonged sitting, inappropriate leg positions while sedentary, or dehydration. Those who are more muscular seem to have more leg cramps. Less common causes include diabetes, Parkinson's disease, hypoglycemia, anemia, thyroid and endocrine disorders and use of some medications.

Low levels of certain minerals known as electrolytes—magnesium, potassium, calcium and sodium—have long been linked to leg cramps. Certain drugs, such as diuretics have also been cited as a cause of leg cramps. Dialysis patients often complain of leg cramps, and pregnancy is also a factor.

To prevent cramping consider the regular use of supplements, especially calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium (only if you sweat a lot). Stretching your calves regularly during the day and at night will help. You can often prevent night cramps by exhausting the stretch reflex before you go to bed by stretching your calf muscles with wall pushups and applying a heating pad for 10 minutes before going to bed. Keeping blankets loose at the foot of the bed will help prevent unnatural positioning of your feet and toes which can cause night time cramping.

When cramping occurs, try walking on the affected leg and then elevate it. Stretch your calf by grabbing your toes and pulling them upward toward your knee, especially with you leg extended straight. Take a hot shower or warm bath, or apply an ice massage to the cramped muscle.

I hope this helps,Tinker

November 4, 2002
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Try exercising your legs more often. It helped me.

November 4, 2002
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well it seems to be from my hips down to my knees and it just isn't at night it has been all day long and it keeps up at night when i lay down i do have muscular legs, and i should be working out more often than i do, but i have never experienced this before i thought that it was bad circulation and that i needed to take more b-1

thanks for the input you two

November 4, 2002
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sciatica?

November 4, 2002
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Oh, yes I have that problem. The only cure for me is yoga. The poses stretch the buttock muscle that squeezes the nerve.

Try this: get in the lunge position, one leg out in back (on the toes) and one bent under you to support your weight.

Second: lie on your back, bring the offending leg across your chest, knee bent. Pull your leg to your chest.

Both of these stretch the buttock muscle.

November 5, 2002
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Hey Pam, you're in Texas, right? If it's been hot, are you replacing the salt that you've lost? My little one had bad leg cramps mainly if she was low on salt, or was tired. She now drinks more water, takes a bit more salt, and uses a hot bag to ease the muscle. Might be worth a try. Good luck!

November 5, 2002
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Eating bananas is a really good way of stopping you geting cramps...and healthy too!!!

Becca xxx

November 5, 2002
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THANKS YA'LL, I THINK REST HELPED THE MOST ALONG WITH MORE FLUIDS LOL

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