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Night Cramps

Night cramps, also called nocturnal leg cramps, usually occurs while in bed and involve the cramping of muscles in the calves, thighs, and feet. Night cramps are involuntary contractions of the muscles in the legs and are painful in nature. Though there is no specific cause for night cramps, it has been observed that they are related to nerve problems and muscle fatigue. The possibility of having night cramps increase along with age, and it is more likely to appear in pregnant women. Stretching the calves and having a proper fit of shoes will help in reducing the risk of getting night cramps.

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What is the treatment for nocturnal leg cramps?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 55 year old female. I weigh 160 lbs. I have hypothyroidism and take medication daily. Generally, I have severe leg cramps at night in my calves, traveling stinging cramps to the bottom of my feet and toes. What is causing this?  Read Full »

Dr. Narayanasamy Senduran

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The causes for these kinds of muscular cramps are not quite clear. It is believed to be associated with chemical imbalance within the muscle cells. Some of the conditions causing these cramps are: Overstretching of muscles (like exercises without proper warmup). ...  Read Full »

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