Patient Comments: Muscle Cramps - Causes

What was the cause of your muscle cramps?

Comment from: Geo, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 15

I have had 2 back surgeries on L4 and L5 and shortly after that is when my leg cramps started.

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Comment from: healthy67, 65-74 Female Published: July 17

I take magneseum, zinc picolinate, vitamin c, lesithen, e, biotin. I also take a small dosage of generic rx for cholesteral and thyroid med. I drink lots of water-filtered. Recently I spent 1 wk in San Francisco, drank lots of tap water..I didn't change any suppliments or meds. I had no muscle cramps? Do you think their water has minerals I don't get in my refridgerator filtered water??? I have since had them regularly since I've been home.???

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Comment from: icezam19, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 25

I was a caregiver for my husband during his horrible cancer battle. I got little sleep during the past two months and adrenaline was running high. The day after his funeral, I woke up in excruciating full body pain. I literally couldn't move anything. I laid there alone for seven hours with no let-up at all. Later, doctors told me my entire back was spasming, which cased my whole body cramp. The cause was a sudden drop of long-term high adrenaline and dehydration. At the hospital, I received morphine, muscle relaxants, and fluids, which all helped. I've also had several months of chiropractic adjustments. So, for me, stress, dehydration, and a sudden adrenaline drop was the cause.

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Comment from: Bax, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 19

I've read over all the issues here and mine are different. I had blood work done, and being calcium deficient explains a lot. However, the cramps I get are in my groin. I'm 46 and female and the cramp will happen if I'm sitting, on my feet, watching TV, and even during sex. It is a debilitating pain: I can't move and scream the entire time. It lasts for about 10 minutes but it feels like an eternity. I can't get up. I have to lay and take it, and cry and scream the whole time until it goes away.

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Comment from: Karen, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: February 13

My mom, 80 years old, was having terrible leg cramps every night for several years. She hasn't had it since she had a hysterectomy for a prolapsed uterus. If you are a woman, have had pregnancies, and are suffering from leg cramps, please see a gynecologist and have them check you for a prolapsed uterus.

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Comment from: Male Published: January 04

The most severe cramps that I have occur after a day of quail hunting(some heavy walking in heavy cover), or golf in the summer. It occurs mainly above my knees on the inside of my thighs. It is terribly painful and will occur several times during the night. The only relief is to try standing, walking around and keep trying to gently stretch.

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Comment from: Old Swimmer, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 29

Hi. I suffer with cramps at night, as I get out of bed and during my swimming program. I do not know the cause and cannot find out the cause. But after reading some of these stories, I believe it is due to my Grave's disease(hyperthyroid) and the medication I am on. My cramps started within 3 months of taking this medication. I have tried hot packs etc, and no relief. I have a friend who is a nurse and she said put cold packs on the cramping area. I did this and had instant relief. It only takes seconds for relief.

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Comment from: PT207, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 26

Since my teenage years I've had calf and foot cramps, nearly always after getting into bed. Sometimes they wake me from sleep and I have to stand or walk, pressing my foot flat on the floor until the cramps subside 3 to 4 minutes later. My Dad also had similar cramping. I think I can connect mine to cold feet during the day or a change in the height/fit of my shoes. Unfortunately, it's sort of random. I used to take Qunidine Sulfate if I anticipated cramping, and it worked very well. But that's no longer available and I'm told it is dangerous. I've found that wearing warm socks to bed, or taking a hot shower before bedtime helps. Also, drinking more water than usual seems to help. I am a very healthy 56 year old, a vegan, and work out 4 - 5 times a week.

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