Patient Comments: Muscle Cramps - Causes

What was the cause of your muscle cramps?

Comment from: pdB, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 19

I have been taking Zocor (Simvastatin, the generic) for about 3 years, owing to borderline high cholesterol. For the past year or so, I have started developing excruciating leg cramps, in my calves, that begin when I walk maybe 100 steps and increasingly worsen the more I walk. Vascular problems, neuropathy (I am a diabetic), and spinal stenosis have all been eliminated by testing and diagnoses. Recently, my orthopedist suggested I stop taking Simvastatin, and my PCP concurred. It has been five days, and my leg pain has been reduced by half. I'm hoping now this reduction in pain will continue, and I am also beginning physical therapy to relieve the very tight muscles in my lower legs.

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Comment from: Marcia, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 08

I have charley horses, foot cramps where the foot pulls to the left or right, sever toe cramps, and cramps in my hands. None of these are due to exercise, and most occur in the evening. Last night, I was driving when both feet began cramping so badly I started crying and thought I might have to pull over.

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Comment from: olderand wiser, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: January 24

About 8 years ago my doctor wanted me to take Lipitor and I reluctantly agree to try it. Within six weeks I began to notice loss of control in my arms and legs but my doctor was in denial that it could be related. Shortly thereafter I ended up in the emergency room because I could barely move and thank God for the young ER doctor who nailed it right away. Dropped the medication right away and the symptoms began to clear up almost immediately although I have since discovered that permanent damage was done that I will have to live with. Also, the same result about two years ago when my doctor prescribed Lantus for diabetes treatment. I would wake in the middle of the night with severe leg cramps then spreading to my arms. Those symptoms disappeared after I stopped the medication. My former doctor still doesn't believe there was a connection! I still have occasional problems with muscle pain and weakness but get relief utilizing several homeopathic supplements without side effects of any kind.

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Comment from: mimito3, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 19

I am a 70- year old woman. For years I had severe leg cramps at night. Several years ago I decided we needed to cut down on salt. I bought some Lite Salt. Immediately my leg cramps stopped. Lite salt contains salt, potassium chloride & magnesium. Anytime I don't eat anything that I have salted with Lite Salt, that night I will get a severe leg cramp again. My beautician had the same type cramps so I started her to using Lite Salt. She had the same results that I did. Of course if we use too much of it our potassium will be too high.

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Comment from: 55-64 Female Published: January 19

I get severe muscle cramps in my upper legs in the evening while sitting in the recliner or while in bed. They hurt too bad to wait it out, so I fill the bathtub as hot as I can handle and get in. The cramp usually subsides within a few minutes.

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Comment from: daisy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 05

The cramp I get is in the top of my inner thigh, its vice like, the pain is so bad it brings me to tears, This normally only occurs during the night and can take up to half an hour to subside but the ache can stay with me for a day or two, Stretching doesn't help. I have tried deep breathing and or having a drink of water.

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Comment from: gramps427, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 20

Sadly I have found nothing helps to stop cramp attacks; too often its related to other problems I've had (Heart Attack aged 42) and the medications that are thrown at me. Right now a bad run has, I believe, led to other problems with my Achilles that was damaged many years ago. I have found that GP's tend to lack sympathy over the problems of facing up to a cramp attack in both calf's at 5 am and the struggle to walk for a couple of days after. Along with prolapsed lumbar discs and cervical anomalies the only advice I could give is don't grow old to quickly and drink lots of orange juice topped up with your favorite bevvy!

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