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Severe cramps on the lower half of the legs - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
User :   need ur assistance
Doctor :   Iam.Dr.XXX
Doctor :   Please post your query
User :   Dr XXX i am severe cramps on both of my lower legs since 3 days,It is that painfull that i am unable to bend myself
User :   can you please advise some tablet
Doctor :   May i know your age?
Doctor :   Do you suffer from any health problems?
User :   28
Doctor :   Did you take any long walk or exercise with your legs?
User :   no actually i have playe football after ages post that this is happening
Doctor :   Do you smoke?
User :   ya
Doctor :   oK
Doctor :   Do you have muscle cramps in the night?
Doctor :   Skeletal muscle cramps can be categorized into four major types. These include "true" cramps, tetany, contractures, and dystonic cramps.
User :   ya
Doctor :   True cramps are commonly associated with the vigorous use of muscles and muscle fatigue (in sports or with unaccustomed activities).
Doctor :   Cramps at rest are very common, especially in older adults, but may be experienced at any age, including childhood.
Doctor :   Rest cramps often occur during the night. While not life-threatening, night cramps (commonly known as nocturnal cramps) can be painful, disruptive of sleep, and they can recur frequently (that is, many times a night, and/or many nights each week).
Doctor :   The actual cause of night cramps is unknown.
User :   Can you please advise any medicine
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   Sports and other vigorous activities can cause excessive fluid loss from perspiration. This kind of dehydration increases the likelihood of true cramps.
Doctor :   Low blood levels of either calcium or magnesium directly increase the excitability of both the nerve endings and the muscles they stimulate
Doctor :   Did you try taking simple analgesics?
User :   no
Doctor :   Try taking paracetamol first
User :   ok
User :   will it also helps in reducing cramps
Doctor :   And some topical ointments like hifenac gel
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   Gently massaging the muscle will often help it to relax, as will applying warmth from a heating pad or hot soak. I
Doctor :   Most cramps can be stopped if the muscle can be stretched
Doctor :   For many cramps of the feet and legs, this stretching can often be accomplished by standing up and walking around.
Doctor :   Try vit E capsules like Evion 400 daily for 1 week
Doctor :   Supplemental calcium and magnesium have each been shown to help prevent cramps
Doctor :   Night cramps and other rest cramps can often be prevented by regular stretching exercises, particularly if done before going to bed
Doctor :   Magnesium is present in many foods (greens, grains, meat and fish, bananas, apricots, nuts, and soybeans)
Doctor :   Have you followed what i have said?
User :   ya
Doctor :   So drink plenty of water,reduce your weight if you are over weight
User :   thanks for your great advise
Doctor :   Is there anything else i can help you with?
User :   no thankyou very much
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting..Bye for now..Take care..
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