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Suggest remedy for leg cramps in an elderly person

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Posted on Mon, 7 Dec 2015
Question: Mother is 91. She gets leg cramps at night when lying down. Only at night. not overweight. These are primarily in the calf area. Not "restless legs".what can help
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Answered by Dr. Muhammad Ali Rauf (48 minutes later)
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Detailed Answer:
Hello

Thank You for contacting HCM. My name is Dr Muhammad Ali Rauf & i will look into your problem.

I have gone through your query and would try to help you in the best possible way. Following measures will help in reducing the cramps;

- acetaminophen twice a day for 5 days.
- take hot water in a rubber bottle and put it at the site of cramps. It will give soothing effect.
- ask some family member to do oil massage on her leg. It will also give soothing effect.

Hopefully she will improvement in 2-3 days BUT if condition remains same or aggravates then she needs to visit hospital for further workup.

Hope I have answered your query. If you have any further questions I will be happy to help if not then don't forget to close the discussion and rate it.
Wishing you good health !!
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Muhammad Ali Rauf (58 minutes later)
Dr what would cause these? Is it a fluid imbalance or electrolyte issue?
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Answered by Dr. Muhammad Ali Rauf (19 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Electrolytes & muscular spasm

Detailed Answer:
Hello

Thank you for the followup query.

There could be a number of causes. Most common include muscular spasm & electrolytes imbalance (specifically serum calcium levels).

Thank You
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Brief Answer: Please see details Detailed Answer: Hello Thank You for contacting HCM. My name is Dr Muhammad Ali Rauf & i will look into your problem. I have gone through your query and would try to help you in the best possible way. Following measures will help in reducing the cramps; - acetaminophen twice a day for 5 days. - take hot water in a rubber bottle and put it at the site of cramps. It will give soothing effect. - ask some family member to do oil massage on her leg. It will also give soothing effect. Hopefully she will improvement in 2-3 days BUT if condition remains same or aggravates then she needs to visit hospital for further workup. Hope I have answered your query. If you have any further questions I will be happy to help if not then don't forget to close the discussion and rate it. Wishing you good health !!