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Suggest treatment for constant cramps in my feet, ankles, and legs

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Posted on Thu, 7 Mar 2019
Question: I am constantly getting cramps in my feet, ankles, and legs. I try to eat (at least) 2 bananas per day. These cramps frequently occur when I am laying on my bed, most of the time in the middle of the night. How can I reduce these?
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Answered by Dr. Varinder Joshi (3 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Take prevention

Detailed Answer:

Hi,

Please note that the potassium serum level should be within normal limits as 3.5 to 5 meq/liter.

Leg cramps are due to many causes.

But before resorting to potassium supplement or bananas you should get your serum potassium level checked.

You should be evaluated for diabetes by HbAic, FBS, RBS. Also, undergo tests as Hb.

Also, get evaluated for peripheral vascular disease by a local doctor.

Also undergo B. urea, Serum creatinine, and urine complete examination.

Start squatting.

Avoid dehydration and strenuous exercise before sleep.
While sleeping does not let the feet fall downwards.

If you have any further query then I will definitely help you.

Regards.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Nagamani Ng
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Follow up: Dr. Varinder Joshi (42 minutes later)
I am regularly checked for diabetes already as I have family history of diabetes, however my numbers are all coming back normal. Last year was diagnosed with severe Vitamin D deficiency, and prescribed 10,000 IU of Vitamin D3 daily.
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Answered by Dr. Varinder Joshi (1 minute later)
Brief Answer:
Lab test.

Detailed Answer:

Hi,

Get lab tests as vitamin d and vitamin B12 besides calcium.

If you are diabetic under control then it is ok.

Take multivitamin antioxidant combination once daily.

If you have any further query then I will definitely help you.

Regards.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Nagamani Ng
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Follow up: Dr. Varinder Joshi (32 minutes later)
I have an email in to my doctor looking for my lab results from my last visit (Feb 20th). I know they did do a blood draw for the Vit D at that time too, as I did mention it.
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Answered by Dr. Varinder Joshi (6 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Ok.

Detailed Answer:

Hi,

Ok. When you get reports please upload the attachment in follow up question or simply write the report with normal ranges as different lab have different ranges.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Kampana
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Follow up: Dr. Varinder Joshi (1 hour later)
My ankle just cramped for the second time this evening.... what can I do in the middle of the flare up?
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Answered by Dr. Varinder Joshi (9 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Physical measure

Detailed Answer:

Hi,

Just extend the leg .pull the foot gently towards knee .and gently massage the cramp site muscle.

Next thing is you may take any multivitamin antioxidant combination.

Deep breathing also helps.

Hope I have answered your query.

Regards,
Dr. Varinder Joshi, General & Family Physician
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Kampana
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Suggest treatment for constant cramps in my feet, ankles, and legs

Brief Answer: Take prevention Detailed Answer: Hi, Please note that the potassium serum level should be within normal limits as 3.5 to 5 meq/liter. Leg cramps are due to many causes. But before resorting to potassium supplement or bananas you should get your serum potassium level checked. You should be evaluated for diabetes by HbAic, FBS, RBS. Also, undergo tests as Hb. Also, get evaluated for peripheral vascular disease by a local doctor. Also undergo B. urea, Serum creatinine, and urine complete examination. Start squatting. Avoid dehydration and strenuous exercise before sleep. While sleeping does not let the feet fall downwards. If you have any further query then I will definitely help you. Regards.