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Suggest treatment for severe cramps in the hands and legs

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Posted on Wed, 4 Jan 2017
Question: I am having severe cramps in my hands and legs. I have been taking magnesium citrate and it has been working extremely well until this past week. My fingers bend in, I straighten them, pain goes away momentarily but returns almost immediately. I have to wait it out. Pains in leg(s) severe, and last several seconds to about a minute or two.

Would any of the following help?
Mirapex
Robaxin
Risperdal
Flexiril
Gabapentin
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Answered by Dr. Mahaveer Patil (53 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Calcium and Vitamin D3 can help

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Thank you for posting the question.

From the symptoms that you have mentioned,it seems that calcium and vitamin D deficiency is the cause of severe hand and leg cramps.
(In medical terms,it is called Hypocalcemic tetany)

You need to get blood calcium and vitamin D levels checked to confirm the diagnosis.

Another possibility is of Carnitine deficency.

(Normally,carnitine is essential for smooth and optimum functioning of the skeletal muscles.)

L-carnitine tablets can be taken once a day- for 2 weeks for speedy recovery.

Do let me know the blood calcium and vitamin D reports.Depending on the reports,calcium 500 mg and vitamin D3 supplements can be started.

Out of the medicines that you have mentioned,gabapentin can help to some extent.

Avoid taking other tablets.

I hope this answer was useful.

Feel free to consult me anytime for further doubts.

Thank you.

Kind regards.
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Brief Answer: Calcium and Vitamin D3 can help Detailed Answer: Hi, Thank you for posting the question. From the symptoms that you have mentioned,it seems that calcium and vitamin D deficiency is the cause of severe hand and leg cramps. (In medical terms,it is called Hypocalcemic tetany) You need to get blood calcium and vitamin D levels checked to confirm the diagnosis. Another possibility is of Carnitine deficency. (Normally,carnitine is essential for smooth and optimum functioning of the skeletal muscles.) L-carnitine tablets can be taken once a day- for 2 weeks for speedy recovery. Do let me know the blood calcium and vitamin D reports.Depending on the reports,calcium 500 mg and vitamin D3 supplements can be started. Out of the medicines that you have mentioned,gabapentin can help to some extent. Avoid taking other tablets. I hope this answer was useful. Feel free to consult me anytime for further doubts. Thank you. Kind regards.