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Posted on Sat, 1 Apr 2017 in Elderly Problems
Question: What causes severe leg muscle cramping in the calf and lower side muscles of the leg?
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Answered by Dr. Salah Saad Shoman 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Potassuim deficiency most likely

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Muscle cramps are most commonly caused by potassuim defficiency. I'd suggest you get a blood test of your potassuim levels and if low , you should start potassuim supplements.

Meanwhile, if your calf muscles become swollen or red and/ tender to touch then please go to the hospital as there may be an element of Deep vein thrombosis involved.

I hope I answered your question
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