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What causes frequent leg cramps?

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Posted on Mon, 21 Jul 2014
Question: I frequently have leg cramps but if I take potassium everyday I avoid them. However I have extreme leg fatigue......if I walk as little as 200 feet I have to stop. This from a lady who in recent months walked miles at a setting. I do not seem out of breath at such times....just led ache/weakness.
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Answered by Dr. Robert Galamaga (3 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Considerations.

Detailed Answer:
hello and thanks for the query,

this sounds like clarification. this is actually a circulatory issue where the arteries may be narrowed causing the pain you are experiencing.

I would touch base with your doctor. your doc may request a circulation study which might help diagnose this issue. there are some
medications which might be helpful or maybe a procedure which might provide some relief.

also we must make sure you do not have anemia - this can cause bad leg cramps and fatigue as well. please discuss with your doctor.
sincerely,

Dr Galamaga.
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What causes frequent leg cramps?

Brief Answer: Considerations. Detailed Answer: hello and thanks for the query, this sounds like clarification. this is actually a circulatory issue where the arteries may be narrowed causing the pain you are experiencing. I would touch base with your doctor. your doc may request a circulation study which might help diagnose this issue. there are some medications which might be helpful or maybe a procedure which might provide some relief. also we must make sure you do not have anemia - this can cause bad leg cramps and fatigue as well. please discuss with your doctor. sincerely, Dr Galamaga.