What causes leg cramps?

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Posted on Fri, 2 May 2014 in Kidney Conditions
Question: how to stop leg cramps
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Answered by Dr. Shehzad Topiwala 1 hour later
Brief Answer: Cramps Detailed Answer: There can be several causes of leg cramps. Let me address a few: 1 Check your blood levels of Electrolytes Low potassium can cause leg cramps 2 Check your thyroid by doing a simple blood test called TSH. Thyroid problems can be associated with leg cramps 3 Do a blood test for 25 hydroxy vitamin D levels Vitamin D deficiency has been reported to result in muscle cramps, and respond to treatment 4 Diabetes It is possible you have nerve problems from diabetes called Diabetic Neuropathy, which can manifest as cramp like pain in legs. A physical examination by a diabetes specialist (endocrinologist) or Neurologist will help diagnose this condition 5 PAD Peripheral Arterial Disease refers to poor blood circulation in the legs that can also cause pain/cramps in the legs. Physicians can examine your legs for pulses and if there is any doubt an arterial doppler test for lower limbs is useful if necessary. In general it helps to to see a primary care provider first who would typically order tests like CBC CMP A1c Urinary Albumin to creatinine Ratio Lipid profile TSH
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