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What causes muscle cramps at night?

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Posted on Wed, 25 May 2016
Question: Hi, I have a friend who has cramps at night .He explains that his whole body cramps.he does drink and he does live in the sub tropics.He also says his family has a history of ms.What are your thoughts?
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Answered by Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha (20 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
The symptoms are likely to be due to MS

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for asking on HealthcareMagic.

Muscle spasms can be an early sign of Multiple sclerosis (MS) and since he already has a family history, he should get himself evaluated by a neurologist. Based on the findings physical and occupational therapy should help in providing relief.

The following links should be helpful for him:
http://www.healthline.com/health/multiple-sclerosis/early-signs#3
http://www.webmd.com/multiple-sclerosis/guide/controlling-muscle-spasms-multiple-sclerosis
https://www.mssociety.org.uk/what-is-ms/signs-and-symptoms/spasms-and-stiffness

Feel free to write back in case of further queries.

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What causes muscle cramps at night?

Brief Answer: The symptoms are likely to be due to MS Detailed Answer: Thanks for asking on HealthcareMagic. Muscle spasms can be an early sign of Multiple sclerosis (MS) and since he already has a family history, he should get himself evaluated by a neurologist. Based on the findings physical and occupational therapy should help in providing relief. The following links should be helpful for him: http://www.healthline.com/health/multiple-sclerosis/early-signs#3 http://www.webmd.com/multiple-sclerosis/guide/controlling-muscle-spasms-multiple-sclerosis https://www.mssociety.org.uk/what-is-ms/signs-and-symptoms/spasms-and-stiffness Feel free to write back in case of further queries. Regards