What causes muscle spasms in right calf?

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Posted on Tue, 26 May 2015 in Accident and Emergency
Question: My right calf is spasm everyday at the end of the day it's like a XXXXXXX horse but it won't go away
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Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal 13 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Due to muscle cramps.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thanks for posting your query.
The symptoms you have described are suggestive of muscle cramps. These are caused by hyper excitability of the nerves that stimulate the muscles. Cramps at rest are very common and may be experienced at any age. Rest cramps often occur during the night.
The cause of cramps is as following-
1. Low blood levels of either calcium or magnesium directly increase the excitability of both the nerve endings and the muscles they stimulate. Cramps can also occur in excessive vomiting, dehydration.
2. On drugs which causes excessive urination. Leading to low calcium, Magnesium, potassium level. Drugs given for asthma, angina and Parkinsonism also lead to cramps. Cholesterol lowering drugs like statin also cause cramps on chronic use.
3. Several vitamin deficiency states may directly or indirectly lead to muscle cramps. These include deficiencies of thiamine (B1), pantothenic acid (B5), and pyridoxine (B6).
Most cramps can be stopped if the muscle can be stretched. For many cramps of the feet and legs, this stretching can often be accomplished by standing up and walking around. Gently massaging the muscle will often help it to relax, as will applying warmth from a heating pad or hot soak. If the cramp is associated with fluid loss, as is often the case with vigorous physical activity, fluid and electrolyte (especially sodium and potassium) replacement is essential. Certain drugs like baclofen are helpful.
A simple way to prevent cramp is stretch your calf muscle many times a day 3-4 times and each time holding for 10-15 seconds.
I hope this answers your query.
In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out.
Wishing you good health.
Regards.
Dr. Praveen Tayal.
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Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Praveen Tayal 7 minutes later
This is like muscle cramps but its not in the muscles cause my muscle relaxers are not working on it
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Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal 15 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Can be DVT.

Detailed Answer:
Hello.
Thanks for writing again.
If heat and muscle relaxers are not working then deep vein thrombosis needs to be ruled out. Do consult your physician for a color doppler scan.
Hope my answer is helpful.
Do accept my answer in case there are no further queries.
Regards.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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