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What causes pulling pain in legs at night?

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Posted on Wed, 27 May 2015
Question: Hi,

I am a 28 year old housewife weighing about 62 kgs - I experience a lot of pull and pain in my legs during night times. No such medical history or any problem.. it happens only during night times when my calves and legs start feeling a pull sensation which causes lot of pain. I am not sure why this is been happening - experiencing it from about 2 months
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Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Night cramps likely.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thanks for posting your query.
The pull and pain in your legs at night is likely to be due to night cramps. Night cramps most of the time occur for no known reason, and they're harmless.

Sometimes, it can be due to dehydration, muscle fatigue or electrolyte abnormalities. It is better to drink sufficient fluid and also see that your intake of electrolytes (sodium, potassium, magnesium ) is sufficient. You can drink Oralyte for this.
Doing a hot compress of the calves at night will also help.
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.
For future query, you can directly approach me through my profile URL http://bit.ly/Dr-Praveen-Tayal
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Follow up: Dr. Praveen Tayal (4 hours later)
Thank you for the detailed response sir, I have one doubt - can it be because of low calcium (which is a common problem for females) I am asking this because I take sufficiently good amount of water in the day (about 8-10 glasses)

Really appreciate all your help and opinion
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Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal (7 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Yes.

Detailed Answer:
Hello.
Thanks for writing again.
Yes it can be due to electrolyte imbalance and low levels of calcium or magnesium. You can get the serum levels evaluated and start with proper supplements.
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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What causes pulling pain in legs at night?

Brief Answer: Night cramps likely. Detailed Answer: Hello, Thanks for posting your query. The pull and pain in your legs at night is likely to be due to night cramps. Night cramps most of the time occur for no known reason, and they're harmless. Sometimes, it can be due to dehydration, muscle fatigue or electrolyte abnormalities. It is better to drink sufficient fluid and also see that your intake of electrolytes (sodium, potassium, magnesium ) is sufficient. You can drink Oralyte for this. Doing a hot compress of the calves at night will also help. 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. For future query, you can directly approach me through my profile URL http://bit.ly/Dr-Praveen-Tayal