Get your health question answered instantly from our pool of 18000+ doctors from over 80 specialties

188 Doctors Online
Doctor Image
Dr. Andrew Rynne

Family Physician

Exp 50 years

I will be looking into your question and guiding you through the process. Please write your question below.

What causes right-sided muscle cramps in the body while lying down?

Answered by
Dr. Olsi Taka


Practicing since :2004

Answered : 3627 Questions

Posted on Fri, 27 Apr 2018 in Brain and Spine
Question: I am having right side muscle cramps while lying down
Answered by Dr. Olsi Taka 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Several possibilities as follows...

Detailed Answer:
I read your question carefully and I understand your concern.

There can be many different causes to muscle cramps, the answer is not that straight forward. Most commonly it is due to metabolic alterations such as dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, or hormonal issues such as thyroid dysfunction. Cramps when going to sleep may also be a manifestation of a neurological condition called restless legs syndrome.
However the above cause usually cramping on both sides, not only on the right. Given the location of the symptoms only on one side neuromuscular conditions such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or peripheral neuropathy.

The list may look long and confusing. What I am trying to get to is that some testing is needed to precise the cause, starting with some routine blood tests (blood count, liver and kidney function, calcium, magnesium and potassium levels, thyroid function, vitamin B12 levels) as well as a test called electromyography, the most common test used for neuromuscular conditions. Perhaps you might already have done some of those (since you are under gabapentin), in that case please upload the reports.

I remain at your disposal for other questions.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar

The User accepted the expert's answer

Share on
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions ,   ,   ,  
Lab Tests

Recent questions on  Electrolyte imbalance

doctor1 MD

Hi dr xxxxxxxx as requested I had blood panel done and they came back normal no signs of heart attack or enzymes I have a stress test set up tomorrow the ecg that was uploaded already I will ask him to take a look my question is I quit smoking 9...

doctor1 MD

My wife is 77 years old. In 2016, she had 1/2 of right lung removed due to lung cancer . She then had a-fib and later chemo for cancer. In march 2017, she had seizures in brain due to cancer metastasizing to brain. She then had radiation treatment...

doctor1 MD

I am a 72 yr old female. For the past week, I have been suffering on and off with upper posterior thigh muscle spasms, together with a knife-like pain on the side of my leg going to my buttock. The worst are the severe muscle spasms. To complicate...