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What causes severe cramps that extends from the groin area to lower leg?

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Posted on Wed, 20 May 2015
Question: My wife has an extremely bad muscle cramping condition that extends from the inside of her groin and down her leg. The muscles in the back of her thigh become hard as a rock. This is not a common XXXXXXX horse. Twice I have found her on the floor screaming - and nothing relieves it. The woman has had several back surgeries throughout the years and the Doctor's all have said that she has an extremely high pain tolerance - so this is no joke. Now she is cramping with different degrees of severity all day long. Imagine a cramp in your calf extending for the entire length of your leg - with the pain multiplied ten-fold. Any suggestions?
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Answered by Dr. Erion Spaho (44 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Further tests needed.

Detailed Answer:
Hi and thanks for using HCM.

I have read your question and understand your concerns.

Muscle cramps causes, especially when severe, should be investigated further in order to treat them correctly.

If I were your wife's treating Doctor, I will ask for further information about these symptoms such: are cramps related to fatigue or physical activity? does the diet of your wife cover all body needs for microelements, fluids? are cramps associated with other symptoms ( leg numbness, swelling, nerve pain )?

I would have asked for blood tests to evaluate electrolytes concentration, and leg nerve conduction study ( EMG) in order to have a correct opinion about the cause of muscles cramps.

In my opinion, your wife's cramps are more likely to be related to her spinal condition, but, as mentioned above, other causes should be assessed and excluded too.

These include dehydration, microelements depletion.

If you like to share more information about your concerns, I'll be happy to help you.

In mean time I suggest a treatment with a muscle relaxer ( Diazepam or Tiocolchicoside eg.) and vitamin B supplements.

Since it is a prescription drug, this should be discussed with your wife's treating Doctor.

Hope I helped you. Wishing both of you good health.
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What causes severe cramps that extends from the groin area to lower leg?

Brief Answer: Further tests needed. Detailed Answer: Hi and thanks for using HCM. I have read your question and understand your concerns. Muscle cramps causes, especially when severe, should be investigated further in order to treat them correctly. If I were your wife's treating Doctor, I will ask for further information about these symptoms such: are cramps related to fatigue or physical activity? does the diet of your wife cover all body needs for microelements, fluids? are cramps associated with other symptoms ( leg numbness, swelling, nerve pain )? I would have asked for blood tests to evaluate electrolytes concentration, and leg nerve conduction study ( EMG) in order to have a correct opinion about the cause of muscles cramps. In my opinion, your wife's cramps are more likely to be related to her spinal condition, but, as mentioned above, other causes should be assessed and excluded too. These include dehydration, microelements depletion. If you like to share more information about your concerns, I'll be happy to help you. In mean time I suggest a treatment with a muscle relaxer ( Diazepam or Tiocolchicoside eg.) and vitamin B supplements. Since it is a prescription drug, this should be discussed with your wife's treating Doctor. Hope I helped you. Wishing both of you good health.