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What Do Leg Cramps Indicate In An Elderly Indicate During Strenuous Activity?

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Posted on Wed, 11 Oct 2017
Question: I am 76 and have been active about the house painting and other work needing performed. I have been on a ladder.
The lower leg cramps occur, but I can walk those off. The upper leg muscles can only be relieved by massaged
I take tonic water with quinine and has helped in the past.
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Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
muscle inflammation or electrolyte disorders can contribute

Detailed Answer:
HI, thanks for using healthcare magic

Over exertion or increased use of muscles can cause muscle spasms to occur. It can also occur if there is loss or inadequate intake of fluids or electrolytes.

Abnormal levels of sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium can also cause cramps to occur.

Inflammation or irritation of the muscles can also cause this symptom.

You can continue the tonic water with quinine, may need to consider using 1 or 2 sport drinks since these contain electrolytes, in case this is contributing to your symptoms.

You should also consider the use of anti inflammatory medication such as naproxen or ibuprofen for 1 to 3 doses even if there is no pain (if you can use these medications) to help relieve any inflammation that may be present.

I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions
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What Do Leg Cramps Indicate In An Elderly Indicate During Strenuous Activity?

Brief Answer: muscle inflammation or electrolyte disorders can contribute Detailed Answer: HI, thanks for using healthcare magic Over exertion or increased use of muscles can cause muscle spasms to occur. It can also occur if there is loss or inadequate intake of fluids or electrolytes. Abnormal levels of sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium can also cause cramps to occur. Inflammation or irritation of the muscles can also cause this symptom. You can continue the tonic water with quinine, may need to consider using 1 or 2 sport drinks since these contain electrolytes, in case this is contributing to your symptoms. You should also consider the use of anti inflammatory medication such as naproxen or ibuprofen for 1 to 3 doses even if there is no pain (if you can use these medications) to help relieve any inflammation that may be present. I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions