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Cramps in the outside muscles of legs, not related to exercise. Taking gapapentgin for RLS. Causes?

I ve recently starting suffering from late night cramps in the outside muscles of my legs (I believe preoneus longus???) muscle. It doesn t seem like it is related to exercise or work load during the day.........I haven t changed my diet or starting taking new meds. (I take 2700 mg gapapentin for RLS ). It occurs in both legs nearly simulatenously during the middle of the night. I ve increase my water intake - I take a multi-vitamin.
Wed, 25 Jun 2014
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Hello,
Thanks for your query.
Seems to be restlessleg syndrome. There is no cause for this disease but usually it is due to over activity of the brain. I would suggest you to get your serum B 12 estimation as some time this can cause RLS. Meanwhile I have following suggestions for you.
1. Try to sleep at a fixed time, avoid late night sleep. Avoid coffee in night time.
2. If you would be my patient, then I would suggest you Amytryptalin daily.
3. Capsaicin ointment local application will also give relief.
4.After B 12 test is done you can also take Methylcobal tablet daily.

I do hope that you have found something helpful and I will be glad to answer any further query.
Take care
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Cramps in the outside muscles of legs, not related to exercise. Taking gapapentgin for RLS. Causes?

Hello, Thanks for your query. Seems to be restlessleg syndrome. There is no cause for this disease but usually it is due to over activity of the brain. I would suggest you to get your serum B 12 estimation as some time this can cause RLS. Meanwhile I have following suggestions for you. 1. Try to sleep at a fixed time, avoid late night sleep. Avoid coffee in night time. 2. If you would be my patient, then I would suggest you Amytryptalin daily. 3. Capsaicin ointment local application will also give relief. 4.After B 12 test is done you can also take Methylcobal tablet daily. I do hope that you have found something helpful and I will be glad to answer any further query. Take care