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Suffering from calf muscles pain, swollen, cannot walk. Is it vitamin deficiency?

Hi doctor, my wife is suffering from calf muscles pain in once in 2 month at night when sleeping ,after pain she cant walk and calf muscles swollen and pain still pain for one and two days no wear & tear, injury. Is that because of any lack of adequate vitamins consumption,and she also feel normal pain all time Thai pain .....may be is it
Fri, 19 Jul 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Hi, thanks for writing to HCM.

Most of the times, nocturnal calf cramps occur for no reason and are usually harmless. In general, these are likely to be related to muscle fatigue (due to overuse) or neurological problems. Though typically seen in calf muscles, these can affect thigh musculature also.

These nocturnal cramps are also linked to number of medical conditions and certain medications -
* pregnancy, alchoholism, electrolyte disturbances, dehydration
* neuromuscular diseases
* Diabetes, thyroid disorders
* Drugs like statins (cholesterol drugs) and certain diuretics

There are few ways to prevent this cramps like -
* Make sure that you stay hydrated—drink six to eight glasses of water each day.
* Gently stretch your leg muscles before you go to sleep.
* Keep blankets and sheets loose around your feet so that toes are not distorted.
* Spend a few minutes riding a stationary bicycle before going to bed.

Hope this information is helpful. Good day
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Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Praveen Tayal's  Response
Thanks for writing to us.
The pain in the calf muscles could be due to vitamin D3 deficiency,. electrolyte imbalances causing muscle cramps or due to inflammation like myositis. Direct examination is needed to find out the cause.
I hope this information has been both informative and helpful for you.
Dr. Praveen Tayal ,
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement Dr. Saurabh Gupta's  Response
Thanks for posting your query.
Calf muscle pain without injury could be due to exertion, inflammation or deficiency of vitamins. If it persist , get it evaluated by your doctor for thorough examination and appropriate treatment according to that.
Hope this will helps you. Feel free to ask me if you have any further queries.
Wish you good health. Take care.
Dr Saurabh Gupta
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General & Family Physician Dr. Het Ram Bishnoi 's  Response
Thanks for the query to H.C.M. Forum.
Leg cramps or pain in the calf muscles are the most common symptoms and may be due to ,
Hypokalemia ( depletion of potassium ),
Deficiency of Vitamin E,
Stress ( tension & anxiety),
Anemia ( mainly in females).
Hypertension ( also hypotension).
Consult a physician and get his opinion.
Good luck.
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