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Dr. Norm S.
Dr. Norm S., Board Certified OB/GYN
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Experience:  Over 30 years of experience in OB/GYN practice, including teaching students. Fellow of American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
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How can I treat cramp in my legs below my knees It wakes me

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How can I treat cramp in my legs below my knees It wakes me up and is very painful last night about 6 times and I'm usually sweating I have suffered cramp from change of temperature before but I wear bed socks and wrap my legs with a blanket and worried it may go into my thigh which I had once before which was really painful . I did keep fit yesterday morning but I do that most Monday and Tuesday mornings but have been away on holiday the last 3 Tuesday's I have tried rubbing muscle creams in to my legs which helps a little eventually but I am now very tired! Hope you can advise me
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: OB GYN
Expert:  Dr. Norm S. replied 1 year ago.

Do you take any medications?

Do you get regular exercise, especially walking?

Do you stay well hydrated? Thank you.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I take aspirin atorvastatin40 mg bisoprolol1.25mg evothyroxinesodium75micrgram tablets
I do exercise most days
I stay v well hydrated 1to 2 litres water a day
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
How long will it take for an answer ??
Expert:  Dr. Norm S. replied 1 year ago.

Sorry. Just a minute.

Expert:  Dr. Norm S. replied 1 year ago.

Nighttime leg cramps are fairly common, and often no specific cause can be found. However, leg cramps may be due to statin drugs, so I would discuss this with your doctor.

Leg cramps can sometimes be helped by taking extra potassium and magnesium. A banana a day will give you potassium. Magnesium can be taken using Mylanta 1-2 teaspoons before bedtime.

If cramps occur, stretching the muscle is usually effective. Massage can also be helpful. Warm baths can be helpful.

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