• All Systems Staff

Do you suffer from leg cramps?



If you commonly experience sudden sharp pains in your lower legs, you’re not alone.

50-60% of adults report suffering from leg cramps and 60% of adults suffer from nocturnal leg cramps, or leg cramps during the night.



There are a variety of reasons these leg cramps could be occurring.

The most common cause of nocturnal leg cramps are:


- Tight calf muscles (due to lack of stretching, inactivity, or edema)

- Dehydration

- Electrolyte abnormalities (commonly low magnesium or potentially potassium)

- Certain neurological disorders

- Certain medications

- Excessive, intense exercise


Notably, there are also some serious conditions that are associated with leg cramps.

These could include:


- Diabetes

- Cardiovascular disease

- Liver cirrhosis

- Certain kidney diseases

- Lumbar stenosis

- Osteoarthritis

- Pregnancy


Some simple, yet effective treatments that could help to relieve leg cramps include:


- Drinking plenty of water

- Stretching the muscles before bed

- Supplementing with a Bisglycinate form of magnesium, if indicated

- Not consuming stimulants (caffeine, nicotine)

- Deep tissue massage

- Certain supplements


It’s always important to work with a healthcare practitioner to determine the cause of your nocturnal leg cramps and the best treatment approach.




Dr. Samantha Allen, ND




References:


· https://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/neurologic-disorders/symptoms-of-neurologic-disorders/muscle-cramps?query=leg%20cramps

· https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0815/p350.html