Night Leg Cramps

Friday, December 23, 2016

Night leg cramps are usually sudden spasms, or tightening of the muscles in the calf. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about night leg cramps in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Night leg cramps are painful, involuntary contractions or spasms of muscles in your legs, usually occurring when youre in bed.

Night leg cramps usually involve your calf muscles, although muscles in your feet or thighs might cramp as well. Forcefully stretching the contracted muscle relieves the pain.

Most of the time, no apparent cause for night leg cramps can be identified. In general, night leg cramps are likely to be related to muscle fatigue and nerve problems.

The risk of having night leg cramps increases with age. Pregnant women also have a higher likelihood of having night leg cramps.

Several conditions, such as kidney failure and diabetic nerve damage, are known to cause night leg cramps. People who are taking certain medications, such as certain diuretics, might be more likely to have night leg cramps.

Restless legs syndrome is sometimes confused with night leg cramps, but its a separate condition.

For most people, night leg cramps are merely an annoyance. But in some cases, you may need to see a doctor.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.