What are the most common causes of leg cramp?
There are many potential causes of a leg cramp, but the main ones are typically over-exercising, being dehydrated, being subjected to very cold or warm temperatures, taking certain medicines (primarily antipsychotics, birth control pills, steroids), and sleeping for long periods of time with your legs stuck in an awkward position.
What conditions can cause leg cramps to occur?
There are many conditions that exist which can cause leg cramps to occur and the onset of this could point to such underlying conditions. Some of these include ageing, excessive alcohol use, drug withdrawal (primarily benzodiazepines), low potassium levels, dehydration, pregnancy, and vitamin deficiencies.
What diseases can cause leg cramps to occur?
Sometimes a spell of leg cramp can be a sign of a more serious underlying disease. Such diseases could include diabetes, fibromyalgia, dialysis patients, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, poor circulation.
If I’m pregnant, what steps can I take to prevent leg cramps?
During pregnancy, it can be a little harder to follow the conventional steps of preventing leg cramps. You can still undergo stretching exercises (though maybe not as extreme), drink plenty of fluids, stay active, eat well-balanced meals and ensure you are intaking enough nutrients.
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