Muscle Cramps

(Myalgia)

Etiology

Muscle cramping in different parts of the body is commonly caused by a calcium and magnesium imbalance and/or a vitamin E deficiency. Anemia, arthritis, and even arteriosclerosis may result in cramping.

Most muscle cramps occur at night when resting and affect the legs, especially the calf muscles, and the feet. These kinds of cramps occur more frequently in the elderly, the young, and persons with arteriosclerosis.

The use of diuretic drugs for high blood pressure or heart disorders may also be the cause of muscle cramping. If taking one of these drugs, be sure to add potassium.

Poor circulation contributes to leg cramps. See the doctor if you have cramps during the day while active. This may be a sign of impaired circulation.

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