Health & Wellness
Muscle Cramps / Charley Horses
Some Causes of Muscle Cramps
Overuse of a muscle, dehydration, muscle strain, muscle fatigue or simply holding a position for a prolonged period of time may result in a muscle cramp. In many cases, however the effect cause of a muscle cramp isn’t known. Although most muscle cramps are harmless, some may be related to underlying medical conditions.
Arteriosclerosis: The narrowing of the arteries that delivers blood to the legs.
Lumbar Stenosis: Compression of nerves in your spine) can also produce cramp-like pain in the legs.
Mineral depletion: Too little potassium, calcium or magnesium in your diet can contribute to leg spasms.
Medications like Lasix, Evista and Procardia can also contribute to muscle spasms and restless leg syndrome a well as leach electrolytes from your body.
Dr. Armon Neel Jr. of AARP reported the older you are, the more likely you are to get nighttime leg cramps—sudden jolts of pain that can last from a few seconds to 15 or more minutes. Nighttime leg cramps typically affect the calf muscles but you can also get them in the feet or thighs.
Muscle Cramp - Misdiagnosis can happen!
Sometimes severe muscle cramps can be misdiagnosed, according to the US News Health article "Living With Lewy Body Dementia” by medical reporter Samatha Costa.
“Judy Kauser suffered with such severe leg pain her physician contributed it to back pain, when she became confused and disoriented the doctor blamed it on her medication. It was two years later Mrs, Kauser was diagnosed with Lewy body dementia, not severe muscle cramps.
Recent news on Good Morning America (GMA) reported that Robin Williams was diagnosed with symptoms of Lewy Body Dementia, which led to his suicide.
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