By: Elena Grace Flores
Muscle spasms in the leg called leg cramps are usually felt during night time that can be very painful. This is normally a symptom of a preexisting condition and must not be ignored. It’s many triggers are: low blood levels of calcium, magnesium, or vitamin E. Anemia or low level of blood cells and thyroid gland deficiency are diseases that can lead to having leg cramps. People who are dehydrated, having heat stroke, or just inactivity, and going strenuous exercise can also cause this.
Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Doctors recommend six to eight glasses every day. Massage your muscles before going to bed. Stretch daily, before and after exercise. Maintain a well-balanced diet and eat foods high in calcium (such as milk and cheese), potassium (bananas and dates), and vitamin E (spinach and sweet potatoes). If you have a leg cramp, gently stretch and massage the muscle. You can apply a warm heating pad to the area to help calm the cramping muscle and reduce discomfort. Over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen (brand name Tylenol®) and ibuprofen (Motrin®, Advil®) can help reduce the pain of leg cramps. Some people try natural remedies such as vitamin E, vitamin B6, magnesium, butcher’s broom, and MSM to prevent leg cramps. Click here to see direct source: http://www.drugstore.com/the-cause-and-treatment-of-leg-cramps/qxc295124
According to drugstore.com: There’s no convincing evidence that these supplements are effective for treating or preventing leg cramps. In severe cases, doctors may prescribe muscle relaxants to relieve leg cramps. People have used quinine sulfate to treat leg cramps. It’s now available only by prescription. But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) research showed that quinine sulfate is not effective for leg cramps. Quinine has also been associated with serious side effects such as temporary sight and hearing disturbances, dizziness, fever, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.