Muscle Cramps (Muscle Spasms)


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Comment from: Amputatemylegs, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 12

I've been plagued with these absolutely insane muscle cramps in upper quads (legs above the knee). They hit powerful and fast while I'm sleeping, around 3 am typically. It's the most insane powerful pain I've ever experienced, worse than my appendix rupturing. I roll out of the bed and scream, flop, wail, etc. Feels like my legs are being ripped off by a tractor. We've had ridiculous hot 90 plus days lately and I sweat so much I have to change again and again. Dehydration is probably the cause, I will hydrate immediately.

Comment from: waco, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: August 07

I get muscle cramp so bad at night I cannot walk. If I overdo it physically during the day the pain is so cruel. I grate up ginger, about a match boxful, combine with 2 juiced lemons in a cup, pour on hot water, and leave it to cool for a while. About 25 to 30 minutes later I put it in a 2 liter cleaned milk bottle, keep in fridge, and try to drink it all or at least half each day. I get no cramps no matter what, but they come back quick if I don't stick to it.

Comment from: DonSDan, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: August 20

I am a 78 year old male in very good physical condition for my age. My weight is normally at 160, I am 5 ft. 7 in. I exercise regularly but not excessively. My blood pressure is great (although I do take blood pressure medicines). But, one problem is driving me nuts. I have frequent painful muscle cramps in several areas of my body; neck, arms, hands, back, thighs, calves, and feet. There seems to be nothing that I can imagine would cause these. There is seldom a day goes by without these cramps interfering with my life. I go to a restaurant, pick up a knife and fork, and my right hand goes into extreme cramping. I drive and for no reason, my legs cramp up so badly that I have to stop the car, get out and walk. It usually helps, but not always. I'm frequently awoken by severe cramps in all areas of both legs and feet. If I should turn my head to see what's behind me, my neck muscles cramp up. I take magnesium and calcium supplements, I hydrate regularly and frequently, especially when exercising. I've dropped from 80 mg cholesterol tablets, to 20 mg per night. I take baclofen daily, but none of these helps.

Comment from: delro, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 07

Simvastatin caused my severe muscle cramps. Within a day of stopping it, I no longer got severe cramps, and within three days I stopped getting cramps.

Comment from: Dennis , 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 23

I have serious whole body cramps during the day, but mostly at night. I have never experienced anything this bad. I don’t know what the cause could be, and the cure. I’m an active 65 year old man.

Comment from: Teddy, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 09

I don't know the cause of my muscle cramps but my legs are cramping! I'm a male, about 258 lb. I get plenty of exercise and drink lots of water every day.

Comment from: shahab, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 16

I have cramps in my thigh muscle. They started four months after broken femur surgery when I started physiotherapy. The cramps are very painful.

Comment from: Isaw, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: September 04

I have a nerve problem associated with disc bulge hence pressed nerve. My chiropractor tells me it is because of shortened muscles.

Comment from: Logical dude, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 07

Most of my muscle spasms occur at night and in the lower body, but I can get spasms anytime anywhere in the body usually upon putting strain on the muscle. I am currently taking quinine sulphate, 300mg once a day at bed time. It helped reduce frequency of nocturnal cramps.

Comment from: slim, 55-64 Female Published: June 17

I have diabetes and I get very bad cramps if I sit for any length of time and in the middle of the night. They have me in tears.

Comment from: 85yrold, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: January 24

The first serious problem I had with severe muscle pains mostly in upper body and arms was alleviated when I quit taking the Lipitor statin a few years ago. My most recent bout with serious muscle pains and muscle cramps once again was much alleviated when I stopped taking prescription drug amlodipine. A 10 pound weight gain during the period of taking amlodipine was also reversed


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