My 73 yr old husband is having leg cramps at night. His health is excellent and he only takes medication for his blood pressure and an 81mg aspirin per day. He's not the type to sit still for long. What can he do?
Most of the times there is no cause found for leg cramps and it is harmless. The common causes which need to be considered are peripheral artery disease, diabetes mellitus, too low/high sodium,potassium,drugs like statins,diuretics,salbutamol,dehydration,hypothyroidism,alcoholism,over exertion of muscles, cirrhosis etc.He may try stretching exercises for the calf muscles.Maintianing good posture, Using a pillow to keep feet propped while sleeping on back, magnesium, vitamin B complex and potassium supplements may help. It is best to consult a doctor before starting any exercises or taking any supplements. A clinical examination and ruling out the cause of his symptoms are very important. Treatment will depend on the cause. I sincerely hope it helps.
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