I have been having cramps in my lower legs for several years. I am 75. None of my doctors seem to take it seriously. The past few nights the cramps have intensified and last night involved the whole leg up to the buttocks. There is a pattern: one leg gets involved, intensifies, then it moves to the other leg which does the same thing. Then the cramping releases a bit and starts all over again a few seconds later. This lasts about 5 minutes. I go back to bed (I have to stand up to try to control the spasms), and within an hour it starts again. I take Mirapex and Lyrica, but they don't help.
I want to know the cause so I can treat it. A brain chemical? Mineral deficiency? Comments, please.
I can truly relate to what you are going through. I had a total thyroidectomy in Sept 1910. A couple of months later, I started to have cramps in my feet, and legs. Sometimes, it would be so severe, that I would have to jump out of bed and walk. One night while out, my whole body went into severe pain and cramping. I started on Calcium, Magnesium and vitamin D. It has improved immensely. I no longer have the awful cramping in my feet and legs. I would suggest anyone with the symptoms that you mentioned to at least try it.
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