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leg cramps and pain

I have had leg cramps and pain for about 9 months. I have been tested for potassium, although it was a little low at first now I am on 8 pills a day and I still have cramps and pain. The potassium level is at 3.8 which is normal, so why the pain still. My kidney doctor thinks the potassium pills are a somehow helping the leg pains but the potassium is not low enough to be causing the leg pains. Do you think I could have a muscle disease starting? I am 38 years old 120 pound non-smoking female. I am stuck. Please help. I had a ct of the abdomen(negative), aldosterone tests(negative), all adrenal tests (negative, 24 hour urine tests(negative) magnesium and calcium (normal). Thank You Lelsie
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Any tests done on your spine? If not, maybe you should. Leg pain can radiate from spine problems such as slipped/herniated discs, etc..
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Hi there,, I am a massage therapist and strong believer on first trying natural alternatives befor severe tests.  Maybe the following advice may help. First of all day time leg cramps are usually associated with lack of water depletion of potassium or Calcium And Magnesium.  These arwe three nutrients needed to control and carry electrical impulses to the nerves to contract and relax the muscles.   If the pain though is while moving then this could be a sign of circulatory problem, or intermittent claudication.  (arterial disease of the legs)  
Acupressure
Massage
Stretching
Calcium and Magnesium( not just potassium)  and these nutrients are usually lost after exercise due to heat, sweating
Vitamin E
Quinine Available without prescription
Apply heat to promote circulation

Good luck!
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