Most Effective Home Remedies For Leg Cramps

Most Effective Home Remedies For Leg Cramps

Easy methods for easing leg cramps that can be done at home.

Muscle cramps happen sometimes with a shocking suddenness that catches you off guard. And then your hands fly to that particular spot in a bid to reduce the pain but it doesn't away. The muscles around that area are knotted and hard to the touch and you feel like screaming your lungs out. Does this description sound familiar? Yeah, that's a muscle cramp. Usually, it is not a symptom of an underlying health problem, and there are home remedies for leg cramps.

 

When muscle cramp attacks, it can last up to an hour or even longer. It can attack an entire area like the arm or leg recurrently until it finally relents. And sometimes it may attack muscles that work together in tandem or the muscles that move some body parts in the opposite direction.

 

What are the causes of muscle cramp?

causes of leg cramp

Muscle cramps are caused by a few things. Overstimulated muscles or poor circulation of blood to a certain area can be what causes cramps. Sometimes, it may be caused by an aftereffect of injury to the nerve or muscle. Medication, dehydration and low levels of calcium, magnesium or potassium can cause cramps too. Deficiencies of certain vitamins, including thiamine, pantothenic acid, and pyridoxine, are also known causes of muscle cramps.

 

Effective homemade remedies for leg cramps.

 

Here are some homemade remedies you can try yourself at home.

 

  • Stretching

stretching eases leg cramps

Discontinue whatever activity that may have triggered the cramp if there is one. Try and relax the cramping muscle. While you massage the muscle, gently stretch the muscle in a measured way. If cramps occur in the middle of the night, stand up and stretch the affected leg. If it's in the calf put some weight on it.

 

  • Magnesium

 

You may be lacking in magnesium if you're regularity getting muscle cramps that are not related to more serious health issues. Accordingly, you may try to incorporate more of magnesium into your diet. Seeds and nuts are good sources of magnesium.

 

Magnesium is considered as a treatment for muscle cramps in pregnant women, but you'll need to talk to your doctor before taking any magnesium supplements.

 

  • Apply heat

 

Try the regular remedy of dipping a towel in hot water and apply to the affected area. This has worked for many suffering from muscle cramps. Also, you can use a dry heating pad, but start at the lowest setting and then go from there. But if you have a spinal cord injury or any health problem that prevents you from feeling the heat, then the heating pad is not for you.

 

Additionally, many experts recommend using magnesium on your body exterior as Epsom salt.

 

  • Take a walk

 

When you experience leg cramps, take a walk. This sends a message to the muscles to relax. If that doesn't work and you keep getting muscle cramps, get massage regularly to help your muscles relax.

 

  • Hydration

 

Another solution to muscle cramps is to hydrate. It might not ease your pain immediately, but water or a sports drink with electrolytes can save you from another muscle cramp in the future.

 

Are there medications that treat leg cramps?

 

However, a lot of people have noticed that drinking quinine-containing water (tonic water) before bedtime. Besides the home remedies for leg cramps,  muscle relaxants can be helpful for easing the pains as well. Doses of therapeutic injection have been successfully used for some muscle disorders that are limited to a group of muscles.

Therefore, if the leg cramps persist, blood testing and evaluation may be carried out by a neurologist. Revisit your doctor if the muscle cramps recur. And follow up to your doctor may be necessary to detect diseases that should be dealt with to stop your cramping.

 

What test do medical practitioners use to diagnose leg cramps?

 

Your doctor will try to review and analyse everything. From your history to character, location, intensity and frequency of muscle cramps. Followed by a review of your medication to ascertain if that is the cause of your symptoms. Your medications will be reviewed to determine if they may be playing a role in causing your symptoms.

 

A blood test will include evaluation of calcium levels, potassium, nerve condition and thyroid. While physical evaluation may include evaluation of muscle strength and nerve function.

 

Conclusion

 

If your muscle cramps become recurrent and you're looking to see a health professional, look for ones with cases like yours as their specific targets. While primary-care doctors can treat cramps, other specialists like rheumatologists, physiatrists, neurologists may do better.

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Written by

Lydia Ume