Ask the Experts- September 2017

By: Red Hot Mamas

Published: September 14, 2017

Dear Red Hot Mamas,

I not only get hot flashes at night, but also leg cramps.  I know what I can do about the hot flashes, but any suggestions for the leg discomfort?

Thanks so much for your help,

Susan

Dear Susan,

Leg cramps sometimes are associated with dehydration.  They may also occur because of thyroid disease, Parkinson’s disease, even electrolyte imbalances.  Your healthcare provider may suggest you have a physical exam and blood test to identify the underlying cause of these nocturnal leg cramps. What you might want to do to alleviate some of the discomfort is to stretch the affected muscle keeping your leg straight and pointing your toes up toward your knee.  Try massaging the muscle and using ice on the area where the muscle is affected.  A warm bath may also be helpful.   And, by all means, try to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water.  If these measures aren’t of any help, your healthcare provider may prescribe prescription drugs to help muscles relax.  So, please discuss this issue with your healthcare provider and thank you for writing to Red Hot Mamas.

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