Barrington Acupuncture

Dr. Mark Gibson, M.D. Offering treatment using Eastern & Western medicine

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“Leg cramps with stretching:  When I stretch in bed, I get bilateral leg/foot cramps. I immediately swing my legs onto the floor and the pain stops. Why does this happen?” ~ Anonymous Patient

Barrington AcupunctureAnswer: “The fact that you can stop the pain immediately upon placing your feet on the floor essentially rules out serious circulatory or metabolic issues. This could be provoked by low potassium from your blood pressure medication so would advise having your sodium and K and glucose measured as a fasting cmp (comprehensive metabolic profile).

It could also be provoked by lack of sufficient daily exercising/muscle conditioning- are you taking 20+ minute walks most days?  Can also be provoked by overexertion or dehydration.

Keep a log of when and how ofter and duration of pains and share that with your primary care M.D.” ~ Mark

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  2 comments for “Ask the Doctor

  1. Shan Omar
    October 9, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    I have had pain/muscle starin from time to time in my neck and my right side shoulder/trapezius area. Last time I was in pain I went to physical therapy for a number of weeks and it helped but now it is happening again. I am assuming it is due to my daily computer usage and the way I am sitting and using my mouse and computer.

    Could acupuncture treatments help me with this?

    Shan Omar

    • Dr.Gibson
      April 8, 2016 at 9:33 pm

      Sorry to be so late in seeing this – just give me a call (847) 304-4073 to discuss if it’s still occurring.

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