“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
Answer: “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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