Leg cramps at night are common.
And it's important to make a distinction between leg cramps causes and other causes of leg pain at night.
Because there are several conditions that can cause leg pain at night:
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The cramp, or charley horse, is due to the muscle contracting (shortening and tightening) in a sudden and violent way. These nocturnal leg cramps usually occur in the calf muscle. But foot and leg cramps do happen at night also. Cramps in the thighs are less common.
One main reason for the pain is because blood flow to the muscle is restricted. Waste products also build up within the muscle tissue.
The underlying causes of leg cramps are unknown. However, here are nine possible suspects:
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I've studied the medical literature in depth on the topic of leg
cramps at night. If you suffer chronic leg cramps at night, it's clear that it can be difficult to prevent them.
Even so, I have written a series of five articles on this topic that can be of great benefit to you (see the series below).
In those articles I have listed the most common medical suggestions I've come across for helping to prevent leg pain at night from cramps. I highly suggest you read all five articles.
In addition, I do have some more good news for you.
If you've read my Sleep Passport Home Page and About Me page, you know that for years I have studied sleep and nutrition.
On the other hand, a colleague of mine has spent over 10 years studying pain. He is an expert at pain management.
His name is Jesse Cannone. You may have seen him on NBC.
Jesse invented a pain cream that works wonders on all sorts of leg, knee, back, and muscle pain.
Now, the bad news is, as far as I can tell, this cream does not prevent leg cramps. The good news, as soon as a cramp hits or leg pain starts, this cream can work wonders.
Rub it on, and the pain is gone. Why?
Because it contains 10 powerful natural pain relievers, including an amazing compound called Cetyl Myristoleate (CMO). This is a powerful fatty acid that knocks out pain.
So, if those cramps start, have a tube of Jesse's Rub On Relief right next to you and rub the pain away.
Click here to see if Rub On Relief is something you might want to try. Dr. Mark Wiley introduces the product. And then you can read what Jesse has to say about his popular pain relief cream.
Please note also, this pain relief cream has shipped all over the world to help people.
Leg Cramp Away is a homeopathic remedy that helps circulation in lower limbs. Because of this, it helps relieve pain from leg cramps. And it assists in relaxing muscle spasms in the calves and legs.
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I hate it when I get leg cramps in my legs or feet. So I hope the other articles below are helpful to you.
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