Skip to Content

Join the 'Nocturnal Leg Cramps' group to help and get support from people like you.

Nocturnal Leg Cramps News

Related terms: Night Leg Cramps, Night Cramps

Joints That Make Those Popping or Cracking Sounds

Posted 27 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 27, 2017 – If you've ever heard a loud pop as you bent down to pick something up, you'll be relieved to know that it's normal for your joints to make popping and cracking noises. These sounds can be caused by a number of things, including when soft tissues – such as tendons and ligaments – rub or snap over other tissues and bones, explained Dr. Aman Dhawan. He is an orthopedic sports medicine specialist at Penn State Health's Milton Hershey Medical Center. "Our joints are mobile, so there are a lot of things that slide over or run past each other. When they move, there is the potential for anatomy to intersect," he said in a Penn State news release. The sounds can also be caused by pockets of nitrogen gas within the fluid that helps lubricate joints and provides nutrition to cartilage, Dhawan added. According to Dr. Robert Gallo, another orthopedic sports medicine ... Read more

Related support groups: Pain, Muscle Pain, Knee Joint Replacement, Nocturnal Leg Cramps, Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

Health Tip: Coping With a Muscle Cramp

Posted 25 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

-- A painful muscle cramp can occur if you don't stretch before a workout. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recommends: Stopping any activity that led to the cramp. Slowly and gently stretching the muscle. Hold it in that position until the cramp subsides. Gently massaging the muscle while stretching it to help it relax. Applying heat if the muscle and others nearby are tight and tense. Applying cold if the muscles are sore and tender. Read more

Related support groups: Muscle Spasm, Muscle Pain, Nocturnal Leg Cramps, Muscle Twitching, Frozen Shoulder

Beware Safety Risks Posed by 'Off-Label' Drug Use

Posted 2 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 2, 2015 – "Off-label" drug use puts patients at risk for serious side effects, especially when scientific evidence is lacking, a new study finds. Physicians prescribe "off-label" when they recommend drugs for uses that have not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It's a common and legal practice. It's also hard to track, because U.S. doctors aren't required to document the reason for prescribing a treatment. But in what may be the most extensive review of the practice to date, a Canadian-U.S. research team found reason for concern. Patients prescribed off-label drugs without strong scientific evidence were 54 percent more likely to experience an adverse event, such as a drug reaction, drug interaction or allergic response, forcing them to stop taking the drugs, the study found. "We are not saying that off-label is bad," said Dr. Tewodros Eguale, who led ... Read more

Related support groups: Migraine, Seroquel, Amitriptyline, Migraine Prevention, Zyprexa, Risperidone, Risperdal, Elavil, Quetiapine, Seroquel XR, Olanzapine, Migraine Prophylaxis, Nocturnal Leg Cramps, Quinine, Symbyax, Endep, Zyprexa Zydis, Risperdal Consta, Qualaquin, Limbitrol

Health Tip: What's Behind Muscle Cramps?

Posted 28 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Nothing can end a workout faster than muscle cramps. But have you ever wondered what causes them? The Mayo Clinic mentions these common factors: Straining or overusing muscles. Being dehydrated. Keeping a muscle in the same position for a long time. Having poor blood supply to affected muscles. Having compressed nerves in the spine. Getting less-than-required amounts of dietary minerals, such as potassium, magnesium or calcium. Read more

Related support groups: Muscle Spasm, Muscle Pain, Restless Legs Syndrome, Dietary Supplementation, Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation and Deficiency, Nocturnal Leg Cramps, Periodic Limb Movement Disorder, Klor-Con, Potassium Chloride, Muscle Twitching, Klor-Con M20, Caltrate 600 with D, K + Potassium, Klor-Con M10, HalfLytely and Bisacodyl, K-Dur, K-Tab, Calcium/Vitamin D, Os-Cal 500 with D, Citracal + D

25 Million U.S. Adults Struggle With Daily Pain

Posted 18 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 18, 2015 – Pain is widespread in much of America, with more than 25 million adults – 11 percent – suffering on a daily basis, a new national survey reveals. And approximately 14 million adults – roughly 6.4 percent – experience severe pain, which can be associated with poorer health and disability, researchers found. Other national studies of chronic pain have yielded similar results, said study author Richard Nahin, an epidemiologist with the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). "What makes this study unique is that I also looked at how often adults have mild pain," he said. Nahin found that about 54 million adults – nearly one-quarter – reported "mild," but not incapacitating, pain. Whether pain is increasing nationally is difficult to say, Nahin said. But the good news is that roughly half of ... Read more

Related support groups: Pain, Back Pain, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain, Muscle Pain, Sciatica, Neck Pain, Neuropathic Pain, Knee Joint Replacement, Nocturnal Leg Cramps, Scoliosis, Frozen Shoulder, Postoperative Pain, Breakthrough Pain, Pain/Fever, Somatoform Pain Disorder

Health Tip: Why Muscles Cramp

Posted 15 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

-- You've just finished working out, and one of your muscles is cramping and causing lots of pain. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons says possible triggers for muscle cramps include: Forgetting to stretch before exercise. Having tired muscles due to overuse or lack of exercise. Exercising in hot weather, which can lead to dehydration and loss of electrolytes. Sometimes muscles cramp for unknown reasons. Read more

Related support groups: Muscle Spasm, Muscle Pain, Nocturnal Leg Cramps, Muscle Twitching, Aspercreme, Menthol, Icy Hot, Aspercreme Cream, Biofreeze, Myoflex, Terocin, Camphor, Myoflex Cream, Sarna, Tiger Balm, Salonpas, Bengay, Vicks VapoSteam, Methyl Salicylate, Banalg Hospital Strength

Health Tip: Avoiding Leg Cramps

Posted 20 May 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Painful leg cramps can happen to anyone, but tend to be common among seniors. The AARP recommends: Gently stretch and flex the leg to ease a cramp. Ask your doctor if a medication, such as a statin or diuretic, could be causing your leg cramps. Make sure your electrolyte levels are normal. Below-normal levels of potassium, magnesium or calcium could trigger leg cramps. Drink plenty of fluids. Make sure the covers aren't too tight on your bed. Choose shoes with proper arch support. Read more

Related support groups: Lipitor, Simvastatin, Crestor, Atorvastatin, Pravastatin, Iodine, Zocor, Nocturnal Leg Cramps, Lovastatin, Tums, Rosuvastatin, Klor-Con, Magnesium Oxide, Epsom Salt, Caltrate, Potassium Chloride, Copper, Sodium Chloride, Chromium Picolinate, Electrolyte

Health Tip: Sleep Better During Pregnancy

Posted 7 May 2015 by Drugs.com

-- A growing belly and various aches and pains can make sleep difficult during pregnancy. The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these suggestions for a more restful sleep during pregnancy: Avoid caffeinated beverages. If you do indulge, only drink them in the morning or early afternoon. In the hours before bedtime, limit fluids and don't eat a heavy meal. Create a consistent sleeping and waking schedule. Skip intense exercise just before bed in favor of a relaxing bath. Press feet firmly against the wall if you have a leg cramp, or stand on the cramped leg. If your doctor says it's OK, practice daily yoga to help manage stress. Taking a childbirth or parenting class may also help ease baby-related anxiety. Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety and Stress, Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Nocturnal Leg Cramps, Delivery, Labor and Delivery including Augmentation

Nighttime Leg Cramps Peak in Summer, Study Says

Posted 9 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 9, 2015 – Nighttime leg cramps occur twice as often in summer as in winter, a new study suggests. The malaria drug quinine is commonly prescribed to treat leg cramps, so researchers looked at quinine prescriptions written for more than 31,000 people in British Columbia, Canada, over six years. The researchers also analyzed the frequency of online searches about leg cramps by people in Australia and the United States. Prescriptions for quinine in British Columbia and online searches about leg cramps in the United States peaked in July. Online searches about leg cramps in Australia were highest in January, which is mid-summer in that country. The study was published recently in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. "Although there are anecdotal reports of pregnancy-associated rest cramps being worse in summer, these findings establish the phenomenon of seasonality in ... Read more

Related support groups: Nocturnal Leg Cramps, Quinine, Qualaquin, QM-260

Health Tip: Ease Leg Cramps During Pregnancy

Posted 16 Apr 2013 by Drugs.com

-- Leg cramps are common during pregnancy, particularly at night while you're trying to sleep. The Womenshealth.gov website suggests how to help soothe leg cramps during pregnancy: Practice gentle stretches on the cramping muscles. Engage in light, mild exercise. Flex your foot in the forward position. Eat plenty of foods rich in calcium. Ask your doctor about taking calcium supplements. Read more

Related support groups: Nocturnal Leg Cramps

Ask a Question

Further Information

Related Condition Support Groups

Pain

Related Drug Support Groups

Soma, verapamil, carisoprodol, quinine, vitamin e, horse chestnut, Alpha E, Aquasol E, blue cohosh, view more... Venastat, Cyclospasmol, Vanadom, Aqua-E, E-600, Aqua Gem-E, E-Gems, Vita-Plus E Natural, E Pherol, cyclandelate, Amino-Opti-E, Nutr-E-Sol, E-400 Clear, Aquavite-E