Why Do We Get Leg Cramps?

By First Posted: Nov 24, 2018 Sat 6:30 PM
Why Do We Get Leg Cramps?
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Sometimes in your daily routine, you must have felt pain or cramp in your leg. Leg cramps are a common and usually innocuous condition where the muscles in your leg suddenly become tight and painful.

So, why do we get such leg cramps? Leg cramps can be caused by many conditions, ranging simply from dehydration to something much more serious such as kidney disease.

Although the cause of leg cramps is unknown, there are a number of theories about what might cause leg cramp in general. These include:

>abnormal nerve activity during sleep which causes the muscle of the leg to cramp

>excessive strain placed on leg muscles, such as when exercising, may cause the muscles to cramp at certain times

>A sudden restriction in the blood supply to the affected muscles

Leg cramps can occur for no ostensible reason or as a sign or snag of a health condition, known as secondary leg cramps.

Causes of secondary leg cramps can include:



>certain types of medication, such as statins (medicines that help lower cholesterol levels)

>liver disease

During a cramp, your muscles suddenly contract to cause pain in your leg. This is known as a spasm, and you cannot control the pretentious muscle. The cramp can last from a few seconds to 10 minutes. When the spasm passes, you will be able to control the affected muscle again.

So, now you know the reason why do we get leg cramps.


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