One of the things that I seemed to have inherited from my mom was a tendency to have bad foot and leg cramps in the middle of the night. For several years, I found myself regularly waking up with my foot and leg muscles clenched, making it impossible to find any comfort. If I was lucky, I would wake up soon enough to feel the beginning of the cramp start in my toes, thus enabling me to work on it before it became a full-fledged rock-solid, muscle-burning cramp that took over the whole extremity. However, in the past few years, my night leg cramps have seemed to come around less often and they’re less severe. So what are these muscle cramps? How can you limit them? And what do you do if you have a leg cramp? “A muscle cramp is a sudden, uncontrolled contraction of a muscle,” wrote Dr. Jonathan Cluett on About.com. “Leg cramps occur when the muscle suddenly and forcefully contra...
Poor circulation and blockage of blood in the leg arteries produces an aching, tired, and sometimes burning pain in the legs . This pain is brought on by exercise, and relieved by rest. The limping that occurs from leg cramps is called claudication.
Peripheral artery disease; Claudication; Intermittent claudication; Vaso-occlusive disease of the legs; Arterial insufficiency of the legs; Recurrent leg pain and cramping; Calf pain with exercise
This condition may occur in both legs, and the symptoms oftenget worseover time. However, some people complain only of weakness in the legs when walking, or a feeling of "tiredness" in the buttocks. Impotence is an occasional complaint in men. Pain at rest is uncommon.
This condition is due to atherosclerosis or peripheral vascular disease . Narrowed or blocked arteries can occur anywhere in the body. If they occur in the heart, a person mayhave heart pa...
Also referred to as peripheral neuropathy or peripheral neuritis, neuropathy occurs when illness, injury, inflammation, medication, or other factors disrupt the ability of nerves outside the spinal cord to relay messages between the brain and muscles, skin, nerves, joints, or internal organs. Neuropathy can affect: Sensory nerves, which control sensation Motor nerves, which control movement Autonomic nerves, which control involuntary or semi- involuntary body functions Any combination of these three main types of nerves Researchers have identified more than 100 types of neuropathy. Symptoms, which may take days, weeks, or months to develop, depend on the type or types of nerves affected and on whether neuropathy affects a single nerve or group of nerves (mononeuropathy) or more than one nerve group (polyneuropathy). Damage to sensory nerves can reduce or intensify sensation. This can prevent patients from realizing they’ve been injured or are experiencing pains warning of...
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