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...
Full Question: My son has been diagnosed with abdominal migraines. When he has a bad attack he looses the use of his legs temporarily until the migraine goes away. Our neurologist has done numerous test to find out what may be causing his legs to go out but all the test come back ok (See tests below) Do you know what could be causing this & what to do next? The following test were done and came back ok - MRI spine, CAT of brain, sonogram of stomach, tube down the throat (don't know the name of the test), EKG, sticky plateletts test, colon & digestive tests by a gastrologist. Mrs. D. Answer: Dear Mrs. D.; It's possible that your son's legs are "going out" is an actual Migraine symptom. You don't say if they go out due to motor weakness or paralysis, but either can be from Migraine. That said, the symptoms of abdominal Migraines do NOT include motor weakness or paralysis. The ONLY type of Migraine that applies to is hemiplegic Mi...
Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is a common and sometimes
devastating condition. I see it quite frequently
in many of my chronic pain patients. In
fact, it contributes to quite a bit of chronic pain, because of the difficulty
it causes in terms of getting a good night's rest, and because it in and of
itself can be rather painful. And there
are diseases associated with chronic pain which can result in so-called
Restless Leg Syndrome is a nighttime condition that has a huge impact on
daytime functioning for those afflicted.
The diagnosis of RLS is mostly arrived at through interviews
with the patient, and basically involves four important features:
is a compelling need to move, usually associated with unpleasant
sensations in the legs, which have been described variously as painful,
electric or "creepy-crawly."
sensations of RLS are worse or exclusively present at rest.
sensations are at least partial...
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