Why Do I Have Leg Cramps During My Period?

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Definition

Muscle cramps are involuntary and often painful movements (contractions) of the muscles.

The most commonly involved muscle groups are:

  • Back of the lower leg/calf (gastrocnemius)
  • Back of the thigh (hamstrings)
  • Front of the thigh (quadriceps)

Cramps in the feet, hands, arms, abdomen, and along the rib cage are also very common.


Alternative Names

Cramps - muscle


Considerations

Muscle cramps are common and may be stopped by stretching the muscle. The cramping muscle may feel hard or bulging.

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