Asked by Cinda
For about a month now, my left leg and foot cramps severly everynight. Now my leg is so sore it hurts to walk. Can RA cause this?
RA can affect your muscles, tendons and ligaments. In addition to inflammation, they can be affected by you moving your body differently to protect your joints and thereby putting a different kind of stress on your muscles. It's absolutely a good idea to treated with key, massage and gentle stretching. As well, leg cramps at night can mean that you're dehydrated - are you drinking enough water through the day? Taking a magnesium supplement before you go to bed may help, as well (it helps relax your muscles a little). However, given that this is a relatively new thing for you, it happens every night and is now starting to affect you in the day time, it's probably a good idea to make an appointment to see your doctor to get her/his opinion.