WHAT CAUSES MY LEG CRAMPS AT NIGHT & WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT IT?
Are you ever awakened from a good night’s sleep with leg cramps?
You know how painful leg cramps are, you have to get out of bed to stretch out your muscles to get them to relax. The next morning your calf feels like you ran a marathon. There are a number of reasons for leg cramps. Although Venous Insufficiency is the most missed diagnosis the other causes of leg cramps include fatigue, dehydration, electrolyte (Potassium) imbalance, medications, neuropathy, pregnancy and other rare medical conditions. Ironically, most medical practitioners are not trained in Venous Insufficiency and its treatment options, so they look for these less common causes.
Muscles go through a natural process of contraction and relaxation as we use them in our daily activities. If a muscle contracts and does not relax, it becomes a cramp. Everyone has an occasional night cramp which is not associated with a serious underlying condition. If you have more frequent and severe muscle cramps this is a concern and it is advisable to see your physician.
Night leg cramps are one of the common symptoms of vein disease. Vein related cramps may have more than one causative factor. Understanding of the venous circulation and the changes that occur with vein disease sheds light on this problem. Healthy circulation relies on walking with pressure of the foot on the floor (foot pump) and contraction of the calf muscle (calf pump) to pump the blood up the veins. As the blood is propelled up the veins, one way valves open and close directing blood up the leg veins and preventing it from falling back down. If the valves are broken the venous blood refluxes back down the veins. This pooling of venous blood is a source of the symptoms of vein disease including leg cramps.
It is possible to suffer with venous reflux and leg cramps and have no noticeable varicose veins or spider veins. The symptoms of venous disease range from subtle to obvious—leg cramps, leg swelling, tired, achy legs, skin changes in color and texture, bleeding varicose veins, leg ulcers to bulging and spider veins. It is no wonder that vein disease is underdiagnosed and undertreated.
The bottom line is, if you have night cramps you may have undiagnosed vein disease with reflux. The diagnosis is made by seeing a physician who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of vein disease. A simple and noninvasive duplex ultrasound can detect reflux. The treatment of vein disease can be controlled with exercise, elevation of your legs, healthy weight management, and wearing medical grade graduated compression hose. Though these measures may help with your symptoms the chronic changes of vein disease are progressive. To correct the underlying vein reflux and varicose and spider veins minimally invasive measures are now readily available here at the Alpha Vein Clinic Las Vegas!
Vein treatment at Alpha Vein Clinic can get you on the path to the pain free life you deserve to have. Since summer is around the corner, you can feel more confident showing off your legs in the heat of the season. You can wear shorts rather than let unsightly varicose veins put a damper on your appearance. Contact us at (702) 430-7661 and let our caring staff help plan your visit for a time that fits into your busy schedule. Dr. Sassan Kaveh has the knowledge to accurately diagnose and successfully treat your night cramps. Call us today for a comprehensive evaluation and treatment plan specifically tailored to your needs. Let us help you make your vein disease a problem of the past!
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