Leg Cramps: 7 Causes and 7 Cures

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Hello, this is Dr Ken Berry, I am a family doctor with more than 20 years of clinical experience and author of the book "Lies My Doctor told me" For the next few minutes, I would like to talk about leg cramps 7 causes and 7 cures millions of people suffer leg cramps

Some people have it very rarely, others have them almost every day you can help yourself and your friends and your family by watching this video and also by sharing this video on your social networks so many people think that leg cramps are just part of their lives but it doesn't have to be like that because you can share this information and help them now let's talk about the 7 causes leg cramps and then I will, at the end of each case, I will talk about the cure so you can do whatever it takes for yourself I classified these causes of the most common to the less common The most common are not really dangerous, the least common can be very very dangerous so you have to look at the last so you will know what are the most serious and dangerous causes leg cramps like that you can go to the doctor if needed OK then, number 1 is by far the most common cause of leg cramps and it's the fact of not having salt through your diet we've been taught, for 50 or 60 years that salt is bad for us, that we should not eat salt, that we should limit its consumption, that we should reduce it there is no research supporting this, there is a good book, I will put a link below in them notes you will be able to check and read the serious research behind the salt humans are mammals, all mammals love and need salt daily so stop being scared of salt and eat salt and salt to taste I have a salt that I prefer, which I will put in the notes below but in your process to eat more salt, I want you to eat real salt there is so much salt coming from supermarkets contains dextrose, which is sugar, maltodextrin aluminum to keep salt from sticking together it's normal for salt to agglomerate, real salt will agglomerate and it's ok, it's a good way to know it's real salt Also, the salt that comes from modern oceans can be full of micro-plastics and nano-plastics two things we don't need Make sure you eat real salt from an ocean old, not modern ocean

Number 2 : electrolytes and I'm going to include magnesium, potassium and calcium and i will talk arachidonic acid because it helps muscle cells to use electrolytes almost everyone in today's society is deficient in magnesium and potassium and calcium for many people that does not mean that you should take calcium supplement just means you have to eat more calcium-rich foods all fish with edible bones like sardines, anchovies, these are very good sources of calcium You can have calcium from leafy green vegetables and other sources I have a video about it, on this channel about good sources of calcium in your food Magnesium and potassium you can also get it from your food but remember that regardless of whether you eat standard food American, or you eat a diet low in carbohydrates, ketogenic, carnivorous, almost all of us in modern society deficient in magnesium and potassium and you really have to put in a lot of effort to get it in our diet

I try to eat a lot foods rich in magnesium and potassium but I also use drops of electrolytes that I put in my coffee, in my other drinks, and it really helps me to master my intake of magnesium and potassium I eat a lot of little ones fish with the bones that I eat, it gives me a lot of calcium and now arachidonic acid is something your body makes, but you can also get it from your food by eating a lot of fatty meats, red meat, white meat, and seafood Arachidonic acid helps calcium get into your muscle cells and your muscles cannot contract or relax normally if you don't have enough calcium in cells and arachidonic acid help for that Make sure you eat lots of fatty meats and seafood it will help you have enough arachidonic acid to help calcium do its job for the muscles Number 3: the 3rd most common cause is temporary overwork

Let's say you live a sedentary life and your friend comes to visit you and says "hey, how about we go hiking?" and you are "actually I liked to hike go hiking, okay! " So you go hiking and it's 12 km, all uphill and the night or the night after, because you have too much forced the muscles in your legs you you may have leg cramps These cramps are normal, it's very common, it's not a sign that anything medically speaking home, it's not even necessarily a sign that you have an electrolyte or sodium deficit, it just means that you have put too much strain on your muscles these cramps will disappear in a few days and that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go hiking anymore your friend, it just means you have to be more active more often Because the more you use your muscles, the more you stretch and strengthen them the less cramps you will have so don't worry about too much muscle effort Number 4: drugs Many people don't even realize that drugs can really increase the risk of having leg cramps

By far, the most common drugs are statins, which lower your total cholesterol and your LDL cholesterol people take these drugs thinking decrease the risk of heart attack or stroke research on this is ambiguous at best and at worst ridiculous I have other videos on this channel on "must it or should it not" take statins to lower your total cholesterol But one of the side effects the most common statins, including Zocor and Lipitor, Crestor, Livalo; all these things will give you muscle pain, joint pain and muscle cramps in the legs The next one, which I hear in consultation is the Forteo or Evista, these are two drugs to improve your density bone if you have osteoporosis been diagnosed If you would like to stop this kind of medication, if you have leg cramps because of them, talk to your doctor but also watch my video on this chain on osteoporosis you can strengthen your bones naturally without take lots of prescription drugs All fake estrogens like Estradiol, Orthocept, Primer and Prempro all the estrogens you take in pill form is a false estrogen and can not only increase the risk of leg cramps but also blood clots in your legs which is another cause of leg cramps, I'll talk about it further if you optimize your hormones, please a bioidentical hormone, a real hormone, don't use artificial hormone pills Another medication that will increase your risk for leg muscle cramps is Naproxen, Celebrex, all anti-inflammatory drugs which are non-steroid in nature Ibuprofen, all of those may increase your risk of leg cramps calcium channel blockers like Procardia and Norvasc interfere with the calcium channel and they interfere with all calcium channels, not just those in your heart and in your arterial tree but also those in your striated and skeletal muscles then if you take a calcium channel blocker and that you have already taken care of other common causes of cramps legs, you should talk to your doctor to choose other drugs Zyrtec, I hear patients who talk about leg cramps if they take Zyrtec too often It's ok to take it occasionally but don't take it every day for years The Cipro, which is an antibiotic, Ciprofloxacin can cause problems with muscles and tendons and muscle cramps, leg cramps, are symptoms that I hear a lot about Celexa, a serotonin reuptake inhibitor (IRS) tends to increase your risk of leg cramps If you are taking Celexa or any other IRS, it may be a good idea to talk to your doctor about decrease the dosage or change medication, or even decrease and stop if you have leg cramps Let me ask you this: If you have ever taken medicines that you think are causing leg cramps, put in the comments below the name of the medicine and if the leg cramps have stopped after you stop taking this medicine many people who take these drugs think they are completely harmless and they take antibiotics that only work on bacteria, they have no other effect on the body, if you take a blocker calcium channel, it just lowers your blood pressure, it doesn't do anything else then your comments can help someone understand "hey, these things potentially multiple effects and side effects maybe i shouldn't take them every day of my life "Number 5, it's a blood clot in your leg, called DVT (deep vein thrombosis) this would usually appear as a cramp that appears in one leg not in both legs, but in one leg, the more you walk and the more the muscle contracts and you will not have it and suddenly it will happen and it can stay that way or get worse then if you have a cramp just in one leg when you walk you need to go see your doctor and have a venous doppler which is an ultrasound that looks not to the veins on the surface of your leg but with deep veins that you cannot see but the ultrasound can, the ultrasound can see these veins and if there is a clot in one of these deep veins, it should be medically treated because it can increase your risk pulmonary embolism with all the effects potentially devastating associated with that so if you have a cramp in your calf or in a thigh and it started for the past few weeks and things are not getting better or worse, go see your doctor as soon as possible for this kind of cramping

Number 6, a blockage in the artery in your legs You can have it in one leg or in both legs and it will be like this: the more you walk, the more your leg muscles will contract you may also have leg cramps overnight if you have clogged arteries that are supposed to supply the muscles in your legs, feet and toes with blood it can happen to people who have been diabetics for years or who have smoked or used any produces tobacco for years who have had high blood pressure for years so if you suspect that, basically, if you've eliminated causes 1, 2, 3, 4 and you know you don't have number 5, then it could be an arterial disease device that can potentially cause you loss of toes, feet and legs so if you have that and you have addressed salt and magnesium and you know you haven't forced too much you should go see your doctor and tell him you're worried about the arteries in your legs Your doctor will likely order a test called The Index ankle-arm and that will show if traffic blood pressure in your arms is the same as in your legs, which should be the case to some extent If it’s abnormal, you’ll probably an ultrasound, a special kind of ultrasound arteries in your legs and you may be able to have angiography to see there look in more detail people with a lot of blockages below in the arteries of the legs have to have stents or even a bypass and that it doesn't improve quickly unless you go to your doctor to do these tests Number 7, the last one, which is by far the rarest cause of leg cramps, but in many cases is the most worrying, the most dangerous and the biggest reason to see your doctor if you have leg cramps, that you have addressed causes 1 to 5 1 to 6, and you know it's not that then you have to go back to your doctor because number 7 are forms of cancer that can cause leg cramps because they can interfere with your electrolytes so even if you have enough electrolytes in your diet, it can interfere your electrolyte metabolism and cause muscle cramps certain autoimmune diseases can cause muscle pain and muscle cramps in the legs, liver cirrhosis and other liver diseases can cause leg cramps on the initial laboratory test, at your annual visit there may be no indication that you have cirrhosis of the liver or liver disease, your doctor will need to dig a little more and look deeper to find that out Another very common cause of leg cramps is lumbar stenosis Generally, you will have lower back pain with that too but not always so go talk to your doctor to know if it could come from my lumbar stenosis and I don't have any lower back pain, is it possible? and you can talk about it

These are by far the 7 most common causes leg cramps, and the 7 cures or at least the 7 interventions that go with it There are links below for my favorite salt and drops of electrolytes that I use and the book on salt that you should read so you can tell your doctor to stop worrying about your salt intake If you enjoyed this video in which I take the ancestral history of the human species and adding a little bit of common sense, and look at the research serious behind it all so if you could please consider signing up to this channel, there is a link below, you can click "subscribe" and there is a little bell, if you click on it, you will get a notification whenever I have a brilliant idea It's Dr Berry, see you soon