ANSWERS: 7
  • It's usually caused by a lack of magnesium or potassium. If it happens to you a lot, then it can also be a sign of vascular disease.
  • Give it a massage, it'll help to relax the muscle fibres and reduce the spasm. Other answer's also correct but I just had to give my two pennies worth...
  • It can be due to a lack of salt in the diet or poor circulation (esp if you smoke) If you google 'muscle cramps in calf' you will find alot of helpful advice, I get these cramps regularly and know how painful they can be.
  • There are a lot of things that can cause this. Some have already been mentioned. Overexercising leading to a buildup of lactic acid in the muscle can cause it. Calcium deficiency can also cause it. Sometimes drinking a glass of milk can help. For what its worth, I started having that problem 25 years ago. I have since developed fibromyalgia and I think that was an early symptom. Having fibromyalgia, for me, is like having that kind of cramp in every muscle in my body, including tiny facial and finger muscles, the muscles that surround my bronchial passages and the tiny muscles that wrap around arteries. It drives my blood pressure up and causes asthma attacks when it is bad. I don't know if its that way for everyone. The diagnostic criteria is vague enough that I suspect over time it is going to separate into several related diseases. But if it continues and spreads, you might want to ask a doctor if that could be the issue.
  • A cramp? It could be your potassium level.
  • pinch your upper lip next time it happens
  • Most likely you aren't getting enough potassium. Eat some bananas and leafy greens. Also leg stretches at night before you go to bed. I used to get them all the time when I was pregnant. They'd be so bad that I could feel them for days..

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