What Causes Leg Cramps in Children? Useful comments on electrolyte imbalances, foot and leg imbalances, and other rare possibly related factors (medical issues such as anemia, diabetes, hypoglycemia and thyroid or other endocrine disorders).
After pinning this, I did give it a try. You know those evenings when your legs are sore & tight--you just know RLS is going to play H#*LL? Tastes yucky, but it is stopping the cramps 100% all night long, I'm totally amazed! ~Helen --- may have to try this one.
Leg cramps are not usually a serious illness*, but they can be incredibly painful and debilitating until they subside. They may be caused by several things, so I’ve listed a few treatments to try. What works best for you will depend on the underlying cause, so you may have to experiment to find the most effective treatment and prevention strategy. What Causes Leg Cramps? Leg cramps at night are called recumbency cramps, and are caused by spasmlike muscle contractions. You might also…
What causes leg cramps (aka Charlie Horse)? - Yahoo! Answers Persistent or severe leg cramps often are treated with medication. Such medications include diphenhydramine hydrochloride (Benadryl), prescription muscle relaxants (off-label use) such as meprobamate (Equanil, Miltown) and verapamil hydrochloride (Calan, Isoptin, Verelan). Quinine, while effective, has too many side effects and has been banned in the US for this use.