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I never had a single warning sign. I’d suddenly awake from a deep sleep in the middle of the night, the muscles in my right or left calf tensed up and knotted in excruciating pain. There was no telling when one of these muscle spasms would strike. After an episode, (sometimes it would last about 10 minutes), I’d often toss and turn until the morning, which would wipe me out for the rest of the day.
Nighttime leg cramps are more common as we age.
If you’re still reading, chances are you’re one of the 50 percent of American adults who get nighttime leg cramps, which are more common as we age, according to American Family Physician. And, these debilitating muscle spasms affect more women! An exclusive faboverfifty.com survey of 310 women in its community revealed that a whopping 98 percent of them experience leg or foot cramps!
So, what causes these pesky muscle cramps? According to the Mayo Clinic, cramps are associated with aging, diet, dehydration, too much exercise, or not enough exercise, poor blood circulation, or simply holding a position for a prolonged period. Dr. Drew Pinsky has said that “Muscle cramps can be among the side effects from certain medications that treat issues such as high blood pressure and cholesterol, asthma and osteoporosis,” But the exact cause of most leg cramps is simply unknown! (more…)