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Health Tip: Avoiding Leg Cramps

Make sure your meds aren't triggering them

(HealthDay News) -- Painful leg cramps can happen to anyone, but tend to be common among seniors.

The AARP recommends:

  • Gently stretch and flex the leg to ease a cramp.
  • Ask your doctor if a medication, such as a statin or diuretic, could be causing your leg cramps.
  • Make sure your electrolyte levels are normal. Below-normal levels of potassium, magnesium or calcium could trigger leg cramps.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Make sure the covers aren't too tight on your bed.
  • Choose shoes with proper arch support.
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