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Health Tip: Why Do I Get Muscle Cramps?

A list of common causes

(HealthDay News) -- A muscle cramp is a painful contraction that may make the muscle feel hard or bulging.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine offers this list of common triggers:

  • Drinking too much alcohol.
  • Not drinking enough water.
  • Exercising heavily or having muscles that are fatigued from overuse.
  • Having hypothyroidism, a thyroid gland that doesn't produce enough of a certain hormone.
  • Having kidney failure.
  • Taking certain medications.
  • Being pregnant.
  • Consuming insufficient amounts of calcium or magnesium.
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