Leg Cramp And Muscle Aches
Leg cramp and muscle aches are two different things and many people tend to get both mixed up thinking they are one and the same. Usually muscle aches occur when the muscles are in use while leg cramp occurs when the muscles are at rest. Usually muscle cramp goes away within a few minutes but muscle ache stays on and can be bothersome. However, both leg cramp and muscle aches can be excruciating.
Causes of leg cramp are quite different from those of muscle pain and here are some of the factors that can lead to leg cramp:
- Dehydration can lead to leg cramps
- Having low amounts of potassium, sodium, calcium or magnesium in the blood can trigger a leg cramp
- Taking diuretics, which cause you to lose fluid and minerals from the body, can cause leg cramp
- Muscle fatigue from over use, doing too much exercise or keeping the leg in the same position for a long period of time can lead to leg cramp
On the other hand, muscle aches are caused due to the following factors:
- Tearing a muscle
- Having a hairline crack on the bone
- Suffering from tendinitis
- Suffering from shin splints, which occurs in the front part of your leg due to overuse of the leg
- Blood clot that occurs due to prolonged bed rest. This condition is also known as deep vein thrombosis.
- Infection of the bone, skin or tissue
- Varicose veins
- Nerve damage in the muscle. This condition is common among smokers, alcoholics and diabetics.
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