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how do i treat really bad cramps in my calves?

These cramps usually happen throughout the night.

Night leg cramps is mostly caused due to dehydration, prolonged sitting, inadequate amounts of potassium, calcium and magnesium in the diet; and medications including diuretics, beta blockers and others used to treat blood pressure.

 

Gently massage the affected muscle. Apply ice or a cold pack which may reduce pain. Another option is applying heat, with a warm towel, heating pad or by taking a warm bath or shower.