What other symptoms might occur with leg cramps?
Leg cramps may accompany other symptoms that vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Conditions that frequently affect your muscles may also involve other body systems.
Other symptoms that may occur along with leg cramps
Leg cramps may accompany other symptoms including:
- Back pain
- Dry mouth
- Decreased skin elasticity
- Decreased urine output
- Feeling very thirsty
- Nausea with or without vomiting
- Poor appetite
- Tingling or burning sensation (paresthesia)
Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition
In some cases, leg cramps may be a symptom of a life-threatening condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of these life-threatening symptoms including:
- Bluish coloration of the lips or fingernails
- Change in level of consciousness or alertness, such as passing out or unresponsiveness
- Chest pain, chest tightness, chest pressure, palpitations
- Not producing any urine
- Rapid heart rate (tachycardia) or irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia)
- Severe pain
What are leg cramps?
Leg cramps, sometimes called charley horses, are sudden and uncontrollable muscle contractions or spasms. They can occur with exercise or while sleeping. The pain from muscle cramps can be intense, but can often be relieved with gentle stretching and massage.... Read more about leg cramps introduction
What causes leg cramps?
Leg cramps can be due to muscle overuse, injury, or fatigue and may be related to decreased blood supply or irritation of the nerves leading to a muscle. Dehydration and electrolyte depletion can increase the likelihood of developing muscle cramps. Medications may also contribute to the development of leg cramps. Dehydration can also occur with excessive sweating, which may occur when exercising in hot weather.... Read more about leg cramps causes