The precise cause of agonizing nighttime leg, foot or hand cramps is not totally understood but the range of possibilities are:
1. Body needs more potassium or magnesium right away.
2. Poor circulation to the muscles in the affected area.
3. Overexertion of the muscle(s).
4. Too much salt in the diet.
It is reported that some 70% of adults over 55 years of age suffer from regular or periodic nighttime cramps. However such cramps can also happen to those who are younger, but generally with less frequency.
What can be done to lessen or eliminate these painful cramps:
Be given a prescription of pain pills to be taken at the onset of the cramping. Any relief by these pain pills is usually in 20 to 30 minutes if they work at all, meanwhile the painful cramping continues.
Take magnesium and potassium pills daily to prevent cramping. This is not successful with everyone and over a period of a year can cost up to $160.00 or thereabouts.