Leg Cramps Caused By Walking

What Causes Leg Cramps After Walking?

Leg cramps after walking can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'worrying' to 'life-threatening'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose leg cramps after walking, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "leg cramps after walking" as a symptom.  Here are six possibilities:
  • EFA Need
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Mineral Need
  • Intermittent Claudication
  • Vitamin D Need
  • Low Progesterone

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
heart attack(s) in mother
disturbed sleep
pain in chest or left side
slight diffuse bone pain
irritability related to cycle
unsound sleep
short-term memory failure
history of painful menstrual cramps
shoulder tightness
vegetarian diet
having had a small bowel resection
frequent sore throats
... and more than 60 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of leg cramps after walking:
Cause Probability Status
Atherosclerosis 98% Confirm
Low Progesterone 65% Possible
Vitamin D Need 25% Unlikely
Intermittent Claudication 5% Ruled out
EFA Need 1% Ruled out
Mineral Need 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate muscle cramps/twitching or severe muscle cramps/twitching, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Do your leg muscles cramp after walking, becoming better after rest?
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ No
→ Yes, sometimes/moderately
→ Yes, often/severely
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate absence of leg cramps after walking, leg cramps caused by walking or severe leg cramps caused by walking, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
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