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
  • Vitamin D Need
  • Low Progesterone
  • Mineral Need
  • Intermittent Claudication
  • Atherosclerosis

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:
very angry/hostile disposition
current birth control pill use
high hydrogenated fat consumption
low recent sun exposure
reduced mental clarity
high air pollution exposure
anal itching at night
elevated estrogen levels
being a motivated person
no vitamin C supplementation
sugar/sweet craving
thin cracked heel calluses
... 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
Low Progesterone 92% Confirm
Vitamin D Need 63% Possible
EFA Need 15% Unlikely
Mineral Need 4% Ruled out
Atherosclerosis 0% Ruled out
Intermittent Claudication 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:
Intermittent Claudication

Atherosclerosis decreases the supply of blood and oxygen to the legs, causing people with intermittent claudication to experience leg pain after walking a certain distance.

Initial symptoms of intermittent claudication are pain, aching, cramping, or fatigue of the muscles in the lower limbs that develop during walking and are quickly relieved by rest.  Symptoms typically occur in the calf but may also be located in the foot, thigh, hip, or buttocks.  In more advanced stages, the painful symptoms are present even at rest and are worsened by elevating the legs.

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