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
  • Mineral Need
  • Intermittent Claudication
  • Low Progesterone
  • Vitamin D Need
  • 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:
high LDL cholesterol level
breast soreness during cycle
severe shoulder tightness
atherosclerosis
disturbed sleep
low recent sun exposure
very frequent stools
having had a small bowel resection
Over 6 years above 180 blood sugar
water retention before menstruation
a suspicious nature
irritability related to cycle
... 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 95% Confirm
Vitamin D Need 56% Possible
Intermittent Claudication 16% Unlikely
Low Progesterone 5% Ruled out
Mineral Need 2% Ruled out
EFA Need 1% 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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