What Causes Leg Cramps At Night?
Leg cramps at night can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'troubling' to 'needs attention'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnose your symptoms now!
- check your overall health status
- identify any nutritional deficiencies
- have a doctor review your case (optional)
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose leg cramps at night, 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 at night" as a symptom. For example, dehydration.
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:
insufficient water consumption
greatly reduced skin elasticity
low alcohol consumption
high diastolic blood pressure
adverse reaction to delayed meals
... and more than 20 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 at night.
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
Do you experience leg or foot cramping at night?
→ Don't know
→ In the past only
→ Current minor problem
→ Current major problem
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate absence of night leg cramps, history of night leg cramps or night time leg cramps, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as Dehydration
. Dehydration may play a role in muscle cramping.
Concerned or curious about your health? Try The Analyst™