Unusual Leg Or Foot Cramps

What Causes Leg Cramps?

Leg cramps can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'needs attention' to 'serious'.  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, 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" as a symptom.  Here are two possibilities:
  • Chronic Fatigue-Fibromyalgia
  • Hyponatremia / Salt Intake Need

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:
hot flashes between period
fatigue for over 3 months
moderate morning stiffness
unsound sleep
sleeping less than necessary
afternoon coffee/sugar craving
occasional 'chills'
numb/burning/tingling extremities
multiple swollen cervical nodes
minor pain in cold/cool/damp weather
moderate alcohol consumption
difficulty falling asleep
... and more than 30 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:
Cause Probability Status
Chronic Fatigue-Fibromyalgia 97% Confirm
Hyponatremia / Salt Intake Need 67% Possible
* 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 you suffer from leg or foot cramping that is not caused by excessive exercise?
Possible responses:
→ Never had them / don't know
→ Minor cramping episodes in the past only
→ Major cramping episodes in the past only
→ Foot/leg cramping is currently a minor problem
→ Foot/leg cramping is currently a major problem
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate history of leg/foot cramping, leg/foot cramps or severe leg/foot cramps, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
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