Leg massage with a foam roller. (Photo: Flickr/Roger Mommaerts)
Q: What can I do to get a cramp in my calf and thigh to subside? I'm a 74-year-old woman and can't get an appointment with my provider for another week. Is there something to give me relief?
A: The first thing you want to do is to STRETCH the affected muscles and massage them.
You might be deficient in potassium as a possible cause. As soon as possible I would recommend that you have your electrolytes checked!
You would also have probable benefit from a muscle relaxant. You may have benefit to obtain magnesium oxide over the counter today. Magnesium can help in the relaxation phase of muscles.
Today it may help to soak in a warm bath if you have ongoing pain from the cramps. I hope that these tips are helpful for you!
-- Answer from Dr. Anthony Bray, a family practice physician on JustAnswer.
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