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cramp like pain at hips

By Anonymous January 29, 2010 - 4:55pm
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I'm 29, not pregnant, and for the last two months i've been getting a powerful cramp like pain on either side of my hip, when im asleep or laying down or whatever, is this muscle related? nerve related? and ever since my late teens i could easily pull muscles at my hips, always a week spot, so is it just lack of exercise or could this be more??

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So sorry to hear about your uncomfortable cramps! This type of pain may be caused by several different things, generally causes such as dehydration, muscle strain or staying in the same position for a long period of time causes the muscle to tighten up and cramp.

According to the Mayo Clinic, muscle cramps in your legs can also result from:

Inadequate blood supply. Narrowing of the arteries that deliver blood to your legs (arteriosclerosis of the extremities) can produce cramp-like pain in your legs and feet while you're exercising. These cramps go away soon after you stop exercising and stand still.

Nerve compression. Compression of nerves in your spine (lumbar stenosis) also can produce cramp-like pain in your legs. The pain usually worsens the longer you walk. Walking in a slightly flexed position — such as you would employ when pushing a shopping cart ahead of you — may improve your symptoms.

Mineral depletion. Too little potassium, calcium or magnesium in your diet can contribute to leg cramps. Some diuretic medications prescribed for high blood pressure cause loss of potassium.

Some recommendations include staying well hydrated, taking a multivitamin containing essential minerals, and stretching daily (especially before night) to help relax the large muscle groups that may be prone to cramping. Heat and/or cold therapies (ice packs, or taking a warm bath) may also be used to relieve cramping and ease pain.

Extra information can be found at: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/muscle-cramp

Please respond with any additional questions, I hope this eases your pain!

January 29, 2010 - 8:04pm
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