Muscle Cramps In Calves - Causes

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Published: August 20

I am a 78 year old male in very good physical condition for my age. My weight is normally at 160, I am 5 ft. 7 in. I exercise regularly but not excessively. My blood pressure is great (although I do take blood pressure medicines). But, one problem is driving me nuts. I have frequent painful muscle cramps in several areas of my body; neck, arms, hands, back, thighs, calves, and feet. There seems to be nothing that I can imagine would cause these. There is seldom a day goes by without these cramps interfering with my life. I go to a restaurant, pick up a knife and fork, and my right hand goes into extreme cramping. I drive and for no reason, my legs cramp up so badly that I have to stop the car, get out and walk. It usually helps, but not always. I'm frequently awoken by severe cramps in all areas of both legs and feet. If I should turn my head to see what's behind me, my neck muscles cramp up. I take magnesium and calcium supplements, I hydrate regularly and frequently, especially when exercising. I've dropped from 80 mg cholesterol tablets, to 20 mg per night. I take baclofen daily, but none of these helps..

Published: April 07

Simvastatin caused my severe muscle cramps. Within a day of stopping it, I no longer got severe cramps, and within three days I stopped getting cramps..