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    muscle cramps in stroke victims
    alchemist01 posted:
    When I got home from Rehab I started to have nightly muscle cramps in the leg affected by the stroke. Cramps are unusal for me. I'm taking potasium and a vitamins. How can I stop these cramps?
    Miselaineous responded:
    I would suggest to stretch your legs before you go to bed.
    sheri18 responded:
    am 50 yrs. old and just came home from the hospital hade a stroke having the same problem my right side is very weak and havent started threhab yet (mon) but i am getging leg cramps evry night very painful would like to know why, is this a after effect of a stroke? how long will this go on?
    Anon_4048 responded:
    I too had some cramping in the months immediately after my stroke. I didn't think much of it and it's gone away since. I attributed to the fact that I think that I was contracting every muscle in my body during the stroke. Sorry that I can't give you an exact time table.
    Richard C Senelick, MD responded:
    These may not be traditional cramps, particularly if they are only in your affected leg. They may be a type of spasm secondary to increased muscke tone. This is very common after a stroke. You should ask your doctor if they agree and whether you could try low doses of either baclofen or tizanadine. Both are medications we use to treat spasticity in muscles. I suspect you will respond to a very low dose and only ned to take it at bedtime.

    Good Luck
    After your stroke you may be experiencing a new normal, but remember what George Eliot said- It is never too late to be what you might have been. You still can achieve new goals.
    itmatsb responded:
    Also one of my doctors told me that Botox can help leg cramping after a stroke.

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