Muscle cramps are pain in your muscles when they suddenly tighten. Muscle cramps last from a few seconds to several minutes.
Common causes of muscle cramps:
You're more likely to get cramps if:
See a doctor right away if you have muscle cramps and any of these warning signs:
Call your doctor in 1 to 2 days if:
You frequently have leg cramps that come while walking and go away as soon as you stop
Your cramps started after you began taking a new medicine
You have alcoholism
If your cramps are caused by another health problem, doctors will treat that problem.
If your cramps are the harmless but painful kind, you can relieve them by:
For example, if the cramp is in your calf, stretch your calf by pulling your toes up toward your head (the runner's stretch).