Mother's incredible pain caused by "cramps"? and what to do?

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Mother's incredible pain caused by "cramps"? and what to do?
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Tue, 12-28-2010 - 9:49am

About 8 hours ago, my 61 year old mother woke up in the bed to some paralyzing cramps. She could not fold her leg at all. My sister had to go into the room and massage her leg and upper thigh for about 1 hour before she could get out of bed and start walking again. She didn't want to go to the ER as here on the East Coast we have a huge snowstorm, and the ER staff would most likely just make her lie down in a bed until the actual offices opened up in the morning (and I don't see how this would have improved her cramps).

She's been to the hospital in the last couple of months for a swelling knee, but that's on the other leg (the doctor's didn't really give her any clear answers on that either).. What should be done? What would the doctors in the ER do differently that we can't do for her here (ie, give pain meds, massage her leg, and get her out of the bed to hopefully work out the cramp).

I'm very worried as I've never heard her scream like that ever. BTW, we live in New York City. I don't think you can list specialists but please message them to me if you can. We live in Queens.

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Registered: 03-25-2003

I had severe leg pain, especially in my thighs, caused by blood pressure & cholesterol (sp?)

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Registered: 03-25-2003
I'm 72 yo, and have had very bad leg cramps too. Some medications will cause them. Considering where you are, are you certain that she's warm enough? I take certain supplements for my leg cramps, but I wouldn't tell you about them now. You probably wouldn't be able to go out to get them. Have you tried warm compresses on her legs? That might help; be careful not to get them too hot. Our circulation gets poor as we age. Has she been staying in bed to keep warm, and not moving around very much?

lottie77~~~