What can help with nighttime leg cramping caused by a large varicose vein in the upper thigh?

My boyfriend gets terrible nighttime leg cramps from a very large varicose vein in his upper thigh. He is a type 2 diabetic, but has had it under control for years. He is a runner and is in good physical condition. He's waiting for his surgery to be scheduled. In the meantime, what can he do about the cramps?

ANSWERS FROM DOCTORS (5)


Answered by Teton Vascular Institute

Wear compression hose to bed and get legs elevated. Also take a NSAID( Ibuprofen, Motrin, Naproxen, Aleve). Drink plenty of fluids.

Published on Jan 04, 2017

Answered by Teton Vascular Institute (View Profile)

Wear compression hose to bed and get legs elevated. Also take a NSAID( Ibuprofen, Motrin, Naproxen, Aleve). Drink plenty of fluids.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Vein Specialties of St. Louis

Wearing a good quality thigh-length compression hose of at least 20-30 mmHg pressure should help. If this is worn during the day (which he should be doing to qualify as conservative therapy for insurance coverage) and removed at night, most people have some relief. Adding some magnesium to the diet or a supplement helps some people also. Adequate hydration is also important. Eating a banana daily adds potassium and magnesium. However, the hose are the most effective. In most people the cramps will go away after his laser ablation and removal of the large varicose veins.

Published on Jan 03, 2017

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Answered by Vein Specialties of St. Louis

Wearing a good quality thigh-length compression hose of at least 20-30 mmHg pressure should help. If this is worn during the day (which he should be doing to qualify as conservative therapy for insurance coverage) and removed at night, most people have some relief. Adding some magnesium to the diet or a supplement helps some people also. Adequate hydration is also important. Eating a banana daily adds potassium and magnesium. However, the hose are the most effective. In most people the cramps will go away after his laser ablation and removal of the large varicose veins.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Laser Vein Center

Wearing medical-grade compression stockings during the day will help with cramps at night. Elevating the legs early in the evening, as well as massage in the evening and at night, will help. Finally, Aleve may help the leg cramps. Hope he feels better.

Published on Jan 03, 2017

Answered by Laser Vein Center (View Profile)

Wearing medical-grade compression stockings during the day will help with cramps at night. Elevating the legs early in the evening, as well as massage in the evening and at night, will help. Finally, Aleve may help the leg cramps. Hope he feels better.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Bellagio Vein Clinic

I found Trokendi to be very helpful for venous insufficiency related cramps. Trokendi is a slow release Topamax. There are side effects so dosing must be tightly titrated and symptoms monitored by a competent doctor.

Published on Dec 03, 2014

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Answered by Bellagio Vein Clinic

I found Trokendi to be very helpful for venous insufficiency related cramps. Trokendi is a slow release Topamax. There are side effects so dosing must be tightly titrated and symptoms monitored by a competent doctor.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Vanish Vein and Laser Center

The optimum treatment would be to treat the varicose vein. Until then, symptomatic treatment with compression hose, warm compresses to the area and ibuprofen may help.

Published on Dec 01, 2014

Answered by Vanish Vein and Laser Center (View Profile)

The optimum treatment would be to treat the varicose vein. Until then, symptomatic treatment with compression hose, warm compresses to the area and ibuprofen may help.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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