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:
Your calf muscles are tight from not stretching
You sit for long periods of time
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You take certain medicines
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:
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).