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What causes leg cramps? 5 possible conditions

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Charley Horse

Charley horse is another name for a muscle spasm. Charley horses can occur in virtually any muscle, but they are most common in the legs. These spasms are marked by extremely uncomfortable muscle contractions.

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Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a serious condition that occurs when a blood clot forms in a vein located deep inside your body.

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Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis is a condition in which the spinal column narrows and starts compressing the spinal cord. This process is typically gradual.

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Aortic Coarctation

Coarctation of the aorta is a congenital malformation of the aorta in which part of the aorta is constricted or narrowed.

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Acute Nephritis

Acute nephritis occurs when your kidneys suddenly become inflamed. It has several causes, and it can ultimately lead to kidney failure if it's left untreated.

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