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How do varicose veins and spider veins cause night cramps?

I get night cramps in my legs pretty frequently. My friend told me it might be caused by the varicose veins and spider veins on my legs. How do varicose veins and spider veins cause night cramps? If they cause my night cramps, how can I treat the cramps?


Doctors Answers (5)

Your damaged veins may be causing your leg cramps because they are not circulating your blood well. This reduction in circulation can lead to problems with your leg muscles where they start to cramp. The best treatment is to treat the vein disease. You may get some improvement if you wear prescription compression hose. They can improve your circulation and may reduce your leg cramps

Varicose vein cause reduced venous flow resulting in reduced clearance of metabolic nitrogenous waste, acids, CO2 etc. and can contribute to leg soreness, night time cramps and restless leg symptoms. Camps may also be due to other common causes including muscle strain/overuse, salt imbalance (often seen with consuming large volumes of filtered water resulting in decreased blood sodium levels and muscle cramps), and other less common causes.

Varicose veins often cause leg cramps. This can be helped with appropriate medical-graded compression. You can find a phlebologist online at (

Leg cramps and night cramps are symptoms caused by varicose veins and venous insufficiency. The symptoms are related to poor venous circulation. The treatment is to get to the underlying venous insufficiency, which lead to prompt improvement of the symptoms, if they were the cause.

Cramps are usually caused by the excess fluid buildup.

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