What Causes Muscle Cramps?

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Patient Presentation
A 10-year-old female came to clinic for her health maintenance examination. Her mother reported that she had night leg pain about 2-3 times per year over the past couple of years, but she had had one episode during the week before. The daughter would cry out and her mother would get there within 1-2 minutes. The girl would just say that her legs hurt and wanted them rubbed after which she would sleep without re-awakening. Once the mother was able to come to the bedside sooner and she was having unilateral muscle cramping. Again the mother massaged her leg and the daughter went back to sleep. She had no other sleep problems and had no problems during the day. Her mother said she didn’t seem to be restless when sleeping when she checked on her at night. She was a dancer but they were not aware of any…

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