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about 1 or 2 times a week while i am asleep; my right upper thigh spasms real deep within. It is so bad that I can’t straighten my leg, so I just push in on it trying to stop the spasms. Is this bad; should I be worried? There is no sweeling or redness to lead me to DVT. Example of this: night before last, I had a spasm that lastes about 15 to 20 minutes. Then it stopped. Nothing happened yesterday to “cause any spasms”. But this A.M. I woke up with painful inside right upper thigh. I hurts to pick up my leg to walk; not to stand on it, just to move it. What could be wrong? My ex-husband (ex-paramedic) says it is dvt. If it spasms again tonight–go to ER. What do I do?”

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  • Dr. Chris June 5, 2011

    There is a long list of causes of leg cramps at night (nocturnal leg cramps). You can read more on http://www.healthhype.com/risk-factors-causes-of-severe-leg-cramps-at-night.html

    DVT is one possibility but there are many other more common causes. You must also take note of other symptoms like swelling, redness or discoloration of the leg, heat and so on. This information will give you doctor some indication of the possible cause. Specialized investigations like a Doppler study will allow you doctor to assess the blood flow in the leg.

    You should see your doctor as soon as possible. This could be due to a serious cause and needs to be investigated further.

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