Can a Pinched Nerve Cause Leg Cramps?
In the demanding world of executive mums, leg cramps can be more than just a painful nuisance. They can disrupt your daily routines and hinder your ability to tackle the challenges of both work and family life. There are many causes of leg cramps, common ones being dehydration, peripheral neuropathy, electrolyte imbalances, and deficiency of minerals and vitamins (potassium, magnesium, calcium) and certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, peripheral artery disease, etc. But did you know that a pinched nerve could be one of the underlying causes of these cramps? In this blog, lets discuss how a pinched nerve can lead to leg cramps. 
Our spine is complex structure composed of vertebrae stacked on top of each other with jelly like discs between them. Nerves exit from both sides of the spine, and these nerves can become irritated or compressed due to various factors, such as herniated discspinal stenosisspinal degeneration or even a poor sleeping posture, bony spurs from osteoarthritis (OA spine), or simply swelling in the area due to trauma or muscle spasm. 
Interestingly specific nerves supply certain parts of the body and  the nerve pain symptoms will depend on which specific nerve fibre is being compressed. For example, irritation of the nerves in the lumbar spine can result in burning, achy pain, pins and needles, tingling, or numbness anywhere from the buttock to the toes. Be mindful that nerve pains may or may not be accompanied by back painSciatica is a common example of nerve pain, characterised by sharp, achy pain in the buttock that radiates down to the heel. Pinched nerves in the back may also be accompanied by muscle spasms, or the nerve pain itself can mimic a painful cramp.
Managing pinched nerve pain is crucial for restoring comfort and mobility. Watch this video to learn 4 easy tips to relieve the pain from pinched nerves:

HERE is a checklist on Quick Office Stretches for Nerve Pain Relief. It helps you to identify which nerve is causing your pain and then gives you specific exercises  that can be done while you are sitting at your desk.
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