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OT, LEG CRAMPS

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by WesleyB, Jul 3, 2009.

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  1. WesleyB

    WesleyB Well-Known Member

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    Magniesum at night and Natural Vit E with Selenium in the mornings
     
  2. Recoil Sissy

    Recoil Sissy Well-Known Member

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    Shootlow:

    Potassium is a necessary electrolyte which we tend to lose via perspiration in hot weather. Low potassium is a common cause of cramping. If that's your problem, a banana a day or a dash of potassium chloride* will take resolve it post haste.

    sissy

    * It's sold as salt substitute for those on restricted salt diets.
     
  3. ou.3200

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    Walking, jogging or bicycling during the day to increase circulation if your health allows. When the cramps do come on try drinking 6 oz. of tonic water containing quinine to relieve them. Don't take large quantities of quinine as that could be harmful.
     
  4. WesleyB

    WesleyB Well-Known Member

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    Natural Vit E with Selenium in the mornings
    makes muscles relax after a work out. What ever your work out is...
    The trouble with natural fixes is that it works for some and for some it does not. I did alot of reading and trial and error before i found what works for me. Also during cold nights i have a heated mattress pad. If my legs start to cramp i lay them flat on the bed on the heat and they relax quickly.

    Just my 2 cents worth... Good luck in your search.
     
  5. Dahaub

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    What Wesly said will help a lot. One thing to remember is to stay hydrated. Drink water to the point of being uncomfortable. When I was having those night time leg cramps I was dehydrated and I would get up walking in cicles in the kitchen and make myself some gatoraid. They have other drinks that will give you electrolites but Gator aid is the first I can think off. By the way if your legs hurt you half as bad as mine hurt me the neighbors will know what kind of pain you are in. It's bad. Felt to me like a giant pair of duck-billed vise-grips had been clamped on my leg. Nothing will get your attention like a leg cramp in the middle of the night. The vitamins and supplements are not expensive and I buy the dry mix gatoraid it's about 1/2 the price of the premixed. Good luck with it. Those leg cramps are bad. Dan
     
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    Ditto the quinine. If the cramps are related to muscle work this will work. The quinine works to help remove the lactic acid that builds up during anaerobic muscle activity. If your cramps are due to an electrolite issue or poor circulation quinine is not going to do much. Better see your doctor about this. PAD sometimes triggers this and PAD is a killer.
     
  7. nsrailroad

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    My blood sugar goes up and not enough fluids. The DR. put me on magnesium tabs, That realy helped alot.
     
  8. ivanhoe

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    shootlow

    "Does anyone have the magic fix for night time leg cramps? I am having them regularly, the most painful thing I have ever had."

    Now that you have a cross section of the opinions out there. Do yourself a favor go see your Dr. Take it from one who knows the under lying reasons could be much more serious than just cramps.

    My Dr put me on a diuretic to help control my blood pressure which they did immediately shortly there after the cramps started a little at a time at first then later everywhere legs, arms, sides, back, and even in my jaw. (I would yawn and it would take 4 or 5 minutes for them to go away.

    When I finally complained he sent me for blood work and 24 hours later put me on Potassium the levels were not far from critical. Don't screw around with these things no matter how slight ASK YOUR DR. that what you have him for and what you don't know could be serious.

    Bob Lawless
     
  9. wireguy

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    Lots of calcium helps me. Been there all my life. Acetaminophen for a quick fix, with some calcium and liquids.
     
  10. Bisi

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    Best remedy for leg cramps is to not get them. You are probably not drinking enough water, which is easy to do in the summer heat and humidity.

    Now if I can't avoid getting leg cramps, I have found taking a teaspoon or tablespoon of mustard when they first start helps me. Yeah just plain old hot dog mustard. Somebody told me that once and I thought it was nuts, but I tried it and it worked for me.
     
  11. trapshootin hippie

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    My doctor told me to take a Viagra pill when I got the leg cramps. Said it wouldn't do a dang thing to cure 'em, but would keep ya so busy with other things that ya would forget about the cramps. It seems to work too.


    Gne J
     
  12. ou.3200

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    Shootlow, if your read the label you will find that tonic water contains quinine. It is contains a sufficient quantity to work for me.
     
  13. nsrailroad

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    Drink water, then put some salt under your togue helps too.
     
  14. Quack Shot

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    Vitamin D and Calcium are important. Calcium is not absorbed properly without Vitamin D. You get that from food and sunlight. Many adults are low on D and don't know it. Potassium, Magnesium, and even Sodium are also important. It's best to talk to your doctor and have a few blood tests to check it out. If you are on meds for blood pressure, some can preserve Potassium and some can deplete it. It's best not to screw around with vitamins and electrolytes, since that could result in Cardiac issues in some instances.

    An old timer once said to put a half teaspoon of double based smokeless under your tongue. Bullseye was his favorite. It was supposed to be the Nitro in the mix that would relax muscles like a Nitro tab. I don't think I'd try it, but to him it made sense.
     
  15. Carol Lister

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    I used to get night cramps for several days after a road race and the longer the race the longer the cramps lasted.

    Quinine is an old and relatively ineffective treatment for leg cramps. My trainer put me on a regimen of simple vitamin and mineral therapy. Now I rarely get cramps even after a half-marathon. Information can be found here:

    <I>Body and Fitness: Leg Cramps</I>

    <I>Orthomed: JAMA</I>

    I've supplemented this therapy with 50 mcg of B-6 daily to help relax my leg muscles at the end of the day.

    Carol Lister
     
  16. grnberetcj

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    Walk at least 2 miles (40 minutes) a day!!

    Cut out coffee (caffeine).

    Go see a good Doctor....follow his/her recommendations.

    Curt
     
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    Something else to try. One night when I was having cramps, I tried walking around in a favorite pair of walking shoes to get relief. I then layed down on the bed and woke up five hours later. It works for me. I suspect it is similar in effect to the foot gear you see advertised for plantar facititas(SP?) but I don't play a doctor on TV. You might want to clear this with anyone else who might be sharing the bed. Ron Renouf
     
  18. Bruce Specht

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    Gatoraide works my wife has leg cramps from time to time and we keep gatoraide in the house just for that takes about 5 minutes after drinking for the pain to subside. If you want to reduce the problem drink a glass before bed.
     
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    I won't get into the electrolyte reason(s) for leg cramps, as those reasons & how to prevent have been thoroughly covered. HOWEVER, IF YOU ARE IN BED & FEEL LEG CRAMPS COMING,immediately, point the tip of your toes as far back toward your head as you can. Many,many times this will prevent the cramp from fully developing.
    The main point is have your M.D. have an electrolyte balance done on you.
    Most people on a diuretic should be on a potassium tablet. The main thing to remember,when you stop the diuretic,you stop the potassium.
    Joe Jordan
     
  20. late bloomer

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    If you feel you are beginning to get a leg cramp while in bed, try stretching your legs out straight while on your back and bringing your toes as far forward to your head as possible. You will feel the tension in your calf. That often will stop the leg cramp.
     
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