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Help for leg cramps

Thursday, November 04, 2010

I just read on a message board about a fellow Sparker who is having problems with leg cramps at night, and that has motivated me to share this suggestion. Many of you may have tried this already, but others may not have heard of it.

Place a bar of soap under the bottom sheet of your bed, near the foot of the bed, about where your legs or feet are. I know this sounds almost ridiculous, but it really works! I first read about it in a column in the newspaper about 6 or 7 years ago. It was a letter to Dr. Phil, if I remember correctly. He answered that there was no known medical reason why this should work, but that there were thousands of testimonies from people who had been helped by this simple remedy.

I had been suffering with night leg cramps for years, but I just laughed when I read it, and didn't believe it. Nevertheless, that night I was awakened by terrible leg cramps, I remembered the article, so I made my way to the bathroom, found a new bar of soap, put in under the bottom sheet, and lo and behold, no more cramps that night..... or the next... or the next!!

The next day, I began to search the net for information. As Dr. Phil had said, there was no medical explanation, but I did find many, many testimonies. People say that any soap will work, except Dove and Dial. Again, no one knows why, but that's what experience has shown.

Needless to say, I have continued to keep a bar of soap under the sheet ever since. (Any size bar works. ) And I can honestly say that leg cramps, which I used to have almost nightly, have disappeared in about 98%. I maybe get cramps (usually mild) about once every three or four months. And usually all I have to do is move my leg closer to the bar of soap, and the cramps almost always stop immediately. It is rare that I need to stand up or massage the leg.

I have shared this with family members and friends, and all of them have found relief. So it's worth a try, at least. I can't guarantee that it will work for everyone, but I'm sure that many will be helped!

If even one person finds relief, I figure it's more than worth the time it took me to write this blog!

So here's to better sleep at night!!

P.S. You have to take the soap out of the wrapper. Also, I forgot to mention that you need to change the bar of soap about every three months. The old bar is still good for bathing!!!
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  • DIANE1253
    I have been using soap for about 6 months and I swear by it. My husband thinks I am nuts. I have a 2nd bar of soap up by my tummy as I get tummy cramps and YES that does work too.

    I use Ivory
    2140 days ago
  • FUTUREHOPE49
    Thank you for the tip. My husband gets leg cramps at night sometimes, so I will get him to try it. emoticon
    Ellen
    2221 days ago
  • 1BEACHWALKER
    That is really weird...worth a try though. Thanks for the information.
    2221 days ago
  • MRSDUDLEY
    Oh, I also wanted to put this out there......for cramps in general try incorporating 1/4 tsp of Morton Lite Salt in your diet. It has added potassium which helps with body cramps. :)
    2224 days ago
  • MRSDUDLEY
    Wow, I wonder if this helps for children as well??? My son (almost 7) wakes up often in pain from what I think are growing pains. I can remember getting them terrible at his age too.

    I've got several bars of Ivory Soap that I don't care for much...I may have just found a good use for them.

    Thanks so much!!!
    2224 days ago
  • CMORSE03
    Thanks Marge for the suggestion. I will defenitely try it. I also have a vitamin D deficiency so I will also try the vitamine D and calcium as NellieC suggested. emoticon
    2224 days ago
  • LILAC_LOVER
    I will try this next time I get a leg cramp which is usually once a week especially around TOM. I will however have to pick up a different brand of soap other than Dove I wonder what ingredient it doesn't have that other brands have one question...do you leave the bar in it's wrapper or unwrap it??

    Thanks for the tip!!
    2225 days ago
  • DARLENEK04
    Whoa Marge,

    You may have saved my life....when I get these cramps they
    are not just in my calves, but go up the inside of my thigh
    and I have scared David yelling from the pain and they go on
    and on.

    Do you take the soap out of the package???

    I had cramps in my toes and feet when I was young, like 19/20.
    My toes would draw back under my feet.

    Thanks,
    Darlene
    2225 days ago
  • JANETELIZABETH1
    Thanks Marge for that tip...I do suffer sometimes, and have always thought it was a salt deficiency?
    2225 days ago
  • JANETELIZABETH1
    Thanks Marge for that tip...I do suffer sometimes, and have always thought it was a salt deficiency?
    2225 days ago
  • NELLIEC
    I have heard about this but never tried it. However, my doc gave me a great suggestion. She already had prescribed a calcium and vitamin D supplement for me, so she told me to put the evening tablet into hot water, let it dissolve and drink it down to get the Ca into my blood faster. It works!
    2225 days ago
  • GLL3335
    that's crazy! I had never heard any of this before. Wish I would have known that last night :) Hope Irish Spring works! Thanks for putting this on your blog.
    2225 days ago
  • SISTAGIRL86
    I've heard about this too. I didn't know that Dove and Dial were the exceptions, GOOD TO KNOW!
    2225 days ago
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