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I just remembered one nobody has mentioned - cholesterol medi's. Some of them cause muscle cramps, and if that is what is causing the problem it is quite serious, so I suggest you talk to your G.P. about it. Remember that your heart is also a muscle, and if a medi is causing cramps in your legs, it could also cause them in your heart. There are many kinds of cholesterol medi's, and they can change it. Hope you find your answer.
If your cramps are occuring at night, place an unused, unwrapped bar of soap between your sheets. OK, I hear the snickers and the "Yeah, right!"s, but go ahead and unwrap the soap. What have you got to lose?
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I've had leg cramps forever it seems. I've tried most of the things suggested, as well as taking calcium. Nothing works all the time (so far) but any of them seem to lessen the pain, which is good enough for me.
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There was a drink you could get - I THINK sarsaparilla - that had/has quinine in it. Quinine is prescribed at times for severe cramps. Maybe this could be an option, too, but be aware that some people are best off leaving this alone.
My Osteopath suggested eating cashew or Brazil nuts for the magnesium.
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My husband gets severe cramps, and I got him a flaxseed heating pad. He heats it in the microwave and gets relief from that.
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I get charley horses and restless leg syndrome and I drink a lot of diet tonic water and take magnesium and potassium.........eating bananas and and Rx for REQUIP 0.5 mg. I stretch my feet and legs and walk a lot and I use SOMBRA and ICY BLUE on my knees as they are bone on bone. I am putting off knee replacement surgery with Synvisc-One shots.
Thank you all it does all make sense, I would try to take a bath to relax the nerves, or muscles I stressed while I went up and down on the ladder to rearrange the Garage and stretching would have helped I am sure but I did not think about it.
Getting in and out of the tub is still very hard with the knees not bending much anymore,
It could be fluid or electrolytes (or both) are low.....sodium, magnesium and potassium all contribute to cramping, although potassium is the most dangerous, it is not the only cause.
It could also be neurological. If you've bending and moving in ways you don't normally, you could be irritating a nerve or a joint near a nerve. Ice on the lower back, hips and/or buttocks should help reduce inflammation.
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Try Streatching before and after you plan on working hard. When you get the cramp I would get up and slowly streatch it out. Talk to you doctor and ask which type of streatches would be safe for you.
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Jeanbean, I am unable to touch the leg at the time the cramp is going on, It seems it is charged with ellectricity
COUZCAT......I take potassium daily as proscripted by my doctor.
Thank you both for your answers and response, after having both hips rep;aced I am also in need of getting knee replacement, maybe I streaaed the knees to much and there are sending me warning signals
Low potassium can cause cramps. I get them when I have not ate right so I make sure my potassium levels are up. The other thing is the my husband is on dialysis and he get terrible cramps when they take to much fluid off. Muscles tend to cramp when they loss to much fluid. Stay hydrated is a good rule.
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If you are doing a lot of heavy work, you may be having a problem with your electrolytes especially potassium. This is a very common cause of cramps particularly in the legs. If so, the solution is easy: have a banana or Gatorade preferrably soon after the heavy activity.
Edited by: COUZCAT at: 5/30/2011 (14:34)
No I don't know what causes it, but I have the same problem. I also get it in my hands, feet and abs. Sometimes in my ankle. No one seems to know much about cramps. I've asked physical therapists, my orthopedist, rheumatologist and regular doctor but no answers. My rhuematologist did give me a medication that helps.
So I'm very interested in this thread and what people have to say.
When you get the cramp you can try to rub it. That sometimes helps but hurts while you are doing it. Rub in one direction only.
I have been working alot in the garden and heavy house cleaning and each night I wake up stretch and this horrible pain locks into my upper thigh, I have had many lower leg cramps but nothing like this before, I am unable to straighten my leg and want to scream in pain, once after what seems an eternity it subsides but a dull pain remains now I am afraid to move, does anyone know what causes this?
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