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11/24/12 6:40 P

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I get the occasional cramping in my legs--the worst is the back of my thighs, though that usually only happens when I'm awake anyway.

I get that "absolutely excruciating, wake you up screaming, can visibly see the cramping and twisting" but NOT my legs--my abdominal muscles! Have you seen the movie "Alien" where John Hurt has that thing punch its way out of his stomach... well, I could have done the first part of that scene without any special effects! Any time, day or night, just staying in one position too long is sometimes all it takes!

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Edited by: I.M.MAGIC at: 11/24/2012 (18:42)
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11/16/12 9:54 A

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I realize this is kind of an old discussion, but I've been away for much too long trying to deal with my FM. I have had horrible, horrible issues with this. My doctor said that the quinine (tonic water) isn't really recommended anymore - can't remember the details of why not. I've had others recommend as well and did try it, but the taste is so terrible! I can handle it if it helps, but.... Anyway, my doctor recommended potassium and magnesium supplements. The magnesium has the double bonus of helping with constipation, and I have read some articles on the possible help of malic acid so I've been taking a magnesium malate. I can't say that it is doing much for the FM in general, but it does seem to help a bit with the leg cramps. Does anyone else get the absolutely excruciating, wake you up screaming, can visibly see the cramping and twisting? When I get these they will continue to ache for days after.

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9/21/12 3:10 P

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When I was in physical therapy for my back I told the therapist about the leg cramps. She suggested an exercise that helped a lot. She told me it was a build up a lactic acid in the muscles and to tighten my buttocks and hold that position for a few seconds and then relax the muscles for a few seconds. She said to do this five to ten times a day with about 4 or 5 reps each. I did this but did not remember to do it as often but what I did do really helped me a great deal. Maybe you might want to try this. Hope it helps.

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9/18/12 9:55 P

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I never heard a doctor suggest that kind of thing before... hm.

I suppose it depends on what is causing the cramps... pickle juice is a brine, SALT water. If you have high BP or kidney issues, DON'T drink it!

I don't know why he didn't tell you to try V8 or Pedialyte first. High in sodium, but also has other things to balance it, if the electrolytes are what he's after...

Calcium sometimes helps with cramping too, as in warm milk? (I know, yuck...lol)

For me, it's not just my legs--and the only thing that helps is Vicodin and stretching it out... again, Yuck. lol

Good luck!
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"The real secret of success is enthusiasm..." Walter P. Chrysler said it, I believe it. That's what I want in my life--to give my imagination a chance, to live with energy and enthusiasm!

Ralph Waldo Emerson said 'Life belongs to the energetic.' But you don't have to be frenetic and hyper--some energy is quiet and steady, like a heartbeat... and that works too! LOL

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9/18/12 9:42 P

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omg sour pickle juice i heard before to drink it for something one day not sure what

how much as mine hurts real bad vtoo all thatt stops mine is leg cramps with quinne

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9/18/12 5:41 P

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I get terrible leg cramps in my calf's and thighs at night when I go to bed. My Dr. said to drink pickle juice for this. Now I love pickle juice in small amounts once in a while but I'm not sure how this will help. Any suggestions ? emoticon

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