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    I've been having terrible leg cramps at night and its interfering with my sleep. I am already taking a Potassium and Magnesium supplement. Any suggestions?


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    Drink more water!


    I found by accident if I am suffering from leg cramps, if I take cough medicine, and drink a lot of water...it helps.

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    I will try to drink more. Thanks


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    My wife has these all of the time. The quick fix is to take a swig of vinegar. In a few seconds the cramp is gone. She keeps a bottle in the night stand.

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    I know several people who keep yellow mustard at their bedside. Sounds strange but works very well.

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    I've not heard vinegar but I was told to try pickle juice/It didn't seem to help and is kind of nasty in the middle of the night. Vinegar doesn't sound much better but I'm desperate.

    Mustard, hmmm...that seems bad too will have to get some hotdogs to put it on I will try it if they don't get better.

    I've drank 6 20 oz. bottles of water so far today hoping that will keep the cramps away but now I'm thinking I'll be going to the bathroom all night

    I'll let everyone know what happens tonight.


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    Is this a new thing for you? Any new medications lately?
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    I would do a good leg stretch before bed. Is it your quads, hamstrings, calves? Stretching and some deep breathing will help to relax tight muscles and deliver good oxygen to all muscles in your body. And as already suggested... water
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    If it's your calves, try sleeping with those foam toe separators. Those things you use when you're painting your toenails. It prevents the cramp from pulling your toes back and helps keep that back calf muscle stretched out. Hope you get it resolved one way or another! Those are miserable.

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    I get leg cramps a lot. What helps me is drinking a lot of water. I also have to keep my legs covered at night. I usually put extra blankets over my legs. If they get cold, I cramp. Last time it was so bad... from the foot all the way up to . I had to sit in the tub with hot hot water. I also have microwaveable heating pads and that helps as well. I have heard that drinking quinine water also can help but I have not tried it.

    Hope you can find what helps you to get rid of the cramping.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BrerGnat View Post
    Is this a new thing for you? Any new medications lately?
    Not new around this time last year I started having leg cramps frequently and a nurse practictioner suggested I try Magnesium supplements in addition to potassium, its worked up until now. No new medications.


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    Quote Originally Posted by stephicakes View Post
    I would do a good leg stretch before bed. Is it your quads, hamstrings, calves? Stretching and some deep breathing will help to relax tight muscles and deliver good oxygen to all muscles in your body. And as already suggested... water
    Calves mostly. I've had them in my toes and ankles too and a few times inner thighs. I have my annual check up in about three weeks they'll do bloodwork then maybe I'll figure it out?


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    Quote Originally Posted by TheVBs View Post
    If it's your calves, try sleeping with those foam toe separators. Those things you use when you're painting your toenails. It prevents the cramp from pulling your toes back and helps keep that back calf muscle stretched out. Hope you get it resolved one way or another! Those are miserable.
    Hmmm...interesting idea and worth trying. I know I've got at least one at home already. Thanks.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Disney4us2 View Post
    I get leg cramps a lot. What helps me is drinking a lot of water. I also have to keep my legs covered at night. I usually put extra blankets over my legs. If they get cold, I cramp. Last time it was so bad... from the foot all the way up to . I had to sit in the tub with hot hot water. I also have microwaveable heating pads and that helps as well. I have heard that drinking quinine water also can help but I have not tried it.

    Hope you can find what helps you to get rid of the cramping.
    I drank a boatload of water yesterday and it didn't help. I'm going to try some of the suggestions on here until I see my dr. in a couple of weeks. Hopefully its something we can figure out. I do take Zocor for chloresteral and my mom had to be taken off Lipitor once because of leg cramps so maybe its that. Its getting frustrating though. I've had occasional leg cramps all my life but last year and now were the only times I was having them nightly. Really needing some relief


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    I get them a lot also, Sometimes it's my tendons not even the muscle! Especially the tendon that runs up the outside of my leg, over the ankle.
    Sometimes in my feet too!
    The pain is unbearable sometimes,

    I try stretching, using hot water bottle, socks on my feet. I eat a banana every day, I don't drink water, ( I know, I know)
    I do find sometimes if I drink certain wines I get them more, and was told it was the sulfites in the wine that causes the cramps.
    If you drink wine, try to track that.
    I feel your pain and wish you the best of luck, if your doc figures out anything please share!
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    Quote Originally Posted by crazypoohbear View Post
    I get them a lot also, Sometimes it's my tendons not even the muscle! Especially the tendon that runs up the outside of my leg, over the ankle.
    Sometimes in my feet too!
    The pain is unbearable sometimes,

    I try stretching, using hot water bottle, socks on my feet. I eat a banana every day, I don't drink water, ( I know, I know)
    I do find sometimes if I drink certain wines I get them more, and was told it was the sulfites in the wine that causes the cramps.
    If you drink wine, try to track that.
    I feel your pain and wish you the best of luck, if your doc figures out anything please share!
    I had started the month before drinking one glass of red wine every evening. I thought that might aggravate them so stopped it for a couple of weeks and it made no difference. On a positive note I did not have any last night and got the best nights sleep I've had in a while. I didn't do anything different so I'm still stumped


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    Two ideas.

    1) Avoid caffeine in the evening.
    2) Have your iron levels checked.

    I had leg cramps when I was anemic. Iron pills got rid of them.
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    I was having terrible leg cramps, and it turned out I was low in iron. Just like previous poster Lisa!

    Doctor put me on a an iron supplement and it has been better. I already drink lots of water. At the same time, I discovered that I'm low in vitamin D, so I'm on a supplement for that, too. It might be a good time to check in with your doctor.
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    Not sure about my iron levels but my Vitamin D has been low. I was on prescription strength D but my insurance stopped paying for it and I am just buying the over the counter kind now. Maybe that's it. Actually the past three nights haven't been bad but once or twice I could feel them trying to cramp. still lot's better and able to sleep now


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    So glad it's getting better!

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