Leg cramps!

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Lucie Brown

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Posted: 17 Aug 2012, 15:04
My boy friend has this problem. You can exercise your feet by rolling up on your toes and then back on your heels daily. Also, you may need more calcium and potassium. Also, drink plenty of water. You may be dehydrated. Rolling Eyes

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Posted: 17 Aug 2012, 16:28
I've heard that this can be caused by dehydration or potassium deficiency too. Make sure if you are working out that you are getting enough water in during the day. I find too that sometimes if I change my workouts different muscles will be sore the next day, so if you've made a change maybe something is working your muscles harder than you think.
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Posted: 17 Aug 2012, 18:30
try drinking a cup or two of broth/boullion (for the salt) plus potassium and magnesium sups. it works for me.
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Posted: 17 Aug 2012, 18:51
Eat a banana a day and it should help.Neutral

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Posted: 17 Aug 2012, 22:16
Cramps are usually due to an electrolyte imbalance (potassium, calcium, magnesium, etc.). If you are dehydrating yourself at all, you could be losing electrolytes. Eat or drink plenty of fruits and veggies and that should help. The best way to get rid of the cramp once it starts is to stand on that leg until it goes away. When I get leg cramps, I eat a few tums for the calcium and eat an orange or banana which are both high in potassium. Hope this helps.

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Posted: 18 Aug 2012, 01:22
If it is cause by dehydration, try drinking a glass of water an hour before you go to bed. If it is a result of a lack of potassium, you can increase potassium in your diet through potassium-rich foods such as bananas or apple cider vinegar or by taking a potassium supplement.

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Posted: 18 Aug 2012, 16:48
I have had these really bad-wake me up from a deep sleep. also cramps in my hands and diaphram. I don't excersize so it's not that. I started taking an OTC potasium pill everyday and switched to a multi-vitamin with calcium and I haven't had them since. Every once in a while I'll foreget for a few days in a row and I can feel them building back up. Very painfull.

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Posted: 18 Aug 2012, 17:17
Best electrolyte and potassium replacement that absorbs quickly is coconut water and an avocado.

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Posted: 19 Aug 2012, 07:21
Got woken up a couple of nights ago by both calf muscles cramping at the same time - not fun. I usually have them when I don't get enough sodium that day. I've done a lot of searching and found that there can be a few reasons for cramps and what works for some may not work for others. I'll look into the coconut water & avocado since I don't eat bananas.
From what I've been able to gather....Eating low carb is naturally diuretic. Your body releases alot of water. With all that water goes sodium & potassium (long with other minerals).
Also, if you drink a lot of water (which I do) your kidneys will release sodium into your blood stream to keep a good balance of water to sodium. So, if you don't eat enough sodium your kidneys will release its potassium to maintain that balance. That means that your potassium may have been high enough but now it is lacking. The lack of potassium is linked to muscle cramping.
I now use a natural salt that not only has the sodium but also contains many minerals (potassium being one of them).
Keep in mind that food is your best source of potassium. And low carbers need not worry about not eating bananas. 1 cup of broccoli has more in it than a medium banana. So does a cup of cantaloupe. Even pork tenderloin, chicken and tuna have almost as much.
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Posted: 19 Aug 2012, 14:55
I occasionally get cramps in my calves (usually only one at a time) when I'm asleep that wake me up and only seem to get worse as I try to stretch. I also get them more frequently when I'm relaxing on the couch with my feet up. The only thing that works for me is to hobble to the kitchen and drink a small glass of milk. For me, that brings instant relief. I have discussed this with my doctor who tells me that there is no way the milk could act that fast to solve the problem and that it is the act of walking around that is alleviating the pain. But if I stand or stretch or try to walk it off, the muscle stays sore and tender. It's weird that it works and while I can believe that there is no reason that it should, (and it may not have any effect on anyone else's leg cramps) sorry doc, I'm sticking with what works for me.

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Posted: 19 Aug 2012, 15:38
Seems like you've found what works for you, and you're feeding your body some calcium when you have your milk, so it's all good. Your doc is right, it's the walking around that relaxes the cramp, not the milk. You're probably working out pretty hard and this is partly a response to that; maybe ease up or stretch more after the workout. Also, make sure you're getting plenty of water before, during, and after your workout. And if you're not already taking a multi vitamin, start! Check the magnesium level of that vitamin, which is known to help with leg cramps. goodluck.

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Posted: 20 Aug 2012, 00:06
darlene is on target with sodium and potassium levels. We are deluged with the 'lower sodium' message, but little is said about how important potassium is. Maintaining at least a 2:1 ratio of Potassium (K) to sodium helps the cellular electrolyte levels and proper cell functions. I'm working towards a 4:1 ratio. Paleolithic peoples ate up to a 16:1 ratio!

Fat secret includes both K and sodium, but you have to do a print of your daily diet to see the K levels. It really shows you which foods have high potassium. For instance, I will snack on unsalted soy nuts and kiwi, which are both high in K (and fiber). When I need even more K, I mix some salt substitute (NoSalt or NuSalt) into Bragg's Apple cider vinegar and water and BAM! 1/4 teaspoon of NoSalt has several hundred mgs of K!

Similar issue with Calcium & Magnesium. High fiber intake (which is healthy) can reduce calcium absorption. (or is it Mg??). In any case, I take a Calcium/Mg supplement at night. It's a powdered 'Ionic'Rolling Eyes form and absorbs much better than pill forms. Addtl benefit is that it helps me feel tired within an hour or so. Good for sleep and good for cramps!
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Posted: 20 Aug 2012, 09:07
We learned this at Camp Fran.
Irish Spring orginal brand- remove from box and place under the sheets. It worked for us.

"How does a plain bar of soap under the sheets help leg cramps?

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Most leg cramp can be associated with dehydration and depletion of potassium. Gator-ade has sodium chloride, which replenishes lost potassium, as well as rehydrates. Amazingly enough, most bar soaps also contain sodium chloride. During sleep, it is absorbed through the skin from the bar of soap.

Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_does_a_plain_bar_of_soap_under_the_sheets_help_leg_cramps#ixzz227RWotpH

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Posted: 20 Aug 2012, 09:12
I forgot to mention, there is a Vinegar-based product at health food stores that works for my family. In fact, I used it last night on my 5 year old boy. He woke up with leg cramps. I rubbed it on his legs. One can drink it too. Also has garlic and ginger. Smells God Awful, but hey, if it works.

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Posted: 23 Aug 2012, 10:39
aurora3354 wrote:
try drinking a cup or two of broth/boullion (for the salt) plus potassium and magnesium sups. it works for me.

Quite right! Lack of Magnesium is the cause of your cramps! Took some supplements with Magnesium and my cramps are a thing of the past.

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Posted: 26 Aug 2012, 11:31
Leg cramps u might just need pottasim

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Posted: 27 Aug 2012, 14:56
There is a Leg Cramp, OTC, medication available at either WalMart, or Meijer Grocery Stores. I've been using it for years, and rarely leave home without it, though now-a-days, since my weight has come down, I rarely need it. I actually carry it just in case, I happen to fall off the wagon, and eat something with sugar in it, which throws my system out of balance, causing me to have severe leg cramps. Good luck finding what works for you.
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