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Title: Leg cramps
Post by: linderlizzie on February 02, 2019, 10:15:40 am
I just thought about this a couple of days ago because I was waking up to a leg cramp. I take magnesium which works pretty well to keep them at bay. But if I feel one coming on now, I just flex my foot (you know; pulling your toes up instead of pointing them down) and it goes right away.

Hope it works for others as well as it does for me.  :angel11:
Title: Re: Leg cramps
Post by: catchow on February 02, 2019, 10:24:10 am
I have tried that flexing and it doesnt work for me, I usually get them right as Im waking up but not quite awake yet, and Im apparently stretching my legs/feet, I bolt right up out of bed and stand up and walk them out, otherwise they hurt like crazy
Title: Re: Leg cramps
Post by: metsrock69 on February 02, 2019, 04:21:26 pm
sometimes I get a leg cramp in the middle of the night. I hate that but I just let it work itself out. I also have to get up every so often when I am  online so I can stretch instead of being stiff.
Title: Re: Leg cramps
Post by: santa7 on February 02, 2019, 10:23:37 pm
I get them, so I take Magnesium, Vitamin D.  Flexing doesn't help me.  Also, eat bananas often.  The potassium.
Title: Re: Leg cramps
Post by: UGetPaid on February 03, 2019, 03:51:24 am
Might just be coincidence, but I used to get these quite often in the same circumstances (stretching while sleeping/just waking up)... I don't think I've had one :::knock on wood::: since I started walking a few miles every day. I've had other leg muscle issues from time to time from using them more often, but none of those brutal "that got me fully awake fast!" cramps.


But like I said - it is probably just coincidence and I've now jinxed myself by saying it!
Title: Re: Leg cramps
Post by: gwilson31 on February 03, 2019, 05:59:40 am
I've always done that , seems to work.  I used to get foot cramps often   but I don't get them as much now. :)
Title: Re: Leg cramps
Post by: bretay on February 03, 2019, 06:02:36 am
oh i wish flexing did work for me..when i have one hit its a killer...no warning...my mama always tells me that when it hits to get up and walk on it...who can get up...lol
Title: Re: Leg cramps
Post by: mrsmere on February 03, 2019, 02:01:51 pm
I will flex sometime also if it's not very painful.  Most times I massage and let it work itself out.
Title: Re: Leg cramps
Post by: ancmetro on February 04, 2019, 04:16:17 am

     Lower salt and sugar intake
     Take a warm bath in your bathtub
     Drink more water
     Hand massage your legs
     Do not wear tight clothing
     Moderate leg exercise
Title: Re: Leg cramps
Post by: cateyes1 on February 04, 2019, 04:19:51 am
I never tried that but thanks, I will next time :)
Title: Re: Leg cramps
Post by: gaylasue on February 04, 2019, 04:21:19 am
I have been having a lot of leg and foot cramps at night lately.  Trying to eat more bananas so maybe that will help.
Title: Re: Leg cramps
Post by: DEBMZ6 on February 04, 2019, 07:26:42 am
I don't get them often but when I do I gently rub the cramped muscle to help it relax.
Title: Re: Leg cramps
Post by: sfreeman8 on February 04, 2019, 07:34:15 am
Hubby takes magnesium and drinks tonic water. That helps him. He used to get cramps quite often in his right hand and leg.  I used to get bad cramps in my legs, but I ate bananas and that helps.
Title: Re: Leg cramps
Post by: cateyes1 on February 04, 2019, 03:55:25 pm
I was told when you get cramps you are dehydrated. Drink plenty of water and that helps me.
Title: Re: Leg cramps
Post by: BATISTAGIRL663 on February 05, 2019, 04:16:16 pm
I have terrible leg cramps so the next time I feel one coming on Iím going to try this and see if itíll work for me thank you so much for sharing
Title: Re: Leg cramps
Post by: kathleenkleinhans on February 05, 2019, 04:44:10 pm
Thank you!  It is usually a lack of potassium as well!  Eat those green leafies!
Title: Re: Leg cramps
Post by: braggin on February 05, 2019, 05:28:42 pm
Flexing doesn't work for everybody. One thing that does work pretty well is just to hop up from bed (or your chair, or wherever you are) and put your full weight on the leg that is having the Charlie Horse. That stops them dead in their tracks. You have to watch out for magnesium because it also helps a lot with leg cramps, if you take too much of it, you can get pretty bad diarrhea.
Title: Re: Leg cramps
Post by: InfuseMe1 on February 05, 2019, 10:17:31 pm
you're right!  read about that trick years ago - and now for maintenance have a massager machine recommended by an old chiropractor, which has kept the spams at bay for the last 30 years now...  google "thumper"
Title: Re: Leg cramps
Post by: dsosnowski06 on February 06, 2019, 11:16:10 pm
Had them as well but my doctor told me drink more water and eat a banana a day.  Seems to be working
Title: Re: Leg cramps
Post by: stokeman455 on February 07, 2019, 07:18:51 am
 :(     Mine are a nitemare.. have Neuropathy,, those lock ups are not good..
Title: Re: Leg cramps
Post by: gaby_ro_2004 on February 07, 2019, 08:26:13 am
Pickle juice!!!! IF you don't have magnesium in the house drink pickle juice.
Title: Re: Leg cramps
Post by: UGetPaid on February 21, 2019, 06:57:23 am
Might just be coincidence, but I used to get these quite often in the same circumstances (stretching while sleeping/just waking up)... I don't think I've had one :::knock on wood::: since I started walking a few miles every day. I've had other leg muscle issues from time to time from using them more often, but none of those brutal "that got me fully awake fast!" cramps.


But like I said - it is probably just coincidence and I've now jinxed myself by saying it!


Annnnnnnnd just shy of three weeks from saying so, the jinx manifested itself in the most horrible way in the middle of the night last night. Woke up with a crippling leg cramp - couldn't get myself up out of bed to stand up on it (escape from that damn CPAP hose gets tricky when I am not fully awake) and I woke my wife up wailing like a little baby as I tried to pull my toes forward with my free hand.  I couldn't even tell her why I was making such a ruckus!  I don't think she was very pleased with me.


I'm pretty sure I was adequately hydrated as I had about 80 ounces of water during the day Wednesday.
Title: Re: Leg cramps
Post by: lhz123 on February 21, 2019, 07:05:25 am
I have always a leg cramps especially  in the  bathroom. The doctor told me to drink lots of water and vitamin D. It helps but once in a while i still get it.
Title: Re: Leg cramps
Post by: linderlizzie on February 21, 2019, 01:00:36 pm
Bear in mind you have to catch the cramp before it fully takes hold. If you can feel it starting, that's the best time to flex the foot to keep it from going farther into a cramp.

I'm so sorry it doesn't work for everyone.  :( I was hoping it would.


:fish:
Title: Re: Leg cramps
Post by: cathy37 on February 21, 2019, 01:04:18 pm
Sometimes that works for me and other times the cramps are so bad that they will not even work.  I try to eat bananas or drink orange juice because they are suppose to help.
Title: Re: Leg cramps
Post by: pectacon on February 21, 2019, 01:04:56 pm
I wish I could find help for my dad's leg cramps, he gets really bad ones in the middle of the night a lot. He is already following every suggestion mentioned here so far and says nothing helps. :(
Title: Re: Leg cramps
Post by: judylucas on February 21, 2019, 02:57:48 pm
I always get up and walk altho it hurts till it gets worked out
Title: Re: Leg cramps
Post by: rghvac69 on February 21, 2019, 03:33:39 pm
Hypocalcemia (low calcium) may cause leg cramps as well.
Title: Re: Leg cramps
Post by: darkxtsuna on February 21, 2019, 04:50:46 pm
Once I feel one I have to quickly get out of bed or what I'm doing and walk around just so the pain wont kick in.
Title: Re: Leg cramps
Post by: paints on February 21, 2019, 08:55:15 pm
Flexing seems to lock the cramp in, for me.  I hobble to the kitchen and take a tablespoon of mustard, and that usually helps.
Title: Re: Leg cramps
Post by: nmbrown863 on February 22, 2019, 02:25:00 pm
Magnesium does help a little! I used to get horrible RLS that would keep me up at night. I took magnesium and potassium supplements and it helped take the edge off.
Title: Re: Leg cramps
Post by: ngorecki on February 24, 2019, 01:51:03 pm
I'll have to try that. I get leg cramps every now and then.
Title: Re: Leg cramps
Post by: mapiklfish on February 28, 2019, 08:50:45 pm
I have seen commercials for Theraworx.  No idea if it actually works.  If I get a cramp in my thigh, very painful BTW, I have trouble getting rid of it.  I've had to wake my husband up and have him get a warm hot towel to get rid of them.
Title: Re: Leg cramps
Post by: tantricia44 on February 28, 2019, 09:10:14 pm
I get bad craps too. Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: Leg cramps
Post by: beatsdrop on March 01, 2019, 08:48:31 am
I have restless leg syndrome, but regular exercise like yoga, pilates, strength-training, cardio can help. I also take magnesium and potassium supplements and my leg pain has decreased, thanks to that.