Nocturnal leg cramps waking me up

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Luvzminis
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   Posted 6/5/2010 9:54 PM (GMT -6)   
The past few nights I've had nocturnal leg cramps that cause me to leap out of bed and walk around to get relief.  I've researched these online, and it seems I have the bases covered as far as calcium, magnesium, lots of water, vitamin E, even some tonic water with quinine, etc.  I think I just overused my leg muscles this week.   I take Flexeril overnight, but still get the cramping.  Also, it's so touchy that when I wake up and stretch in bed, my legs instantly cramp up.  I got this a few years back and had it checked out (this was when they thought I had MS), but now it just comes and goes, and I don't get it too often, but when I do--ouch!  I'm also getting some all-over-the- body stiffness, and can even feel it in my hands as I type this.
 
Does anyone have any remedies for nocturnal leg cramps? My legs just feel "jumpy" like the nerves are wacky.  Thanks for any ideas and God bless.

KellieJo
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   Posted 6/5/2010 10:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Soap in bed with you. Yes, it works.

Luvzminis
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   Posted 6/5/2010 10:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the reply, KellieJo!
Do you mean just a bar of soap in bed?  Just curious how that would work.  I seem to have heard something like that.  Thanks for any more info!

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   Posted 6/6/2010 8:19 AM (GMT -6)   
I was having the very same problem a month or so ago. It was horrible, I would have to get up and take something and pretty much walk around until the bad cramping subsided enough to go back to sleep. My doc is treating me for RLS and gave me prenatal vitamins, to take nightly and clonazepam (sp?) to take as needed. I have not had them in awhile so it must be helping. I hope you can get some relief soon as our sleep is so few and far between we don't need the added crud keeping us awake.
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   Posted 6/6/2010 8:24 AM (GMT -6)   
I use to get them bad, I found getting up and walking around helps. My husband has to take the quinine for them. He gets them bad. I don't know of any other remedies other than walking them off. And maybe stretching good before you go to bed. There is a mineral that helps, that you may be lacking but due to fibrofog, I cannot remember what it is.

I hope that you find some help soon.

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Luvzminis
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   Posted 6/6/2010 8:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Shannon and Karen--I appreciate the info!
These forums are great, not just for super ideas, but for the support.  I especially appreciate the suggestions, and will try each of them.  Hugs to all of you!

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   Posted 6/6/2010 10:48 AM (GMT -6)   
You said that you take magnesium but I'm wondering at what time of the day do you take it? I have had problems with muscle spasms in my legs also. My Dr suggested I take 500mg of Mag 2 hours before bed. There is mag in my multi-vit, etc but taking that before bedtime dose made the difference for me. I hope you find something to help you very soon. Lisa

ps please keep in mind that some meds can cause the leg cramps even if you have been on them for awhile so if it continues despite trying all the suggestions, you might want to investigate that. I had that happen myself. I was on a sleep med for quite awhile but have stopped for now because of the leg spasms returning despite the mag and stretching. I stopped the drug and the spasms stopped. I may try it again at some point and will be curious to see what happens.
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sotiredoffibro
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   Posted 6/6/2010 11:49 AM (GMT -6)   
wow can I relate to this post. I did do the soap and it used to work really well then for some reason it stopped working. It got to the point where all I had to do was lay down and the cramps would start up. A friend suggested Magnesium tablets and so I have been taking 400mg shortly before I go to bed and this has been helping. I still get them sometimes but the severity of them is less than it used to be. She also suggested drinking Apple Cider Vinegar Tea after taking the pills. I tried that but I need a stronger stomache than what it takes to drink it. lol When I told her that my taste buds couldnt handle the tea she said to get some magnesium with maltrate in it and that should take care of the cramps. I have not tried this yet because I still have a bottle and a half of the magnesium that I will finish before I buy anything else. I can handle alot of pain and I have but those leg cramps are the worst. Especially when they hit both legs at the same time. If you want the recipe for the tea just let me know and I can give it to you. Dont make the same mistake I made though. I went and bought this gigantic bottle of apple cider vinegar. Now it is sitting there in my cabinet and I have no use for it. Also make sure it is real apple cider vinegar like motts. I hope in some way this helps.

Shirley

Luvzminis
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   Posted 6/6/2010 2:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the info, geckogirl and Shirley!
 
I always thought you had to take magnesium with a meal, but it would sure make sense to take it closer to bedtime.  I should try that.  I had been taking it at breakfast, and then again at suppertime.
 
Shirley, if you have the apple cider vinegar recipe handy, I would sure appreciate it.  But if it's packed away like my recipes are, don't worry about trying to find it. Thank you.
 

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   Posted 6/6/2010 3:18 PM (GMT -6)   
For grins and giggles....here's something I learned from a truck driver. A banana a day. I haven't had them in years since starting it.

Luvzminis
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   Posted 6/6/2010 3:40 PM (GMT -6)   
A banana sounds good--maybe it's the potassium?
How about adding chocolate sauce, whipped cream, and a cherry?? smilewinkgrin

Sherrine
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   Posted 6/6/2010 4:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I had those and used to have to take a quinine tablet.  Then I upped my dose of calcium to 1,200 mg and the cramping all left.
 
Sherrine
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sotiredoffibro
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   Posted 6/6/2010 4:56 PM (GMT -6)   
fill up a coffee cup with hot water 1 tblspn. Apple Cider Vinegar and 1 tspn sugar or splenda whichever you prefer. But I will warn you it is not a pleasant taste. lol Good luck
Shirley

solar powered
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   Posted 6/6/2010 6:58 PM (GMT -6)   
You are right about taking the magnesium with food. For me it isn't a problem because we eat dinner so late or maybe I just go to bed too early? Anyway I take my 500mg dose with dinner but maybe even a little snack may be enough for you. Worth a try. Lisa
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Luvzminis
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   Posted 6/6/2010 6:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like I may have to up my calcium, Sherrine.
 
I'll give the apple cider vinegar recipe a try, Shirley.  Thanks--and thanks for the warning, too!
 
Lisa, I'm a "snacker" anyway, so it can't hurt to try!  Thanks again, everyone.

GSDgirl
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   Posted 6/6/2010 8:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Hylans makes a quinnine tablet that works for hubbies charley horses.  Banannas are supposed to be good too BUT my mom has tried it all except for drugs and she spears by 2 prunes at bedtime................It does 2 jobs smilewinkgrin
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