Leg and Foot Cramps?

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ryan_jordan
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   Posted 10/26/2011 1:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Have any of you experienced muscle cramps in your legs or feet that might be related to Crohn's or to a limited diet? I get crazy strong cramps every once in a while and I've been wondering if it's either a Crohn's symptom or due to something missing in my diet (I am on a very restricted diet).

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artist guy
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   Posted 10/26/2011 5:25 AM (GMT -6)   
mine is from malabsorbtion, dehydration

AG

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   Posted 10/26/2011 6:39 AM (GMT -6)   
I get terrible cramps when I am low on potassium.  A couple of days of baby food bananas puts me right.  You might want to discuss this with your GI next visit to keep track of it and if it is a persistent issue.

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   Posted 10/26/2011 8:44 AM (GMT -6)   
During the worst days of my recent flare I got horrible leg cramps. Come to find out my magnesium levels were low. I was put on magnesium and the legs cramps got better within about a week or so. I read up on how good magnesium was for us, and now take a low dose everyday. You can't take too much or it will give you diarrhea. I take 250 mg a day. Hugs!
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Crohn's Disease for over 36 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Atenolol, Percoset prn, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, Folic Acid, Magnesium & Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy

cindywchrones
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   Posted 10/26/2011 11:33 AM (GMT -6)   

In my worst flare, I was having problems sleeping due to this. I was low on potassium..Eating bananas everyday and taking potassium pills kicked mine to the curb! I was having an all out assault at the time with my glands and joints being attacked! I was recliner bound with a heating pad..I did seem to have less problems if I was not laying flat?

Cindy


Nanners
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   Posted 10/26/2011 11:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Interesting Cindy, my doc put me on Potassium pills too. But I quit those after about 2 weeks as I was afraid to take too much. But have stayed on the magnesium. Hugs!
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease
Crohn's Disease for over 36 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Atenolol, Percoset prn, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, Folic Acid, Magnesium & Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy

Calypso185
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   Posted 10/26/2011 8:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I started getting really REALLY bad Charlie horse-like leg cramps every night in my right leg over the summer. They would wake me up out of bed in tears! My family physician sent me for an ultrasound of my leg (concerned about birth control related clot) as well as bloodwork. Ultrasound negative, bw showed low potassium. I was put on 10meq Potassium and helped for a month. When my bloodwork was rechecked it was still low, so my dose was doubled. I still get leg cramps a few times a week but it is much better than what it was! They aren't as long or as painful. As far as I know, my magnesium has always been normal, since K+ and Mg go hand-in-hand. I have been keeping up on my mult-vitamin, eat bananas daily in my protein shake, take my Potassium pills at night. During the day I drink tons of water, eat sweet potatoes, apricot-related items, vitamin water with K+ . . . so I just think my GI doctor needs to take care of this now! :)  Good luck!

ryan_jordan
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   Posted 10/26/2011 10:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone, much appreciated. I think the minerals could be what I'm missing. I'm going to look for some magnesium and potassium supplements.
Cheers,
Ryan

llama_gal
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   Posted 10/26/2011 11:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Mine I feel like are same reason as Artistguy. So underweight here and always dehydrated. Maybe low on pottasium, so try to eat banannas once in awhile. Good luck. Kathy
Crohn's since '03

have used: Prednizone, Pentasa, Entocort, Asacol, to NO avail.

Resection of the small bowel 10/'11

still looking for right maintenance medicine to achieve some type of remission

mirowpl
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   Posted 11/1/2011 7:54 AM (GMT -6)   
yup, this is pretty much an every other night rutine for me, cramps in legs, calves, and feet. I tell the Drs but they just say probably dehydrated. well, DUHHHHHHHHHHH. I have crohn's and i fight dehydration every day.
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