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   Posted 10/24/2007 11:35 AM (GMT -7)   
I've been having lots of leg cramps in my calves.  Does anyone know if this could be connected to chron's?  Maybe because of diet?  

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   Posted 10/24/2007 11:50 AM (GMT -7)   
I have the same thing. I was wondering about that. I will get them so bad when I'm sleeping it hurts to walk the next day because the muscles are so sore. I figured it was just something I was lacking in my diet.
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26 year old female.  DX June 2007.
abscess Nov. 2006 - drain and surgery
currently taking 9mg Entocort EC and 40mg Prednisone.  This is my last shot at avoiding surgery.  They think it's scarring.
Aciphex 20mg 2xday  Iron, B-12, and folic acid

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   Posted 10/24/2007 11:57 AM (GMT -7)   
dehydration, low blood sugar, low levels of potassium and/or magnesium, could be many things.

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   Posted 10/24/2007 1:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Are you taking any steroids at the moment? That alone could be a cause. Or some of the options jdiane mentioned could be the culprit. Hope you get some relief soon.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.

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   Posted 10/24/2007 1:11 PM (GMT -7)   
When you're in the middle of a cramp put a potassium pill under your tongue and let it disolve.  It will be absorbed directly into your bloodstream.  If it's a lack of potassium that will sometimes kill the cramp.

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   Posted 10/25/2007 5:48 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm not on any steriods. I'm going to try drinking more water and the potassium pill. Hopefully that will work!

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   Posted 10/25/2007 1:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Often calcium, magnesium and LOTS of water could be due to DEHYDRATION !!!(avoid coffee and tea?). Potassium = eat bananas.


Diagnosed CD June 2007. Have been on a minor prednisone medication. Did make a difference while max dosed. Got my problems back when tapering.
Using Low Dose Naltrexone from sept. 2007. See A member in the group "lowdosenaltrexone" at yahoo. A mixed group, members with MS, Crohns, Colitis Ulcerosa, psoriasis, other autoimmune diseases.
Use home made scd yoghurt containing a lot of probiotics - a benefit for the intestines. I don't use white sugar. No yeast in glutenfree, homemade breads.

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   Posted 10/26/2007 12:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, also low calcium can lead to leg cramping.
50 yr.old retired RN,Crohn's D for last35 yrs..severe esophagitis, migraines,strictures,urethral stricture,depression,probable MS.

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   Posted 10/26/2007 6:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all
I use to get a lot of leg cramps when i was getting close to my B12 shot. I'm not sure if its lack of B12 thats was causing it but they up my dose of B12 now my leg craps are a lot less now. This could be why.
Crohns for 11 years
1 surgery so far
2 times in hospital for blockages
B12 Injections

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   Posted 10/26/2007 7:31 AM (GMT -7)   

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   Posted 10/26/2007 7:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Whoops. Forgot the rest of my post....

I have had leg cramps, too. Thanks for the post and all the great advice.

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   Posted 11/12/2007 10:08 AM (GMT -7)   
I use to have leg cramps in my calves, only when i was pregant for my children. Now, i am too old for that, and started haveing cramps in my calves within the last 6 months. i asked the doctor about it, and my Vitamin D is 12 and suppose to be 50+. He also told me to drink 3 ounces a day of TONIC water, it has Quinine in it. It is nasty tasting, but it has helped. I thought maybe it was my chrons, or my Humaria. but is was the Vitamin D, and Calcuim defeintacy. The Tonic water helps, and it saves on more meds, let alone cost.

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   Posted 11/12/2007 12:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I had a bad case of that! I couldn't walk at all from the pain and I turned out to be low on vitamin D.

Chrons - Aug 06
Hypothyriodism - November 06 
Hypertension - March 07
PCOS - July 07

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   Posted 11/12/2007 2:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I would recommend eating and bannana daily and you need to drink more water.
Hi, I am teddybearweiser, I am a male.
I was diagnosed with crohns disease when i was admitted to the hospital
in 1992, in Jan of 1993 I was back in the hospital for surgery for my crohns. I had part of my right colon resectioned with ilecolonstomy.
 My GI doctor has me on Asacol, Dicyclomine,Imuran,Celebrex and Remicade. B-12 injection once a month.
My Internest doctor has me on Lisnopril-HTCZ and Folic Acid. Diagnosed
with Osteoarthritis July 2007

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   Posted 11/12/2007 2:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I always get them while on pred. Nasty bugars that wake me up in the middle of the night and i go "ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow! Fudge monkeys" etc.

but if you're not on steroids, i've read it's lack of potassium or lactic acid.

Best way to fix that? Banana Milkshake!!!
Diagnosed CD in Dec 06'
Currently on: Humira, 30 MG Prednisone (decreasing since starting Humira), Yasmin (9 week intervals), multivitamin, calcium +D & magnesium

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   Posted 11/12/2007 3:50 PM (GMT -7)   
you are going to think I am crazy but pickle juice will help them.When I start having them I will drink it and it does help.

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