Nocturnal leg cramps

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   Posted 7/7/2010 5:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi:  It's been awhile since I last "visited."  Hope everyone is doing okay.
This is nothing new, I know.  I did a search on leg cramps, and there are pages on this forum alone.  However, much of it seems to be about specific medications, and I'm trying to find something more natural to help with nocturnal leg cramps.  I drink plenty of water, try to eat a banana or two a day, and get as much exercise as possible, including stretching.  It seems to be the wee hours of the morning, just before getting up when it gets bad.  I'll stretch my legs in bed and get a cramp, or wake up with one in either my leg or foot.
Just wondering if anyone has any sage advice as far as natural help for leg/foot cramps.  Thanks in advance and God bless!

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   Posted 7/7/2010 6:06 PM (GMT -7)   
i had same thing happening and i ate bananas too drank plenty of water
the doc put me on liqued potassium..
i know you really didnt want another drug but thats all i found that worked for me
the bananas just didnt give me enough potassium to do it
i wish you all the best
i am sure others will post with advice / input
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   Posted 7/7/2010 6:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lyn:  Thanks for the reply!
Just wondering if the liquid potassium is by prescription?  I have heard of potassium tablets, but not of liquid potassium.  Sorry for my ignorance on this--can you enlighten me?  Thanks again.

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   Posted 7/7/2010 7:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi luvsminis, I have been taking 400 mgs. of magnesium tablets that I buy over the counter at wal-mart and it has been helping me alot. I used to have the cramps almost every night and sometimes it would be in both legs at once. The magnesium has helped alot. I hardly ever have the cramps anymore and if I do they are not even close to as severe as they used to be. Hope this helps.
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   Posted 7/8/2010 7:53 AM (GMT -7)   
i feel your pain...I get these also and have for years.  I am on a liquid Calcium Magnesium that seems to help.  Sorry you are suffering with this.

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   Posted 7/8/2010 8:16 AM (GMT -7)   
My husband swears by tonic water and my mother swears by prunes. Supposedly prunes have more potassium than bananas. Good Luck to you
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   Posted 7/8/2010 11:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Hubby has been having these lately and I started him on Gatorade (or the store brand equivalent) when he gets home from work each night. He drinks 2 tall glasses or more until it starts tasting "yucky". That's what the doc told me to do when my electrolytes got goofed up. Try it and see.
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