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Date Joined Dec 2003
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   Posted 7/19/2008 9:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone,
I've noticed for about a month now that my legs feel very heavy and shooting pain to my hips.Also I've had charlie horses at least 3 times a week very painful.Was wondering if anyone else has had this problem and what the cause of it is.Could it be a vascular problem?

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Date Joined Jul 2007
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   Posted 7/19/2008 12:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Prednisone causes me to have charlie horses. Also, have you had your electrolytes checked lately? When they are out of balance it can cause what you described. Judy

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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 7/19/2008 7:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Eating bananas also helps with leg cramps. It's the potassium.


Diagnostic Limbo: Seeing Rheumy since November 07, Taking plaquenil, Imuran, Neurontin, Claritin, Zantac, vitamin D, Darvocet.



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   Posted 7/21/2008 12:14 PM (GMT -6)   
If you can handle eating a raw potato that can help too-if not (I can't) do it baked. 

"Challenges make you discover things about yourself you never really knew."
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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 7/21/2008 8:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Here's something worth a try.

I've been tortured by excruciating, intractable leg cramps (charlie horses, if you will) for years. They keep me up all night sometimes.

I'm a plaquenil resister, but I've found that tonic water helps. It contains just a wee bit of quinine, supposedly not enough to make a difference, but somehow it has helped me.

I drink a can of tonic water every night with lots of ice and lemon wedges. Yummy! And it's been weeks since I spent the night waking up every hour or so with cramps. Yay
Often she hid at the sight of wild beasts,
forgetting what she was; and, though
herself a bear, shuddered at sight of other bears.
   -- Ovid, Metamorphoses

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