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   Posted 10/7/2007 11:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Is this something that goes along with colitis??
Is it my body missing some vitamins/nutrients (very possible)??
I've had charley horses (in my lt. leg mostly) every night for about a week.  The past few nights I've had to get up and walk around for them to go away... of course this takes a few minutes and after that I'm COMPLETELY AWAKE.... grrrrrr!

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   Posted 10/7/2007 12:10 PM (GMT -6)   
so, you're saying a severe cramp is what you're getting? Not a constant pain or ache? just clarifying for me.

It could be you're a bit low in potassium or even calcium....can you eat bananas?

Are you on calcium supplements?

Are you doing anything else that could have caused more stress or fatigue on that leg or even your back?

You could try some mild stretching exercises and massage before you go to bed...that might help you avoid getting up in the night.

hope it resolves itself...although if it's a constant pain/cramp...make sure you discuss it with your doctor and that it's documented.

What meds are you can list them in a signature so that we don't keep asking you the same questions. Some meds can contribute to cramping of the legs.

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   Posted 10/7/2007 1:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I get those occasionally. Mine always wake me up in the middle of the night. Ow...just thinking about it reminds me how bad they hurt. Anyway do you workout alot? I go about 4-5 times a week and if I don't stretch properly or run alot I notice I have them more.
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   Posted 10/7/2007 1:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Chloe, like stated above, it could be medication...I get cramps in the back of my legs and in the bottom of my feet in the middle of the night while sleeping...It drives me crazy!!! I contribute my cramps to prednisone...Not sure if that is what it is but I think I've read that pred can cause low potassium..I started eating lots of bananas and it has really helped...

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   Posted 10/7/2007 2:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I was getting them when i was in a bad flare. I was low on potassium. Eat some banannas if you can or drink some gatorade. Yogurt also helps.
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   Posted 10/7/2007 8:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeaouch! Just thinking about those hurts. The pain is SO intense. Plus it wakes you out of a deep sleep - nice, huh?

I get them from time to time, but haven't been able to pin-point a cause. I usually make sure I've been taking my vitamins and maybe increase my calcium and add potassium - I can't stand the taste or texture of bananas.
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   Posted 10/7/2007 10:20 PM (GMT -6)   
i used to get that while on pred also.

no fun.
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UC (probably pancolitis, but no c-scope yet), diagnosed June 2006, started having major symptoms sometime in January 2006, about 3 months after childbirth. 2nd flare (minor) may 2007 after taking caprylic acid for 2 weeks.
-tried SCD for 4 weeks with no improvement...
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   Posted 10/8/2007 7:33 AM (GMT -6)   
I used to have leg and foot cramps in bed nearly every night.
I would end up walking around the house for 15 minutes
to get rid of the cramp.
So for the past 3 months I have been placing a kitchen chair at the foot
of my bed and I drape the bed covers over the chair, which then forms
a tent for my feet and legs.
Now the bed covers don't put any pressure on my feet and legs.
I have not had a cramp since, seems the bed covers were too tight

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   Posted 10/8/2007 2:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been experiencing severe muscle cramps in my legs and feet, and my doctor feels that it is due to the prednisone.  I have been on a relatively high dose since July, and it hasn't done a thing for my IBD, so she is quickly tapering me off of it.  I have to say that it has improved a great deal since I have come down on the prednisone.  Take care.

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   Posted 10/8/2007 2:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had periodic troubles with foot, toe, and calf cramps, and I *think* my doc then put me on magnesium and potassium and it cleared right up.

Have a banana!

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   Posted 10/8/2007 4:00 PM (GMT -6)   
it is normally a potassium problem for me.

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   Posted 10/8/2007 4:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree, cramps are usually due to low pottassium. Try wating bananas and maybe start taking a good multi vitamin
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