Many people seem to have cramps, but it seems that a higher percentage of diabetics have them than the general population. I have had cramps in many different parts of my body since high school, 40 years before I was diagnosed with T2 10 years ago.
But since that time the cramps increased a lot. I am not talking here about the minor cramps one gets from being a weekend warrior in the yard or overdoing some sports activity. These are the cramps that are so deep and severe that you will make a pack with the devil to have them go away.
For those who want the short story the product I have found to completely eliminate this type of cramps is called "STOPS LEG & FOOT CRAMPS"…yes that's the name It is sold by "Caleb Treez Organic Farm" Glendale Ca. they have a web site to purchase and it is also sold on Amazon.
It is just awful tasting stuff. The first time I took it, I thought - no wonder it stops cramps- it is so awful you forget about your cramp. But humor aside, this stuff works! Heating pads, hot showers, advil, quinine, stretching all work but take 30 mins or more. Meantime you are in agony! This stuff ended my cramp in about 3 minutes. And they have instructions how to minimize the taste.
Now for the longer version. I have had severe cramping in all parts of my body since I was about 15. From jaw to elbow to wrist to back, side and stomach, to every muscle in my upper, lower legs, ankles, feet and toes. Many times I would have cramps in multiple areas at the same time, like calf and thigh in 1 leg and ankle in the other. Most of the time these cramps occurred at night, but they could happen anytime. If I was driving I would have to stop the car and get out and try to stretch them out. If at home I would drag my self into the shower and use hot, very hot water for 20 -30 minutes before relief came. And it got worse after I became diabetic.
I talked with every doctor, np and rn I came in contact with and they all had a different answers, exercise more or less more calcium, less calcium, more magnesium , less magnesium, the same with potassium, salt, and almost every vitamin supplement in the book. Only 1 doctor had a partial answer. She said drink 6-8 oz. of diet tonic water before bed. This I found to help at least somewhat. In fact 10 years later I am still drinking diet tonic water only now I drink 16-20 oz. in the evening. I also take 3-4 "leg Cramp" pills which i get at "puritan pride" a mail order vitamin company. These also contain quinine. But I still get cramps, most are not as severe as before and not as often, but i still get them.
Thus I now have a bottle of "STOPS LEG & FOOT CRAMPS" on my night stand just in case. In the last 2 months I have only had to use it 2 times and within 2-3 minutes the cramp was gone and did not return that night.
What have others used to minimize their cramps?
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