Fingers or Legs Cramping Hours after taking Insulin

By mysterynana Latest Reply 2018-10-26 08:02:11 -0500
Started 2008-11-03 02:03:29 -0600

This is more of a question than discussion. Has anyone else got cramps after taking insulin, I take Lanus and Novolog. I asked my endro doctor and primary doctor and they both said they never heard of it. This is really bothering me, and I want to know is it rue or my imagination. Have a Blessed day.

38 replies

Magusrex 2018-06-15 21:13:46 -0500 Report

I have cramps in hands that cause fingers to contract and I have to bend the fingers out to normal positioning. I get leg cramps / contractions in calves and my feet that cause them to curl inwards. Standing and slowly walking alleviates leg cramping / contractions along with hot bath.

I take Novolog and Lantus injections. Any doctor that doesn't know that you can have insulin related cramping and contractions should be fired immediately. That's like having an electrician who doesn't know that electricity can arc.

I take a cmz, calcium magnesium zinc, supplement that helps.

imalwzright 2018-06-09 09:33:49 -0500 Report

I'm having cramps in the front of my thighs. Excrutiating pain about 2 hours after taking novolog. I also take lantus. Why does this happen?

CherBear7 2018-05-27 19:15:27 -0500 Report

I started taking Levemir almost three years ago and noticed my hands were cramping a lot and I started having pain in my hips when walking. Over time the hand cramps got so bad I couldn’t do anymore art work. Very depressing for me. I often cannot hold cups and have trouble opening food items. I started Toujeo about 3 months ago and my legs started cramping and tightening so bad that I can barely walk now. I now have to park on the sidewalk in front of my side porch and entry so I can make it to and from my house and car. I can’t traverse the stairs from my garage and basement into the house any longer. There’s no help in the small town where I live so I often cannot get food and supplies so I end up at a drive through for fast food. I wasn’t sure what was happening but when I didn’t take my insulin shot for over 24 hours because I was sick I found I could walk more easily to the bathroom without feeling like I was gonna fall from the pain. I now know the severe pain and deteriorating mobility has been caused by the Toujeo. I’m relieved to see that I am not the only one with this problem and I plan to talk to my doctor about it. Thanks for sharing everyone!

Wide Glide
Wide Glide 2018-03-06 02:42:35 -0600 Report

I have been diabetic since 2011. I only took pills for about 2yrs then stoped n did fine. Then in March 2015 I had a heart attack n my blood sugars were through the roof. I had a stent placed. Then 1yr later had 2 more stents placed. My blood sugars will be good for a little while then go up. But mostly below 200 n my doctor keeps going yp on my insulin. Im very limited on what I can eat. I started getting lite leg cramps. But tonight I got a major cramp that has still not completely gone away n it is now after0:230am. Im now doing 48 units of insulin n I have a dr appt on Thursday n will most deffently let him know. They are talking about putting me on another pill along with the metformin. I have to be careful of the amount of potasium I take in because of my heart attack. But I already take B12 n D2. I also try to keep up my vitamin C up as well. I also need to lose a lot of weight. Im over weight by about 50 to 06lbs. Just wish I could bring it all back down to a good level.

moistbuttmonkey 2018-02-16 00:29:21 -0600 Report

I have had, foot, leg, stomach, chest, cramps at night, usually. Always after taking Novalog. I agree, no insulin and it goes away. It's very difficult to deal with. Reading all of these response makes me feel like I'm not crazy. Thank you, all, for posting.

Butch1953 2018-01-06 15:01:05 -0600 Report

I have definitely had leg pain‘s since I went on insulin my insurance company did not send me my insulin on time this month so I was five days without insulin my leg pains went away with no insulin

Mumbo7879 2017-11-04 23:57:54 -0500 Report

I might start to ride the same rollercoaster of pain as ur self bro . Doesnt matter if too much high glucose sugar levels or too much low . As soon as we take insulin we scream out of pain . Huhhh big problem man . But i think the solution to that is first eating a lot like stomach full . And then injecting insulin in thighs . That way i never get cramps again . Common sense we get cramps when we inject insulin on empty or almost empty stomach thus insulin acts rapidly and sharply causing blood glucose to go down n that pressure of blood glucose going down disturbs our muscles . There for even if we take fast acting insulin or slow insulin through my experience . I say eat the hell out ur refregirator before taking insulin . Till u feel the food is gonna come out of u through ur mouth . Then inject insilin in thighs . That way the insulin even if fast acting acts slow through thighs . Never mix two insulin brands together at same time . Inject one . Then wait for an hour inject another one . Water . Yes . Drink a lot specially at night . And try to control ur self . At least if not much for two days . That way we can keep insulin far from us n give our body a break from insulin. The more the need for insulin the more muscle cramps . Please dont eat sweets u can lie to us all but stop lying to ur self . Vegies taste bad . Fruits get boring . It may be painful for ur mind to stop ur self from sweets n such non healthy meals n fastfoods . But . Is it a big price to pay to live longer ? Please keep that question in ur mind until ur last breath . Keep the need of insulin to minimum as possible . And i know those who have muscle cramps r the ones who lost lots of weight n r extremly thin . N then the muscle cramps just go to tell u n let u know that stop making it more thin than it already is . Gain wieght by eating natural things . Find something on internet that helps gain weight . Gain about 10 kg . Or 15kg after that just keep it that way so that ur muscles can tolerate n keep up with the speed and sharpness of insulin. No doctor told me this . But believe me . Iam never wrong .

msann 2017-08-13 09:34:03 -0500 Report

hey all i dont have cramps with my insulin lantus at night been taking for 17 years i take 22 units at night 8 in the morning you might have some other problems good luck

Johnny Irish
Johnny Irish 2017-06-04 23:17:39 -0500 Report

My muscle cramps caused by Insulin usage are severe and occur all over my body. What I have figured out is that they are caused from insulin, in any of the many forms you get it in, 70/30, U100, Lantus, etc. It is the insulin. what used to work great was Quinine Sulfate, about $2/30. It was so inexpensive that doctors and drug companies wanted it off the market and so it was taken off. There is a new pill that is $30/each t5hey recommend now.

What is working now to reduce severity and frequency of the cramps:
1. Magnesium 200mg x 2 per day
2. Potassium, 99mg, take all you want. The USRDA is 4400mg so you can eat these like popcorn. I use 2 or 3 in the morning. Then take 1 or 2 more if I am doing physical exercise at breaks (water breaks). Some diet sodas have potassium (I get Wegmans store brand soda for it).
3. Calcium (I use Douglas Labs from Amazon, it has no Vitamin D3 and I use 8000 IU of D3 separately. You can easily get a Calcium/D3 combo to use).

I am careful of Calcium, no need to have stones shooting out of any output ports. I use this once in a while but always use it during cramp episodes.

Also, stopping insulin stops the problems as well, of course you need to keep glucose levels in check so this is the rub.

Cold or hot for cramps? Heat! Hot shower during cramping helps. Remember, cramping generates heat and cold wind can bring a cramp on. My recommend is heat heat heat.

Good luck to all that have these severe cramps. I know that I would eat a spool of razor wire during cramps if I though it would help. The screaming pain is awful and death seems a peaceful option.

YMMV, I wish you all well.

herepete 2017-06-01 18:25:43 -0500 Report

When I use novolog i get leg cramps in my calves and/or thighs, one or both legs. I thought that I was developing an intolerance for it but maybe they have changed something or process. I have had some good luck with the biochemic tissue salts by Hylands called #8 Mag. Phos. for muscle cramps and pain. You use 6 or more under your tongue and let slow disolve before bedtime. If you use a mint toothpaste or mouth wash take them before brushing, mint decreases effectiveness. As an aside, 4-5 ozs. of indian summer mont morency tart cherry juice (best price at Wal-Mart) every morning can eliminate ankle,knee, hip and hand arthritac pain and stiffness. After 6 months mine went away and has been gone for over a year now.

Anonymous 2017-05-18 00:19:24 -0500 Report

Not your imagination. I notice that if my sugars are running high and I take a higher dosage of Novolin to bring it down, within about 30 minutes, I can taste the way the insulin smells. Shortly thereafter, my fingers are are cramping and curling and I'm in excruciating pain. I have a fairly high pain tolerance, but this has had me in tears a couple of times; especially when my calves and feet decide to join the party and start to cramp and curl before the cramping in my hands and fingers goes away. Unfortunately I have to ride it out, so I try to take my medicine well before bedtime, that way I don't wake up screaming in the middle of the night. Potassium and magnesium don't help me, I just try to get my fingers functional enough to hold a cup or bottle of water and drink lots of it while I wait for it to eventually run its course and pass.

Anonymous 2017-01-24 10:39:42 -0600 Report

I take 75 units of Levemir 2x a day and take Novolog on a sliding scale before meals and to bring my BS down when its running high before bed. My BS goes extremely high sometimes that it doesn't register on my meter except read high. When I have to take a large dose of Novolog sometimes my body goes into the most excruciating muscle cramps that rack my body. I went through that last night. The cramps kept moving to different areas, my legs being the worst. I was screaming in pain. The cramps were so bad I couldn't even stand up. I took potassium, valium, pain medication my spouse was rubbing my muscles trying to work the spasm out nothing would help. I've told my doctor but all he does is prescribe me very strong pain medication but even it doesn't stop the episodes. The cramps are over but my muscles keep quivering and im so sore. I try so hard to keep my BS under control. I exercised yesterday walking, riding my bike and ate right then when I checked my BS it read Hi so I took 30 units of novolog then I checked it again in 2 hrs it was down to 654 so I took more Novolog then in about 30 minutes the cramps started. I'm at the point of giving up.

Pookey12345 2017-03-25 02:24:23 -0500 Report

I noticed I have a lot of cramping after I take my novolog in my fingers mostly in my legs and the cramps are so bad and I didn't know what was making it cramp then I start noticing it whenever I took my novolog it was starting my hands move my toes in my legs my thighs and sometimes even in my stomach and the pain is so severe I wonder what happens and why does it like that

Rburgess0903 2016-12-24 18:26:34 -0600 Report

I started on novolin about a month ago. First 2 weeks was fine but since then I have severe stomach cramps most of the day, and I know severe stomach cramps, I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis when I was 21. It has been in remission since a lengthy hospital stay at 22.
But since then I have had 6 duodenal ulcers (which led to having to have my duodena bypassed and a straight line from my intestines to stomach made.. also had pancrentitis from gall stones, so yeah, I know cramping, lol. And this is only a few steps down from pancrentitis, which is what bothers me, it feels like it's possibly a "lighter" case of pancrentitis but it's EVERY DAY.
What sucks is this is the first time I have been on insulin, I have done lantis ad every other type of pen there is, but I had the same problem, stomach cramps, except not this bad.
So you see my dilemma, with my past stomach problems I have no idea what the cause is.
Docs seem baffled, but I'm just trying to find info if anyone else has had this problem…

JFM2017 2016-12-09 13:10:57 -0600 Report

This issue of cramping has become more prevalent in recent months for some reason. A year or so ago, the cramping has mostly just occasional leg cramping at night, in bed. But recently the issue of hand and arm cramping, along with leg cramping at night has become more frequent. I can experience extreme finger/hand cramps shortly after injecting just 10 units of Humulin R & N combined. Of course I can still experience leg and foot cramping overnight in bed as well. I wish a doctor could explain why this has started happening in recent years, as I've been on insulin for almost 12 years without this extreme type of cramping issue.

Tashmoo 2016-08-09 20:54:52 -0500 Report

I spend a good part of my nights in a HOT shower because of cramps. Killer cramps from my Insulin. I work in the Medical field and have tried to solve this problem for years. Taking my serum potassium and magnesium levels after cramp attacks. They are always normal. When I get cramps in my upper thighs I scream and scream till my family puts hot compresses on my legs. I get cramps all over my body but mostly legs feet and hands,ONLY on the nights I take my insulin.(novolog). I am not taking one more dose of insulin at night! I don't care about my A1c any more. All new studies find the highest number of deaths from DM is the LOWEST A1c levels. I'll be happy at 7 to 8. I'm done trying to keep the physians happy with my low A1C. If you take insulin at night …do not get into bed. Keep you muscles working . Walk sit stand but do not get into bed.

Anonymous 2016-07-24 13:39:28 -0500 Report

There is a simple explanation for this. Insulin carries sugar into cells along with potassium. Thus when insulin is injected (particularly a large dose to cover high sugar) potassium levels drop. Low potassium facilitates muscle cramping. This will be an even bigger problem in people with diabetic neuropathy. A Potassium supplement along with magnesium can ameliorate the problem, but diabetics with kidney disease must be very careful about taking potassium, as dangerously high levels can occur. Consult your doctor and check renal function prior to using potassium. Of note, Twinlab postassium/magnesium cellmins capsules seem to work well.

Allegra 14
Allegra 14 2016-05-23 16:46:49 -0500 Report

I take both insulin like you and an hour after Bam! all my fingers will be bent over each other and the muscles will be constricted!

Margoli 2016-03-17 00:32:33 -0500 Report

I take 16 units of Humalog after dinner and at night my hands and feet cramp up so bad. I take a multi vitamin and 250 mg of magnesium every day. I have to be careful with potassium as I have kidney disease but I include it in my diet. It just keeps me up all night. From reading the other comments I thought it was just me. Even my doctor can't explain it? I don't wish it on anyone.

WASHED OUT 2016-02-23 07:10:05 -0600 Report

Potassium ,calcium, magnesium, and vitamin B12 deficiencies cause spasms and cramps, also dehydration not getting enough fluids. Leg Cramps
Muscle cramping is often a sign of vitamin deficiency, and this often shows up as nocturnal leg cramps. Consider your intake of calcium, vitamin D and vitamin B12 to see if you may be lacking some vital nutrients. If you take metformin or certain other drugs it depletes your body of the necessary B12, pills are not as effective as getting an injection of B12. B-12 deficiency can cause anemia as well.

Anonymous 2015-11-09 00:19:58 -0600 Report

Just found this topic after waking up screaming in pain from spasms. Not the first time im sure not the last…taking novolin 70/30

miss flop
miss flop 2015-10-11 05:14:58 -0500 Report

I take novarapid and some times I get very bad cramps all over my body can any one tell me the reason why I have novamix and no problems with that.

Anonymous 2014-12-01 07:10:08 -0600 Report

I am taking novorapid and latus and get cramps in my whole body. The pain is so bad at times that it's impossible to drive. It's worse during the night and it cause a sleepless night. All the docter tell me it;s a lack of calcium & magnesium.

mysterynana 2014-10-27 00:27:41 -0500 Report

Hey its been awhile since I been on here, had many medical problems and you can see I have lost alot of weight, but yes I still have that problem with cramping, but someone told me to drink quinine water and it does help.

VA. DOGG 2014-10-25 22:16:11 -0500 Report

I have this same problem and was looking for an answer to this myself' I've been taking apidra and lantus for about 18 years and this mostly happens when I take my insulin after dinner about an hour later recently have changed from apidra to Humalog and still get the same cramps in my fingers no answer for this problem as of today ( so it's not just novolog)

Anonymous 2014-08-27 21:11:04 -0500 Report

It is exactly jow I got here I goggled this question am getting horrid cramps in fingers n legs n been a lil over a hour since took insulin. My lvlson glucomter are 367 been a hour since lantus n novolog and hasn't dropped guess wait lil while longer

Linck111 2014-05-13 22:44:03 -0500 Report

I stumbled on this post cuz I was searching for an answer to why? Or how to stop the cramps. I have by careful monitoring, directly linked my cramps to the novolog. About 30-60 minutes after taking 10-12 units pre-meal or post meal. I get excruciating painful cramps in my hands and legs. Mostly occurred at night due to my after dinner shot to regulate me while I was asleep. I told my doc about it. Actually a few docs and they all said they never heard of it. One Internet search and I find hundreds of hits for the same thing. Some even saying their doc told them they never heard of it. Others with docs and people that have never taken novolog saying that they doubt it. I am type 1. 38 y/o and I was diagnosed 2 years ago. All my organs and levels are good, but my sugar and a1c of coarse. You docs need to start doing more research on Google when a patient tells you something. NOVOLOG DOES CAUSE SEVERE CRAMPS IN THE HANDS AND LEGS AND FEET!!! So figure out another way to bs this poor man! Find out why and counter it!!

bucky 2008-11-07 15:56:33 -0600 Report

Are you taken any other meds??

In my opinion. Statin drugs (such as Zocor, Lipitor, Lovastatin, Pravachol, Mevacor, and Lescol) may cause cramps and other forms of myopathy because they block cholesterol production in the body by inhibiting the enzyme called HMG-CoA reductase. (Please see the "mevalonate pathway" for details.) Unfortunately, the antioxidant CoQ10 is also synthesized from another HMG-CoA reductase pathway. Therefore, statin drugs also inhibit CoQ10 (Coenzyme Q10) synthesis. Low levels of CoQ10 could predispose the patients to cramps, including cramping in the heart (heart attack). Thus, coQ10 is often prescribed or recommended to prevent the cramping. Some statin drugs now come with coQ10, but I don't know which ones.

Please note that the same arguments apply to red yeast rice, a natural supplement used to lower cholesterol. It has a natural statin that is a mirror image of one of the prescription statin drugs. Like the statins, it too can deplete coQ10 so it is often sold with the addition of coQ10.

At the end of the day, I believe that schlerotic deposits in the heart arteries cannot be explained with high levels of cholesterol alone. You see, cholesterol acts like a glue on sites that are damaged, such as on micro cracks in blood vessels. Cholesterol levels go up when there is stress (I supposed to suppress a loss of blood in a fight.) The arteries near the heart can exhibit the highest number of micro cracks because of the huge pressure differentials they are exposed to. If one is prone to bruising, bleeding gums, and other symptoms of weakened arteries, then it is likely that the heart arteries are clogged. Scurvy (a Vitamin C deficiency) is a prime example. Patients with scurvy are prone to bruising, bleeding of the gums, and heart attacks.

So if one is cramping (and there are many causes), it would be worthwhile to ask the doctor to check for mineral levels and all other possible causes with a blood test.

As a note, statin drugs are often prescribed with diuretics that reduce high blood pressure. Diuretics can deplete minerals and cause cramping. It's always good to understand the cause of the high blood pressure to take the right action.

msann 2008-11-06 00:32:13 -0600 Report

hey i cramp, but i also have neuropathy, check with your dr, they should be able to prescribe you meds for that, have great day

caspersmama 2008-11-03 10:39:03 -0600 Report

I take Novolog 70/30 but my legs cramping and tingling in my fingers is from neuropathy. Have you been tested for this. I did a nerve test that pin pointed it all. And now I take Lyrica for it and it has helped alot.

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