Ever get Leg Cramps?

By MewElla Latest Reply 2015-03-09 16:15:32 -0500
Started 2013-09-20 13:19:05 -0500

Have you ever had a "Charley Horse" in the middle of the night? This is a very painful leg cramp to the calf muscle in the leg. It seems to be brought on by either too much activity or too little activity. It can also be brought on by dehydration, trauma to the leg muscle of keeping the leg in an awkward position too long. It could be a lack of potassium or calcium or even cold weather.
The best way to get rid of the cramps is by walking or shaking your leg. Drink plenty of water and eat fruits/vegetables to help decrease the frequency of leg cramps. Certain vitamins can impact muscle function, particularly potassium and magnesium. When this happens to me, I grab a banana each day and leg cramps disappear…

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Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-03-09 16:15:32 -0500 Report

I had terrible leg cramps 2 or 3 times a week before I was diagnosed..haven't had them since…probably because I am eating so much better and taking a few quality supplements…

Pegsy 2015-03-09 16:12:01 -0500 Report

I used to get very bad leg cramps until I learned that it could be caused by a magnesium deficiency. After I started supplementing magnesium, the leg cramps went away. Magnesium is also a relaxer and I found it to improve my sleep as well. Be careful not to take too much as it can also be a laxative.

lemkedoris@yahoo.com 2013-09-24 11:04:43 -0500 Report

I know how bad they can get ive been getting them for over a year now I take magnesium and potassium daily for years and drink planty of water mine still come and go realy bad when the come the doctor just put me on a muscle relaxer and I walk almost daily not to much because of my bad legs I try every day to do 1-2 miles.on the weekends I do 3 if I go to the trail..but still getting them my weather is getting colder this will not help, winter is worse.i also have pain in my big toe's and my toes are turned in some what but now they are bending too, very pain full going to save some money some how to go see the foot doctor and also to see if my spurs are coming back..

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-09-21 19:52:01 -0500 Report

I take a teaspoon of mustard or a shot of apple cider vinegar in water. Gets rid of them immediately. I keep mustard packs from fast food resturants next to my bed. I have been doing this for years.

silvie mae
silvie mae 2013-09-21 18:28:00 -0500 Report

Yes! Yes! Ouch!! I've also had them in my feet :-(.
I drink lots of water and I eat 1/2 a banana every day at breakfast. I haven't had it happen in a while.

MSY Lady
MSY Lady 2013-09-21 09:02:07 -0500 Report

Yes, I'm going through this now, along with toe spasms. Does this also play in the diabetic arena? It's a surprise a minute. Can anyone advise your daily menu? I'm getting overwhelmed on what to/not to eat…

Caroltoo 2013-09-20 14:23:30 -0500 Report

I get them occasionally in my calf and instep. Resolved this the most recent time it happened by reminding myself to take my multivitamin each morning as a source of magnesium which seems to be the issue for me since low magnesium levels make proper absorption of calcium difficult to impossible.