Anybody get painful muscle stiffness in feet & calves?

Posted by lweave2 @lweave2, Oct 25, 2020

I guess the "stiffness" is caused by muscles being contracted. My doctor Rx: Baclofen 5mg (muscle relaxer); I took 1/2 & it had a very sedative effect; Any other solutions for this "painful stiffness?" Thank you so much 🤨

@sunshining

I have the same probblem from and my doctor recomended GABAPENTIN for me at 1 capsule per mouth at night. You might ask your doctor about that rx. It's helped and stopped a lot of my cramping.

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@sunshining Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. You said that your doctor recommended Gabapentin and that it has help regarding cramping. Is it correct to assume you have neuropathy?

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@erikas

@sunshining Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. You said that your doctor recommended Gabapentin and that it has help regarding cramping. Is it correct to assume you have neuropathy?

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No but i get leg cramps from time to time. I have type 2 diabetes

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@jeffrapp

Ironically, i find that exercise is the best treatment for what u describe. Motion is lotion.
Baclofen does act as a tranquilizer. Nothing u take by mouth can target specific muscles.

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t@jeffrapp, I have memorized that one @jeffrapp. Motion is lotion. It is so true. Sometimes I find myself lying in bed doing puzzles…….after convincing myself that my feet were experiencing a glacier of cold and I didn't want to fall when I got up. Of course, when I got up….wiggled them around a bit, and walked across the shag carpet……they were much better and the dishwasher still needed to be unloaded.

Thanks…..@jefrapp and may you have a safe and protected day.
Chris

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@sunshining

No but i get leg cramps from time to time. I have type 2 diabetes

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@sunshining Did you know there was a diabetes-and-endocrine-problems group? You may enjoy the discussions there as well.

-http://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/diabetes-and-endocrine-problems/

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@artscaping

t@jeffrapp, I have memorized that one @jeffrapp. Motion is lotion. It is so true. Sometimes I find myself lying in bed doing puzzles…….after convincing myself that my feet were experiencing a glacier of cold and I didn't want to fall when I got up. Of course, when I got up….wiggled them around a bit, and walked across the shag carpet……they were much better and the dishwasher still needed to be unloaded.

Thanks…..@jefrapp and may you have a safe and protected day.
Chris

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Good morning, @artscaping, I just love the phrase, "motion is lotion." Very clever. I may use that one myself!

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@lweave2

Has anyone in this group ever used Magnesium Cream or tablets to help ease muscle stiffness in your feet & lower legs?-Thank you👱‍♀️

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@lweave2 @erikas @sunshininsunshining dEven if you are taking oral magnesium, when those cramps and stiffness hit, you need to apply magnesium directly to the painful area. I suggest Dr. Shealy's Biogenics Magnesium Lotion. I've always purchased it at health food stores, but it is now available online. Amazon price is way too high, so Google search for other sources.

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@steeldove

@lweave2 @erikas @sunshininsunshining dEven if you are taking oral magnesium, when those cramps and stiffness hit, you need to apply magnesium directly to the painful area. I suggest Dr. Shealy's Biogenics Magnesium Lotion. I've always purchased it at health food stores, but it is now available online. Amazon price is way too high, so Google search for other sources.

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Good to know @steeldove. How much do you pay at the health food store and how much lotion in a container? Thanks for the recommendation. Toni

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@avmcbellar

Good to know @steeldove. How much do you pay at the health food store and how much lotion in a container? Thanks for the recommendation. Toni

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@avmcbellar The lotion comes in both 8 oz and 16 oz. I've paid anywhere from $13.50 to 18.00 for the 8 oz. I've tried the spray too, but didn't find that as useful, as massaging the lotion on the sore place is an extra benefit.

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@steeldove, thank you for the information. I find it very helpful with my search. Toni

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Muscle stiffness in calves

Lately having vert tight calf muscles. Have not been working out. Just walking a few days a week as usual. Have not increased the distance.

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@morningstar79

Muscle stiffness in calves

Lately having vert tight calf muscles. Have not been working out. Just walking a few days a week as usual. Have not increased the distance.

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@morningstar79 Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect, a place to give and get support.

You'll notice that I moved your question to an existing discussion. I did this so you could connect with members like @avmcbella @steeldove @sunnyflower @lweave2@sunshining @jesfactsmon @jeffrapp who have similar symptoms and may be able to offer you information and support.

May I ask if you have any medical issues that may be causing the stiffness and if anything has changed regarding how or where you are walking lately? Is it uphill for example?

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@morningstar79

Muscle stiffness in calves

Lately having vert tight calf muscles. Have not been working out. Just walking a few days a week as usual. Have not increased the distance.

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Hello @morningstar79. Welcome to Connect! I am very sorry to hear you are having tight calf muscles and the pain that goes with that. I was thinking some heat and gentle massage and gentle stretching and then some gentle walking. I hope you find something to help. Warmest wishes, Sunny flower

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