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Anyone here dealing with peripheral neuropathy?
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For restless leg syndrome, I faithfully drink about 6-8 oz. of diet tonic water each night before I go to bed. It has just enough quinine in it to quiet my legs. It's inexpensive (I get 2-liter bottles at the grocery store) and it basically is a great, non-drug solution to a devilish issue.
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I was looking up the meaning of quinine and found this articular.
The quinine in tonic water helps give it a bitter taste. People should not mistake tonic water for a healthful drink, as it may contain sugar and provides no additional nutritional value. Tonic water cannot help a person with leg cramps or restless legs syndrome.
The quinine in tonic water is very diluted. December 12, 2006, the FDA ordered unapproved quinine drug products to be removed from the market and cautioned consumers about the off-label use of quinine to treat leg cramps.
Nonetheless, it works; my doctors approve; and I sleep at night….
Hi @inspect28, welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. @elizm, @jlpdurham526 my wife gets leg cramps at night when she doesn't drink enough water and gets a little dehydrated so I think there is a little truth to what you both say. I think this article puts it in perspective:
Harvard Women's Health Watch – Will tonic water prevent nighttime leg cramps?
My thoughts are if you know something helps you then it's a good thing and I would keep doing it. The caveat is that it may not help everyone.
There is little if any quinine in it and filled with artificial sweeteners. Better off drinking plain water or checking with a reliable pharmacist.
Hello @nanastable, welcome to Connect. Plain water works for me too! I just need to drink more of it. Are you dealing with PN? If you are there is another discussion on Connect that you may find helpful where others have shared their symptoms and what has helped them.
Groups > Neuropathy > Living with Neuropathy – Welcome to the group
@inspect28 and @elizm I agree with elizm re: tonic water. It seems to work for me too – at least for the cramping! Maybe it justs helps with the hydration – but – different strokes…
I do have PN in both hands and feet, John.
I use Hemp Oil CBD salve from Real Scientific and 200 mg organic CBD oil THC Free from Natural Xtract. Plus a few other things when needed.
I have carefully researched, gone to very informative Medical Marijuana Expos in NYC and Boston. I continue to keep learning.
Thanks for sharing. I have idiopathic small fiber PN but only have numbness in my feet and ankles. One of the supplements I take is 1.5 oz of organic hemp oil for the omega 3 and 6 along with other vitamins and supplement that provide nutrients that the nerves need. It helps but it's not a cure.
Continuing to learn myself. Actually it's one of my life's goals as I get older – learn at least one new thing a day.
As do I keep learning!. I am looking into taking a course to be registered for Medical Marijuana. Want to share my knowledge and help others in time.
Also looking into some wonderful MasterClasses online.
@inspect28 28 @johnbishop @jpdurham526
As noted in my post, John, I drink the diet tonic water for restless leg, not leg cramps. For leg cramps, I take 125 mg of magnesium taurate in the morning and before bed because I take a diuretic (which takes a toll on potassium and hydration).
@inspect28 @jlpdurham526 @johnbishop
@nanastable — Please note… I specifically noted DIET tonic water which has zero calories and zero sugars.
I know there are a number of diet tonic waters.
Zevia is sweetened with stevia which is fine for me.
If sweetened with sugar alcohols or aspartame, it is not.
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