Leg cramps at night

Posted by sparklegram @sparklegram, Aug 19 10:00pm

Hello everyone. I only have 4 more months on Tamoxifen and my 5 years will be up. I'm having bad leg cramps at night. Has anyone else had this side effect from Tamoxifen?

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I don’t think it is related to the tamoxifen specifically because more than 10 years later I still have them, but it started during that time. My doc said to try a LITTLE magnesium power in water. I use a brand called calm and I usually end up needing a little about every other week.
My brother has other health issues related to chemo, so I bought him Theraworks topical magnesium. He said it doesn’t work as well, but does help a bit.

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I have been having leg cramps and hand cramps also for several years. I take a magnesium supplement everyday and occaisonally use the Therox foam . What I have noticed is that it usually occurs more frequently in warm weather and usually means I am getting a bit dehydrated. I have been on Tamoxifen almost 9 years and except from noticing that I bruise more easily, I cannot attribute any other side effects to taking it.

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My geriatrician suggested quinine…. And I remember my dad, a civil engineer , taking quinine tablets( no longer available for leg cramps. She said Tonic water is the source she suggests, and to watch the sodium. I keep a bottle wherever I sit….and sip all day long. Can’t remember the last leg cramps I’ve had. Grocery stores, Walmart etc carry, about $1 / bottle. I avoid the sugar substitute ones…. hjtk

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I have 4.5 months left on Letrozol/Tamoxifen…..maybe. Waiting for the results of the Breast Cancer Index to come back.
My leg cramps get me out of bed at least 3 nights a week. Then it’s falling back to sleep that eludes me!
I find if I drink at least 10 twelve oz glasses of water each day they do not happen. But being a weak human, I often only get in 6 (and then discover it is 9:30 pm!) Too late for massive water consumption.
Hopefully some wise soul has a better suggestion! Thanks for posting!

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I started having bad leg and foot cramps when I began taking tamoxifen after BC surgery last year. I continue to have them, but less so, with anastrozole. I get some relief from Magnesium Glycinate, which I take at night for both sleep and cramps. I have noticed that cramps and dehydration are related, so I drink lots of fluids when working outside, and a gatorade drink if it is really hot and/or I am doing something strenuous. Still, the cramps (and sleeping) got worse with an estrogen blocker.

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@roewes07

I have 4.5 months left on Letrozol/Tamoxifen…..maybe. Waiting for the results of the Breast Cancer Index to come back.
My leg cramps get me out of bed at least 3 nights a week. Then it’s falling back to sleep that eludes me!
I find if I drink at least 10 twelve oz glasses of water each day they do not happen. But being a weak human, I often only get in 6 (and then discover it is 9:30 pm!) Too late for massive water consumption.
Hopefully some wise soul has a better suggestion! Thanks for posting!

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Try long thick sox –
If I have on short calf sox. the cure will only happen under the sox and remainder of leg will still cramp.

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Thanks for the long sick idea. Drinking tonic right now!

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@roewes07

I have 4.5 months left on Letrozol/Tamoxifen…..maybe. Waiting for the results of the Breast Cancer Index to come back.
My leg cramps get me out of bed at least 3 nights a week. Then it’s falling back to sleep that eludes me!
I find if I drink at least 10 twelve oz glasses of water each day they do not happen. But being a weak human, I often only get in 6 (and then discover it is 9:30 pm!) Too late for massive water consumption.
Hopefully some wise soul has a better suggestion! Thanks for posting!

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Epsom salt with lavender bath before bed may offer relief for both. Hydrate before and after.

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Great idea! This group is the best! Thank you so very much💕❤️💕

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Because I play outdoors so much, dehydration does seem to be an issue with me. Has anyone tried the new pedialyte for adults?

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My daughter , who got long haul CoVid , gives Adult Pedialyte 3 thumbs up. She is great now.

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