Severe leg cramps

Posted by Dawn, Volunteer Mentor @dawn_giacabazi, Jun 25, 2016

Please someone tell me the trick to relax severe leg cramps???? Lord, they are lasting 1-2 hours, debilitating pain. Can’t walk them off. Starting behind the knees down to my toes. Some curl my toes some point them. Tried stretching, bio feedback relaxation. NO HELP!! HELP!

Appreciate the info.

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@user_ch98d0b5c

How do you take it and how much?

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The quinine ?

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@user_ch98d0b5c

How do you take it and how much?

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It's a capsule prescription that I get from my doctor. I take it once a day at bedtime. I THINK it's about 200 mg or so. When the FDA started saying how dangerous it was, my PCP refused to continue to prescribe it. He was afraid it was too dangerous even though I (and my parents) had taken it for years. I even offered to sign a release of liability. I COULD have bought it from the internet from another country, but that scared me. I then consulted a sleep doctor who agreed to prescribe it for me. Bingo. Life saver.

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@jlovejoy23

My dad gets pretty bad "Charlie horses" and he swears by mustard. He keeps a few packets next to his bed and eats it when he can feel one coming on or gets one and by the time he's walked to the steps it's already started to kick in.

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I wonder if he has some sort of deficiency: magnesium, potassium, etc. Whatever works ! Glad that mustard helps.

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@dawn_giacabazi

@lioness
I have had and tried hundreds of Medical and Home remedies with no relief. Absolutely not effective in anyway for my condition. But thanks for the advice. It may help others.
For me the only relief that has been effective is rubbing/Massaging the Anti-antagonistic muscle group that is associated with the muscle that is cramping. I also avoid prolonged use of any particular muscle group by changing positions frequently.

Have you had success with the remedies you listed?

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Prescription Quinine pills.

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@catlover4884

Yep. Pickle juice. Liquid quinine. Magnesium. Potassium. Sodium. Calcium. Hot baths. Hot showers. Massages. Vibrators. I've tried EVERYTHING – even really stupid things that I found on n the internet. I've had every test known – bloodwork, muscle stimulation and conduction. Nothing wrong found. Nothing worked except quinine. My legs would cramp: calves, quads, other thigh muscles, feet, hands, toes and fingers all cramped. It was horrible. And if I go off quinine for more than a day, I'm all crippled up again. Quinine has made SUCH an improvement in my life that I can't imagine not having it.

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Catlover4884 by all means we all need to stay on what works quinine didn't help me much folks are different

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@jlovejoy23

My dad gets pretty bad "Charlie horses" and he swears by mustard. He keeps a few packets next to his bed and eats it when he can feel one coming on or gets one and by the time he's walked to the steps it's already started to kick in.

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Jlovejoy23 your Dad,s right pickle juice the same its the vinegar

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@lioness

Catlover4884 by all means we all need to stay on what works quinine didn't help me much folks are different

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@lioness, Hey there, Mamacita here. How are you doing today? This interests me because, after two days of constant tromping around the UAB medical system, my feet and legs were loudly protesting. Woke me up in the middle of the night.

I had forgotten about pickle juice. But I always take Magnesium tablets. Seems to me that pickle juice would, indeed, work quicker than a Magnesium tablet. Especially if one has other complications, such as poor absorption issues or, say, Gastroparesis.

Good thing I have lots of pickle jars! Thanks for the information! "See "you later.!

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@mamacita

@lioness, Hey there, Mamacita here. How are you doing today? This interests me because, after two days of constant tromping around the UAB medical system, my feet and legs were loudly protesting. Woke me up in the middle of the night.

I had forgotten about pickle juice. But I always take Magnesium tablets. Seems to me that pickle juice would, indeed, work quicker than a Magnesium tablet. Especially if one has other complications, such as poor absorption issues or, say, Gastroparesis.

Good thing I have lots of pickle jars! Thanks for the information! "See "you later.!

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Mamacita hi good hearing from you hope your having a good day yes pickle juice is great dilute it with water or drink milk before and after

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@lioness

Catlover4884 by all means we all need to stay on what works quinine didn't help me much folks are different

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That's too bad. I'm sorry it didn't. Leg cramps can be absolutely debilitating.

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Many years ago my husband would get severe leg cramps. He was prescribed quinine pills by his doctor that worked well. (quinine water does not have enough quinine in it) Then one day quinine pills were taken off of the market and are still off of the market.

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I have found that a daily foot soak in magnesium oil is very helpful for leg cramps. I found magnesium oil on Amazon, Magnesium Oil by Wisdom Health. I buy half a gallon at a time (the half gallon lasts for weeks) and add 4 ounces to an inch of warm water and soak for 30 minutes daily in a plastic container that fits my feet.. I can use the same solution for 3-4 days, then I toss it out and start with a fresh batch.. Karen

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@karenatmayo

I have found that a daily foot soak in magnesium oil is very helpful for leg cramps. I found magnesium oil on Amazon, Magnesium Oil by Wisdom Health. I buy half a gallon at a time (the half gallon lasts for weeks) and add 4 ounces to an inch of warm water and soak for 30 minutes daily in a plastic container that fits my feet.. I can use the same solution for 3-4 days, then I toss it out and start with a fresh batch.. Karen

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karenatmayo catchy name. Ive been looki g for magnesium oil thanks for information☺

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Don't know if you are a coffee/caffeine drinker, but I have just about completely eliminated all caffeine from my diet and have had relief from cramps. I had the toe curling type like you have, though thankfully they didn't last as long as yours do (the pain was unreal!). Good luck and hope you find relief soon.

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Thanks. That's a great thought. I consume a TON of caffeine.

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