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!

@workswithclay29

@mayoclinic100

I am also acidic and have such severe leg/foot cramps that I become nausseated, fall when trying to get out of bed to stomp cramp away and have resulting prickling sensations in leg after the incident which lasts hours. The cramp is lasting up to 8 minutes now. Pain overwhelming. Have taken perscription potassium, pickle juice, magnesium tablets, sleep with legs and feet under a frame to lift covers off feet and legs, use a magnesium spray on legs and feet take calcium injections twice a year and drink plenty of fluids. I am otherwise healthy, exercise daily and do a low carb diet. My GP has no comment. Any other remedies? Wits end here!

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@workswithclay29 – someone also suggested Hylands Leg Cramp pills – I get them at the natural food store. You just dissolve them under your tongue – sounds a little 'hocus-pocus' but you never know when something might help. Your cramps sound so severe. I have used tonic water for years (you get used to the taste), (and I also add a little vodka), but I do think there is something to the tonic remedy (actually – it's quinine).

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@workswithclay29

@mayoclinic100

I am also acidic and have such severe leg/foot cramps that I become nausseated, fall when trying to get out of bed to stomp cramp away and have resulting prickling sensations in leg after the incident which lasts hours. The cramp is lasting up to 8 minutes now. Pain overwhelming. Have taken perscription potassium, pickle juice, magnesium tablets, sleep with legs and feet under a frame to lift covers off feet and legs, use a magnesium spray on legs and feet take calcium injections twice a year and drink plenty of fluids. I am otherwise healthy, exercise daily and do a low carb diet. My GP has no comment. Any other remedies? Wits end here!

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Hi @workswithclay29 , It is possible that your leg cramps are actually a result of lumbar spine issues. I stretch my spine by doing a yoga pose called "active child's pose" Once I am in the pose, I hold it for as long as I can feel the stretch in the lower spine. It is important to try to push your butt to your heels to get the best stretch. You can google yoga poses to find something that shows you this easy pose. I wish you good luck getting this under control. It is horrible to have our sleep so disturbed.

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@barbarn

@workswithclay29 – someone also suggested Hylands Leg Cramp pills – I get them at the natural food store. You just dissolve them under your tongue – sounds a little 'hocus-pocus' but you never know when something might help. Your cramps sound so severe. I have used tonic water for years (you get used to the taste), (and I also add a little vodka), but I do think there is something to the tonic remedy (actually – it's quinine).

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@barbarn
Thanks for responding! I used Hylands pills several years ago. Did not work for me then. I use diet tonic water to cut my wine and gin and tonic drinks. May not be enough pure quinine or the artificial sweetener may interfere. Will look into a purer form of quinine. Thanks again.

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@degarden_girl

Hi @workswithclay29 , It is possible that your leg cramps are actually a result of lumbar spine issues. I stretch my spine by doing a yoga pose called "active child's pose" Once I am in the pose, I hold it for as long as I can feel the stretch in the lower spine. It is important to try to push your butt to your heels to get the best stretch. You can google yoga poses to find something that shows you this easy pose. I wish you good luck getting this under control. It is horrible to have our sleep so disturbed.

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@degarden_girl
Thank you for replying. Uncanny but yes I have lumbar spinal issues. Next month I will undergo a "burning" of the lumbar nerves to relieve pain. The surgeon, however, said that the procedure would not relieve the leg/foot cramps. He said to take a multivitamin and stay hydrated. Both I already do! Today I will add the yoga pose you suggested to my exercise routine. Thank you again!

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@workswithclay29

@degarden_girl
Thank you for replying. Uncanny but yes I have lumbar spinal issues. Next month I will undergo a "burning" of the lumbar nerves to relieve pain. The surgeon, however, said that the procedure would not relieve the leg/foot cramps. He said to take a multivitamin and stay hydrated. Both I already do! Today I will add the yoga pose you suggested to my exercise routine. Thank you again!

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@workswithclay29 If your lumbar issues are from bulging discs or from desiccated discs, the child's pose may help. I had the radio frequency ablation (RFA) done on my cervical discs about three months ago and had a lot of nerve pain as a result. Not so sure I would do that again. I hope Child's pose provides you with some relief and maybe you won't need the RFA. Always looking for the least invasive resolution to pain issues.

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@workswithclay29

@mayoclinic100

I am also acidic and have such severe leg/foot cramps that I become nausseated, fall when trying to get out of bed to stomp cramp away and have resulting prickling sensations in leg after the incident which lasts hours. The cramp is lasting up to 8 minutes now. Pain overwhelming. Have taken perscription potassium, pickle juice, magnesium tablets, sleep with legs and feet under a frame to lift covers off feet and legs, use a magnesium spray on legs and feet take calcium injections twice a year and drink plenty of fluids. I am otherwise healthy, exercise daily and do a low carb diet. My GP has no comment. Any other remedies? Wits end here!

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Try prescription quinine. It works like magic for me. It's unbelievable.

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@catlover4884

Try prescription quinine. It works like magic for me. It's unbelievable.

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Many drink tonic water which contains quinine yet be advised some are allergic to tonic water. Try diluting with seltzer water for a refreshing drink. I gave up alcohol and have been making my evening cocktail drink of tonic and seltzer for almost 3 years. Tastes like a grown up drink, very good.

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@workswithclay29

@mayoclinic100

I am also acidic and have such severe leg/foot cramps that I become nausseated, fall when trying to get out of bed to stomp cramp away and have resulting prickling sensations in leg after the incident which lasts hours. The cramp is lasting up to 8 minutes now. Pain overwhelming. Have taken perscription potassium, pickle juice, magnesium tablets, sleep with legs and feet under a frame to lift covers off feet and legs, use a magnesium spray on legs and feet take calcium injections twice a year and drink plenty of fluids. I am otherwise healthy, exercise daily and do a low carb diet. My GP has no comment. Any other remedies? Wits end here!

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@workswithclay29 sorry to hear nothing helps I have a suggestion did the Dr.ever perscrib Primipexole? Its for leg cramps you take at bedtime?

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@lioness…..ALSO, my husband did not have Parkinson, but the pill they give for Parkinson took away his leg cramps. I hate it when I get leg cramps. It is horrible. My doctor prescribed heavy stockings that I put on at night if the cramps start. They come to the top of the leg. The cramps go away right away. Please try them. I had to fly for many hours last week. I finally got up and walked to the back and then back to my seat. It is difficult as everyone looks at you. So, I carry my dog with me.

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@oregongirl glad you found something that helps I did try them once ,to tight maybe wrong size but cramps dont bother me to much only if Ive been on them to long during day.Daily I take 600 mg magnesium for fibromyalgia .

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My husband has had severe leg cramps for our entire marriage (60 years). A couple of years ago he discovered Theraworx. It’s an over the counter foam that you apply to the location of the cramp. We are in Az and can purchase it at Walgreen and CVS drugstores. He says it takes about 15 seconds for the pain to subside after applying the foam. Good luck.

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@marieh
Thank you for this tip. I am not familiar with Theraworx but have both drug stores here in KY. Thank you again>

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@degarden_girl

@workswithclay29 If your lumbar issues are from bulging discs or from desiccated discs, the child's pose may help. I had the radio frequency ablation (RFA) done on my cervical discs about three months ago and had a lot of nerve pain as a result. Not so sure I would do that again. I hope Child's pose provides you with some relief and maybe you won't need the RFA. Always looking for the least invasive resolution to pain issues.

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@degarden_girl How long did the nerve pain last after the RFA? I have bulging discs with arthritis, Steroid injections did not work and I was getting concerned about too much medication in the body. Was to sore and worn out to do my exercise routine last night but will do the yoga today! Only mild cramps last night and no nausea so perhaps just the prospect of relief was a panacea which of course will not last. Thank you again for keeping me posted!

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@workswithclay29 Hi, I had the RFA in my cervical spine and the physiatrist who administered the treatment said I would experience the feeling of sunburn for a couple of days. Instead, I experienced nerve pain across my upper back and down the arm on the opposite side of the injections. It has been about 3 months since I had the treatment and I still feel some surface numbness and deeper tenderness but the extreme nerve pain has dissipated. But the neck pain for which I was being treated is not much better.

HOWEVER, my brother in law was experiencing extreme leg pain and he had the RFA in his lumbar spine, had no problems with the procedure and leg pain has been resolved. So, I don't know if my problem was with the location of the RFA or the doctor who administered the procedure. I won't be going back to that doctor again and at some time, may see my brother in law's physiatrist.

But you say that steriod injections didn't work. Both my brother in law and I were first given steroid injections and only if they worked even briefly would the physiatrist know if the RFA would work. We both had some temporary relief from the steroid so proceeded with the RFA.

You may find doing the "active child's pose" just before bed will give you relief as it may give you some space around the nerve which is causing the pain. Might help, can't hurt.

If you haven't done this already, you might consider getting some physical therapy to strengthen your core muscles which help hold your spine in place. I have been doing these exercises for a couple of years and I have found I have mostly good nights without any cramping. Every so often I have a bad night so must be pinching something.

I wish you good luck in having some relief from your leg cramps. They are just awful.

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Forgive me if this is redundant from a previous post: I have found that a daily (or every other day) soak in 4 ounces of magnesium oil in one inch of warm water is very helpful for leg cramps.

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