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Severe leg cramps

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  • Posted By: captainbossy
  • November 11, 2010
  • 00:57 PM

My BMP is within normal ranges including potassium and calcium, but I suffer extreme leg and foot cramps almost nightly. Some cause my ankles to turn out bringing my foot up to the side of my calves, some are within tarsals and metatarsals and are extraordinarily painful, others on the outside of my calf right across the supportive/connective tissue at my knee, and the others are so deep I may limp for days. I take a muscle relaxant 800 mg tid, am generally well hydrated, and walk an average of 10,000 steps daily. Not diabetic, not anaemic. I do have >BP 150/96 and HR >96 as normal. No diuretics. Fairly decent diet w/little fat, and little alcohol consumption <4 glasses of wine weekly. During the day (and most nights) I have small twitches in my calves often, and sometimes foot/toe cramps, these are tolerable. The nights seem endless though. Have even used sleeping aid combined with either alprazolam or diazepam as prescribed - no self medication, in addition to the muscle relaxant, and have still suffered the cramps but am sedated enough that it is difficult to walk them off. Several years ago even tried muscle relaxant usually prescribed for patients with MS symptoms, didn't always work and left me too sedated in the morning to function. ECG and Cardiac Stress tests are normal. My doctor is wonderful but at a loss, and I am not sure where to go from here. Please help!:confused::(

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  • A few obvious questionsHave you tried applying menthol patches (like Icy Hot) to your calves before you get in bed? I had unexplained cramping during pregnancy, and these cleared it right up.Have you tried stretching the muscles before you go to bed?What makes them stop once they start?A few maybe less obvious onesAre you magnesium (or B12 or Vitamin D) deficient?Have you tried increasing protein intake (and possibly even animal fat intake)? There are many vitamins and minerals (such as B1Have you considered a poor reaction to gluten (rare, but some people claim the reaction)?Just throwing out some ideas. I hope you get some answers soon. Leg cramps are the worst!
    Altari 9 Replies
    • November 11, 2010
    • 03:55 PM
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  • Thanks Altari. Have not tried the Icy Hot. I am neither B12 nor D deficient to my knowledge, though I will try some B12 to see if it has any effect. The only thing that works is walking them off. Some nights I walk circles round the house for 30 minutes or more, and some nights there are many sets of circles. I do not each much fatty meat....maybe a slab of Prime Rib will help;)....at least it will be tasty. Thanks for the suggestions. I have to agree with you, leg cramps are the worst.
    captainbossy 3 Replies
    • November 12, 2010
    • 01:35 PM
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  • Thanks Altari. Have not tried the Icy Hot. I am neither B12 nor D deficient to my knowledge, though I will try some B12 to see if it has any effect. The only thing that works is walking them off. Some nights I walk circles round the house for 30 minutes or more, and some nights there are many sets of circles. I do not each much fatty meat....maybe a slab of Prime Rib will help;)....at least it will be tasty. Thanks for the suggestions. I have to agree with you, leg cramps are the worst. Vitamin E is also important.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 13, 2010
    • 08:26 AM
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  • Here is an idea which may be worth giving a try.Purchase an alkalizing product from a health food store, and try it. You mix a small amount in water, and drink the water.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 13, 2010
    • 08:52 AM
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  • Before I was diagnsed with hypothyroidism I would get leg cramps often especially at night. Some were so severe that the muscle seemed bruised for a day or two after the cramp. did you ever have your thyroid checked?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 19, 2010
    • 04:50 PM
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  • Before I was diagnsed with hypothyroidism I would get leg cramps often especially at night. Some were so severe that the muscle seemed bruised for a day or two after the cramp. did you ever have your thyroid checked?I am on thyroid medication, and recent labs indicate all thyroid levels to be normal. Of course, "normal" is relative, and what is considered clinically normal, may not apply to every individual. Thanks for the tip though. I will discuss my TSH next visit.
    captainbossy 3 Replies
    • November 20, 2010
    • 06:48 PM
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  • Here is an idea which may be worth giving a try.Purchase an alkalizing product from a health food store, and try it. You mix a small amount in water, and drink the water.I will check this out. It may have quinine in it, and quinine is often good for treating cramps. Thanks.
    captainbossy 3 Replies
    • November 20, 2010
    • 06:49 PM
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