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50 years old- 5 years of leg and foot cramps

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 8, 2010
  • 01:56 PM

Hi everyone. I found this forum while searching for help for cramps and am hoping someone will have some ideas.
A little background on me...
I was never an athletic type, but by no means completely out of shape when this all started. I am 6'1 and was diagnosed with minor back problems 35 years ago. I guess i "schlumped" too much trying to appear shorter when i was a teen. Through my life i never really had bad back aches but did suffer with sciatica a few times after moving couches and such.
We lived in Florida most of our life until we decided we needed a change and moved to Michigan. During our time up there i found myself spending more and more time inside because the long bitter cold winters really hurt my entire body. Over the course of 7 years up there, I gained about 50 lbs, and lost a lot of muscle tone. I was also diagnosed with a cavernous angioma of the right temporal lobe and put on 2000mg of Keppra a day.
Anyway, before i was diagnised with the CA, i started having thesr horrible cramps in my toes, the front of my ankles where my foot attaches, the oiter sides of my ankles( those REALLY burn!) and a few in my calves. And they don't just occur at night. I get them all day and night. But here's the odd thing, they seem to come and go like for a week or so at a time. There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to them. Sometimes all it takes is walking to the kitchen to set one off, sometimes it takes way more, sometimes it's literally no walking at all. I get a tightness or a pulling sensation of either my toes or my ankle, or an entire day of the front of my foot feeling as if it has forgotten how to lift my foot up when i walk.

Now, i have tried muscle relaxers, over the counter leg cramp pills(quinine), tylenol, foot baths with relaxing crystals, B-12(pill and shot form) and have even taken xanax(which seems to be the most effective but probably because it relaxes my muscles).

I am seriously at the end of my rope with this problem. I feel like a prisoner of my bedroom because everything i do causes cramps. I probably need to have my back checked and i will eventually, but I'm just curious if anyone that has a seizure disorder could have cramps like these? Is it possible that my anti-seizure med needs to be increased? And why am i losing all tge hair on my legs?

I know this is a incredibly lengthy message, but I am really worried and depressed about the way this is changing who I once was.

Any help would be appreciated so much!

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