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Old 08-04-2022, 01:37 PM
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What’s a good way to prevent leg and foot cramps during the night? I’m waking up in some miserable pain lately. TIA!


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Old 08-04-2022, 01:40 PM
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Are you getting enough magnesium?

Oddly enough, a doctor once told my mom to drink tonic water before bed for her muscle cramps/spasms. It's the quinine in it. It worked for her for awhile!
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Old 08-04-2022, 02:08 PM
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Make sure you are getting plenty of water. Stretching helps, too.
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Old 08-04-2022, 02:43 PM
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Get some Theraworx. It works! I can rub it on my calves and feet before bed and don't have any muscle cramps. I bought it at CVS, but I'm sure you can get it at other stores too.
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Old 08-04-2022, 02:57 PM
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Lore says that a swig or two of pickle juice works for helping prevent leg cramps.


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Old 08-04-2022, 03:10 PM
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Drink a lot of water all day long and when you think you cant possibly drink anymoreÖthen drink even more. Also, donít forget that alcohol dehydrates you so keep that to a minimum. Good luck!
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Old 08-04-2022, 03:53 PM
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I take calcium citrate before bed and I do a series of leg stretches--calf, hamstring, quad, IT band--holding 30 seconds for each stretch on each side.
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I went through a time when I got them too.
Old 08-04-2022, 05:22 PM
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It happened most often the night after traveling. They really hurt and were scary too!
However, it did happen a few other times too. I always keep hydrated, so I know that was not the cause for me.
An uncle told me about quinine. He swore it helped him. I took Magnesium too. I actually drink tonic water nightly now.
I have no clue if that is what helped. I think though I did figure out part of the cause, maybe. (Not 100% sure)
It had to do with the way I was sleeping and the sheets being too tight. Hotel sheets are tucked too tightly for me.
When it happened at home, I often noticed it had something to do with stretching it right before the cramp set in. A few times, I have woken up right before the stretch, and stopped myself. (That stopped the cramp from happening.)
It was always in the same leg for me. I hope you are able to figure it out because I know how painful those can be!
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Old 08-04-2022, 06:21 PM
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I second Theraworx. This helps me. I also agree with stretching your leg out while pulling your foot toward you as soon as you feel a cramp coming on.
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Old 08-04-2022, 07:10 PM
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Oh I feel your pain!!! I have suffered from foot cramps for years. And just recently started getting massive leg cramps/Charlie horse in the middle of the night.

Go to pharmacy and find the pills for leg cramps. (Iím on vacation and canít remember the brand). Take 4 every night and see what happens.

When my feet cramp, I have to get the microwave heating pad and put it on my feet.

Certain positions can cause my legs to spasm. And if I donít hop out of bed ASAP, Iím totally incapacitated from the pain. Like they cramp from my foot to my groin.

Iím trying to find the root cause. I suspect it is shoe related. And it may be inheritedÖ.my mom had the same issue.


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Old 08-05-2022, 05:09 AM
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so I know your pain. Yes, up your water intake,if I know I haven't had enough to drink, esp. when I am traveling I have gatorade before bed. I found it was the best to drink. Any of those sport drinks work. I learned from a PT i worked with that once the cramp starts to try to bend the area in the opposite direction. I get them in my ankle a lot.
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Old 08-05-2022, 05:12 AM
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I take magnesium for leg cramps.

But, I went to a Dr. and found that the reason I was getting them was because I am on a diuretic and they tend to deplete electrolytes.

There are many different reasons why you may have leg cramps - medications, stress, dehydration, etc.

Finding the cause is important for finding the cure =)
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