Leg Cramps at Night - ProTeacher Community




Home Join Now Search My Favorites
Help


      Teachers' Lounge


Leg Cramps at Night

>

Reply
 
Thread Tools
heart4kids heart4kids is offline
 
Joined: Dec 2006
Posts: 1,689
Senior Member

heart4kids
 
Joined: Dec 2006
Posts: 1,689
Senior Member
Leg Cramps at Night
Old 05-21-2019, 05:07 PM
  #1

PT Doctors, please advise. My friend has frequent leg cramps. Lately it has been almost nightly and she is almost afraid to go to bed because it seems better if she is sitting up in a recliner.

She eats a banana almost daily. She takes that magnesium stuff that some of you recommended long ago. It has been giving her digestive distress, even though she takes small doses. We exercise together five days a week and she is active on weekends, too.

Although she is not a believer, she has even tried the bar soap under the sheets from the old wives tales.

What more can she try? We are open to any suggestion.


heart4kids is offline   Reply With Quote

boxermama's Avatar
boxermama boxermama is offline
 
Joined: Jul 2009
Posts: 213
Full Member

boxermama
 
boxermama's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2009
Posts: 213
Full Member

Old 05-21-2019, 05:19 PM
  #2

My doctor recommended a small amount of orange juice each day. It solved my problem almost instantly.
boxermama is offline   Reply With Quote
1956BD's Avatar
1956BD 1956BD is offline
 
Joined: Aug 2007
Posts: 25,566
Senior Member

1956BD
 
1956BD's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2007
Posts: 25,566
Senior Member
Potassium!
Old 05-21-2019, 05:19 PM
  #3

If she is low on potassium that can cause cramps. A banana a day may not be enough. I would take a tablet supplement as well and see if that helps.

I would also have her stand on a stair step or curb with with her heels hanging off (or make more than just her heels) to really stretch her calf muscles.

She can also lift her lower legs while sitting. Then pull toes back toward her body and really push heels forward in front of her to scratch those calf muscles.

Good luck!
1956BD is offline   Reply With Quote
MAsped's Avatar
MAsped MAsped is offline
 
Joined: Nov 2010
Posts: 10,916
Senior Member

MAsped
 
MAsped's Avatar
 
Joined: Nov 2010
Posts: 10,916
Senior Member

Old 05-21-2019, 05:26 PM
  #4

I would get it from time to time, but not in a LONG time now. Does she drink a good amount of water? I read to do that too.
MAsped is offline   Reply With Quote
Teddi9192's Avatar
Teddi9192 Teddi9192 is offline
 
Joined: Feb 2007
Posts: 5,299
Senior Member

Teddi9192
 
Teddi9192's Avatar
 
Joined: Feb 2007
Posts: 5,299
Senior Member

Old 05-21-2019, 05:27 PM
  #5

A shot or 2 of pickle juice will stop a cramp. It also will help prevent them. I keep a couple of tubes of these (unfrozen) in my night stand.

https://www.amazon.com/Van-Holtens-P...-1-spons&psc=1


Teddi9192 is offline   Reply With Quote
Gigi814's Avatar
Gigi814 Gigi814 is offline
 
Joined: Sep 2012
Posts: 573
Senior Member

Gigi814
 
Gigi814's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2012
Posts: 573
Senior Member

Old 05-21-2019, 05:28 PM
  #6

I once had leg cramps so severe it felt as though someone was trying to rip my leg off. I mixed apple cider vinegar with warm water and honey. It helped immediately.

Your friend can also try Hyland's Leg Cramps pills. I find you need to take several doses to feel any relief though.
Gigi814 is offline   Reply With Quote
Evrmoi21 Evrmoi21 is offline
 
Joined: Sep 2010
Posts: 576
Senior Member

Evrmoi21
 
Joined: Sep 2010
Posts: 576
Senior Member

Old 05-21-2019, 05:49 PM
  #7

My Grandmother suffered from nighttime leg cramps. She always had a horseshoe magnet in the bed under the sheets. She swore it worked. My brothers and I always called ti the "monster" and made sure it was on her side of the double bed when we slept over.
Evrmoi21 is offline   Reply With Quote
cvt's Avatar
cvt cvt is offline
 
Joined: Jun 2007
Posts: 9,306
Senior Member

cvt
 
cvt's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2007
Posts: 9,306
Senior Member
leg cramps
Old 05-21-2019, 05:56 PM
  #8

I had horrible leg cramps for three days after I came back from a long airplane ride.
This is what worked for me:

•DH built a simple frame work out of pvc pipes to put over the end of our bed so the top sheet and blanket would be lifted and not weigh down on my legs and feet.
•I ate lots of potassium-rich foods: sweet potato, regular potato, white beans, beets and beet greens, lentils, spinach, Swiss chard, oranges, bananas, and avocados, barley, oats, brown rice. Also 2 tbsp of sunflower seeds. There are more, including salmon, but I am plantbased.
•I drank even more water than I usually drink. I believe that the long (15 hours altogether) plane rides dehydrated me even though I was drinking water on board. Coconut water should be good too, as it has electrolytes.
•Take a walk, do light exercise
•This is what some friends suggested: soak in Epsom salt or apply magnesium sulfate cream on legs and feet. I haven't tried it, but they swear by it.

When your friend has the cramps, have her stand up on her full weight. Usually the cramps go away quicker that way.
cvt is offline   Reply With Quote
Lv2play Lv2play is offline
 
Joined: Oct 2015
Posts: 63
Junior Member

Lv2play
 
Joined: Oct 2015
Posts: 63
Junior Member

Old 05-21-2019, 05:56 PM
  #9

CoQ10. I have been taking it and it has really helped. My dad's heart dr recommended it. It even helped with toe cramps.
Lv2play is offline   Reply With Quote
tchrrx's Avatar
tchrrx tchrrx is offline
 
Joined: Jul 2007
Posts: 5,629
Senior Member

tchrrx
 
tchrrx's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2007
Posts: 5,629
Senior Member

Old 05-21-2019, 06:02 PM
  #10

The more sugar I eat, the worse my legs get.


tchrrx is offline   Reply With Quote
mommy9298's Avatar
mommy9298 mommy9298 is offline
 
Joined: Dec 2011
Posts: 4,411
Senior Member

mommy9298
 
mommy9298's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2011
Posts: 4,411
Senior Member

Old 05-21-2019, 06:19 PM
  #11

I get them a lot. Over the years I found these things work:
-eat bananas
-drink a lot of water
-mint lotion on feet and calves
-acupuncture points-squeeze above lip and below nose with fingers or squeeze bottom lip for a minute, sounds crazy but it slows down and stops the leg cramps
mommy9298 is offline   Reply With Quote
Starr Starr is offline
 
Joined: Dec 2017
Posts: 473
Senior Member

Starr
 
Joined: Dec 2017
Posts: 473
Senior Member

Old 05-21-2019, 06:21 PM
  #12

I read recently that if you start getting one of those cramps, to immediately flex your toes backward. So weird, but it actually works. It will stop the cramps in its tracks.
Starr is offline   Reply With Quote
MathWA's Avatar
MathWA MathWA is offline
 
Joined: Aug 2011
Posts: 5,662
Senior Member

MathWA
 
MathWA's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2011
Posts: 5,662
Senior Member

Old 05-21-2019, 06:41 PM
  #13

Water, water and more water. When you think you have had enough then drink even more. Works great for my hubs.
MathWA is offline   Reply With Quote
Kinderkr4zy's Avatar
Kinderkr4zy Kinderkr4zy is offline
 
Joined: Nov 2015
Posts: 1,444
Senior Member

Kinderkr4zy
 
Kinderkr4zy's Avatar
 
Joined: Nov 2015
Posts: 1,444
Senior Member

Old 05-21-2019, 07:05 PM
  #14

I deal with the same thing, about ago a go is when it started. I went to the doctor about 3 months into my issue with leg cramp(I had them nightly and then the started to happen in the afternoons and evenings it was a mess).

magnesium supplements also hurt my stomach so now I rub some of this magnesium cream on
https://www.amazon.com/MG-Body-Balm-...gateway&sr=8-9

Studies show that it has less of an effect than oral magnesium so I use it 2-3 times a day and its a high mag level product so it should help keep her magnesium levels a little higher.

This is also important advice. I found out after the fact that part of the issue for me is that I have bad habit of pointing my toes a lot because I am very short and I and used to my feet dangling and not touching the ground. This was part of the problem-it because a habit and I tend to point my toes all the time without thinking about it.

The pickle juice suggested also play a role. its not a game changer for me but it help to have a nip every 2-3 days. Something about it preventing dehydration specifically in the long muscles.

I went to the doctor for this and as well-they ran tests and told me they couldn't find a reason for it TRy the things recommended and it should make it less of an issue. I still get them some though as well as muscle spasms in my hips and on obliques.
Kinderkr4zy is offline   Reply With Quote
TexTea TexTea is offline
 
Joined: Jul 2006
Posts: 381
Senior Member

TexTea
 
Joined: Jul 2006
Posts: 381
Senior Member
Leg cramps
Old 05-21-2019, 07:11 PM
  #15

I've had them a lot, too, and my doctor told me to drink tonic water. And one day I was at the grocery store where an elderly woman was there buying bottles of tonic water. She said she rarely gets cramps anymore after drinking tonic water. She drinks a glass a night (she started out with just a little but worked up to a whole glass). It was confirmation to me that it worked.
TexTea is offline   Reply With Quote
GreenBunny's Avatar
GreenBunny GreenBunny is offline
 
Joined: May 2008
Posts: 3,933
Senior Member

GreenBunny
 
GreenBunny's Avatar
 
Joined: May 2008
Posts: 3,933
Senior Member

Old 05-21-2019, 08:33 PM
  #16

I feel for your friend. Leg cramps are so painful!

I stretch my legs every night--calves, quads, hamstrings, IT band. I also take calcium at night. No more leg cramps.
GreenBunny is offline   Reply With Quote
jazzer jazzer is offline
 
Joined: Oct 2007
Posts: 5,135
Senior Member

jazzer
 
Joined: Oct 2007
Posts: 5,135
Senior Member

Old 05-22-2019, 02:57 AM
  #17

Besides doing all of the things previous posters mentioned, there is a spray called Theraworx for leg cramps. I woke up one morning with a really bad one and rubbed the spray on it. It immediately went away.
jazzer is offline   Reply With Quote
Sam5's Avatar
Sam5 Sam5 is offline
 
Joined: Mar 2007
Posts: 3,093
Senior Member

Sam5
 
Sam5's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2007
Posts: 3,093
Senior Member

Old 05-22-2019, 04:18 AM
  #18

I used to have terrible leg cramps at night. A simple solution- drinking 8 oz of water every night plus drinking lots of water during the day- solved the problem. Yes, I sometimes have to get up during the night to go to the bathroom, but I would rather do that than wake up with horrible leg cramps.
Sam5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Peaches250's Avatar
Peaches250 Peaches250 is offline
 
Joined: Dec 2009
Posts: 1,246
Senior Member

Peaches250
 
Peaches250's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2009
Posts: 1,246
Senior Member
Thyroid?
Old 05-22-2019, 05:06 AM
  #19

Has she has her thyroid levels checked? I get really bad leg cramps when my levels are out of whack. My legs will cramp so bad it is hard to walk the next day.

Other than thyroid meds, the only thing that helps is pickle juice.
Peaches250 is offline   Reply With Quote
Clarity Clarity is offline
 
Joined: Aug 2010
Posts: 5,841
Senior Member

Clarity
 
Joined: Aug 2010
Posts: 5,841
Senior Member
Dill pickle juice,
Old 05-22-2019, 07:16 AM
  #20

a tablespoon before bedtime. Also, Calcium magnesium in liquid form (a powder that dissolves in liquid) is great.
Clarity is offline   Reply With Quote
Coopsgrammy's Avatar
Coopsgrammy Coopsgrammy is offline
 
Joined: Jul 2012
Posts: 4,352
Senior Member

Coopsgrammy
 
Coopsgrammy's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2012
Posts: 4,352
Senior Member
Cramps
Old 05-22-2019, 08:18 AM
  #21

I am also a fan of the pickle juice cure.
Coopsgrammy is offline   Reply With Quote
heart4kids heart4kids is offline
 
Joined: Dec 2006
Posts: 1,689
Senior Member

heart4kids
 
Joined: Dec 2006
Posts: 1,689
Senior Member
You people are beautiful! And kind!
Old 05-22-2019, 10:07 AM
  #22

I love Proteacher for the reason that, when so many big hearts and brains are together, solutions happen. I am sending her this link and will urge her to get started now on using your solutions.

Thank you and cyber hugs to all!
heart4kids is offline   Reply With Quote
Shelby3 Shelby3 is offline
 
Joined: Sep 2008
Posts: 2,798
Senior Member

Shelby3
 
Joined: Sep 2008
Posts: 2,798
Senior Member
My water aerobics
Old 05-22-2019, 11:12 AM
  #23

teacher swears by the pickle juice cure. She's been teaching these classes and training lifeguards for 20 some years. She even keeps a jar in the office at the gym close to the pool.
Worth a try!
Shelby3 is offline   Reply With Quote
MAsped's Avatar
MAsped MAsped is offline
 
Joined: Nov 2010
Posts: 10,916
Senior Member

MAsped
 
MAsped's Avatar
 
Joined: Nov 2010
Posts: 10,916
Senior Member

Old 05-22-2019, 01:55 PM
  #24

Good thread to refer back to if it happens again. I'll make note of this info...a few of them, I've never heard of.
MAsped is offline   Reply With Quote
crazy4catz's Avatar
crazy4catz crazy4catz is offline
 
Joined: Jun 2008
Posts: 10,729
Senior Member

crazy4catz
 
crazy4catz's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2008
Posts: 10,729
Senior Member

Old 05-22-2019, 02:48 PM
  #25

Funny you should ask this right now. Just yesterday I started having a cramp in my right calf. I havenít had this since I was pregnant with my boys. (28 years ago). I will try some of the tips listed. I bet mine is not drinking enough water. It has been in the 70ís when itís usually in the 90ís. Thanks!
crazy4catz is offline   Reply With Quote
RetiredKat RetiredKat is offline
 
Joined: May 2013
Posts: 4,964
Senior Member

RetiredKat
 
Joined: May 2013
Posts: 4,964
Senior Member
Teddi...
Old 05-22-2019, 05:59 PM
  #26

Thank you for sharing information about the pickle juice tubes. Now I'm starting to get leg and feet cramps during the day as well as throughout the night. The tubes will make it easy to carry in my pocketbook in a VERY hard shell eye glass case.
RetiredKat is offline   Reply With Quote
BioAdoptMom3 BioAdoptMom3 is offline
 
Joined: Feb 2008
Posts: 66,722
Senior Member

BioAdoptMom3
 
Joined: Feb 2008
Posts: 66,722
Senior Member

Old 05-23-2019, 01:34 PM
  #27

What kind of magnesium does she take? If its the citrate type it will effect her digestive system and won't do nearly as much as other types. She also needs to be sure she takes enough. I take 1500 mg. per day.

Nancy
BioAdoptMom3 is offline   Reply With Quote

Join the conversation! Post as a guest or become a member today. New members welcome!

Reply

 

>
Teachers' Lounge
Thread Tools




Sign Up Now

Sign Up FREE | ProTeacher Help | BusyBoard

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 01:23 AM.

Copyright © 2019 ProTeacher®
For individual use only. Do not copy, reproduce or transmit.
source: www.proteacher.net
26