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Old 02.06.2011, 23:56
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Cramps

For the past few months i have been having painful cramps in my lower legs and my toes have been like crabs.

This only happens at night, when i am trying to sleep. It is so painfull that i have to get up and walk around to alleviate the cramp.

It is not good for sleep and the next day i feel ok walking bit very tired?

I know i should google, but am walking around at the moment...!! Apart from sitting to write this with my toes curled.
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Old 03.06.2011, 00:07
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Re: Cramps

It happens to me sometimes if i stretch my legs the wrong way. I stretch them the opposite way and im ok. Heels or toes down depending how i get the cramps
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Old 03.06.2011, 00:07
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Re: Cramps

Lack of magnesium in your diet perhaps. Run, I mean walk first thing in the morning to the local pharmacy and get a potent dose of effervescent tablets.
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Old 03.06.2011, 00:08
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Re: Cramps

What you can try are magnesium tablets. The ones from Migros are the cheapest, and are the same strength as the brand ones from the pharmacy. (The migros one taste a bit bleurgh though, the ones from the pharmacy come in different flavours.)
If this doesn't help, then you can ask your doctor for magnesium injections. I would try though first the tablets, as the injections hurt like sh..
Hope that helps.
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Old 03.06.2011, 00:11
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I'll also vote for magnesium: I get terrible cramps in my calves very early in the morning, which appear to be provoked by stretching in my sleep. They start every spring, and seem to be related to hot weather.

A glass of fizzy magnesium ever day works wonders most of the time.

If you're hit by a cramp, of course, the immediate remedy is to stretch that muscle. It hurts like buggery, but it shifts the cramp quicker than waiting for it to subside by itself.
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Old 03.06.2011, 00:38
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Re: Cramps

When I have had problems with cramping in my lower legs like that the nurse recommended that I drink more water and eat a banana every day, that it was an issue of circulation and that potassium rich foods would help.

While these remedies may help, some of the causes of such night cramps can be pretty innocuous or they can be something that should be brought to the attention of your doctor.

(Here is some info on causes from the Mayo Clinic)
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Old 03.06.2011, 09:51
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Re: Cramps

If you're taking a contraceptive pill, that might have something to do with it too...
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+1 for the magnesium supplements (plus drinking enough water through the day).

Have you been over-training doing sports? Sometimes that's responsible for the legs cramping up at night.

My Grandfather used to suffer with leg cramps during the night, too, but he had the rather odd solution of sleeping with a sock filled with wine corks in the bed which apparently kept the cramps at bay.
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Re: Cramps

Lack of magnesium - maybe.
Buy some magnesium tablets. You don't need to buy the ones that are dissolvable. There are ones that you can just swallow and they are much, much cheaper.
If it doesn't go away within a week of you taking them, see a neurologist.

Sleep-deprivation is absolutely detrimental to your overall health and this needs to be resolved ASAP.
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Old 03.06.2011, 10:21
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as everyone said : magnesium....

used to have cramps at night too. Horrible. Needed to walk a bit to get have them go away.

No more of them since I took magnesium. (actually what we call chlorure de magnesium in French)
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Re: Cramps

Can we all agree that we need to put MAGNESIUM on our shopping list to help the OP with the cramps at night

1) MAGNESIUM

2) MAGNESIUM

3) MAGNESIUM

4) six-pack of beer

5) grocieries

6) diaries

7) STILL WATER

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Re: Cramps

Thanks everyone!!

Shall potter off to get some magnesium!!

I don't take the pill, going through menopause.

Shall report back in a few weeks as to if the cramps have gone.

Funny thing - last night I slept like a baby!! No cramps.

It's good to know I am not the only one who suffers from this.
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Old 03.06.2011, 11:09
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Thanks everyone!!

Shall potter off to get some magnesium!!

I don't take the pill, going through menopause.

Shall report back in a few weeks as to if the cramps have gone.

Funny thing - last night I slept like a baby!! No cramps.

It's good to know I am not the only one who suffers from this.
I just was about to say it is all in your legs (mind).
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Re: Cramps

Lie on your back with your bum up against the wall and your legs up in the air, stretch your heels towards the ceiling and your toes towards your head, this will help with circulation, about 15 minutes everynight should Id say it is magnesium but this should help slightly aswell! good luck!
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Old 03.06.2011, 11:52
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Re: Cramps

I second magnesium, and lots of calcium from easily absorbed sources (dairy, quark, cheese, etc.). And, what previous poster said, lifting legs up, I put them on a wall, or rest them on giant gym ball works for me as well, if I get cramps from pacing around the classrooms too much..
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