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Cramping locked legs!!!

Jun 13, 2015 3:26 AM

What the best for cramping locked up legs please? Sick of waken up with them locking up and cramping! Don't help my back when im bolting up from bed because of it 😕. Help advice would be great thanks x

Jun 13, 2015 8:00 AM

Do you have low potassium? You should have that checked. Eat bananas and also make sure you try lightly massaging your legs before you go to sleep. Sometimes that will help. I'm sure there are many folks here that can help you more than I. Good luck!!

Jun 13, 2015 4:00 PM

Always is on target for both. I get them sometimes. But I pay attention to if my calves feel tight before bedtime, and if they do I message pain ointment (voltaren gel, aspercreme, bengay, etc) into them.

Jun 13, 2015 5:37 PM

Magnesium helps too. I go back to 6 or 7 cups of Epsom salts and a long soaking bath. Potato is also a good source for potassium. Are you on any diuretics for blood pressure or heart failure? Several fluid pills (diuretics) pull off extra fluid and many (lasix/furosemide) remove potassium from your blood stream. Typically when that is prescribed they also give a potassium supplement. Think about it your heart is also muscle. So if your issue is low potassium you can cause cardiac rhythm irregularities. Go to see your general practioner and get them to order some lab work.

Jun 13, 2015 7:01 PM

Mrs Flossy2015 my brother has leg cramps frequently and he swears by drinking pickle juice before bed. He has high blood pressure so he is on meds. I don't know if he takes a diuretic, I also take meds with a diuretic, but I don't have any problems with leg cramps. Sorry I can't help more.

Jun 14, 2015 2:21 AM

Hi all thanks for comments 😀. Having a soak in the bath isn't an option as can't get in and out unfortunately 😕.
I have just had bloods d9ne at gp as my legs r always purple and she don't know why! All came back fine apart from vitamin d that's a little low! I've suffered from this for a while but never been as bad! My meds been cut down with the lyrica and now giving me duloxetine instead so noticing since them being cut 5 wks ago they have been much worse unfortunately 😡.
I do have fibromyalgia so wondering if it's that just causing it but whatever it is keep waking me up even if not locked up they so tight ect I feel them getting tighter just moving them!
All I want to do is have a big stretch out but can't because instant cramp and locking in arms legs feet arghhhhhhhh.
Sorry for the rant lol x

Jun 14, 2015 9:48 AM

I have them real bad, they come when they feel like it, I take flexeral. Massage helps, but the best thing my partner told me is to do the Lamaze breathing and think about the color blue and green flooding the area. I know that sounds funny but it has worked beautifully. It hurts but they do get better, they don't stay that way.

Jun 14, 2015 12:39 PM

You can take epsom salt and mix a couple of cups in a gallon of water and just soak your feet and lower legs. Just let it soak while you watch TV, your body will still absorb the magnesium and you can reheat and reuse several times. Store in refrigerator in between use if possible. Low Vitamin D also can screw up your muscle and verve function so I take mine with magnesium, make sure you get 15 to 20 minutes of sunshine to make it work in your body. Maybe 10 minutes at a time, sun can be dangerous too. I also take Co-q10 (Ubiquinol) you can get a really good quality one at Walmart for 29.00 that lasts 90 days (Usually I do not support Walmart) ask the pharmacist and then add a good B-12 sublingual or around B supplement to help the nerve function transmit properly. The Co-q10 makes a huge difference in my muscle pain especially when I add the B with it. Just a FYI anyone on a statin drug for cholesterol that has muscle ache or fatigue should absolutely take Co-q10. Of course ask your physician because I am not your physician and this is just my sharing of knowledge. Hope this helps.

Jun 15, 2015 3:52 AM

Thanks all I'm UK so don't have Walmart but believe it's asda here x

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