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12 May 2011 @ 06:29 pm
Okay, enough with the leg cramps, okay?  
Leg cramps aren't much fun.

Leg cramps that wake me up at quarter to five in the freaking morning are less fun.

Leg cramps that wake me up at quarter to five in the freaking morning, and that are so tightly spasmed that I can't even force my heel down to the floor, never mind pull my toes up, are still yet less fun.

And leg cramps that etc., that are so tightly spasmed that Dale needs more than a minute at his full upper body strength (and he is pretty damn strong) to pull my foot up, and that keep coming back every time he lets go of my foot are really damned annoying.

I see more bananas in my future.
what doesn't kill me better run: val: do your dreams need changing?carlyinrome on May 12th, 2011 10:31 pm (UTC)

Omigosh, that sounds awful! I'm sorry. Have you talked to a doctor about it?

Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on May 13th, 2011 02:25 am (UTC)
No, because they didn't used to be this frequent. But I'm going to -- I have to make an appointment sometime the next few weeks anyway as a condition of my insurance.
kightp on May 12th, 2011 10:43 pm (UTC)
Aiyeeee, great sympathy. Mine wake me up swearing like a sailor and scaring the cats.

Bananas kind of make me gag since I lost my sense of smell (all texture, no flavor), but I've found that tonic water (which I quite like, having a bitter tooth where other people have a sweet tooth) also helps.

I also have fewer of them if I sleep with my feet outside the covers. My theory is that the blanket pushes my foot down and that can trigger the cramps.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on May 13th, 2011 02:27 am (UTC)
Hm. Quinine, huh? I like tonic water.

And, hm. I may try the blanket trick if iamjw's soap suggestion doesn't work (I like to be all wrapped up in blankets).
Shadow/Brookekengr on May 13th, 2011 05:56 am (UTC)
Quinine is apparently a muscle relaxant in addition to its other properties.
The Broad Majestic Shannon: hate doctorsms_interpret on May 12th, 2011 10:52 pm (UTC)
While lack of potassium is sometimes the problem, it's usually magnesium that's the culprit. I started taking my cal/mag supplement (doubled) in the evening instead of the morning and they're gone. Miserable, isn't it? You have my sympathy.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on May 13th, 2011 02:27 am (UTC)
Huh. I always thought it was potassium. I may try adding a calcium / magnesium supplement.
The Broad Majestic Shannonms_interpret on May 13th, 2011 02:56 am (UTC)
Me too. My naturopath informed me otherwise. So far, she's been bang on. Still, could be potassium for you, but a cal/mag supplement probably won't hurt anyway. :)
Apel Mjaussonapel on May 13th, 2011 08:31 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I get horrible leg cramps if I stop taking magnesium every day.

Magnesium tends to speed up digestion, calcium slows it down. Combined calcium-magnesium supplements are usually designed so the effect on digestion cancels itself out.
suzilemsuzilem on May 13th, 2011 12:18 am (UTC)
That's the only saving grace of the problem I had with my leg about 14 years ago. So many nerves were severed that I don't have near as many leg cramps as I used to.

One thing that helped was to wring out a towel in scalding hot water (as hot as your skin can tolerate) and slap it around the calf of your leg. It helps relax the spasm.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on May 13th, 2011 02:28 am (UTC)
The hot towel sounds like an excellent idea. I'll try to keep that in mind.
iamjw on May 13th, 2011 12:53 am (UTC)
Okay, I recognise that this is going to sound bizarre, however, have you tried putting a bar of soap in the bed?

No, really.

A few weeks ago I was link-hopping and I found somebody talking about leg cramps as well as restless leg syndrome, and various people piped in with the bar of soap theory. Any non-glycerin soap (although apparently Dove and Dial don't work) in the bed with you.

I thought it was crazy but a) snopes reports it as something that hasn't been debunked and b) I've been sleeping with a bar of soap in the bed for about three weeks now, and I'm no longer waking up every morning with back pain - despite sleeping on the oldest mattress in the Western hemisphere. I put it under the bottom sheet.

There are a variety of ideas why it seems to work, but nothing conclusive. It does seem to have limited range, so you'd want to have it near your legs.

And if it's all nonsense, you can always use the soap for its intended purpose.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on May 13th, 2011 02:30 am (UTC)
That's bizarre, and I've never heard of it before, but what the hell -- it can't do me any harm, and I *have* soap handy, where I don't have calcium/magnesium or tonic water.
iamjw on May 13th, 2011 11:03 am (UTC)
That was my reaction almost exactly *g*
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on May 13th, 2011 12:30 pm (UTC)
Well, no major cramps last night. One twinge, but I was able to flex my foot before the cramp took hold.

Dale was massively disconcerted and disbelieving. "You want to do what? You're going to put soap in the bed? REALLY? You'll forgive me if I'm a bit cynical. Just keep it on your side, and if you wake up in the morning farting bubbles, don't say I didn't warn you."
browngirl on May 13th, 2011 03:24 pm (UTC)
*giggles helplessly, hands shoved to mouth*

iamjw on May 13th, 2011 11:36 pm (UTC)

If you google soap in the bed there are all kinds of discussions about it. Weirdest home remedy ever!
(Anonymous) on May 14th, 2011 04:58 am (UTC)
Two questions. One, what kind of soap did you use, and Two, did you fart bubbles in the morning?

Younger Brother
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on May 14th, 2011 12:32 pm (UTC)
Ivory, because that's what we keep in the house.

Maggiesillymagpie on May 13th, 2011 04:41 am (UTC)
Definitely get some calcium and magnesium into your system and see a doctor if that continues. Those are some nasty-sounding cramps!
zemhitchhiker on May 13th, 2011 03:41 pm (UTC)
ow, that sounds horrible. thankfully, i've yet to start getting cramps in my sleep, though i get some pretty bad ones at other times.
Ree Moorhead PruehsRee Moorhead Pruehs on June 16th, 2011 08:16 pm (UTC)
Bananas *and* gatorade. And do make that dr's appointment, dear one.