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Old 05-31-2012, 03:21 PM   #1
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Fibro and leg pain question

What type of pain do you get in your legs with fibro? I take Lyrica and because I'm waiting for my medication to come from the mail order pharmacy I've been spacing it out so I don't go totally without. The order was screwed up. I've had leg issues in the past but I've had a charlie horse in my legs twice within the last week. I don't know if that's fibro or if it's an issue with pottassium. Thanks!

 
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Re: Fibro and leg pain question

Hi. Sorry do not understand the Charlie horse reference, I get bad pain in my legs from restless leg syndrome as part of my fibro.

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What type of pain do you get in your legs with fibro? I take Lyrica and because I'm waiting for my medication to come from the mail order pharmacy I've been spacing it out so I don't go totally without. The order was screwed up. I've had leg issues in the past but I've had a charlie horse in my legs twice within the last week. I don't know if that's fibro or if it's an issue with pottassium. Thanks!

 
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Re: Fibro and leg pain question

I also have severe leg pain..especially when I sit too long. I get up and it's like my legs lock and I can't move. I get charlie horses in my legs and feet almost every day. I take Lyrica but it doesn't seem to help with my leg pain. I also have a lot of pain in my knees.
I have pain from the hips shooting down my legs all the time.

 
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Re: Fibro and leg pain question

Can some one please explain what a Charlie horse is, not an expression I have ever heard of here in Ireland, curiosity getting the better of me.
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Re: Fibro and leg pain question

hi agenda,
it's a muscle spasm that grabs one part of your body and locks it up. it's just a slang term.
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Re: Fibro and leg pain question

Many fibro patients are deficient in magnesium. I was having lots of muscle cramps, and did a little research. magnesium sends the "relax" message, calcium sends the "contract". They are chemical messages. A little hot dog bun shaped tube goes through the cells. A little hole opens up, and the calcium goes through telling a muscle to contract. You should think about reading an article by mark london. google london and fibromyalgia and magnesium. Some people find malic acid helps when added in.

Some people think we fibros need therapeitic doses for a while. There are articles I've seen about people taking too much, so if you do megadose, be aware that you need to research symptoms of too much magnesium, so you know what to look for.

I have a vague recolection of a connection with depression, also, so could be very helpful.

If you are not exercising and not stretching, get back to it. I have a habit of doing it in bed each night. I have a long belt (a karate jacket belt). I put it behind my foot arch and stretch my hamstrings with a straight leg while laying down. 10 seconds straight, 10 sec. Pulling with leg leaning left, and 10 to right. You can get higher up on the hamstring stretched by allowing some knee bend. I stretch my calves out by flexing the foot. I pull the knee down to the side of my chest to stretch all the way up to the buttocks. I push the foot toward the bed in that bent knee position. All this stretching will help plantar facitis in the foot, and helps the back. Each set of rubberband muscles affects the next. Don't neglect to stretch opposing muscles.

Stretch your quads Above the knees, by bending the calf/ knee back and push the knee toward the bed. just get a routine, or you won't keep up. For me bedtime works, for you maybe it's the first thing you do after breakfast.

 
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Thanks for that Blue.
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Sorry about that! :-) It's a shooting pain that you can get I think normally in your calves and usually in one leg but I've had it in one leg and go to the other. If you flex your calve muscles the pain can be agonizing. I normally have to massage my calves to get the pain to go away. There's another name for it, I will look it up.

 
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A neighbor told me that too much magnesium can hurt your liver. I've been taking magnesium for several months. I don't know if it's enough or not. I was taking 500 mg once a day. A neighbor told me to take 2 in the morning and 2 at night, and to take it with vitamin b6. She said it helps it work. She also told me the charlie horses is a potassium issue.

 
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Re: Fibro and leg pain question

I take 250mg twice a day of magnesium. I can tell a difference if I don't take it. I haven't heard about too much, other than it can make your stools runny if you take too much. I do think potassium helps prevent leg cramps. I eat a banana every day to take care of that aspect.

 
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Magnesium does have an effect on your colon. If you're constipated it helps out with that

 
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