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Old 12-16-2002, 10:31 PM   #1
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Question Leg cramps

Does anyone have any remedys for leg cramps? Do you know what causes them?

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Old 12-17-2002, 05:47 AM   #2
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Leg cramps can be caused by not getting enough fluids or as we use to call them "Charlie Horse's" Make sure you drink milk and get plenty of fluids. If that doesnt work see a doctor.

Old 12-17-2002, 08:00 AM   #3
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Sometimes leg cramps can be caused by vascular issues, sometimes they're neurological in nature, causing the muscles to cramp up.

They make over the counter meds such as Q-vel (I think that's what it is) -- it's quinine. (Or you could just drink tonic water!) But quinine (PROVIDED YOU ARE NOT PREGNANT!!) has been used for ages for leg cramps.

Also, adequate intake of magnesium -- it is a muscle relaxant. In fact, magnesium is given to birds in captivity when giving difficult births to ease contractions. One of the best forms I found was a powdered calcium/magnesium combo that you just added to hot tea! It was amazing, and it also was very soothing and calming. It worked great.

Old 12-17-2002, 08:51 AM   #4
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Hi Oceanbreeze,
A number of factors can cause leg cramps.Low Potassium is one thing.Your best bet is to go to your doctor and while there,ask about Quinine..

Old 12-17-2002, 01:54 PM   #5
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Mother-in-law used to get them at night and started drinking club soda (in the soda dept at grocery store)before she went to bed. It has quinine in it. Seemed to work quite well for her.

Old 12-17-2002, 02:17 PM   #6
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Tonic water has quinine in it, not club soda.

Old 12-17-2002, 03:41 PM   #7
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I used to get horrible charlie horses- the first time it happened I didn't know what it was and was terrified let alone in horrible pain. Since I quit dance I rarely get them, I took celebrex but I found only rubbing it gets immidiate relief, maybe even a heating pad. Last night my toe went in a horrible cramp in the shower...but it was more amusing than anything else.
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Old 12-17-2002, 04:45 PM   #8
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Sorry, tonic water. Thanks

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