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It's possible that sleeping on the floor could do it. However, have you had your potassium levels checked lately? Often times low potassium will produce severe leg cramps in your calves and shins. Perhaps you should let your doctor know what is going on just in case there's some other problem causing your pains.
W-worker.. why are you sleeping on the floor. I agree with Kissa, it could be putting pressure on trigger points causing you more pain.

And are your pains muscle cramps, or nerve pain.. if you have had both.. you would know the difference.

If it is true muscle cramps.. low potassium could be the culprit, BUT you could also be deficient in Calcium/Magnesium. That is what happened to me.. I got on a supplement (and I am an anti-vitamin person by nature) for calcium/magnesium and my leg cramps have all but gone.

Good luck to you...Take care. Tammy
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W-worker.. why are you sleeping on the floor.


The floor is my friend :D No couch or mattress in my home is firm enough right now, since I am trying to keep my sciatic symptoms from returning.

[QUOTE]And are your pains muscle cramps, or nerve pain.. if you have had both.. you would know the difference.

Definitely cramps. They're in different places than all of the nerve pain I have had, and as you point out, the difference is easy to tell once you've had both.

[quote]low potassium could be the culprit, BUT you could also be deficient in Calcium/Magnesium. That is what happened to me.. I got on a supplement (and I am an anti-vitamin person by nature) for calcium/magnesium and my leg cramps have all but gone.

I'll give it a shot, certainly. The leg cramps seem to coincide with an extended period of sleeping on my back, on the floor, with my legs (or right leg, mostly) elevated, so I was just wondering if anyone else had experienced something similar.
I too suffered from leg cramps, and mostly in one leg, I get mine due to a couple of different reasons, but sometimes due to nothing at all. I'm female so my legs cramp up when I wear high heels, so I don't really wear them, because I hate the cramps. Walking and standing too much bother me too, but I think these reasons are common for people. But there have been times where my left leg just doesn't stop cramping, and I didn't do anything out of the ordinary to bother it. I called my surgeon, and he said I would have to call my PCP, he said it wasn't related to my back, a year after surgery. so my PCP did some bloodwork, and my potassium levels and bloodwork are fine, they don't have an explanation for the cramps. So as for now, I use those hot patches, and some icy hot rub on my legs, I try to rub and stretch them every night, and I find that helps me sleep, and feel better in the morning. so I'm still researching the reason for my cramps!!