Do you get leg cramps?

@rosekiss (30266)
Eugene, Oregon
September 3, 2015 4:49pm CST
I get them at different times, and they always happen when I am in a deep sleep. They wake me up big time, and that is so frustrating. I usually only get them in one leg, but I have got them a few times in both legs at the same time. They hurt so bad, that I just want to cry. I can't stand up and walk around as it hurst so bad, so I sit on the edge of the bed and rub them for a bit to see if I can get the pain to subside. I wish I didn't get them at all, and thank goodness, I don't get them every night. If I got them every night, I think I would go crazy. I think I might get them because I am older, but not really sure. All I know is, that my muscles tighten so tight that it feels like they are going to break. If you have never had them, then conssider yourself very lucky, as you wouldn't want them either.
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• United States
3 Sep 15
I have had the rosekiss, but they do not bother me lately. I am not sure what causes them, but it does seem that is the only thing you can do is to let them pass. They are very painful, sorry you suffer from them as well.
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@rosekiss (30266)
• Eugene, Oregon
3 Sep 15
Painful isn't the word. They hurt so bad that they make want to go through the roof. I am so glad though, that I don't get them every niight, as that really would be bad.
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• United States
3 Sep 15
@rosekiss Sounds like some nerve is being attacked there. I had that pain I know it is enough to kill a person. There was nothing I could do but wait it out.
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@Marcyaz (35617)
• United States
3 Sep 15
Rosekiss, I used to get them a lot but not so much any more since I have started eating bananas. Try eating some bananas before you go to bed and see if that helps you.
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@PhredWreck (6051)
3 Sep 15
I used to get them a lot. Middle of the night, waking up wanting to scream, unable to walk because the muscles were locked up, and then I'd get them during the day if I wasn't careful and I started dehydrating in the hot weather. Hated it. After suffering from them for years... a few dozen times a year for 15 years or more...they vanished about 3 years ago...at the same time I began exhibiting symptoms of diabetes.
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@rosekiss (30266)
• Eugene, Oregon
3 Sep 15
Sorry to hear that you might have diabetes. That sure isn't anything to take lightly either. I think though, that if I had my choice, I would rather have the leg crramps than diabeters. Just take care of yourself.
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@Marcyaz (35617)
• United States
3 Sep 15
@rosekiss About 6 years ago I found out I have Type II diabetes and it is called Adult Diabetes. You might need to to be checked out and see if you have it. I do not take anything just watch my diet and exercise when i can.
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@AmbiePam (49883)
• United States
5 Sep 15
My dad used to get them all the time. Then, a physical therapist he knew told him to start eating a banana or two a day, They stopped, Every once in a while he'll again get leg cramps, and he goes and buys bananas and drinks a lot of water, The bananas help the lack of potassium that can cause leg cramps. and dehydration causes them as well, so to be safe he'll drink a lot of water.
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@rosekiss (30266)
• Eugene, Oregon
5 Sep 15
I do drink a lot of water, and I love bananas, so tonight I am going to eat a banana before I go to bed. I do thank everyone for ther suggestion about this, becasue I didn't know that eating bananans would keep them at bay so to speak.
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@sacmom (14315)
• United States
5 Sep 15
Interesting! I didn't know that! Thank you for the info @AmbiePam!
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@rosekiss (30266)
• Eugene, Oregon
6 Sep 15
@sacmom Now, that I have been told to eat bananas, I am doing it. I know it will take awhile to work though probably, but if I can stop them by eating bananas, I am certainly going to do it. In fact I had one last night, and about to eat one tonight before retireing.
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@Gina145 (3974)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
3 Sep 15
It happens to me sometimes when I'm sleeping too, but I think that getting enough exercise helps to prevent it.
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@rosekiss (30266)
• Eugene, Oregon
4 Sep 15
I do walk, eventhough not everyday. I do try to walk as much as I can, even when I go shopping I walk and walk. I do walk the dogs too, which helps.
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@Gina145 (3974)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
4 Sep 15
@rosekiss That's good. I tend not to get nearly as much exercise as I should but recently I've started using an exercise bicycle again after years of leaving it standing unused in my room.
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@rosekiss (30266)
• Eugene, Oregon
4 Sep 15
@Gina145 I just walk as that is way I get my exercise. I don't have a treadmill or a exercise bike.
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@xiaolisu (2267)
• China
3 Sep 15
I get cramp occasionally when I put my leg into cold water .when that happen .I just put the big toe forward and no pain immediately .
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@rosekiss (30266)
• Eugene, Oregon
4 Sep 15
I didn't know about that one either. I hope that the few remedies I have seen in this discussion, will help, as I am sure getting tired of getting them. The sad thing is, they come on just like that. It would be nice if I had a warning first.
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@Raelove (17356)
• Saco, Maine
30 Sep 15
I used to get them so bad that I would start screaming and jump right out of bed. That kind of pain is indescribable to anyone who's never experienced it. A few times, it got so bad that my toes curled right up toward my lower leg. I scared the cat who flew off the bed, and then tried to relax as best I could till it passed. My mother used to say to stand on a cold floor, but that doesn't do much good if you can't get your foot flat! I've had cramps in my feet, and in my thighs, and I couldn't tell ya which was worse. I no longer get them, but I do know exactly how to keep my leg positioned when I go to sleep. Hopefully, I stay that way most of the night!
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@rosekiss (30266)
• Eugene, Oregon
30 Sep 15
I have had them in my feet too, where my toes would curl, and it hurt so bad, that I would just want to scream. i would try to stand up, and that didn't work. I would just have to let the pain pass, and fortunately, it never lasted long, which is good. I haven't had them in awhile, and I hope I never get them again.
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@Raelove (17356)
• Saco, Maine
30 Sep 15
@rosekiss Oh I did scream. In the last place I lived, I even told that gal living upstairs that, if she ever heard me get up in the middle of the night screaming, not to pay any attention. I haven't had one in awhile either, so I'm with you on that!
• United States
21 Oct 15
@raelove I've gotten those horrible leg & thigh cramps and do my best to hobble to a cold floor. I can sympathize cause those cramps are seriously painful
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@birjudanak (7293)
• India
6 Dec 15
cramp is very bad because when it happened its give lots of pain and we cant walk properly,i saw some sport person who suffer from it so if they are in trouble then say how you are in ,so its really bad sometimes it need operations.
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@rosekiss (30266)
• Eugene, Oregon
6 Dec 15
I will just try to get up and walk around a bit, which does help ease the pain, but I do limp, at first, but then the cramps go away, and then I can walk normal again.
• India
7 Dec 15
@rosekiss ones it happened to me while i seat in one ride which go quickly up and down so i got cramp but after almost hour walk it come little normal.
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@rosekiss (30266)
• Eugene, Oregon
7 Dec 15
@birjudanak It does hurt for sure at first, but once I get up and wlak, then it starts feeling better. It really does hurt pretty bad when it happens though.
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• United States
5 Sep 15
I don't know if age has anything to do with these leg cramps. I'm almost 20 and I get them every now and then myself. I think they're called Charley Horses? Where you leg muscles tighten so bad that it makes you want to scream and cry, yeah, they're quite terrible. I'm sorry for everyone that experiences them. :( My mother used to get them a lot and she told me that hot water releases the pain. I tried it and it does help a lot. Maybe next time that you have them, sit on the edge of your tub and run some hot water over them. I hope that helps you. It really does help me.
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@rosekiss (30266)
• Eugene, Oregon
6 Sep 15
Thank you for the advice, and I willd have to try that. Yes, they are called Charly Horses. I don't know why they are called that, but yep they hurt, and when my muscles start tightening, I know right awaqy what is happening. Now, sometimes I can stop them before they get to bad, but most of the time I am asleep and they wake me up, and Iwant to scream out in agony.
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• United States
6 Sep 15
@rosekiss I've actually never had them while I was sleeping. That's strange. I've always had them when I stretch right before I get up in the morning. I'm sorry you have them while sleeping because there's nothing you can do to stop them. That's terrible.
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@rosekiss (30266)
• Eugene, Oregon
6 Sep 15
@makahutch Yes it cerrtainly is. that is the only time I get them too. To me it is the worst time of all, as I try to get a good nights sleep and bam, I get leg cramps and that does it for my sleeping, at least until I can get rid of the pain.
@sofssu (14448)
5 Sep 15
I used to get that too while sleeping .. and it hurts like crazy. II was told by my friend a doctor to drink a lot of water during the day.. If I keep myself well hydrated I am fine.. the days when it gets hot and humid and i drink less water I get cramps.
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• United States
21 Oct 15
I think you're right about drinking enough water
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@rosekiss (30266)
• Eugene, Oregon
21 Oct 15
@Marilynda1225 I do drink water after brushing my teeth, but not sure it is enough. I might have take my water bottle in the bedoroom with me and put it on the nightstand. I will do anything that I can to keep the leg cramps away.
@moondebi (1209)
• Bangalore, India
10 Dec 15
Leg cramps is one of my greatest cause of misery, and I have to use hot water bags to reduce it. I have noticed that it increases if I keep the fan on during night.
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@rosekiss (30266)
• Eugene, Oregon
10 Dec 15
I don't get them all that much, but I did get one last night, and it really hurt. It didn't last long, and I had to wait until the pain subsided before I could go back to sleep. I finally did get back to sleep though, and never got anymore for the rest of the night.
@sugartoes (41994)
• Greencastle, Indiana
22 Oct 15
"OUC,H" I get them too & you right they HURT like ? I have found that if you can sleep in a recliner helps a long with eating banana's 2-3 times a day helps as well & before going to bed soak your legs in warm water for a hr to relax them for the night. try that & let me know how that helps. give it like a month of doing that you should feel a difference.
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@rosekiss (30266)
• Eugene, Oregon
22 Oct 15
Thank you for the information. i will have to try that. I have seen ohters post about eating bananas before I go to be. Somone also said to drink lots of water, which I do drink water after brushing my teeth, but maybe I need to take my water botttle in there and use that, as it would give me more water to drink. I will have tory what has been suggessted, and see what works the best.
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@Susan2015 (21314)
• United States
21 Oct 15
Sometimes I get the leg cramps in the bottom part and those really hurt. I just rub it and it finally goes away.
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@rosekiss (30266)
• Eugene, Oregon
21 Oct 15
When I get them, I will just sit on the edge of the bed and rub the leg and I try to get u and walk, and it hurts so bad,that I just have to wait a bit then it feels better. The leg cramps are just awful, that is for sure. and I am glad I don't get them all the tiem,bbut I get them enough, and it is so frustrating when it happens.
@marlina (76665)
• Canada
21 Oct 15
I get them only once in a while. Except one day, years ago, it lasted the whole day, even went to the ER. They couldn't do anything, and it just went away on its own. But I thought I would go crazy for sure.
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@rosekiss (30266)
• Eugene, Oregon
21 Oct 15
Oh my goodenss, all day? That would drive me insane, and even though it just lasts a few minutes for me, I just want to cry and go through the roof as it hurts so bad. I never know when I am going to get them until I can feel the muscles tightening up, and boy that will wake me up out of my sleep, and I sit on theedge of the bed, and just rub them to take away the pain. I have a hard time walking right after a cramp, and it is awful, as I have to wait for it to pass.
@owstalaga (4570)
• Philippines
8 Sep 15
I only get them when swimming. I'm not a very active person so I get them when I swim too much.
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@rosekiss (30266)
• Eugene, Oregon
8 Sep 15
That is really great that you are so acitve. i do walk periodically, but not real active. I think I will do what others have suggested though, and eat bananas, as they say they help.
@jstory07 (69179)
• Roseburg, Oregon
6 Sep 15
Yes sometimes I can not get up right away I have to wait for the pain to quit .
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@rosekiss (30266)
• Eugene, Oregon
7 Sep 15
That hapens to me too. I have tried to get up and walk, and I can't, as it hurts to much, and I end up limping. I am glad that pain doesn't last to long though, as I need to get up and walk.
• United States
21 Oct 15
Oh boy can I relate...those cramps are horribly painful and seem to hit in the middle of the night. Thankfully I don't get them often