Leg cramps

@lilybug (21145)
United States
September 18, 2008 8:33pm CST
I woke up this morning at 6 am with a terrible leg cramp. The only thing that seems to help them go away is getting out of bed and walking on it. This one was so bad though that I had trouble getting my leg to go down on the floor. I can still feel it in my muscles even tonight. Do you get leg cramps often? How do you get yours to go away?
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@che7sb (12)
• Philippines
19 Sep 08
I always suffer from terrible leg cramps when I was pregnant. Almost every night! Never massage your legs. Just stand up and stretch your leg and press it down the floor for few minutes.
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@lilybug (21145)
• United States
19 Sep 08
That is exactly what I do. Welcome to myLot!
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• United States
19 Sep 08
Welcome to Mylot che7sb
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• United States
19 Sep 08
I have been getting legs cramps lately also. I feel the muscles in my calf tighten up like crazy. this is becoming a almost nightly occurrence.. I lay there and try to pull my toes upward using my leg muscle to try to get the muscle to relax. Is the same thing with you? A while back I started a discussion about Fibro .. I am still thinking that I may have that, not sure yet.
@lilybug (21145)
• United States
19 Sep 08
Mine are only about once every few weeks. I have never tried just bending my toes, but me getting up and stepping on that leg I guess has about the same effect.
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• United States
21 Oct 08
Thank you very much for the Best Response!
@ersmommy1 (12595)
• United States
22 Sep 08
Man I know those hurt. Being pregnant now I am getting them more often than I'd like. Usually I am lucky enough to have my hubby home when they hit. He can help massage them for me. When He is not I use our rolling pin to try and work out the muscle. I know it sounds strange, but it has actually worked.
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• Lubbock, Texas
19 Sep 08
I learned as a teenager (many years ago) that calcium tablets on a regular basis help reduce the occurrence of leg cramps. I've found out in these later years that calcium/magnesium tablets will stop them in their tracks. When I would get a leg cramp I would get up and go to the kitchen and take 2 tablets and go back to bed. By the time I got back to the bedroom the cramps would be gone. At first I thought it was just walking that did it until I was out of calcium/magnesium tablets and walked around for a while, then went back to bed. The instant I lay down the leg cramped again. Now I take calcium on a regular basis to ward off osteoporosis and I don't get leg cramps any more.
• Ft. Frances, Ontario
19 Sep 08
I do not get leg cramps but my wife does though. Sometimes, she just jumps out of bed so fast in the mornings I wonder why she does that. Then she tells me that she has a cramp in her leg. She tells me that sometimes she dreams about having a cramp in her dreams and wakes up to a real one(LOL). What she does to get rid of her cramps is by walking it off or just by standing on her leg.
@Hatley (164170)
• Garden Grove, California
21 Sep 08
hi lilybug oh yes I have had horrible ones but if I do drink my 8 to 10 glasses of water a day, and be sure to have some food with potassium in it I dont have them. but let me get dehydrated or low on potassium and boy do I suffer. eat a couple of bananas every day and get your water each day . also avoid eating a lot of salty food and if you do please do drink more water than usual. Getting dehydrated throws your blood gases off and c auses leg cramps also upsetting your electrolyte balance by too much salty food does the same thing, you get those awful horrible leg cramps also remember your bananas too.
@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
19 Sep 08
I used to get leg cramps. In my case I needed to drink more milk. So as well as having milk in the morning with my cereal and yogurt later on in the day, I also drink milk before I get to bed. I also get up and try to move my legs around. That seems to help. If you get out of bed, that seems to help. In my case, I have an excuse, I have to go to the washroom.
@sudalunts (5526)
• United States
19 Sep 08
warlock, I know exactly what your wife is talking about. In the winter when I go to bed, if my feet are cold, I will get cramps in my feet, whereas my toes will curl up. I will get out of bed and try to walk it off. When I get back into bed, I am still thinking about the cramp hoping it will go away, and then I will get a cramp in the other foot. As long as I am laying there thinking about these silly cramps they continue to come. Sometimes in the morning if I stretch real hard before I get out of bed, I will get a cramp in my leg, but as soon as I get up and stand on the floor it will go away. I think cramps have something to do with poor circulation.