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#1 TampaLorie

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Posted 15 October 2007 - 12:55 PM

I have been getting leg cramps in the calves of my legs. A friend offered me Potassium tablets. I took them and my cramps went away. I called my primary care dr and they just checked my potassium level. It was fine. My dr said to try drinking lots of h2o. I am ready to float away. I still have cramps. I think it is caused from Lyrica. I guess I should call my rheumatologist. So tonight, do I take a pain killer or a Potassuim tablet?

Does anyone know?
Thanks.

I take minnipress (blood pressure medication), Lyrica, Plaquinil, Cybalta, and Acifex

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Posted 15 October 2007 - 01:24 PM

Lorie, I don't know what to tell you. If it were me I would take the pain pill then wait a little while and take the potassium pill. Or wait and take the potassium in the morning. I took Trental then when Pletal came out I used that one. Now, I am just taking the Norvasc and it helps with the leg cramps and Raynaud's and circulation in my fingers and toes. Eat your bananas and lots of broccoli. Two of the best sources of potassium. I used to have severe Charlie Horses (leg cramps) that would last for hours. While sleeping I could be awoken a couple times per night. They were horrendous. All the years of medication cleaned out my veins and arteries I guess. I don't get them but occasionally. Best wishes. I hope your rheumatologist will recommend something to help you out. I still also took pain relievers at times. Whatever works. Sheryl
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Posted 16 October 2007 - 06:54 AM

I don't think it can hurt to take potassium on a regular basis. It does interfere with some meds at high doses, so do check first. Magnesium at bedtime helps too...good luck those are painful!
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Posted 20 October 2007 - 05:40 AM

I would try eating a couple of bananas a day!
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Posted 20 October 2007 - 07:23 AM

Banana, Banana, Banana and some ibuprofen.

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Posted 20 October 2007 - 11:12 PM

Hi, Lorie. If potassium imbalance is the problem, bananas will certainly help, though I for one have difficulty with bananas. I love them, but they invariably cause stomach cramps. I have tried everything over the years as I suffered from severe leg cramps since my teens. For me the solution was hot soaks and stretching before bed. Much later, I learned that dehydration was part of the problem. I now drink lots of fresh water every day and hardly have any cramps. Here is the Mayo Clinic answer to the question: What causes night leg cramps? What can you do about them? It is an excellent read. A quote from it is:

To help prevent night leg cramps:
  • Drink plenty of fluids during the day.
  • Stretch your leg muscles before bedtime.
  • Get adequate potassium in your diet.

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Posted 21 October 2007 - 08:38 PM

Several posts have been made suggesting the use of tonic water for leg cramps.

Please note our section on Quinine from the medical page, particularly the following warning from the FDA:

[FDA: Don't Use Quinine for Leg Cramps. FDA Cracks Down on Unapproved Quinine Drugs, Cites Problems Including Deaths. WebMD.


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Posted 22 October 2007 - 01:14 AM

Wow, I guess I am one of the lucky ones that got away with no major problems from the quinnine pills. I took both the tablets and the capsule for maybe 10 years or more. Four times daily with the Trentol. I would get the charlie horses so bad my muscles would stay knotted for up to 2 days on occasion. No matter what we tried in the way of relaxing, kneading, massaging or a just rubbing with alcohol seemed to work. I would have them during the day even. Not just nocturnal cramps. I am glad they have finally gone away except for an occasional one every once in awhile. I don't know how I could have stood it without the quinnine. Dr. prescribed Norvasc seems to be doing its job of holding them at bay among other things that it is doing for me. No one should have to live with pain continually. Sheryl
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Posted 22 October 2007 - 03:30 AM

Hi Everyone,

I will have leg cramps at night if I don't eat a banana or take a pill. My first choice is a banana in the late afternoon....morning doesn't work.....or an OTC Potassium Gluconate supplement (550mg) if there are no bananas around. Like Jefa, bananas tend to upset my stomach some days. The doctor told me that one potassium pill in the evening wouldn't cause any harm.

Take care, Everyone.
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Posted 22 October 2007 - 09:06 AM

I used to get leg cramps something fierce. At the time (several years ago), my doctor prescribed quinine and I thought it worked well. The cramps, more or less, stopped. I quit taking it then. I had not heard they warned about taking quinine. I also take potassium tablets. It is by prescription. Isn't that a prescribed thingy, not OTC?

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Posted 22 October 2007 - 09:11 AM

I forgot to add about the bar of soap treatment. There are a whole lot of folks who really believe this works. Folks on a COPD list I am on swear by it. It is crazy, I know, but won't hurt a thing to try. Take a bar of soap, face soap, the kind you use in the bath. Open it up and put it in your bed. Snuggle it right between your bottom sheet and the mattress towards the foot of the bed and just leave it there. This is supposed to stop leg cramps. I don't know if it works or not. I've never been all that desperate.

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Posted 22 October 2007 - 01:52 PM

Hi Judith,

Yes the soap works. I used it for a long time and was able to get off my meds!! The one thing I know is the soap can't be like dove, that won't work. not sure why...
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Posted 22 October 2007 - 03:28 PM

Hi All,

I have found long term relief from daily muscle cramps with magnesium supplements (on my doctor's advice) because sometimes muscle cramps are caused by mineral deficiences, and apparently magnesium is my body's deficiency of choice. ;)

We haven't been able to find any research support for the idea of the bar of soap. It is mostly listed as an "urban legend" online, but one that a lot of people have found helpful; whether or not that is by pure coincidence or whether those it hasn't worked for aren't reporting it, is way beyond our scope here.

I'd say, if a bar of soap works for you, great. If it doesn't, and you have more than occasional muscle cramps, please consult your medical team about it. Here is an article from Mayo Clinic on the subject of muscle cramps:

Muscle Cramps can be caused by inadequate blood supply, nerve compression, and mineral depletion...
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