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#1 SuzetteSnow

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Posted 06 February 2008 - 05:41 PM

The pain keeps me up at night. I tried potassium, vitamin E, you name it. Any suggestions?
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Posted 06 February 2008 - 06:13 PM

Hey Suzette,
Have you mentioned this to your doctor. They can test to see if you are low in potassium or other vitamins. Maybe a pain killer script would do you good. I take lyrica + a banana, but that's for RLS.

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#3 SuzetteSnow

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Posted 06 February 2008 - 07:34 PM

Hi peanut. I have seen my dr and had tests. My potassium is ok. Bananas don't like me. :blush: I have to be careful with meds because of my kidneys. I can barely walk. I have to use a cane. Thanks.
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Posted 07 February 2008 - 01:21 AM

I have the same problem and my doctor discovered anemia, very low iron. I'm scheduled for iron IV therapy! I'll let you know if it works. Good luck, I know how those things hurt!!
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Posted 09 February 2008 - 11:05 AM

I have the same painful I.e. cramping legs. It feels like a charley-horse but the muscle doesn't get all hard. As I've been off and on a diuretic (Lasix) I've found a direct link to that medication. When I'm on I really suffer with the pain. What has helped for me is at the first signs of the pain I get out the heating pad, turn it on high and wrap it around my legs. I also drink some orange juice (even though I'm on a potassium restricted diet due to kidney failure). For a while, before I found the heat as a solution, I was popping extra calcium but it increased my calcium too high and I was warned off of it. I've complained to all my doctors about this and none have offered a suggestion so I've been trying on my own. Honestly, I'm not sure whether it's because my legs/feet get cold or if it has something to do with the blood vessels. Anyway, it works for me, hope it does for you too.

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Posted 09 February 2008 - 03:39 PM

SuzetteSnow, I was taking quinnine for years for charlie horses. Then I was switched to Trental which didn't work all that well. The best product that I used that worked was Pletal. I took that for several years. Then one day they just decided to leave. I get a muscle cramp on occasion but no charlie horses. So, if you have them bad enough you might give the Pletal a try. My calf would spasm bringing tears to my eyes, and squeals of pain in my voice. My husband would rub it, alcohol it and I also used heat. Sometimes my calves would stay knotted for several hours. I hope you find relief. I know what pain you are going through. Sheryl
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Posted 13 February 2008 - 12:10 AM

Hi, bgail, and welcome to the ISN Sclero Forums. I am glad you have joined us by jumping right in and giving advice to others -- the true spirit of this kind of support group. I look forward to reading more of your posts. Feel free to start a new topic and tell us a little about yourself.
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Posted 13 February 2008 - 11:44 AM

hi there I get really bad pains in arms and legs I got a electric blanket on my bed I feel like a granma but it works ...... ;) jaxsx
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Posted 16 February 2008 - 09:04 AM

Hi Suzette, how are the cramps now?

Bgail welcome to the sclero forums!! Loved that you just jumped right in!
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Posted 16 February 2008 - 07:00 PM

Hi Karen,

I am too very anemic and low in iron. My doctor suggested to take iron supplements.
If you don’t mind, can you please elaborate why IV? Does your digestive system has difficulty digesting iron?

I might have the problem, despite taking the supplements, I am still anemic and I get constipated with iron supplement.
Take care!
Kind regards,

Kamlesh