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Cramp

Postby bonnybraes1 » Tue Dec 18, 2007 9:26 am

Anyone got any ideas for a minor but annoying problem? I keep getting woken at night by cramp in my calves. It's scarcely life-threatening, but it is b***** painful at 3 am.
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Postby chimaera » Tue Dec 18, 2007 1:02 pm

I get that as well! I bet you're female, and over 40.
Go into a room with a cold floor and press the foot of the cramped leg down onto the floor. It helps.

Yes it does help, especially if you have cold ceramic tiles on the floor.
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Postby bjr » Tue Dec 18, 2007 1:17 pm

Yes I get cramp, and yes a cold floor does help, especially if it a cold ceramic tiled floor.
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Postby toothbrush » Tue Dec 18, 2007 1:27 pm

chimaera wrote:I get that as well! I bet you're female, and over 40.
Go into a room with a cold floor and press the foot of the cramped leg down onto the floor. It helps.

Yes it does help, especially if you have cold ceramic tiles on the floor.



Me too and, yes, female and over 40!
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Postby bonnybraes1 » Wed Dec 19, 2007 7:07 am

Yup, female and well over forty! Just happened again, coinciding with dogs needing the toilet, which is why I'm up at this time. Thanks for tips.
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Postby rammy » Wed Dec 19, 2007 10:46 pm

Apparently, tonic water helps.
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Postby Mr.Shifter » Wed Dec 19, 2007 11:28 pm

rammy wrote:Apparently, tonic water helps.
Do ya drink it or stick ya foot in it :lol:
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Postby shesaidwhat » Thu Dec 20, 2007 4:55 am

No, you stick Gin in it - then drink it, thus sleeping peacefully through the cramp.
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Postby traveller » Thu Dec 20, 2007 5:49 am

Ladies if you are getting a regular cramp try a little pinch of salt for a little while prior to going to bed it will help to reduce the cramps.
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Cramp

Postby jeangenie » Thu Dec 20, 2007 9:19 pm

Eat plenty of bananas - potassium in them [I think it's potassium]. Athletes use them to ward off cramp.
But don't eat them late at night or you'll swap your cramp for indigestion !
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Postby bonnybraes1 » Sun Dec 23, 2007 6:23 pm

Update on the cramp; I have increased my sea-salt a little, and have sat my multi-vitamins with minerals, plus glucosamine and cod liver oil ON THE COMPUTER TABLE so they stare at me and I remember to take them. Not perfect, but less of the red-hot poker in the calves in the middle of the night. I sound like a total hypocondriac, but somewhere at the back of my empty head, I do remember reading it's caused by some deficiency caused by Father Time.
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Re: Cramp

Postby janz1956 » Thu Jan 24, 2008 3:57 pm

bonny...advice my daughter who`s a doctor..see your gp, just as a precaution
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Re: Cramp

Postby Torti » Sun Jan 27, 2008 2:08 pm

Nighttime leg and foot cramping can be caused by not getting enough calcium. Try eating more broccoli, increase other green vegs, dairy, even a calcium supplement if you are lactose intolerant.

Another little tip or two: Don't extend your toes towards the floor if you do get a cramp, but bend your toes up to point towards your nose. Really helps. Loosen the bedcovers so there is no tension on your feet and legs at night so that you can easily move them and so that your toes are not bent.
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Re: Cramp

Postby scrafen » Sat Feb 16, 2008 11:09 pm

same here...over 40 and so...

the minerals thing is very true i find, too...
especially magnesium - you can by in sachets - helps...
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Re: Cramp

Postby jeangenie » Sun Feb 17, 2008 12:04 am

I'm well over 40 [!] have diabetes and cardiovascular disease -magnesium is very good in regulating these as well as cramp -but dietary magnesium is better and safer I've been told. Fish, nuts green veg etc. [halibut, almonds and spinach - but you need a second mortgage to afford halibut these days.] Be careful when taking magnesium supplements please.
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