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Old January 11th, 2003, 11:01 AM
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Frequently people experience leg or foot cramping on planes or on ships in unfamiliar beds. A doctor told me that a sure and fast cure for these ailments is quinine, which is found most handily in tonic water. And it really works! So instead of trying to walk off your cramps, a solution that doesn't always work satisfactorily, try a glass of tonic water (Schweppes supposedly has the most quinine). I frequently add my favorite spirits to give a bit of flavor to my medication. lol
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Old January 23rd, 2005, 06:06 PM
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If you get leg cramps in bed at night, put a bar of soap in the bed near your legs. I heard about this a few years ago and I no longer have to leap out of bed at night screaming (very alarming to my husband!). Our local paper carries a syndicated column from an MD and he has had so many letters about this cure that he now endorses it although he says there is no scientific reason for it...! It works!!!
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Default leg cramps possible dehysration & magnesium deficient

Another possibilty for some leg cramping is dehydration, or magnesium deficiency. Try multiple vitamins and drink plenty of water. Most times by the time you feel thirsty you are already dehydrated. Especially during travel.
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You also may be low on potassium. Eat a banana or two!
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Thanks for all of the great tips. I hate leg cramps at night. I'll try these suggestions.
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Another EXCELLENT remedy for leg cramps is... dill pickles.
My son is a distance bike rider and they give them dill pickles for leg cramps. Occasionally I get them at night, have eaten a dill pickle and THEY ARE GONE.
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i take one potassium tablet a day and it helps
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I agree w/Charliegirl, I tried putting a bar of soap near my bed and one night when I got cramps, I picked it up and the cramp melted away! One time however it did not work, but I thought it was very interesting when it did! Now I take potassium every day and don't have a problem w/them anymore.
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her are a couple more things you can do for the leg cramps and i have done both drink some pickle juice it taste yuke and real salty but you need to replace the salt and the other one is gatorade
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Jean, i was just looking through this topic and came across your post re the bar of soap. I don't ordinarily put much store in folk remedies but---on our recent cruise my DW was suffering leg cramps. One of our tablemates mentioned the bar of soap remedy. Karen decided it could do no harm and tried it. Walla! No more cramps! That's pretty weird when you stop and think about it.
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Hi RichStacy,

Yes, it is very interesting that it works without any logical explanation! But sometimes that's the fun in things....altho I must admit, one night it did not work for me, but the other times, it was really strange how my painful cramp just melted away!

Anytime you don't have to take medication for something I figure is a bonus!

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Default Alternative remedies for leg cramps

Hyland's has a Homeopathic Leg Cramps Ointment. And, for faster relief, you can also try their Quinine Tablets and Caplets along with using the ointment. This works for many people.
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I was astounded to see that this thread, which I posted 3 years ago, has resurfaced.

Shortly after posting in 2003, I learned about the remedy that Carol mentioned (Hyland's tablets). The name is "Leg Cramps With Quinine", and a bottle is never far from my bedside. I had terrible leg cramps practically every night, cramps which couldn't be "walked off". Dw Kim had them too, and they seemed to get worse as we got older.

Not only did the Hyland's product work well (2 small tabs under your tongue and the pain is gone within minutes), but we both have far fewer leg cramp attacks since we started taking the product. There's still a bottle always nearby, though, whether we're at home or cruising or flying. You can get some at www.doctorstrust.com or by calling 1-800-266-4929 ($9.99 for 200 tabs). I really works! And this is not an advertisement.

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Jack I copied your post and gave it to my wife who has leg cramps. thanks.
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I read with relief, some of the posted suggestions. I get acute thigh muscle cramps when flying. I have never had the problem when cruising. My doctor did not know of other people with the same problem. I have tried extra calcium, and was OK on the return flight after eating a banana. Has anyone else experienced this problem? i will try the Hylands tablets suggestion next time, but wonder why it occurs? In my case it appears to have something to do with the pressure, rather than confined seating, as I am always careful to get up and walk around as much as possible.
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If you are someone who suffers from frequent cramping,it is good for you if you take a drink with salt or you can try the more conventional method of applying a cold pack or a good balm.

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Glad I found this information.
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This sounds corny, but it's true. I tracked my diet and cramps, found mine are triggered on nights I enjoy an abundance of sugar or a large portion of pasta (which converts to sugar). Can't explain it,.
What's the soap thing? Just hold it? Rub it on? Any specific brand?
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I'll add 1 more thing. It's called Blu Emu, a rub on gel. I get it at Walmart.
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Hyland's has a Homeopathic Leg Cramps Ointment. And, for faster relief, you can also try their Quinine Tablets and Caplets along with using the ointment. This works for many people.


This really does work. My husband uses the tablets for his sciatica and it helps that too. I get it at Walmart in the vitamin aisle down towards the bottom of the rack. I'd advise not using a lot of this though, I'm sure that quinine isn't something that you want building up in your body.:-)
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Another excellent remedy for leg cramps is to use the hand on the opposite side to pull the leg downwards. While doing this, be sure to twist your body in the opposite direction.
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Wearing socks 24/7 is a way to not have cramps
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In adding to this check with your doctor if you have frequent or unusually severe muscle cramps that do not appear to be associated with exercise or do not improve with stretching and massage. Muscle cramps in the legs that come on with exercise can be a sign of a more serious condition called intermittent claudication due to poor circulation of blood to the legs.
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In adding to this check with your doctor if you have frequent or unusually severe muscle cramps that do not appear to be associated with exercise or do not improve with stretching and massage. Muscle cramps in the legs that come on with exercise can be a sign of a more serious condition called intermittent claudication due to poor circulation of blood to the legs.
Most people in and out of the medical profession are scratching their head and saying "HUH?", "What's that?"
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To all members give informative information regarding on muscle cramps. Thank you. I share it with my wife. And she thankful for that.
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Just FYI, oranges actually have more potassium than bananas. A little messier to eat in the middle of the night, though. Actually, mine disappeared when I started taking extra magnesium. Have to only take 1/2 tablet a couple of hours before bed. Otherwise, instead of hekping, it keeps me awake.
I do find that I may still get leg cramps if my feet are cold, so socks are my solution to that.
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In May of this year I was diagnosed with Venous Insufficiency ,the cause of my leg cramps . I now wear support hose all day and diabetic socks while sleeping .This is in lieu of taking medication .
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