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Old 01-11-2015, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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My gf has leg cramps at night also. She takes a potassium supplement at night for it. She only needs to take it when she's been drinking or working outside in the heat. You mentioned it happens when you drink white wine. I bet it's because you get dehydrated from the alcohol, like my gf does. Although it's a drag, a way you can probably prevent them from happening in the first place is to drink one glass of water for each glass of wine. If you're not into that, the potassium works great, and the supplements are cheap.
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Old 01-11-2015, 01:55 PM
 
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I have horrible leg cramps when I drink white wine, what is this. They are so bad I actually cry.
Oh, man, they really hurt, don't they. I got them after spaghetti and meatballs, believe it or not. Or walking or bicycling very long distances. I reduced my dosage of Italian food (but didn't give it up), and kept bananas in my diet. Haven't had one in a while.

When they were happening, I could quell them by running into the shower and running hot water on them. Now I don't have a shower, so I hit a couple Acetaminophens (however it's spelled) and that does it. But those are dangerous pills, so you don't want to overdo that.
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Old 01-11-2015, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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Tonic water. I keep a bottle by my bed and ta lk e a few swig before sleep. If I get one in the night, which is rare, I reach over and take a few nm mire swigs. One of my docs told me about it, it's the quinine in it that's effective.
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Old 09-19-2015, 08:15 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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For those of you who get bad cramps at night, for how long afterward is your muscle sore? I had an awful cramp in my calf Monday night (5 nights ago) that kept me up for hours and it is still almost as sore, if not as sore as it was that morning. I had a slight recurrence last night. I called the advice nurse earlier this week to ask if I should do heat or cold or wear a compression sock at night and they had me go in to urgent care since I've had clots in that leg. My INR and other blood work was good and they did an ultrasound which showed no new clots. I have a follow up appointment scheduled with my primary doctor, but still hoping the soreness will go away soon.
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Old 09-19-2015, 08:52 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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Calcium and magnesium work for me, if I miss a few days I get leg cramps at night.
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Old 09-19-2015, 09:30 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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Statins can give you leg cramps too.
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Old 09-20-2015, 02:29 AM
 
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Doing some physical work in hot weather seems to bring on leg cramps when I'm relaxing in the evening. A hot shower seems to help. The cramps can be so severe it feels like they will damage something. Fortunately it not often.
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Old 09-20-2015, 06:37 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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I've read that many people say calcium and magnesium. I may try that. I have a follow up with my doctor tomorrow. I'm wondering about the residual tenderness and pain. Here it is a week later and I can't let the calf touch anything when in bed for example. I have to lie with my leg bent and calf facing up.
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Old 09-20-2015, 07:26 AM
 
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I have quite the problem with leg cramps. If the pain scale is 1-10, 10 being the worst, mine would be a 25.

Triggers I have found for me---vitamins, got off all of them. Protein drinks--off all. Lots of wine. I now stick to one---so far so good. I used to take water pills when I travelled or if it was going to be a long day of walking. Nope, not anymore I realized it was causing leg cramps. Got off the statins too.

Every doctor I have mentioned this to has no answer for me. Except maybe the dreaded-->have a banana answer--it has noting to do with potassium! Since I do eat my bananas! And I drink lots of water during the day.
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Old 09-20-2015, 07:41 AM
 
Location: USA
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This may have already been posted. I know someone who says Smart Water works great. It's available at Walmart and Walgreens, maybe other places, too. Also, my doctor says tonic water with quinine, but not to drink it until the cramps begin, then reach over and drink out of a bottle on the bedside table. Cannot recall why he said not to drink it earlier, but there was a reason.
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