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Old 05-02-2009, 01:17 PM
 
Location: "The Sunshine State"
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I was up all night last night. At around 11 pm it started. I had some wierd pain in the back of my whole right leg, the other one too but not as bad. It kept me up. I tried putting a pillow under my feet but it did not help. I do have two herniated discs in my lower back but have had them since 92 and never had this kind of pain before. Almost feels like a circulation kind of pain. I think I may be spending too many hours sitting here at the laptop! I still have achy legs today but a little milder. Does anyone have/had anything like this?
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Old 05-02-2009, 05:04 PM
 
Location: SC
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I bet GREAT LEGS by Natural Balance would help. Here's a description:

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Natural Balance Great Legs Reviews and Information

Or just take trace minerals. Since I started taking Trace Minerals (again after 20 years) by Trace Minerals Research I no longer have charlie horses in my calves or feet in the middle of the night. If not that chelated Magnesium would probably work just as well.

Here are studies about benefits of trace minerals:

Trace Minerals - Research (http://www.traceminerals.com/research.html - broken link)
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Old 05-02-2009, 07:01 PM
 
Location: In the real world!
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Blondie, are you on any medications? If you are research the side effects of them or check them out on askapatient.com
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Old 05-03-2009, 01:06 PM
 
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Since it's in both legs, it probably isn't something serious like deep vein thrombosis. You probably just have a lack of potassium in your diet, or lactic acid buildup. Drink some water, and eat a banana (drinking about a cup of pickle juice helps even more, but it isn't palatable for most people), and see how you feel. Make sure you stretch regularly!
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Old 05-03-2009, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Elkins, WV
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I had this trouble since riding on a cramped airplane. I work in a clinic, so I asked around and it is pretty common. I was told to take potassium/magnesium supplements. I never did, but I did find that exercise/walking every day helps it to go away. If I am too inactive, they hurt again at night. Also, something I do for fun that seems to help is that when I lay on the cough, I put my legs up higher than my head for about 15 minutes. Good luck! This is something that can be really annoying, but is usually an easy fix (stretch and get more exercise!).
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Old 05-03-2009, 02:47 PM
 
Location: "The Sunshine State"
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I bet GREAT LEGS by Natural Balance would help. Here's a description:

Natural Balance Great Legs (60 caps) for a great way to help increase blood flow

Here are some reviews:

Natural Balance Great Legs Reviews and Information

Or just take trace minerals. Since I started taking Trace Minerals (again after 20 years) by Trace Minerals Research I no longer have charlie horses in my calves or feet in the middle of the night. If not that chelated Magnesium would probably work just as well.

Here are studies about benefits of trace minerals:

Trace Minerals - Research (http://www.traceminerals.com/research.html - broken link)
Sounds interesting, I am gonna look into this! Where do you get your trace minerals from? Does a Health Food Store stock them? Thanx

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Blondie, are you on any medications? If you are research the side effects of them or check them out on askapatient.com
Only Synthroid for my thyroid but have been on that for many years now.

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Since it's in both legs, it probably isn't something serious like deep vein thrombosis. You probably just have a lack of potassium in your diet, or lactic acid buildup. Drink some water, and eat a banana (drinking about a cup of pickle juice helps even more, but it isn't palatable for most people), and see how you feel. Make sure you stretch regularly!
I looked up that DVT and it scared me but figured that was not the problem. I have a jar of pickle juice almost empty, I will try to drink it quick then flush it with some apple juice! Thanx!

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I had this trouble since riding on a cramped airplane. I work in a clinic, so I asked around and it is pretty common. I was told to take potassium/magnesium supplements. I never did, but I did find that exercise/walking every day helps it to go away. If I am too inactive, they hurt again at night. Also, something I do for fun that seems to help is that when I lay on the cough, I put my legs up higher than my head for about 15 minutes. Good luck! This is something that can be really annoying, but is usually an easy fix (stretch and get more exercise!).
I know I need both of those, I never eat bananas! Thanx!
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Old 05-03-2009, 02:48 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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I was up all night last night. At around 11 pm it started. I had some wierd pain in the back of my whole right leg, the other one too but not as bad. It kept me up. I tried putting a pillow under my feet but it did not help. I do have two herniated discs in my lower back but have had them since 92 and never had this kind of pain before. Almost feels like a circulation kind of pain. I think I may be spending too many hours sitting here at the laptop! I still have achy legs today but a little milder. Does anyone have/had anything like this?
I am not a doctor so don't take this advice as "gospel" but it sounds to me like you have a pinched nerve or sciatic nerve issues. I have a problem with my left leg with a sharp pain that shoots from my butt cheek down into my leg and it is sciatic nerve problems. Not much you can do for it unless you do decide to get the disc issues taken care of. If you lay on your side and put a pillow between your legs it helps...other than this, it is Tylenol, Advil or some other kind of pain reliever. Oh...absolutely watch your time on the computer. This isn't good for a sciatic nerve problem either. I feel bad for you, this does really hurt a lot.
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Old 05-03-2009, 04:33 PM
 
Location: "The Sunshine State"
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I am not a doctor so don't take this advice as "gospel" but it sounds to me like you have a pinched nerve or sciatic nerve issues. I have a problem with my left leg with a sharp pain that shoots from my butt cheek down into my leg and it is sciatic nerve problems. Not much you can do for it unless you do decide to get the disc issues taken care of. If you lay on your side and put a pillow between your legs it helps...other than this, it is Tylenol, Advil or some other kind of pain reliever. Oh...absolutely watch your time on the computer. This isn't good for a sciatic nerve problem either. I feel bad for you, this does really hurt a lot.
I have to be careful of drafts too! I have been sleeping with the fan on overhead my bed at night and now my herniated neck disc is giving me some pain also. I will try the pillow thing at night....thanx Pam!
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Old 05-03-2009, 07:00 PM
 
Location: SC
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Hi Blondi. Yes, you get Trace Minerals from Trace Minerals Research at a good health food store. the liquid version is more assimilable but it tastes terrible-- but if you put the drops of the stuff in grapefruit juice, it is masked pretty well. Then quickly drink or eat something with flavor to get rid of the taste. It just tastes REALLY salty is all. Most everyone lacks trace minerals so taking them won't hurt anyone.
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