Muscle Cramps

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Submitted by AdamReed on Mon, 2006-09-18 05:20

The title says it: I get bad muscle cramps. Usually at night after I exercise during the day. They go away if I don't exercise, but that is not a long-term option. All my mineral levels are correct. My internist's NP prescribed quinine, which reduced the intensity of the muscle cramps by about one-third, but they are still painful. I do some streching before going to bed, but still I sometimes I wake up with muscle cramps at night, and I need to do several minutes of streching and other "warmup" exercises before the cramps subside and I can go back to sleep.

I'd be grateful for any advice.

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I'd be grateful for any advice.

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I am surprised to hear about this, I know bananas are great fruits having many beneficial effects for our health but few days until healing it's a very short time. I never had this problem and that's because I am always careful with my eating habits. I always take natural supplements like liquid yeast to make sure my organism has an optimum functioning.


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Here in Queensland,Australia muscle cramps after hard physical activity in the sun is a common occurrence. I know what it is like to wake up in the middle of the night and jump swearing out of bed.
I always take a double dose of Staminade and walk around while the cramps slowly disappear. About 10 minutes. It usually is enough and doesn't come back.
Staminade is an Australian sports drink with electrolyte replacement content. It contains per 20 grams: 17.5 gr carbohydrate,80 mg Sodium (sodium citrate) 68 mg Potassium (potassium chloride)and 8.4 mg Magnesium (magnesium sulphate) and flavourings.
In other countries similar products should be available.
Good luck

Ross - gout

AdamReed's picture

Ross - I'm getting checked for gout, and will let you know if I have it and if treatment for it works on muscle cramps too.

Thank you!

What the hell is gout?

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I thought the only people who got that were aristocratic men in Victorian novels. Do we have a different name for it in the US?


I had cramping in bed a

Ross Elliot's picture

I had cramping in bed a coupla years ago. I was about 40.

I don't know why I got it, or why it went away. It would wake me, spectacularly Smiling I have a futon and had no baseboard to push against to relieve the cramp. I found a wall... mighty quick.

I'm now 43 and haven't had it since then.

Could it be related to gout?


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I know that my wife gets leg pains when she goes to bed sometimes. We have seen commercials lately for a pharmaceutical medication that is supposed to help, but she doesn't want to take a daily medication that some massage or a little extra strength ben-gay can fix. I am pretty sure they call it RLS, not sure if that is the same thing that you are suffering from Adam...

I clipped the URL for the RLS brief from WebMD:

Restless Leg Syndrome


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How much do you stretch Adam? I am an obsessive stretcher (like 5 times a day because of my work), and I still get cramps ocaisionally if I don't stretch a little before bed.


Melissa - Potassium

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Melissa - Yes of course. That was the first thing my doctor looked at. I take potassium supplements twice daily, and my blood potassium is now, with supplements, near the high end of the healthy range. You are lucky that this was enough for you.


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Now, I'm no doctor, or nutritionist, but I can say from personal experience that when I'm not getting enough potassium I get leg cramps in the middle of the night. This was especially bad during college, as I didn't have time to grocery shop. I finally spoke to my doctor about the problem, and she suggested I get more potassium in my diet.

I started eating a banana for breakfast every other day or so, and the cramps went away.

Just a suggestion!


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Just needling.

I have the same problem, with two symptoms. I do take quinine before I go to sleep. This almost always prevents charlie horses. (Calf cramps.) I also drink a lot of water before sleeping, it wards off cramps but necessitates urination. The second is much less irritating to me than the first. I also take a small dose of a sedative before sleeping when necessary. I know that it will be necessary when I grind my jaw before bed. And I absolutely eschew coffee after 3pm. I drink sparingly and always take much water after alcohol.

The worst is when you wake up with the cramp, at that point it is much harder to get back to sleep. If your cramps are only in the legs then I think stretching, massage and quinine are all that will help. If you get cramps in the jaw, you should consider a small-dose long-release sedative only at bedtime. I also massge my jaw muscle with my thumb while gaping my mouth open and running my thumb from the ear to the corner of the mouth.

Sweet Dreams,


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