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Old 05-10-2012, 07:18   #1
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Dx "pre" 6 weeks ago. Night time leg cramps are so bad at yimes they keep me up at night. I am taking 500 mg magnesium and 550 mg potassium daily. Just ran out of manganese. I tried some over-the-counter Restless Leg meds and it doesn't work. If I cannot take it any longer I will use a prescript muscle relaxer I have but really don't like to take it unless I need it.

Would like to hear what others have found that has helped. Why does this happen?

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There are a couple things that come to mind that can cause leg cramps:

1. Statins and other cholesterol drugs

Are you on any of these drugs?

2. Imbalance or deficiency of magnesium, potassium, calcium and sodium

You are taking magnesium and potassium, though not in the usual ratio that I am used to hearing. I take 800mg of mag citrate a day (400 in the morning and 400 at night) but only 200mg of potassion (again split into 2 doses).

What form of magnesium is it? For example, magnesium oxide can't be easily used by your body, chelated forms like magnesium citrate work a bit better, or even epsom salt soaks. Soaking your legs in epsom salt and warm water may speed up your intake and relieve the cramps.

Additionally, if you have recently switched to low-carb or restricting foods like bread, rice, pasta and sweets that can cause you to have too little sodium which can cause headaches, constipation and cramps. Supplementing with salty broth every day can help if that's the case.

3. Poor blood sugar control

You are recently diagnosed so if your blood sugar isn't under control and stabilized then that may be it.

If you can't figure it out after playing around for a bit, please bring it up to your doctor. I just mentioned some common causes, but other drugs and issues (like blood clots) can only be ruled out by your doc.

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Leg cramps are the worst. I get them on and off. Trying eating some potassium and magnesium rich foods in addition to the supplements. Things like Avacado, Black beans and Spinach are good sources. Also make sure you are getting enough Sodium in your diet. I know in an effort to get healthy many of us have given up salt, but our body needs it. There are lots of things people do, some work, some don't. I have heard some people eat a spoonful of yellow mustard and find relief. Also Quinine Water or even carbonated water may help.

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Before I found out I was a diabetic I use to wake up every night with charley horses so bad I had a hard time getting out of bed. Once I got my BG'S under control they stop. In the last 2 years I havn't had one charley horse.Diet and excercise has worked for me.

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There are a couple things that come to mind that can cause leg cramps:

1. Statins and other cholesterol drugs

Are you on any of these drugs?

2. Imbalance or deficiency of magnesium, potassium, calcium and sodium

You are taking magnesium and potassium, though not in the usual ratio that I am used to hearing. I take 800mg of mag citrate a day (400 in the morning and 400 at night) but only 200mg of potassion (again split into 2 doses).

What form of magnesium is it? For example, magnesium oxide can't be easily used by your body, chelated forms like magnesium citrate work a bit better, or even epsom salt soaks. Soaking your legs in epsom salt and warm water may speed up your intake and relieve the cramps.

Additionally, if you have recently switched to low-carb or restricting foods like bread, rice, pasta and sweets that can cause you to have too little sodium which can cause headaches, constipation and cramps. Supplementing with salty broth every day can help if that's the case.

3. Poor blood sugar control

You are recently diagnosed so if your blood sugar isn't under control and stabilized then that may be it.

If you can't figure it out after playing around for a bit, please bring it up to your doctor. I just mentioned some common causes, but other drugs and issues (like blood clots) can only be ruled out by your doc.
No meds and have been on a gluten-free diet for over a year. I did up my magnesium today. Was taking magnesium citrate but switched recently, perhaps that's my issue, as did make the switch recently and it's been since the switch that my legs started cramping.

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Leg cramps are the worst. I get them on and off. Trying eating some potassium and magnesium rich foods in addition to the supplements. Things like Avacado, Black beans and Spinach are good sources. Also make sure you are getting enough Sodium in your diet. I know in an effort to get healthy many of us have given up salt, but our body needs it. There are lots of things people do, some work, some don't. I have heard some people eat a spoonful of yellow mustard and find relief. Also Quinine Water or even carbonated water may help.
I do eat quite a bit of spinach and avocado, also drink mineral water with carbonation, however I did take out salt.

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When I was hypothyroid I would get severe leg cramps. How are your thyroid levels?

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I take quinine sulfate for mine. I get cramps whenever my physical activity is increased (up and down ladders) and they tend to come when my bg is on the low side. I have never gotten any relief from potassium or magnesium supplements.

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I second the thyroid tests.

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When I was hypothyroid I would get severe leg cramps. How are your thyroid levels?
Any certain test to ask for? My THS levels are in normal range but I understand just like diabetes testing that there are more specific tests that docs normally don't do for thyroid as well.

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