Patient Comments: Muscle Cramps - Causes

What was the cause of your muscle cramps?

Comment from: Bink, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 04

I have cramp all through the day every day, in my feet, legs and hands. I only have to move my foot or leg in the simplest way and they cramp instantly. My G.P. has given me Quinine tablets, but it hasn't made any difference. I have been taking beta blockers for over 25 years and suspect that this is the cause.

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Comment from: 65-74 Female Published: September 30

I've been experiencing severe muscle cramps in my legs and abdomen over the past several months, particularly at night. I'll rub one cramp out and before I can relax, it returns, again and again. This may be connected with a chocolate allergy. After 25 years of avoiding chocolate, I thought I could eat it again, but these cramps started about the same time I started eating it. I'm avoiding it again to see if that makes a difference. I'll definitely give up chocolate to get rid of the cramps!

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Comment from: Fancy Nancy 610, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 11

I play a lot of tennis and get cramps on a regular basis. Pickle juice is the only thing that works for me. I drink at least a cup or more and it cures my cramps in 5-10 minutes.

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Comment from: Fanfaron, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 05

Don't know if this will help you at night, but when I start getting toe cramps at night, I put on some lightweight socks after a couple of minutes, the cramps go away. Hope this will give you some relief, because I know you can't sleep when your toes cramp up! It may seem too simple to work, but please just give it a try!

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Comment from: Debert, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 05

I had a severe Charley Horse in my calf about a week ago. It happened about 6am. It was so severe that it was almost impossible to push my heel to the ground. It felt like I strained or tore my muscle in trying to work the cramp out. I am still feeling the effects and am about 90% back to normal.

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Comment from: JLH, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: June 30

I am 34 and I am experiencing severe lower leg muscle cramps mostly during the day but some at night. When I stand or walk the muscle is so tight and crampy I can barely put weight on my legs. This has been going on now for about 3 months. Some days are worse than others but pretty constant soreness/tenderness even when they are not actually cramping. I have no insurance so getting this diagnosed and treated is not possible.

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Comment from: paul, 75 or over Male Published: May 26

I am now in my late 70's and have been troubled with leg cramps for most of my life. While the stretching indicated in this article works about as well as anything I've found, it does not work when afflicted in a crowded environment such as a movie theater. I have found that if you just (very painfully) let your muscle curl your leg, and don't fight it, the cramp will dissipate rather quickly.

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Comment from: spasms, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: May 18

I have severe spasms from the thigh to the knee and I cannot walk or rub them out. They last for several minutes and sometimes move into my colon area. They hurt so bad I think my heart in going to stop. It is not like a cramp in the lower leg and my hands draw and my feet. Please help me know what to do.

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Comment from: Sherri, 45-54 Female Published: May 03

Hard to believe but dill pickle juice. Leg and foot cramps will have me jumping out of bed. I hobble in pain to the fridge and pour me pickle juice. Not so bad. I hear dill pickle Popsicles are being sold for children playing sports.

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