Patient Comments: Muscle Cramps - Effective Treatments

What kinds of treatments have been effective for your muscle cramps?

Comment from: Pixiecat, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: April 08

I have had leg, ankle and foot cramps at night for a long time. Whenever I start having them I take 500mg of lysine. It is a supplement, available at Walmart and very cheap. It works well for me. I take one tablet before bedtime and no more cramps.

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Comment from: Karen, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 01

I suffer from leg and foot cramps. I have found that if I take a tablespoon of mustard while I am having the cramps, the cramping stops almost immediately. Sounds awful, but it is worth it to have relief.

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Comment from: Pearl, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 29

I had leg cramps at night occasionally. I had to quit kneeling in church due to cramps in hamstrings. I woke up one morning with severe cramps in both legs and both feet. I passed out and broke my ankle really badly. My doctor put me on Synthroid for low thyroid 2 months ago. I have not had a leg cramp since.

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Comment from: housewife20, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 03

My husband had severe leg cramps for years. He would wake up screaming, they were so bad. So he went to the doctor his doctor told him to drink 4oz of club soda every night before going to bed. It has been a life saver, no more cramps. He suffered for about 5 years with these cramps, now they are gone as long as he drinks the club soda. People might try it and see how it works for them. The taste is bad but my husband said after a while you get used to it.

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Comment from: lapwing, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: November 20

My wife and I both suffer from night cramps. Quite by chance we discovered that warming the affected muscle with an air drier gave almost immediate relief. Clearly care must be taken not to overdo it and cause burns.

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Comment from: annie, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: October 28

Years ago I was treated for a blood clot in the leg. Ever since, I have periodic cramps in calves and feet, it usually happens when I have been on my feet for long periods. Since I found a product called "rescue 911" I have no dread of them. As a roll-on, it can be taken no matter when they strike. It works in about a minute or two and is the most effective of anything I have tried.

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Comment from: lafera, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 18

I have had leg cramps almost 40 years. For years were sporadic and hot muscle medicines would stop the cramps. However the last ten years the cramps in my calves, toes, feet and ankles have increased in intensity. Any time I sit or lay with my legs up the cramps will start. My bedroom is on the second floor and I sometimes have to sit on each step to descend because my feet are so twisted. The cramps usually wake me about an hour after sleeping. Ice packs tied on the bottom of my feet and around the calves will help but after the ice melts usually an hour later the cramps are back. This goes on all night long. Heat helped for some time, then not. Ice helps but only for an hour. I have used Biofreeze and other muscle rubs but after a while they stop helping. I try not to wear the same shoes more than 2 days. Anything with arch support, like tennis shoes, is terrible. My doctor recently said to try magnesium. I take a diuretic for blood pressure and generic Detrol for an overactive bladder. The cramping is so severe some nights I am up every hour. Walking barefoot around home is better than wearing shoes or slippers.

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Comment from: Socrates, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: June 19

The calf cramp can be easily stopped in less than 10 seconds by using the lower leg cramp reliever and you don't even have to get out of bed.

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