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Old 09-26-2013, 02:44 PM   #21
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Never heard of that. Who uses malaria drug for leg cramps? I guess people really will try anything, but bananas and orange juice seem like a lot safer.
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Old 09-26-2013, 03:09 PM   #22
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30 minutes? Wow, that's a long time. I pull my toes back, and try to rub out the cramp, and it goes away in about a minute. Might get 2 or 3 a night at most. It seems to go in spurts. For a week or two I might get them about every night, then I'll go for months without any, except maybe the night after a run a marathon or ultra.
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Usually after a double marathon I get leg cramps. Oh wait, never mind, I've never run a marathon. Ha ha
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Old 09-27-2013, 12:02 AM   #24
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I take magnesium now and my leg cramps have disappeared. Mine seemed to be caused by a lot of exercise.
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During the moment I get the cramps, I feel like dying. They are just too painful and I try to pull my toes back but sometimes I give up. Sometimes taking deep breaths help with the pain but they are just too painful to handle even for those short moments.
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Old 09-27-2013, 05:09 AM   #26
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I take this stuff that I get from Amazon!!!

Works wonders for leg cramps and pinching nerves
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I just bought a pair of Sigvaris compression stockings recommended by the pharmacy. Anyone of you use compression socks/ stockings before and do they help your condition?
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I just bought a pair of Sigvaris compression stockings recommended by the pharmacy. Anyone of you use compression socks/ stockings before and do they help your condition?
Yup. The symptoms I had were a little different from a leg cramp, though. I'd get twitching muscles when in bed, and I had an unconscious habit of wiggling or tapping one foot when remaining still for a while. That, plus the aches in one leg just above the ankle and below the knee were all clues to early "veinous insufficiency", in my case leaky check valves in leg veins. Too much sitting in the workplace. Retirement is good...

With mild compression (8-15 mm Hg knee socks) and elevating the legs 18" above the heart for 15 minutes 3 times daily the symptoms have been greatly reduced. Oh, and my running pace rose 7% almost immediately. (probably explains why these sort of socks are popular with runners, eh?)
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