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Old 12-02-2014, 06:04 PM   #1
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What do you take for calf/ foot cramps at night?

In the early hours of the morning I'm woken by a strong cramp in my toes, foot and/or calf area. If I reverse the strain it corrects and I return to sleep. Is there anything apart from magnesium I can take to reduce this nightly ocurrance?
This isn't a problem arising from My LCHF plan but seems to be getting worse over the years. I'm 62.

I'm taking Magnesium Amino Acid Chelate 750 mg (equiv, Magnesium 150 mg) each day. Is this sufficient or should I double the dose? Are there any other supplements that can help?
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Old 12-02-2014, 06:47 PM   #2
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Hi Pina, I'm sorry I don't have an answer for you; I just wanted to say that I'm in the same boat as you with the calf and foot cramps early in the morning. Sometimes I don't catch the cramp in time because I'm sleeping, and the pain from the resulting charley horse in my calf is excruciating. I did see a post on this topic in the Main Lowcarb Lobby a few months ago. Someone posted that if they ate a spoonful of mustard before going to bed, it avoided the cramping. I just can't bring myself to do that. My cramping comes in clusters, i.e., I'll get them almost every night for about a week and then my legs will be quiet for a few weeks. I have no idea what brings it on. I'm 63 and this started in my early 50's.
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Old 12-02-2014, 07:25 PM   #3
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Hi Pina, I'm sorry I don't have an answer for you; I just wanted to say that I'm in the same boat as you with the calf and foot cramps early in the morning. Sometimes I don't catch the cramp in time because I'm sleeping, and the pain from the resulting charley horse in my calf is excruciating. I did see a post on this topic in the Main Lowcarb Lobby a few months ago. Someone posted that if they ate a spoonful of mustard before going to bed, it avoided the cramping. I just can't bring myself to do that. My cramping comes in clusters, i.e., I'll get them almost every night for about a week and then my legs will be quiet for a few weeks. I have no idea what brings it on. I'm 63 and this started in my early 50's.
Mustard is not my choice either, but it's good to share these groans. I hope someone can help us Ronnie.
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Old 12-05-2014, 04:16 AM   #4
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Make sure you are getting enough salt. Drinking pickle juice can help. Also try upping your magnesium and see if that helps. You also want to make sure you are getting adequate potassium.
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Old 12-09-2014, 10:11 AM   #5
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Magnesium citrate..malate...or glycinate. The magnesium oxide is the cheapest and not easily absorbed by the body. You can take up to 200mg. per 50 pounds of body weight. I'm tiny and take 3 mag.malate every night before bed. It's relaxing and I no longer get those "pretzel toe" cramps in my feet.

As someone else has said make sure you drink enough water and stay hydrated. Make sure you get enough sodium too.

Hope this helps....those cramps are awful!
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Old 12-15-2014, 08:31 PM   #6
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Potassium works for me just fine.
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Old 12-15-2014, 09:50 PM   #7
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I don't get them too bad, but they come and go and I can't tie them to anything I am doing/not doing. Lately I have been swimming for exercise and I have been getting cramps in my feet. It annoys.
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Old 12-16-2014, 06:12 AM   #8
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I used to have this problem a lot. Eating a cup or two of plain yogurt every day solved this problem completely. (It's got both magnesium and potassium).
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Old 12-16-2014, 06:54 AM   #9
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My BFF said she uses TUMS as her spasms resolve with calcium......I also agree with others here, as well.
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