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getagrip
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Posted - Jun 13 2018 :  7:55:13 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am getting deep muscle Charlie horses in my feet and calves (mostly my right leg/foot)at night, waking me and making me get out of bed to gently (because when it's happening to my foot, it feels like it is going to break)put pressure on it to make it stop. Other than that, I drink about 3 8oz glasses of water a day and take 99mg of Potassium at bedtime other daily supplements. I am only on oxygen at night. The cramps are excruciating. Can you help, please.

Jocopd
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USA
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Posted - Jun 13 2018 :  8:36:29 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I used to get those same cramps. Some folks say its the meds we take for copd but just as many other people say its just our age. They do come and go - none for the last few days but they will be back. I tried exercising but didn't seem to help.

I drink 1/4 cup or less of tonic water right before bed and it feels to have made them less severe. There are warnings about tonic water though so maybe check with your doctor. It has quinine which helps the cramping but can be bad for some people. Although all those folks in the 50's drank a lot of Gin and Tonic:)

Then if I do get a super bad one that wakes me up I chew up one of the low dose aspirin and a few drinks of water and go back to sleep just fine. PS I use the generic cherry flavored one from walmart so I get 3 bottles for the same price as one bottle of cherry flavored Bayer.
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tsainta
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Posted - Jun 13 2018 :  11:07:22 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I used to regularly have bad leg and foot cramps. I tried OTC potassium, but it didn't solve the problem. I now take 40 Meq of prescription extended release potassium along with 250 mg of OTC magnesium. No cramps. Excessive potassium can be dangerous, and I was afraid to increase the dosage without a doc's supervision and lab monitoring of my potassium level.

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mxh0471
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USA
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Posted - Jun 14 2018 :  06:53:09 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I just eat a banana every day as a snack, problem comes back if i miss my banana. Mike

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rosytomato
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USA
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Posted - Jun 14 2018 :  10:52:21 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I agree with Tony about the magnesium. I take 250 in the am and 250 at bedtime. It's worth a try.
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Catlanta
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Posted - Jun 17 2018 :  3:04:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Got charley horses, foot cramps, hand cramps day and night like crazy. Then I switched from Symbicort to Foracort and they stopped. Since both are basically the same, Iím guessing the delivery material might be the cause. Hope you find something that works for you! Itís very painful and you need the sleep.

Carol
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tsainta
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Posted - Jun 17 2018 :  5:22:24 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I tried every long term beta agonist (LABA) combination years ago and gave up on them all because of the cramps, which could not be controlled with potassium or magnesium. Tried a new one last year with the same result.

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getagrip
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Posted - Jun 17 2018 :  10:59:11 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you everyone. I'm not on any prescribed medications so at least I don't have to worry about that. Jocopd has the one I will try first. I also keep wondering if it's caused by the sheets being to tight or blankets to heavy. Anyway, I'm getting to where I don't want to go to bed. Always something.
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Mike MI
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Posted - Aug 11 2018 :  9:28:26 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Used to get the same thing in the same foot as you. Bought a bottle of Hyland's Leg cramp formula quick dissolving tablets, used them 3X and now they don't come back. Also Elemental Magnesium supplement every 3 days or so. Ask your Dr. if magnesium is right for you.

Mike Hunt
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SEW4no
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Posted - Aug 12 2018 :  2:29:28 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
If I have had a day with a lot of rapid shallow breathing, more exertion than usual, needed a BiPap rest for an hour, and take my half Vicodin, by evening my cramps may twinge.
Then during night if the severe ones start I slug one ounce of apple cider with a big water chaser and that stops them. Recommended by doc and gave me copy of report that football players have the same thing and keep pickle juice or cider on their sidelines. No one yet had figured out why the pickle juice works (or the cider.) Perhaps the acidity helps to rebalance electrolytes. Everyone has their favorite remedy :)
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tsainta
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USA
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Posted - Aug 13 2018 :  12:42:10 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Is that apple cider or apple cider vinegar?

Tony-CA

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SEW4no
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Posted - Aug 13 2018 :  09:09:11 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oops, sorry - that is apple cider vinegar....
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PennyPA
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Posted - Aug 14 2018 :  12:32:03 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Pickle juice sounds better than apple cider vinegar! I wonder how much is needed?

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SEW4no
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Posted - Aug 14 2018 :  12:05:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Penny - I would think an ounce same as the apple cider vinegar. I always have several of the little clear plastic 1 OZ cups that come with Robitussin like cough meds.
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judiwa
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Posted - Aug 16 2018 :  11:35:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I use pickle juice and it works, there is actually some science to back it up. I usually eat a pickle or two but drinking a little juice does work better, maybe around 1/3 cup? How much potassium are you taking and is it prescription? Too much can cause cramps too, you should probably talk to your doctor or have your levels checked if you have not done so already, overdosing on it is dangerous.


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