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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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USA
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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.

Tony-CA

50% of dealing with COPD is common sense.
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mxh0471
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USA
34 Posts

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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USA
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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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USA
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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.

Tony-CA

50% of dealing with COPD is common sense.
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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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