Posted 10 July 2013 - 01:20 PM
Posted 10 July 2013 - 04:43 PM
Posted 13 July 2013 - 09:37 AM
Drinking pickle juice does work and the reason it is thought to work is that it quickly corrects an electrolyte imbalance. Liquid soap rubbed into the cramp or bar soap held up against the muscle that is cramping can help. Some people even put a bar of soap under the fitted sheet on the mattress and swear by it. Eating more bananas and staying hydrated can help prevent muscle cramps, but they aren’t going to help you when you are actually having one.
Rubbing Vick’s VaporRub onto the muscle that is cramping can occasionally give you immediate relief. I have heard that this can be done with any kind of ointment that has a mentholated base (Icy Hot, Asper Cream, arthritis gels) but we have always just used the Vick’s. There are also stretching exercises that you can try. Put a towel or sheet in the arch of your foot and tug upwards with the sheet on both sides.
I would be very interested to hear others remedies for leg cramps. My husband has them at least four nights a week. I can’t tell you how many times he has awakened me in the middle of the night crying out trying to straighten his leg before it locked.
Posted 14 July 2013 - 04:41 PM
Personally I always start eating bananas when I have leg cramps and that helps reduce the frequency. I massage and walk the cramps out whenever I actually have them.
Posted 15 July 2013 - 10:40 AM
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