Do You Suffer From Leg Cramps?

Do you get leg cramps at night?

I found a terrific way to relieve my leg cramps without the danger of taking quinine.  They wake me up almost every night.  Here it is:  Pinch your nose with your fingers as tightly as you can.  I know, that sounds crazy, but it’s a Chinese remedy.   And it worked for me last night.

I have been getting leg cramps for as long as I can remember and tried all sorts of things to stop the pain.  I was told that quinine relieved the cramp.  My doctor suggested quinine soda.  That was useless, it doesn’t contain enough quinine.  I was able to get quinine pills over the counter years ago until the Food and Drug Administration took them off the market.  Then I found that I could get them from a pharmacy in Canada, but they required a prescription and my doctor said he wasn’t allowed to prescribe them.  Quinine is not approved to treat or prevent nighttime leg cramps. The risk of taking quinine may be greater than the possible benefits. Quinine can be dangerous.  The side effects are multiple and serious and could cause death.

I have a few left and I keep them for the severe cramps I sometimes get or if they affect both legs.  I am concerned about the danger connected to quinine. Usually I get up and stand, putting all my weight on the leg until the cramp goes away. But that disturbs my sleep.

Someone recommended rubbing a silver spoon over the cramp.   I tried that with absolutely no relief whatsoever.

Last night I decided to try the nose pinching.  What an amazing result!  It took a couple of minutes, but it gradually went away.  I was astonished!  I found this remedy in a novel I was reading.  The main character was awakened by a leg cramp and just pinched his nose until it went away.  I thought it was worth a try.  If you have the same problem, try this.  You may be pleasantly surprised.

In my research for this article I found an ad for an “amazingly effective fast-acting organic and natural muscle remedy, for both preventing leg cramps or stopping them once they start. It was discovered by the Amish while they were still in Europe and brought to this country sometime in the 1880’s. It is curious that it has never before been made generally available to leg cramp and charlie horse sufferers until now especially, considering that this Amish remedy is the fastest acting relief for muscle cramps of any natural product anywhere.”

Ingredients:
A carefully balanced mixture of certified organic unfiltered raw apple cider vinegar,
juice from the ginger plant and just the right amount of all natural garlic juice in
special combination so as to achieve almost instant relief from leg, foot and hand
cramps. Salt and gluten free.

One bottle is usually enough for 2 to 3 months for most people.  (You only take it when you need it.)  http://www.stopslegcramps.com/links.html

If you get leg cramps the following article will give you some information.  However none of the suggestions worked for me.  I believe that one or more of the medications I take has contributed to the frequency of my leg cramps.

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-04-13/lifestyle/sns-201204131600–tms–mayoclnctnmc-a20120413apr13_1_leg-cramps-restless-legs-syndrome-calf-muscles

One site I discovered stated that a shortage of magnesium in your system can cause leg cramps.  However I take magnesium daily and still get leg cramps.

If you suffer from nightly leg cramps try pinching your nose before taking any medicine, approved or not.