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Posted by: Melissa | 2007/03/14

Night Cramps

Please help. Why do I suffer from cramps in my legs at night? I get the most excruciating spasms in my calves and sometimes even my thighs. One one or two occasions I have even felt them comming on in my back. They suddenly "burst onto the scene" and I find if I try and put my legs back into the same comfortable position as before, they'll start cramping up again. I have a pretty high pain threshold, but when these hit, I manage to wake the entire household. Any suggestions, my GP said it's a shorgate of magnesium in my system and I have been taking a magnesium supplement for about 4 months now to no avail. Please help?

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Hallo Melissa
Cramps can be caused by over exertion of the muscles, Magnesium or calcium shortage or dehydration. Quinine sulphate usually helps if no reason can be found. Try adding Calcium supplement too?

See http://www.postgradmed.com/issues/2002/02_02/pn_legcramps.htm

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Posted by: Wendy | 2007/03/19

I have been on Calcium/Magnesium Supplements for over a year and I get terrible night cramps still to this day, especially when I stretch at night then the cramps set in. And I do not do any excersie so my muscles are definately not exhausted.

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