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AlanHo

Leg Cramps

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For a year or two I have been suffering from really painful leg and foot cramps when in bed. So bad that sometimes it damages a muscle and leaves me limping by day.

 

I have tried all the remedies Dr Google and my GP have come up with - to no avail.

 

A couple of months ago I tried leaving off red wine and noticed a distinct improvement. In fact - after about 3 weeks of denying myself red wine - leg cramps became rare.

 

So - I tried drinking red wine again and within a couple of days they were back. To prove it isn't a fluke I have repeated the cycle twice more and last night had a couple of glasses of my favourite full bodied red - a Portuguese wine called Espirito da Santo (only available from Laithwaites) - and I have been out of bed since 3:0 am this morning with crippling leg cramps again. So that's it - another pleasure stopped in its tracks.

 

My wife prefers white wine so I now need to offload my stock of 38 bottles of red wine of various varieties and vintages.

 

Aint life cruel.SdQAFIg.gif

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No - I rarely suffer a throb - cramp is quite different. My toes turn up and the tendons are so tight it is difficult to bend them down again.

Same with my calf - when it cramps the muscle is absolutely solid.

 

(I deserve to have gout mind you - the amount of red wine I have sunk over the years). 

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I suggest a potassium supplement. Not anything pharmaceutical but, if there is nothing against you having extra potassium, try using a low sodium salt (Lo-Salt , Tesco do their own version) as well eating bananas.

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I already eat a banana a day and take magnesium and potassium supplements. We only use Lo Salt and avoid processed food. I also drink quite a bit of tonic water - some of which I dilute with gin.

 

I eat loads of fruit and veg and walk daily - come hail, rain or shine.

 

I have exhausted the brain of my GP and Dr Google - but I am now fairly confident I have identified my problem.

 

So it has come down to giving up something rather than taking something.

 

Now to try and sort out my restless leg syndrome.

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2 hours ago, AlanHo said:

No - I rarely suffer a throb - cramp is quite different. My toes turn up and the tendons are so tight it is difficult to bend them down again.

Same with my calf - when it cramps the muscle is absolutely solid.

 

(I deserve to have gout mind you - the amount of red wine I have sunk over the years). 

Have you tried Ibuprofen two three times a day. That has done my leg cramps the world of good. 

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Bin there - dunnit. But I have hiatus hernia and Ibuprofen sets it off.

 

I'm a sad case Gandalph. If I was a horse they would shoot me.

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Is it safe to say that you should be participating in 'More Sex" to get more physical exercise. The blood would flow around the body faster. :whistling:

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52 minutes ago, Gandalph said:

Is it safe to say that you should be participating in 'More Sex" to get more physical exercise. The blood would flow around the body faster. :whistling:

 

 

He's past it.:laughter:

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3 hours ago, AlanHo said:

For a year or two I have been suffering from really painful leg and foot cramps when in bed. So bad that sometimes it damages a muscle and leaves me limping by day.

 

I have tried all the remedies Dr Google and my GP have come up with - to no avail.

 

A couple of months ago I tried leaving off red wine and noticed a distinct improvement. In fact - after about 3 weeks of denying myself red wine - leg cramps became rare.

 

So - I tried drinking red wine again and within a couple of days they were back. To prove it isn't a fluke I have repeated the cycle twice more and last night had a couple of glasses of my favourite full bodied red - a Portuguese wine called Espirito da Santo (only available from Laithwaites) - and I have been out of bed since 3:0 am this morning with crippling leg cramps again. So that's it - another pleasure stopped in its tracks.

 

My wife prefers white wine so I now need to offload my stock of 38 bottles of red wine of various varieties and vintages.

 

Aint life cruel.SdQAFIg.gif

 

 

If you will deliver it I will willingly pay you half price in cash. This is a genuine offer, you don't live all that far away.

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Make sure he pays in real money Alan. He has a chest full of Monopoly money he has saved up over the years. 

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The most expensive wine is worth at least £7,500 a bottle and I have 11 of them. I thank you for your offer but it falls short of my expectations.

Wayne Rooney will pay me the full wack.......even more if I let him have a sampler.....:hi:

 

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12 hours ago, AlanHo said:

The most expensive wine is worth at least £7,500 a bottle and I have 11 of them. I thank you for your offer but it falls short of my expectations.

Wayne Rooney will pay me the full wack.......even more if I let him have a sampler.....:hi:

 

He will go for a car ride after supping it.

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On ‎08‎/‎10‎/‎2017 at 8:22 PM, AlanHo said:

The most expensive wine is worth at least £7,500 a bottle and I have 11 of them. I thank you for your offer but it falls short of my expectations.

Wayne Rooney will pay me the full wack.......even more if I let him have a sampler.....:hi:

 

Flippin heck Alan , 7,500 a bottle. At that price no need to drink them .. just inhale them. :drinks:

 

 

Any progress on a diagnosis ? Or are you going for restless legs syndrome?

 

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People with kidney disease or diabetes should seek medical advice before using potassium salts, as an increase in potassium intake may not be advisable.

 

Taken from here.  http://www.worldactiononsalt.com/less/how/other/index.html

 

Just a little warning if this applies.

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11 hours ago, morty said:

Flippin heck Alan , 7,500 a bottle. At that price no need to drink them .. just inhale them. :drinks:

 

 

Any progress on a diagnosis ? Or are you going for restless legs syndrome?

 

It was a typo Morty - I meant to type £7.50...................:boy_cleanglasses:

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I have heard the expression "Time is of the essence", but I have never heard any explanation of how it got there in the first place.

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1 hour ago, Masson said:

Have you tried using any time of essential oil? I read some of them are good for muscle cramps like lemongrass oil.

Be extremely careful in applying essential oils to the skin - especially if you are not in the first flush of youth and the skin tends to be thinner and less of a barrier to outside influences than it was in earlier years.

 

The levels of lemongrass oil, and most other essential oils, that marketed cosmetic products are permitted to contain is very low - with good reason. They can cause irritation, allergic reactions and numerous other undesirable effects.

 

The blurb sheet in the link given states that lemongrass oil contains vitamin C. I can assure you it does not and even if it did, it would not have any useful function.

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