Discussion in 'Survival Medicine' started by SB21, Jan 14, 2018.

  1. SB21

    SB21 Monkey+++

    Don't know if this has been covered or not, but how do you deal with cramps in your legs, , or wherever you get them?
    I've always heard eat bananas. But what I've found when I it wakes me up instantly during the night , instead of tensing up, I just try to relax my leg, and lay still for a bit. , but other times I'll drink carbonated water and it has seemed to almost instantly work. The last time it happened, I didn't have any carbonated water, so I found some Alka Seltzer in the cabinet, and thought, hey, that makes bubbles. And it seemed to work , almost instantly.
    So what works for you, if you have these problems?
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  2. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    I found that leg cramps are usually caused by a lack of Potasium In the nerves that control the muscles in my legs. Bananas are Potasium RICH, so that helps bring the levels back into balance.. But that usually takes a while to work so the first thing i do, is to munch a Salt Tablet, and the walk the cramp out of the muscle for a few minutes, and then try and relax that muscle, a bit... then head back to bed, because I mostly get the a night while i sleep...
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  3. snake6264

    snake6264 Combat flip flop douchebag

    a couple Tums before bed
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  4. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Retired Curmudgeonly IT Monkey Founding Member

    I used to get leg cramps pretty bad. Worst was when camping in a small tent. One night I had both legs feeling like they were twisting up. Had a devil of a time crawling out of the low tent and stand up! Slowly walked it off.
    As I have aged it hasn't happened as much.
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  5. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey

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  6. Altoidfishfins

    Altoidfishfins Monkey+++ Site Supporter+

    About a year ago I somehow wound up with a bacterial infection in my stomach that resulted in my being violently ill. Vomiting continued throughout the day ( I never vomit, so something was very wrong) so I went to the DR - high white cell count - and got some antibiotics.
    Two days later I was doubled over in stomach, back and leg cramps - very painful, could barely walk. Got on the internet and asked the question "Can vomiting deplete electrolytes?" Answer came back to the effect - "Hell yes it can".
    Dug around in my wife's Gatorade - I normally never drink the stuff, too high in sodium - sat down and drank three two liter bottles of it.
    Problem fixed in less than an hour.
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  7. arleigh

    arleigh Goophy monkey

    I had always thought that cramps like hiccups were psychosomatic .
    There are a lot the things people DO in these situations that distract their mind from the malady.
    Back when I was still in high school a friend saw I was having hiccups and they wouldn't stop so very simply she said " Give them to me" and I almost thought for a second to question and stopped my self and said "Take them" and at that moment they stopped . Later I learned that if you question it you keep you hiccups for the duration. Demanding why or how is like closing the door of unbelief, that it can be done .
    All the years of doing this for others I have never once contracted their problem.
    1. It takes a person that knows to ask.
    2. The inflicted person must not question, or try to be too elaborate in their release which also is a sign of unbelief.
    If you are fearful, your mind won't let it go.
    The funny thing is, (done right) the second they leave your anticipating the next, and it never happens.
    Cramps and twitching and other similar involuntary things can be dealt with just that way, sometimes.
  8. SB21

    SB21 Monkey+++

    Mind over matter
  9. Witch Doctor 01

    Witch Doctor 01 Mojo Maker

    Table spoon of mustard, Pickle juice.. are both old school recipes that work....
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  10. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    Mind over Matter doesn't work to well, IF the Mind isn't connected to the Muscle contracting Nerves, because they lack the Potassium to transmit the impulses...
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  11. Asia-Off-Grid

    Asia-Off-Grid RIP 11-8-2018

    Applying pressure on the bottom of my toes, causing my toes and feet to point upward. This seems to relieve the pain of cramps, especially severe cramps, in either leg.

    I wish we had Gatorade here. The closest we have, is something called Royal D.
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  12. Bandit99

    Bandit99 Monkey+++ Site Supporter+

    @SB21 "... instead of tensing up, I just try to relax my leg..."
    That is exactly what I do. I normally get them at night when I'm sleeping. I don't get them often but when I do man-oh-man talk about painful. However, I have found, just like you, that trying not to tense up, which just makes them worse, and try to relax that calf muscle (that's where I always get them) usually help. I then ensure to drink more water and vitamins that contain zinc, potassium and magnesium. Ensure you're drinking enough water (something that is overlooked in the winter time), urine should be clear when it's perfect, and take a multi-mineral supplement vitamin.
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  13. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner Brewery Monkey Moderator

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  14. Gray Wolf

    Gray Wolf Monkey+++

    I keep a small bottle of tonic water by my bed. I get leg cramps a couple of times a month, usually by drinking too much water and not enough electrolytes. A couple of mouthfuls of tonic water stops them instantly. Tastes nasty, but it works!
  15. Ura-Ki

    Ura-Ki Grudge Monkey

    For me, I find that a high level of activity followed by a drop in activity tend to cause cramps! Mine are ether in my knees or my pectoral, and can be very painful. The trick I found is a heat pad, 400 kilograms of ibeuprofin and a cup of diet 7up! Takes a few minutes but works. Low minerals seems to be a common cause, but mine seems to be the switch between high energy output to Low!
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  16. Flight-ER-Doc

    Flight-ER-Doc Monkey+

    Try taking a multivitamin with minerals...
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  17. runswithdogs

    runswithdogs Monkey+++

    Leg cramps are classic symptom of either
    Magnesium deficency (in which case I recomend magnesium oil.. ie Magnesium chloride hexahydrate flakes desolved in water to massage into skin. Bonus. no laxitive effect like you get with oral magnesium doses)
    Potasium Deficency (recomend Potasium Gluconate)
    & sometimes both together.
    DH used to get leg cramps a lot (usally in the middle of the night when sleeping), but now, as long as he uses the mag oil semi regularly. No more issues (he always "remembers" when hes forgottent to do it for a while though.....)

    Could be other causes but those are the most common & easy to rule out
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  18. DarkLight

    DarkLight Live Long and Prosper - On Hiatus Site Supporter

    I sincerely hope and pray that you meant 400 MILLI grams...because just shy of 882 lbs of ibuprofen...just sayin.

    Yes, I'm not an idiot, I know you meant mg. It was just one of those "good LORD" moments.
  19. Ura-Ki

    Ura-Ki Grudge Monkey

    Damn Spell Check! LOL
    Yes, Milligrams is what I take!
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  20. SB21

    SB21 Monkey+++

    Good thing ya'll cleared up that milligram, kilogram typo , I was about to make a big mistake ,,,:ROFLMAO:,,,comfortably numbs sounds about right ,,,,:ROFLMAO:
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