Does anyone with rheumatoid Arthritis suffer from bad leg cramps at night?

Anne Betts
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Put a bar of soap under the sheets. Sounds weird but it works.

Carole Mayfield
C

Add some magnesium to your diet.

Kristen Boudreaux
K

YES!!

Rachel Holland
R

Magnesium chelated form or glycinate for this may help

Huda Hughes
H

Just wanted to add, if a leg cramp is extreme and is hot to touch, let doctor know, could be a possible blood clot.

Kristen Boudreaux
K

Also drink plenty of water.

Carole Mayfield
C

Yes

MichelleMicky Lawrence
M

Yes, in the calves, but the worst for me is my toes cramp into weird positions and I can't straighten them until it is over.

Lisa Harrington
L

Mine do that too! Very painful!

Annette Rangel 3 years

The toe, ankle and shin cramps are the worse and nothing works but to get up and walk.

Mary Spencer
M

Exactly the same for me. I have to get out of bed and walk it off.

Angel Rice 3 years

Shin cramps are the most painful. It started there and in my ankle last night, caused the calf to start up and then moved up the back of my thigh. Finally things settled down, but then my other leg decided to join the party. I am so sore today.

Anne Betts 3 years

Anne Betts I found that Icy Hot works well to help these cramps especially the shin cramps.

Mary Spencer 3 years

Mary Spencer I'm getting some today!

Anne Betts 3 years

When my Vit D is low I get them. So we take D and no leg cramps

Ann Tyson
A

You might need water

Jennifer Cordero
J

Yes, when I am not taking a magnesium supplement.

Penny Pena
P

Me too.

Adrianna Jacobs 3 years

Yes

Dawn Bird
D

Yes day time too

Jennifer Davison
J

Yes, although pickle juice does relieve it.

Carmen Yeager
C

yes! And restless/almost itchy legs while sitting on the couch

Kim Velez
K

Vitamin D may help

Pauline Andersen
P

I take 25 mg of iron every other day to keep restless legs away. It also helps with leg cramps. I also use Hylands Leg Cramp Ointment - works really well.

Nancie Garza
N

Yes

Christina Jolly
C

Yes, more so if I don’t drink a lot of water

Denise Stephenson
D

Eat more bananas....

Ron Gray
R

Avocado, sweet potatoes and spinach are also high in potassium. I don’t care for bananas so I eat avocados almost daily.

Cicely Godfrey 3 years

My feet cramp when I don’t take my magnesium

Kristen Dodd
K

Magnesium malate.

AnnMarie Serrano
A

Yes I was given magnesium But ended up having to find a liquid version it works magically

Sharon Kilgore
S

I used to. Magnesium has does wonders for them

Cassia Swan
C

Yes. Multiples to the point I was afraid to sleep. I take a magnesium tablet and Comprehensive B tablet daily, also. Rub Vicks vapours into my calves and feet and wear socks. I kick the socks off eventually but it makes a big difference. I have RA in my ankles, feet and now knees and hips. I'm about to get orthotics because the feet and ankle RA impact the biomechanics of the leg. I've started getting massages once a week from a student massage clinic once a week and that's making a big difference to the RA all around. It costs $80 a fortnite and may be too expensive or not available for some. I'm only doing it because I've been in a flare due to some family stress. I also, before I discovered these strategies, taught myself to breathe deeply and calmly through the pain as the panicking used to tense my calf muscles up and keep the cramping going. I also make sure I'm. Well hydrated generally and at night.

Mereana Arthur
M

I just posted this. I never used to have issues with leg cramps till this past week. I just received some topical magnesium spray, I will post my results. Best of luck to you.

Cicely Godfrey
C

don't take too much of any vitamins as it can be dangerous to health. Always check what is a SAFE amount to take.

Pauline Andersen
P

Yes. It’s best to get your vitamins naturally, through your diet. Some things build up in your system and others pass through quickly. Always do your own research. Ty for this comment.

Cicely Godfrey 3 years

Cicely Godfrey yes it worries me when i read a lot of the items on here as people are looking for relief and it is so easy to just start taking stuff in hope of feeling better. We all have to be fully informed, and not rush into things.

Pauline Andersen 3 years