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Well, It Only Took Me 68 Years To Find Out [Jul. 6th, 2019|09:01 am]
Tony Grist
All my life I've suffered from a leg that aches when I go to bed and keeps me awake. My left leg as it happens.

Last night it was particularly bad and I was thinking of taking extra pain killers or a slug of whisky.

Instead I had a drink of water.

And it cleared up immediately.
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2019-07-06 08:10 am (UTC)
Well, they say water is good for you but how weird.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-07-06 10:01 am (UTC)
Dehydration is what it is, I guess.
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From: ambezi
2019-07-06 08:52 am (UTC)
Leg cramps at night can be caused by a lack of salt. Try a salt tablet in a small glass of warm water before bed. Not as nasty as it sounds. Left leg circulation is slightly worse than the right one possibly or you always sleep on your left side and it restricts the blood flow. Left side sleeping is best as it helps to keep stomach acid away from the inlet. Reflux sufferers can benefit from that.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-07-06 10:03 am (UTC)
Thanks. I did wonder about salt, but I eat a lot of the stuff and I'd be surprised to learn I was going short. I believe I do mainly sleep on my left side, but I'm not sure because I turn over a lot.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2019-07-06 11:51 am (UTC)
Dehydration causes any number of aches and pains. They say that bananas are good for leg cramps also.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-07-06 12:26 pm (UTC)
I'd never thought of dehydration before, but what with the hot weather and all I finally put two and two together.


I'm not fond of bananas but if they make a difference...
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2019-07-06 12:30 pm (UTC)
I think it's an easy way to get potassium because of their high content and low potassium has been shown to cause leg cramps.
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From: ambezi
2019-07-07 08:41 am (UTC)
Google high potassium foods, spinach is one of them. Also, google low potassium symptoms. I have a yearly blood test and the one a couple of years ago flagged up slightly low potassium. Topped up with bananas, spinach and tomatoes and the retest was fine. I had none of the low potassium symptoms that I know of except a bit of tiredness. but I blame old age on that!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-07-07 09:40 am (UTC)
I quite like spinach...

It's one of the blessings of old age that it furnishes one with an unanswerable excuse for not doing things one doesn't want to do.
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2019-07-07 01:15 pm (UTC)
Dehydration is a known cause of leg cramps. Mine ebbed and flowed based on how much I had to drink the previous evening, presumably because alcohol is a diuretic. We both went on the wagon completely when Roy was diagnosed, and I haven't had a night cramp since.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-07-07 03:21 pm (UTC)
It's been a long time since I last had a drink in the evening. I do still sometimes have one at lunch.

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