Reply To: muscle cramping

July 6, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Hi. My GBS was ten years ago. I have sporadic muscle cramping, mostly in my legs, but when I get one, it is usually horrific until it subsides. The location and intensity varies. Any spot in my upper or lower leg seems to be fair game. The pain may last 30 seconds to 10 minutes, usually at night. Since they are so painful (and since I try to avoid be on medication), I have been experimenting with different therapies. So for what it is worth, these are some things that I have tried. I was in the local vitamin/health store where I found a small bottle with some brownish liquid in it for just under twenty bucks. (oh, brother!!!) The label claims that it will get rid of cramps immediately. The ingredients were apple cider vinegar, ginger and garlic. I came home and “googled” apple cider vinegar and muscle cramps, and found information that it IS a therapy for cramping. My most recent cramp was in my calf. I sprang out of bed and headed for kitchen where I drank a glass of about 8 ounces water with a couple of Tablespoons of apple cider vinegar stirred in. Then I sat down and poured some (full strength) into my palm and massaged it into my calf. All signs of the cramp were gone in about two minutes. It beats writhing in pain. Cramping can occur as a result of dehydration, so be sure to drink water. Cramping can be a sign of mineral deficiencies so be sure you are getting your calcium, potasium, and magnesium. ( I have a chewable calcium/magnesium tablet that I take at the sign of a cramp with big glass of water.) Also, quinine is supposed to help and my neurologist recommended tonic water to get quinine. I drink the diet version and hated it at first but got used to it quickly and don’t mind it at all. I only drink it when the cramps seem frequent. Finally, I experiment with stretching or slacking the muscle or pushing on the muscle for relief. Sometimes, I can find a position that eases the pain. If you are still reading after all of this long windedness, I hope this may help. : )