Original Question: I have a lot of trouble with leg cramps. Sometimes up to six times per night. I was prescribed quinine, but so far it has not helped me.
I would like to find out what is lacking in my diet, or what I eat that is wrong, I eat a lot of fruit and salads. Not much red meat, but take vitamin tablets. I also take Omega 3 & 6, plus bee pollen as well as medication for Osteoporosis and atrial fibrillations, and of course the half aspirin per day.
Is there anything you can suggest that may help me?
…….A few thoughts. Unfortunately you don’t tell me exactly what medications you are on, especially for the Osteoporosis. I suspect that you are badly lacking in magnesium and/or your calcium and magnesium ratios are imbalanced. It is possible to check this by getting a hair analysis done, which can give you a more informative result than a blood test (these will only show where the levels are today!).
If calcium is too much higher than magnesium (even if both are present in
reasonable amounts) you can suffer severe cramping.
See page on ‘Calcium : Magnesium ratios’.
To correct this start taking Colloidal minerals, which have a good balance of both calcium and magnesium but also contain all other trace elements. In some cases the addition of extra magnesium for the first few weeks is necessary.
See pages on ‘Minerals – facts’ and ‘Minerals – why we need to supplement’.
Magnesium regulates calcium transport in the body and supplementation with magnesium has been shown to significantly increase bone density. Zinc, manganese and copper are also very important in the treatment of, or prevention of osteoporosis. If your Osteoporosis medication is calcium only, or calcium plus vitamin D, then you have to remember that if you choose to continue taking this then any changes are not going to be so apparent.
Essentially a cramp is an involuntary and forcible contraction of a muscle that then does not relax. Severe cramping may be followed by a tenderness in the muscle that may last some time.
Sometimes cramping of the legs at night can be due to the position the people lie
in, especially if the knees are slightly bent and the feet pointing down. in this type of position the calf muscle will be relaxed (shortened) and can be prone to cramping. The same can happen if sitting for prolonged periods in the same position.
There is also the possibility that there is some nerve damage, most likely in the lumbar spine. I have noted many times that people suffering from leg cramps will report that they gain relief after having an Osteopathic treatment.