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Leg Cramps?

Discussion in 'Type 2 Diabetes' started by fac8608, Oct 29, 2016.

  1. fac8608

    fac8608 · Member

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    Over the last few weeks I have been experiencing a cramping sensation in my lower legs. It happens when I move my feet too far up or down. (If I turn my feet towards my knees or point them towards the floor. On pressing the muscles in the front of the calf on both legs it feels as though they are briused. The actual calf muscle feels normal until I move my toes towards the floor.
    Basicaly.
    1. Move feet towards knee and front calf threatens to cramp.
    2. Move feet towards floor and actual calf threatens to cramp.
     
  2. Stephen1972

    Stephen1972 Type 1 · Newbie

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    Ask your Doc to check your cholesterol meds. Had those cramps for years. A full nights sleep was a luxury.
     
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  3. Robbity

    Robbity Type 2 · Expert

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    If you are weeing a lot you may be flushing out important minerals - salt, magnesium, potassium, and possibly not replacing enough via your diet and this can also cause cramps.

    Robbity
     
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  4. spendercat

    spendercat Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Mine do that sometimes. I more get it in my feet.
    My Mum's doctor in the States advised her to drink tonic water, when she got leg cramps, the sort with quinine in it, and that works for us, though I am not sure why.
    Sugar free kind of course, check it contains quinine, some doesn't.
    Gin is optional.
    You could try eating bananas for the potassium, but each one has 30 grams of carb, what can you do.
     
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  5. b34 blues

    b34 blues Type 2 · Member

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    I have to agree with drinking tonic to ease cramps in the legs I suffered terrible with cramps in my back legs for years and a friend said one day to try tonic water and yes it has worked for me
     
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  6. Bluetit1802

    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Legend

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    I agree with @Robbity It is most likely a mineral deficiency (salt, potassium or magnesium). Personally I found adding salt to my meals worked. We do lose some of these minerals on a low carb diet. You could speak to your doctor and ask for the appropriate blood tests.
     
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  7. macabee

    macabee Type 2 · Active Member

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    I would say gin is a given, with a slice of cucumber or lime!
     
  8. MarkE

    MarkE Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I'll confess to upper leg cramps occasionally, usually at night @4 in the ruddy morning...
     
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  9. b34 blues

    b34 blues Type 2 · Member

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    Yes mine only ever seem to come during the night also
     
  10. MikePea

    MikePea Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Night cramps are quite common. My Doc has prescribed Quimine 300mg. Works for the most part. Have been on these for over a year. I also eat half a banana occasionaly. Mainly because I like them and it's a good excuse.;)
     
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