Monday, March 3, 2014

LEG CRAMPS, TREATING NATURALLY

I am always happy to discover some new, natural treatment or therapy that works for a medical issue I have been dealing with. Yes, this alternative way of dealing with my health, is truly a work in progress. It is important to get to know your body and try to "listen" to what it is telling you. It has taken me many years to reach this awareness and realize how very individual our needs are. While good nutrition is important to every one, specific deficiencies are part of our own personal makeup.
The pain of leg or foot muscle cramps, though brief, can be so intense and come at the least expected times including while sleeping. Though they are nothing I have dealt with on a daily basis, I would much rather never experience one again. Over the last two decades, different remedies have helped but never for very long. First, I made sure to take calcium and magnesium as they are important to our muscles and deficiencies are most often the cause of cramping. Drinking enough fluids so as to not experience dehydration, along with gently stretching my muscles became a priority. While helpful, nothing seemed to prevent an onset of cramping. I thought maybe it was from overdoing a physical activity. But again a cramp would occur even if I was inactive for a period of time.
I looked into homeopathic remedies and started taking Hyland's Leg Cramps w/ Quinine formula which seemed to help ease the cramp more quickly. Rubbing arnica gel on the affected muscle also afforded some relief. Something I learned just a couple months ago from an episode of Dr. Oz seems quirky, but also helps bring quick relief. As soon as you feel a cramp coming on, tightly pinch the area between you upper lip under your nose. I think it has something to do with acupressure.
Finding some relief from the cramps was certainly welcomed. But why was I
having them in the first place? Trying to treat the source of a problem is always a better option than simply treating the symptom. Two weeks ago, I started taking extra magnesium. After all these years, maybe my body needed more than it was getting with the calcium/magnesium supplements and my diet, but I just hadn't figured it out. Adding 130 mg of Source Naturals Magnesium Citrate at lunch and dinner seems to have made a big difference with not one foot or leg cramp during the last two weeks. Time will tell if the extra magnesium is indeed what has helped most. But for now, I'm just enjoying the relief!

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I am not a doctor and do not claim to be one. These are just my experiences and conclusions.
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