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Natural Charley Horse Cures!

Ever wonder why a pain in your leg is called a  “Charley horse?” This term is all-American and no one seems to know exactly why we have such an interesting name for a leg cramp. Many credit America’s pastime, baseball.

Why Are They Called “Charley Horses”?

Some believe that the name came from a lame horse named Charley, who pulled the roller on the Chicago White Sox ballpark in the 1890s. Others say it has everything to do with baseball pitcher Charley Radbourn. His nickname was “Old Hoss” and stories say he got cramps during baseball games in the 1880s.

Wherever the name originated, these painful leg cramps are no fun. So what can you do when one strikes? Try some of these 7 home remedies for Charley horses:

Charley Horse Home Remedies

  1. Put your bare foot on a cold floor. Some say it will make a leg cramp disappear.
  2. As soon as the leg cramp happens, pull your toes up toward your knee and it may disappear.
  3. Magnesium oil is a good natural remedy for muscle cramps. Massage the oil into the cramp and it will be relieved within minutes.
  4. Take a swig of dill pickle juice.
  5. Mix a tablespoon of vinegar with a teaspoon of honey and drink up.
  6. Elevate the area. Try to raise the affected area by putting pillows under it or propping it on an armrest.
  7. Ice it. Ice may help calm down the muscle spasm. Place an ice pack or cool compress wrapped in a towel on the area the Charley horse is affecting. Keep it on for 10-15 minutes.

To Prevent Future Charley Horses:

  • Stretch regularly, especially before and after working out, and before bed.
  • Wear good, comfortable, supportive shoes.
  • Don’t overextend yourself. Whether working out or doing household chores, listen to your body and don’t push yourself beyond your capabilities.
  • Drink plenty of water on a regular basis. During workouts, or on very hot days, switch to a sports drink to replace electrolytes that are lost through your sweat.
  • Drink alcohol and coffee in moderation, as they can contribute to dehydration.
  • Eat foods that are rich in potassium and magnesium, such as whole grains, bananas, dates, raisins, apricots, cabbage, broccoli, citrus fruits, tomatoes, potatoes, corn, and fish.
  • Eat the recommended daily allowance of dairy products, such as milk and cheese, and talk to your doctor about whether you would benefit from a calcium supplement.
  • Make sure your bed sheets are loose. Tight-fitting sheets can force the legs and feet into awkward positions.

For most people, Charley horses are a mild and occasional annoyance. If you experience leg cramps on a regular basis, visit to your doctor. Frequent muscle spasms can indicate a more serious underlying condition requiring medical attention.

Do you have any home remedies for when a charley horse strikes? Share them with us in the comments below!

99 comments

1 JOY { 04.26.19 at 6:44 pm }

I found that by lifting the affected leg benefits best when I lift upward toward ceiling and use both hands to almost simultaneusly stroke down toward the heart in constant combination place a good grip around the middle arch. and pinch all toes at once while focusing pressure on the ball of the foot in rotation is a home run.

2 Susan Higgins { 02.06.19 at 4:32 pm }

Hi Nina, we get many comments from our readers that they suffer from leg cramps like you describe, which is why we try to post this story on Facebook often. People find it helpful. Think of a back spasm, or a pulled muscle, the pain of which can last for days. The muscles in your legs suffer the same consequences and can be very painful until they heal. Try to stay off them and massage helps. We hope you’re getting some relief.

3 Nina { 02.05.19 at 9:51 pm }

Happy to see the last comment was made in Jan 2019.
I get “charley horse” cramps in both my calves but never at the same time. I wake up at night in excruciating pain, where I am unable to even get up. I have prescription magnesium, and eat healthily. The cramp often brings tears as there is nothing I can do. I drink a gallon or 2 of water every day & have tried all of the above. Bar 1. Ivory soap. I can’t wrap my head around a bar of soap helping. Can any one explain how this could work?
Personally I have noticed when I drink alkaline water instead of bottled water, they don’t occur as often. Cramps usually indicate a lack of sodium & I have only used Himalayan Salt for the past 10 yrs.
The reason I’m commenting on this is because my calf muscle still hurts for up to 48 hours after the charley. It feels similar to over excercising & you wake up the next day unable to negotiate even the smallest flight of stairs. I can’t be the only one who has pain after the onslaught of such disabilitating muscle spasms? They never happen anywhere else in my body or while I’m awake.
Suggestions or clarity anyone?

4 Darlene { 01.14.19 at 3:56 pm }

I agree with #15, my husband gets leg cramps and grabs the mustard. Works every time! Mustard works for other things too.

5 keith { 12.17.17 at 5:19 pm }

While checking remedys for leg cramps, It looked to me like not having enough potassium was the reason. I buy potassium pills and if I get a leg cramp at night, I take a couple and within minutes the cramp completely disappears.

6 Diane Briscoe { 06.25.17 at 12:53 pm }

As soon as the cramp begins, stand up and put weight on that foot, making sure full foot is in contact with the floor. Good-bye Charley Horse.

7 Ric { 06.25.17 at 11:44 am }

For me it is a calcium thing. I noticed the connection that if/when I ran out of milk, the next day I could expect a horrendous leg cramp. Thus, I make sure not to run out of milk, and I have one large glassful (at least) every day. Even though I have yogurt and cheese almost daily, if I miss the milk the cramps happen, and they are very painful. With the milk I have not had any issues of cramping.

8 Debra H. { 01.30.17 at 9:28 pm }

Pinch the center of your upper lip as hard as you can take it and take deep slow breathes. Concentrate on the muscle and make your mind relax it.

9 Susan Higgins { 03.09.17 at 8:46 am }

Hi Ronnie, it’s been a remedy passed down for generations. Scientifically, the jury is still out on it. Some chock it up to the placebo effect. Others think there might be an as-of-yet-to-be-identified molecule the soap is emitting.

10 RONNIE { 03.05.17 at 6:18 am }

Why the bar of soap…

11 Helina { 01.29.17 at 10:09 pm }

I am a nurse; I stand and walk miles a day. I would get horrible leg cramps. I now sleep with a bar of soap by my feet. Any brand works, just changed the soap every so often for a new bar when it stops working. It works for me.

12 Donna { 01.29.17 at 9:38 pm }

My liver doctors told me to drink Gator Adie. The G2 when possible. It replaces the potassium and magnesium we lose daily. I drink one every day or at least 3 to 4 a week. I haven’t had a leg cramp since the doctor said this will work

13 gloria { 01.29.17 at 8:25 pm }

I get cramps in muscles all over the body from neck to toes, sometimes more than one muscle at a time. Seen many doctors, even had nerve conduction tests done (more painful than the cramps, if you can imagine that!), was told by that specialist I had “severe muscle cramps.” Wow, brilliant diagnosis! I want to know how to prevent them. There are dozens of remedies for when they happen. I’ve tried every one of these remedies except the string around the ankle. Even if it’s psychological, which it most likely is, I’m about ready to try it. Why can’t science figure this out? My PC says, “oh I get them too, walk it off.” I’m so sleep deprived from “walking it off.” I want a preventative that works.

14 Brenda { 01.29.17 at 3:55 pm }

I use CoQ10 to combat the muscle spasms induced by the use of statins to lower my cholesterol. WORKS like a charm. I also cannot do extra calcium as I get kidney stones but the CoQ10 absolutely does the trick. I used to get muscle cramps in the middle of the night that woke me from a sound sleep and kept me awake for literally hours. Now I may get a mild one once in 2 or 3 months and it goes away in less than 5 minutes.

15 Mary { 09.21.16 at 12:30 pm }

The hardest part of dealing with “Charlie Horses” is breaking the cramp. I have had them so bad in my calves that I didn’t think I would be able to get off the ball of my foot with my entire weight on it. It gets scary sometimes!

16 Kate Sullivan { 09.21.16 at 11:58 am }

Medical Marijuana is very specific for muscle cramps – and it does NOT take a lot at all. It has literally saved the life of my friend with MS. MM and muscle cramps or spasms is a match. This is not a comment on recreational use.

17 Kay Mott { 09.21.16 at 10:37 pm }

I too use the shower as hot as I can stand it for relief. It works! I get plenty of minerals in my diet, and most of my spasm come at night but not all. By elimination of high fructose corn syrup from my diet they have subsided to a tolerable amount.

18 JoAnn { 09.20.16 at 5:17 pm }

So many great ideas. I have tried many except the soap, which I will try next. I take 1000u VitE, Magnesium 400mg and a prescription muscle relaxer at bed time and still get cramps. I get into a shower as hot as I can stand it when they strike. Sometime they strike 2 or 3 times a night. I have tried drinking a glass of salt water (suggested by a dr). The lingering pain/soreness for me responds to a muscle rub over the affected area. I have a prescription for Voltaren for arthritic pain and use it and it works well. I haven’t tried an OTC muscle rub but will if I am out of the other. I get cramps when I an tired, been on my feet too much and did to much walking. I also tried a Magnesium I bought on the internet that really helped. Good luck.

19 Rick Berry Jr { 09.20.16 at 1:12 pm }

It’s not so much the dill or the pickle juice that helps it’s the mustard. Most if not all dill pickles have mustard seeds in them. What I do is take a teaspoon or two of mustard when cramps will not stop mostly at night is when it happens. if you want some sleep try it, works. Doesn’t sounds very good just drink some water or juice after. sleep well.

20 Asia { 07.18.17 at 11:48 am }

I only get a cramp once every couple of years. I got on here to determine if my cramp last night was due to the tums or the CoQ10 I unusually took before bed. These were the only 2 things different for me about last night.

21 Londa { 09.20.16 at 12:21 pm }

CoQ 10 immediate care. Replaces the enzymes in your muscle you lose as your age. Especially if you’re on a cholesterol pill it depletes your system of Coq10 trust me it works hundred percent of the time.

22 E S C { 06.05.16 at 2:30 pm }

I have found pointing your toes toward your head works great for relieving charlie horses. I have gotten charlie horses that were so severe, my foot would get twisted into knots. I found that if I put my toes on a flat surface like my wall. Then roll my foot from toes to heel, till my toes were pointed towards my head. Then kept my foot in that position, till I felt my muscles in my leg begin to relax. It really works wonders.
To prevent charlie horses from coming back in the future. Drink plenty of water and eat foods high in potassium. Although, because I have kidney disease. I have difficulty keeping the potassium from bananas in my system. So my kidney doctor prescribed me a supplement. It is working great, I haven’t had a charlie horse for a very long time.
Though unrelated, I have another great tip for cyst, Mix equal parts of apple cider vinegar and honey. Drink four shots a day for about 1 week. It will get rid of the cyst. It really does work. I have seen it with my own eyes. So if your doctor tells you that you need surgery to remove a cyst. Try this first. Hope this helps.
I also keep Epsom salt in my house. It helps for a great many things. Like bee stings, splinters, a cut that has started to get infected etc. I call it the cure all.

23 Donna { 10.20.16 at 12:01 pm }

I take magnesium 500 mg -800 msg every night- I have taken this amount for 6 or more months- ‘but I have IBS and the magnesium creates dirreaha
I am getting horrible thigh cramps for the last couple of weeks- so now what?

24 Pat { 06.03.16 at 9:34 pm }

Take 400 units of magnesium daily and you won’t get leg cramps.
If you forget your magnesium, tale 2-3 potassium pills when you get leg cramps. Pain will disappear in 1-2 minutes. I used to be up half the night walking on a cold floor. Potassium and magnesium have freed me from horrible leg cramps…sometimes even in my thighs.

25 Paula { 06.03.16 at 7:40 pm }

I use Keith’s (# 11) remedy of pinching the gristle in your nose. I have been doing it for years and now very seldom even get a ‘charlie horse’. And if I do it is gone in seconds. Also there is no hard lump left over for hours like I used to have. My friends laugh at me but it works!!!!

26 patricia radakovich { 06.03.16 at 7:31 pm }

FYI OLD WIVES TALE

Laugh all you want but this is the only thing that works for me. Im 68 and discussed this prob. with my dr. All my levels are where they should be. I stretch and I exercise. Here you go.. Bar of Ivory soap has to be Ivory. open it up and place it between the fitted sheet and the mattress pad/cover replace about every 4 months. Laugh all you want but my grandmother used to do it and to this day it works for my family

27 jean savage { 06.03.16 at 7:27 pm }

Take a teaspoon of mustard and the cramp will disappear

28 Shirley Sherman { 06.03.16 at 7:25 pm }

I eat two fresh dates every day, they are rich in potassium .

29 Karen Ard { 03.17.16 at 11:13 am }

2% of your calcium is in your bloodstream. If you lack that, you will get cramps. I take a calcium supplement w/vit D & K and magnesium. Immediate relief. Also take 1 if I feel a headache coming on!

30 Kathy { 02.12.16 at 8:44 am }

I get leg cramps sometimes at night, sitting on the couch even while I’m driving. My husband brought me a magnet home from work. He said a man he works with gets them all the time and he puts a magnet on the affected area and hold it until it go away. I tried the magnet and within secounds it was going away. Sometimes I tape the magnet to the area to keep it from coming back. I have a magnet in my purse at all times.
it works

31 Agustus { 12.23.15 at 6:21 am }

I suffer with severe legs cramps a lot, more in summer. hylands leg cramps with quinine homeopathic pills are the first line of defense.taking b-complex, and magnesium 3 times daily keeps the cramps a little more controlled.mine are so bad, I have had to pull of the road while driving. Walking daily is very helpful along with chiropractic care. These spasms are extremely painful,and the magnesium is always carried where I go.

32 Susan Nikolaus { 07.22.15 at 12:31 am }

Eat a banana everyday and no more cramps! It contains potassium which is what the body needs to prevent cramps.

33 Gracie { 07.17.15 at 11:45 pm }

I’m diabetic, when my blood sugar level skyrockets, it causes dehydration which causes leg cramps. I will take one magnesium tablet, 1 potassium tablet and a baby aspirin to thin my blood, works like a charm. One must be careful with mag. and potassium – my doctor stated it can be dangerous if you go overboard with either one of these.

34 dianne { 07.16.15 at 8:50 pm }

Apply Magnesium oil directly to the site of the cramp. It’ll work very quickly. It’s not expensive either.

35 Debra Nelson { 07.16.15 at 8:12 pm }

my husband kicks at night with leg cramps.my dad told me about the soap between the sheets so I thought why not. I didnt tell my husband this was a test for me! Well he stopped kicking and shaking the bed yahoo! One day discovered the bar of soap and asked what is this?
I told him it was to keep spiders off the bed…. he was fine with that once again yahoo.
Changing the bed linen the bar of soap fell under the bed and I didn’t retrieve it. Time went by and I noticed the kicking started again….I replaced the soap… kick free sleeping again.
Now the interesting thing is my husband has no idea he was in my test. He is just happy we don’t have spiders in bed.

36 Leen { 07.08.15 at 4:54 am }

It is almost 3am and I cannot sleep. I can feel cramps coming in both legs. Does the mustard thing really work??

37 Keith { 06.22.15 at 5:17 pm }

Take Leg Cramps away in 10 – 20 seconds

Under the middle of your nose , if you push up and feel the gristle

and pinch the gristle with your finger nails ( thumb & index finger )

as hard as you can until you get tears in your eyes and keep pinvhing hard !

Your leg cramp will go away in 10 -20 seconds . Now the best part is ,

every time you get a leg cramp over the next year or two , you pinch the

gristle hard & hold it until the leg cramp goes away.then after that it stays

indented and your are leg cramp free for many , many years . It also helps

if you eat more fruit every day .

In my teens , I used to get frequently bad leg cramps and suffered in agony.

Until one day I was reading ” The National Enquirer ” and found this

cure for taking leg cramps away . I was so desperate that I was willing to try

anything and it worked . That was over 40 years ago and I’ve been sharing

it with everybody . Last year I went to a Health Fair an Acupuncturist

agreed with me that it works , she also said if you pinch anywhere in

an oval shape below your nose that would work as well , she

suggested one of your lips to pinch . But that would hurt more and leave a

visible mark .

38 Jackie { 06.14.15 at 9:51 am }

Apple cider vinegar in some water. By the time you get it down, the pain is gone.

39 Akindra { 06.05.15 at 10:52 am }

In the late 70’s I attended the university california riverside. For several years I weekly went to the physical education stretch class led by the head of the dept. Many of us would get tetany and muscle cramps! The teacher would grab the skin above our upper lip and firmly pull it from right to left several times. Miracle cure! Still use it today!

40 Julie { 06.05.15 at 12:23 am }

Walk it out. Works for me. What I would like to know is how do you get the sore muscle to go away?

41 josephine { 06.04.15 at 9:41 pm }

take tonic water .I take aglass in morning an at night before bed it helps.

42 Ruthie Farriester { 06.04.15 at 9:08 pm }

My sister told me to try 1/4 teaspoon no-salt, 1/4 t. sugar and 1/4 t. of salt in a 1/3 cup of water. Within less than 5 minutes my cramps are gone.

43 Deborah { 06.04.15 at 5:07 pm }

If I done the one Where you draw your toes toward your knees, I’d end up with cramps in my foot as well.

44 tabitha { 06.04.15 at 3:19 pm }

Salt..my family swears by it..it thins the blood or something idk..we grab a hand full of salt and eat it lol..u gotta try it

45 Susanne Fagot { 06.04.15 at 2:17 pm }

I used Hylands (brand) quick dissolving leg cramp tablets, works GREAT and i have really Bad leg cramps

46 Misty { 06.04.15 at 12:03 pm }

I had terrible leg cramps when I was pregnant, the only thing that I found to work was to not think about the cramp or even think about flinching my leg muscle and apply pressure on the affected muscle. They would usually pass as long as I laid real still. Later in life, I met a woman who said that she got leg cramps almost every night, she would force herself to walk to the kitchen to eat 1 teaspoon of yellow mustard just by itself. By the time she would get back to bed the cramp was gone every time. I told a couple people about this they tried it and it worked for them too almost immediately. Something that I don’t understand by reading these comments is how so many other remedies works for the same thing. A bar of soap, magnesium, salt, drinking water, apple cidar vinegar, i assume it’s regular white vinegar, tonic water, sugar, calcium, chocolate milk (which has calcium), muscle rub, tums, a piece of thread around the ankle, warm compress, put feet on a cold floor, etc the list goes on and on but none of these have any one thing in common so how can they work for one and not the other? Do you guys think that there are actually many different causes for leg cramps or it’s just that all of our bodies are different and process things different?

47 Joanne { 06.04.15 at 11:18 am }

With RSD CRPS you have bilateral spams/Charley Horses, 3.Spasms – in blood vessels (vasoconstriction) and muscles (sometimes referred to as rolling spasms) of the extremities.
4.Insomnia/Emotional Disturbance – includes the major changes to the limbic system such as short-term memory problems, concentration difficulties, sleep disturbances, confusion, etc.
Potassium Magnesium supplements do not help with a RSD CRPS patient nor does stretching. It is apart of the disease. For more information of RSD CRPS please go to this link to learn about a disease with constant muscle/Charley Horses help us find a cure (November is RSD CRPS awareness month November 3 color the world Orange to promote awareness!) http://www.rsdhope.org/what-is-crps.html Thank you! Joanne Filleul a RSD CRPS warrior

48 Susan Stokes { 06.04.15 at 10:38 am }

I get Charlie horses so bad , my son can’t straighten my leg. He actually stood on my leg to force my leg straight. Apple cider vinegar works in 30 seconds or less. You can drink a cap full or apply the vinegar directly on the cramp. I have not found anything that works as fast as this method.

49 Deanna Rose { 06.04.15 at 10:08 am }

Tonic water….it has quinine in it. You can purchase sugar free diet tonic water. 8 to 12 ounces. Works within 15 minutes. Been having leg cramps (and foot cramps) for years…the only thing that reliably relieves the cramps is tonic water.

50 Debbie { 06.04.15 at 9:55 am }

when you really get one you can’t even make it to a cold floor let alone point your toes up or have time drinking or mixing to drink something the only thing that has really worked for me is putting bars on soap in bed with me between the sheets it really works!! At least four bars try it there’s nothing to lose but your pain!

51 Rosemary { 06.04.15 at 8:38 am }

One tablet of magnesium before bed and no cramps all night. Gatorade helps for the occasional cramp during the day.

52 So { 06.04.15 at 7:40 am }

My Mom swore by tonic water, because it contained quinine. Like mother like daughter, I use it too.

53 Lisa { 06.04.15 at 5:41 am }

I have had HORRIBLE cramps that would start from the tops of my toes and go up my shin almost to my knee. when this would happen, I would take a wet towel that I would heat in the microwave for about 30-40 seconds and then wrap it around my leg and foot and within 2 minutes the muscle would relax and no more pain.

54 Allie { 06.04.15 at 5:13 am }

These are the worse. I eat bananas everyday, drink lots & lots of water. And push my kids to do the same (minus the bananas bc they don’t like them). And we still get them. They hit and I flip around in the bed like a fish out of water. I try to rub and massage it out. But it just away&a feels like a grit your teeth and ride it out. Then for the nxt 3-5 days my calf muscle is extremely sore, gives me a limo for those days bc it hurts so bad to walk on it. Quinine, I say beware of. I was too put on this and had a anaphylactic reaction too, my dad as well. We can’t even drink tonic water… But, thank you for all these wonderful ideas! I’ve written them all down and will try anything! Hopefully even just one will be the “trick” I’ve been looking for for my family!

55 Susan Pierce { 06.04.15 at 3:32 am }

I drink warm liquid Jell-o to help before I go to bed.

56 Karen { 06.04.15 at 12:52 am }

I second what someone else said. The statins I was on for cholesterol caused horrible leg cramps that went from the groin to the entire length of my leg, often lasting almost a half hour.
Stopped the statins and the cramping went away.

57 Maureen B { 06.04.15 at 12:35 am }

I suffer from Charley Horses far too often. My doc suggested Potassium tabs when that wasn’t enough he said Magnesium. I take them both regularly along with plenty of water. That seems to keep them at bay. But I make sure the bottle of Magnesium and Gatorade is always at my bedside. Then I am surely ready for a return! In trying to figure out what triggers mine I noticed dehydration and too much sugar free foods cause them. There is something in the sugar free foods that has them as a side effect. Unfortunately for me I love to eat way too many sugar free Popsicles before retiring to bed. I hope I’ve helped at least one person.

58 Holly { 06.04.15 at 12:10 am }

Keep tums by your bed. Works quickly!

59 Amy { 06.04.15 at 12:06 am }

Disolve a pinch of salt on your tongue and drink a glass of water. Works every time.

60 Jewelz { 06.03.15 at 11:59 pm }

I used to have bad calf pain, especially if I was stressed. But I read something online about chocolate milk helping muscles, so I gave it a try. Honestly, I thought it was stupid, but it actually worked for me. I drink 8oz in the morning with breakfast, and 8oz before bed. I haven’t had another calf cramp since I started.

61 Carole { 06.03.15 at 11:48 pm }

For 8 years I suffered from horrible leg and feet cramps.. I ask every doctor that I went to and either they wouldn’t answer or just say they didn’t know. Sometimes I would get cramps in both legs at the same time. Timed the cramp one time…it was 14 minutes with my leg hard as concrete. Just happened on to an online forum where they were discussing the side effects of ACTOS (medication I was taking for my diabetes) and a lot of people said they had cramps while taking that. I stopped immediately and within 3 days no more cramps. There were big lawsuits against that company because it was also causing heart problems and bladder cancer.. Now I get a cramp only on occasion but sometimes I don’t drink as much water as I should..

62 Debra Stephens { 06.03.15 at 11:35 pm }

My chiropractor suggested drinking coconut water. It has really stopped leg cramps and restless leg syndrome since it is loaded with good nutrients and rehydrates you.

63 Greg J { 06.03.15 at 10:49 pm }

Try yellow mustard when you feel a cramp coming on or during I was told this a year ago it works wonders I work in hot humid conditions suffering from muscle cramps a lot usually one tablespoon does the trick

64 Siobhan { 06.03.15 at 10:35 pm }

My aunt was a nursing student in the 70’s and she was taught to tie a a piece if thread around the ankle, loosely. I had cramps terribly when I was pregnant and she told me to do this. Of course I thought she was crazy, but i tried it anyway. I just happened to have a cramp start as we were tying the string on and it began to knot itself up. For the rest of my pregnancy, as long as I had the thread around my ankle I never had muscle cramps.

65 Dan { 06.03.15 at 10:26 pm }

Muscle cramps are caused by a shortage of sodium. As you sweat, you deplete your sodium. Many people have reduced their salt intake too much. I have not had a muscle cramp in years.

66 Colleen { 06.03.15 at 10:07 pm }

I suffer cramps from tips of toes to top of thighs. If i cant walk it off i get a rag and run it under hot water and put on cramp usually goes awy rather quick. If that doesnt work i put muscle rub on it and this always works. I tried icy hot one time neveragajn it left a chemical burn so stick o muscle rub.

67 Barbara { 06.03.15 at 10:01 pm }

When I get leg cramps it’s usually at night. I sit up in bed and relax my leg muscles while massaging. It works every time!

68 Cecilia { 06.03.15 at 9:49 pm }

Lots of really great treatments for they symptoms, but did you know that leg cramps are a symptom of celiac disease? I quit gluten and I quit having excruciating leg cramps. (Nose bleeds and eye bleeds are also a symptom of celiac, by the way. I had all 3.)

69 Jan { 06.03.15 at 9:32 pm }

i had leg cramps 2 -3 times every night. I had to walk them out. Never got a good nights sleep. A Dr friend told me it might be the “statin” I was taking for my cholesterol. I couldn’t make my own Dr. understand how debilitating these things are. My Dr said my heart attack risk would be greater if I stopped the statin. I took my chances and quit the medicine. I haven’t had a leg cramp since.

70 mary { 06.03.15 at 9:26 pm }

I put a bar of soap under the bottom sheet where you can put your feet on.it help me

71 Colleen { 06.03.15 at 8:45 pm }

I used to suffer from them so bad they would wake me during the night, and while I was pregnant I would cry from how bad they were and how long they would last, Dr. had me putting my legs up on pillows with heating pad underneath just to sleep.. but for me I learned to take deep breaths immediately, relaxing deep breaths, and make my mind go somewhere else not think of the cramps, the pain, and they go away right away.. it works every time!

72 Isay { 06.03.15 at 8:32 pm }

Years ago about 25 to be closer. I had a pulp wood cuter tell me by taking a big swallow of
Apple Cider Vinegar. Stops cramps in just a few seconds, I have been doing this since works every time. I use to have cramps once a week now I may have problem once or twice a year. Hope this helps.

73 Linda { 06.03.15 at 8:20 pm }

I swear by bananas. I get leg cramps and OMG they hurt!! I make my way to the kitchen or yellfor ssomeone to bring me one. Within minutes of eating the banana the cramps are gone.
Banana’s are a great source of potassium.

74 belinda { 06.03.15 at 7:23 pm }

this is what I do when one is coming on. when you feel one coming on bring your toes way back to you and hold them for a few min. it will stop you from getting one

75 george thomas { 06.03.15 at 6:54 pm }

my spinal canal is being closed off by arthritis and suffer from real bad leg cramps about a year ago my pain doctor told me to drink quinine water before bed and have not been bother since if cannot fine quinine water simple tonic water works well

76 Uncle Willie { 06.03.15 at 6:06 pm }

Vitamin E reduced occurrences and intensity for me. One capsule daily. Also, a glass of water when the cramp occurs and walk around on it.

77 Cynthia Conciatu { 06.03.15 at 5:46 pm }

As soon as I feel one coming on I concentrate on relaxing. This works for me and they go away quickly without taking anything. It’s a form of intense meditation, I guess.

78 Darlie { 06.03.15 at 5:30 pm }

Few packs of yellow mustard or s nice squirt from the bottle no tired ache .uscle after yes it contains magnesium.

79 Sandra { 06.03.15 at 5:15 pm }

200 mg caps of Quinine Sulfate. Doctors don’t know why it works but it does. If you’re prone to cramping, take 1 a week, otherwise 1 a month or if you feel a cramp coming. It also works for cramps in the feet.

80 Bev Anderson. { 06.03.15 at 5:01 pm }

Every time it works….a plastic bag wrapped around the cramped area. I generally use a plastic grocery bag, slap it on my shin and wrap it around, or stick your foot in the bag if you have a foot cramp. Apparently it has something to do with the warmth and moisture produced after wrapping it… Try it next time ! Nothing to lose!!

81 Sherry { 06.03.15 at 4:46 pm }

Was told by doctor to take an ounce (shot glass) of tonic water at night. Worked wonders!

82 Dale Hoover { 06.03.15 at 3:23 pm }

Forgot to mention magnesium is also for bruxism (grinding &/or clenching teeth while asleep); & also that the quickest way to relieve a Charley horse cramp is to place your index finger at the base of your nose (above upper lip) & press very hard for 1-3 minutes.

83 Dale Hoover { 06.03.15 at 2:16 pm }

Vast majority of ppl are dangerously deficient in magnesium. It successfully addresses heart attacks (many are just ‘Charley horses’); calf/foot/toe cramps (‘Charley horses’); fatigue; pain anywhere; histamine imbalance; allergies; asthma; menstrual cramps; high blood pressure; angina; intestinal spasms; blood clots; strokes; hearing loss; constipation; heavy metal & chemicals-detox; hypoglycemia; metabolic syndrome; diabetes; PMS; hot flashes; tooth decay; confusion; poor memory; numbness & tingling; all types arthritis; fibromyalgia; Parkinson’s; Alzheimer’s; Reynaud’s.
Stress, infections, disease tax our body supply of mag. as well as alcohol, caffeine (either of which also creates incontinence), smoking, medications, inadequate HCL in stomach, tannins from black & green teas, phytic acid from unsoaked grains & seeds, oxalic acid in raw spinach.
Magnesium calms nervous system, keeps adrenal stress hormones (adrenalin & cortisol) balanced. Depleted body mag. = insomnia, anxiety, fear, panic attacks, depression, hyperactivity, extreme anger & violence, ADD/ADHD, autism, migraines & tension headaches, rapid or irregular heartbeat, convulsions, seizures.
~ http://www.amazon.com/The-Magnesium-Miracle-Carolyn-Dean/dp/034549458X

84 Shirley { 06.03.15 at 1:38 pm }

The fastest way for me is when it cramp first starts; I heat a bed buddy in the microwave and put it directly on my leg cramp, it eases it almost immediately. Ice for me makes it worse.

85 John Simmons { 06.03.15 at 1:18 pm }

For occasional leg cramps, I immediately get up, go to the kitchen and drink a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Back to bed, no more leg cramps….works every time for me.

86 John { 06.03.15 at 12:41 pm }

I buy a bottle of leg cramp pills from CVS, Disvolve them in your mouth, with is very quick. Pain is usually gone by the time pills(2) disolve. I keep the bottle beside our bed on nightstand.

87 Ronald Rager { 06.03.15 at 12:16 pm }

Cottage Cheese & Pineapple

88 Priscilla { 06.03.15 at 12:16 pm }

Even though I take daily vitamins I have found eating a banana every 2-3 days does the trick for me. No leg cramps!!

89 Maybelle { 06.03.15 at 11:30 am }

I have severe cramps in my feet & legs frequently. I have tried the soap, no help to me. I have drank (and still do) tonic water which does help. I have used CapzasinHP on my muscles & it helps quickly.(it is a pepper cream & may blister your tender skin). The best & most regular help I’ve found is to be sure I drink PLENTY of water daily. IF I think I’ve not, then I drink 2-3 glasses before I go to bed. My cramps have decreased tremendously.

90 Esther { 06.03.15 at 9:43 am }

A friend of mine says putting a bar of Irish Spring Hand Soap in between the bed sheets will prevent leg cramps. Her husband had an awful time with cramps until someone told them about the bar of soap trick. Since they have been doing this nary a cramp. My next neighbour told me the same thing. When I told him I already knew about this he was annoyed that I didn’t inform him. I said I didn’t know he had cramps. LOL It’s worth a try. A bar of soap is relatively cheap.

91 Diane { 06.03.15 at 9:39 am }

My husband quite often has leg cramps at night in bed. He immediately takes 2 Tums and the cramps are gone within a few minutes. The calcium in Tums is what helps. We told several friends about this remedy, and it has worked for them as well.

92 BEVERLEY { 06.03.15 at 9:34 am }

pour some vinegar on a cloth and wipe the leg until covered. the smell disappears very quickly . it also works for sore muscles.

93 Sharon { 06.03.15 at 9:25 am }

I have horrible leg cramps in the middle of the night. The front of my legs, back of my legs and my feet. I keep a small salt shaker by the bed and I swallow a small amount as soon as the cramps start. My Dr. told me about doing this as several of his patients swore by it and it really works.

94 Jo { 06.03.15 at 9:22 am }

Once in a while I used to get a serious charley horse in my foot that made my toes look like the Vulcan “Live long and prosper” sign. I’ve discovered that if I squeeze my foot where the cramp originates, the spasm and pain goes away almost immediately. Now when I feel a charley horse starting up, I immediately squeeze/apply pressure, take a few deep breaths and it doesn’t have a chance to get worse.

For those that don’t like sleeping with loose sheets around your feet, make an adjustable bar out of pvc pipe and drape your bedding over it, or stop using top sheets altogether and just use a comforter with a washable duvet cover.

95 Gloria { 06.03.15 at 9:22 am }

This may sound silly, but I take a swig of mustard and I find relief almost instantly. Just a big squeeze from the mustard container. I panic when I get leg cramps.

96 Carolyn { 06.03.15 at 9:20 am }

My remedy is to drink Tonic water. It has quinine, and potassium, both of which seem to help prevent them. I don’t need to drink it a lot – a small glass every couple of days does the trick. And it doesn’t need gin added. 🙂

97 Donald Cowick { 06.03.15 at 9:09 am }

I will certainly follow all the preventative measures you outlined to prevent future cramps, but the fastest cramp killer I have found after stretching and hobbling around is to take a multi-vitamin.

98 Dave Eaton { 06.03.15 at 9:03 am }

The only relief I have found is to walk it off. Walking, for me at least, seems to be the fastest and most effective relief.

99 Cathy { 06.03.15 at 9:01 am }

I used to get a lot of leg cramps. A friend told me to put an unwrapped bar of soap under the fitted sheet on my bed. I don’t know how it helps but believe me it does. No more middle of the night cramps!!!

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