OW! Cramp! OW! Cramp!! - page 2

Waaaaahhh!! for the second time this week, I've had a couple hours of much-needed sleep, only to be woken up out of a sound sleep with cramps in my feet!! Could not get them gone for more than a... Read More

  1. by   BadBird
    I hate foot cramps that wake you up in the middle of the night, the only way I can get rid of them is to stand up and walk them out. I get toe cramps when my feet are cold so I always wear socks to bed and it does seem to help.
  2. by   jode
    I don't know if you are into alternative medicine at all, but perhaps a good massage therapist may be able to help you. Choose one who knows about orthobionomy and/or reflexology...or you might try acupuncture. Drink lots of fluids? Calcium and zinc? Quinine? Its a nasty way to wake up!!!
  3. by   jode
    magnesium.....sorry
    and Birkinstocks!
  4. by   jode
    magnesium.....sorry
    and Birkinstocks!
  5. by   jnette
    Something I know DOES work.. eat a PICKLE !(replace sodium)...and yes, magnesium has a LOT do with with those cramps and Ca+ as well...ever heard of Z-BEC ? Formulated for cramps...over the counter. Any soda at the grocery store that has quinine in it (as in quinine water) will help, too. This one may sound REALLY far out, but I know of people who SWEAR it works...grab hold of anything made of iron, or even steel and hold onto it awhile...??? (don't look at me like that !) Heck, when it's cramping THAT bad, anything's worth a shot!
  6. by   sjoe
    For me what works is to take a couple of Tums. And, of course, to stand up and put weight on the foot involved.
  7. by   oramar
    Poor kid, hope it feels better by now.
  8. by   Sleepyeyes
    Much better now, thanks all for the plethora of remedies. I'll try 'em all....

    oh, and I did manage to get some sleep, much to my surprise...
  9. by   sharann
    Sleepy,
    You can get Dansko clogs at some of the "walking shoe" type stores. Those that sell Birkenstocks usually carry these. You can try the website www.dansko.com to find a retailer or order online. The thing is you need to try on your first pair because the sizes are European and you never know. I swear by em. Good luck to you!
  10. by   fedupnurse
    Hey Sleepeyes, you say it contorts? ARe you sure you don't have plantar fascitis? I sprained my ankle a few years back and had wicked plantar fascitis for a while afterwards. You could actually feel the tenseness on the bottom of my foot. And the pain!!!!! WOAAAAA! PT finally did ultrasound treatments and that is what fianlly cured it.
    Feel better!!
  11. by   prn nurse
    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    FOOT CRAMP!!! ".....ever had one during sex????"

    Yo, honey !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    With all your yelling, LOVERBOY will think he is doing


    you SOME GOOD !!!! LOL
  12. by   kookyscientist
    It's funny reading this thread because I woke up this morning from a muscle pulling in my calf. I jumped out of bed in time to straighten out my foot before it completely pulled. I get these alot when I'm on my feet the whole night and don't stetch. I also did hear of the metal thing too. A pt. once told me she puts a spoon against her calf when it pulls and that it works. I haven't tried it yet as I don't keep spoons by the bed. But I feel for you cuz when they completely pull it is the worse pain I've ever felt in my life.
  13. by   boggle
    I hate those foot cramps....and walking with my shoes off on the cold floor isn't such a good idea at work!

    I also have been advised to make sure to get enough fluids all day long. Hydration helps along with keeping those minerals and electrolytes balanced.

    Now, when do I have time to drink at work? (and if I drink, when do I have time to pee at work? !!)

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