Wednesday, March 5

Leg Cramps ~ Again


Back in January of 2007, I wrote about having leg cramps and some of the accepted remedies for them. Today I received a comment on that post, and the suggested remedy was so interesting that I decided you should know about it. If you try it - and it works for you - let me know.


I wonder if the corks have to be new or if you can use old ones. I have a whole jar full of old corks, so I may try those.

17 comments:

Bob-kat said...

I swear by quinine (in tonic water, adn perhaps watered down with gin! :)

I had truly awful leg cramps all the time a few weeks ago, they were so bad I was tested for DVT and I had trouble walking. I started drinking quinine and they cleared up. I alos drank more water too as dehydration can cause cramping.

Never heard of the cork thing and I can't think why it would work!

Beverly said...

Hi, Judy,
I've had leg and foot cramps recently. I can usually resolve them by walking and stretching them. I don't get them very often.

I must have been playing tag with you. We were at Jean's about the same time, and then when I went to Anna's, my comment followed yours.

Jamie Dawn said...

That is such an odd comment. He doesn't say to put them anywhere except in the bed with you. I guess by virtue of their presence, the cramps are magically relieved. Very strange, but if I had bad leg cramps, I'd try it. I probably wouldn't tell anyone I tried it, unless it worked, of course.

I hope your leg cramps go away. I used to get them years ago when I played sports. I'd get them at night in my calves, and they really hurt. I know they are very painful, so I hope you get relief from them soon.

Jamie Dawn said...

That is such an odd comment. He doesn't say to put them anywhere except in the bed with you. I guess by virtue of their presence, the cramps are magically relieved. Very strange, but if I had bad leg cramps, I'd try it. I probably wouldn't tell anyone I tried it, unless it worked, of course.

I hope your leg cramps go away. I used to get them years ago when I played sports. I'd get them at night in my calves, and they really hurt. I know they are very painful, so I hope you get relief from them soon.

PI said...

Mum swore by corks in bed.

bobbie said...

This may sound as improbable as the soap or corks, but I have found that it works. When my calves cramp while I'm in bed, I swing my feet over the side and place my feet flat on the floor. Don't have to stand, just place them flat. Instant relief. Cannot say why or how. If I am seated when it happens, then I have to stand up and the cramp leaves.

Seamus said...

Now I want to Google the "cure" and see what comes up!

whimsicalnbrainpan said...

I don't get leg cramps but am really curious as to whether this works or not. Let us know.

Carolyn said...

Soap- hmmm! I've never heard of that Judy! (Well, I mean I have heard of soap, but not for curing leg cramps, lol!) Corks are odd too. I usually get rid of them by stretching.

Ginnie said...

Corks in bed? To cure leg cramps? Somehow it sounds like there's a joke there but I can't quite put it all together. The funny thing is that I do get leg cramps and will proably try it !!

JeanMac said...

I have read to put a bar of soap under the sheet, then rest your leg on it. My mother kept liquid calcium available. Have never heard about corks but I'd put the whole jarful in if it helped!
PS Read to pinch your nose just at the nostrils to help also -honestly:)

rosemary said...

I don't know about the corks but have heard of the soap working wonders. My neighbor has used soap for several years and she swears it works!!!

OldHorsetailSnake said...

I never thought of reusing corks, since all of mine have a hole in the middle. Might make a difference, no?

BreadBox said...

Have to say, of all the remedies, I like Bob-kat's best!
I'm sure that the holes in the corks are irrelevant, since I don't know of anyone who has corks without them:-)

James said...

Know what, just keep a check on your mineral intake. You don't want to be having a mineral deficiency, specially magnesium and potassium. In most cases of leg cramps, this seems to be the main cause.

Judy (kenju) said...

James, I take both every day. The soap works - for whatever reason - as does quinine water. I know I am not dehydrated. If I take the soap out from under the sheets, the leg cramps return. When the soap gets old, the leg cramps return.

Craig Morgan said...

ok i knows it's totally wack back the corks thing actually works. Don't ask me why or how I've been trying to figure it out for weeks. I was woken by cramp every night for weeks until a colleague suggested i try so i thought what the hell I've got nothing to loose.
To my utter disbelief it worked, I not had cramp even once since putting them in the bed...it's annoying the hell out of me as to why it works. I don't subscribe to old wives tales but for the life of me can't figure out what makes it work....but it does