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Fri Oct 17 11:28:35 UTC 2008

I have bad cramps in my lower legs and feet. Can anyone help?
Category: Neuropathy

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I take neurontin prescribed by my dr. and take quinine as a supplement. I walk 25 miles a week and am in good physical health. Within the last 10 days I have started experiencing severe cramping in my lower legs. So severe I awake with my legs cramped up as if I had just run a marathon. It hurts quite a lot and they continue sore throughout the day. I drink 48 to 64 ozs. of water daily and stretch before I start my walks. I am not sure what is happening. Can you help me?
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2008-10-18 22:28:01.0

So glad that you have a regular exercise program. Drinking plenty of water and stretching before your walks help to warm up your muscles. Leg cramps from walking often result from a low oxygen supply to the leg muscles. A modified walking program using intervals of walk and periods of result may allow more oxygenated blood to the muscles. The walking distance, intensity, and duration might have to be adjusted. Be sure to stop walking when the pain becomes intense. If you are experiencing pain at rest and during the night, it would be an indication to see your doctor. He or she would advise you if you need to adjust your medications and modify your execise program. Patients with leg pain find other forms of activity less painful and equally helpful for controlling blood sugar levels, such as recumbent cycling and water aerobics. Ask your doctor to refer you to an exercise physiologist trained to work with people with diabetes. Take care.
Answered By: Liz Quintana
Accreditations: EdD, RD, LD, CDE
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2009-01-20 03:01:22.0

Have you considered calcium/magnesium/vit.D? Leg/foot cramps do to lack of calcium runs in my family - in other words, calcium solves the problem. Magnesium and vit. D help your body absorb the calcium. It might be worth a try.
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2008-11-17 19:36:22.0

You didn't mention how your BS levels have been. High BS levels will immediately cause your legs to cramp. Especially if you have been over excercising them. Yes, OVER. I would consider the amount of walking you are doing a bit much. Remember it is good to excercise, but not good to punish your body. Just because you walk miles each day it won't do you any good if you damage your legs because of it. Remember, diabetics have to go about things with a bit of tendrness in order not to create problems. There is such a thing as over doing it. Try cutting down on your walking and change your shoes a couple times during the day. You may be developing pressure points on your feet that are raising havoc with your muscles. Bananas also help with leg pain.
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