Main Article on Muscle Cramps (Muscle Spasms) Question: What kinds of treatments have been effective for your muscle cramps? Submit Your Comment Comment from: terryt, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 30 I've taken Cramp Defense for quite some time now and it has been very effective for muscle cramps. Unfortunately in my last order I found several capsules that were empty. I had ordered 3 bottles and I found empty capsules in 2 of the bottles. It was just a handful of empty ones but still I was disappointed to find this happening. I'd not had this issue previously. I do plan to order again but needed to bring this to someone's attention. Comment from: cornelio, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: December 31 When I have a muscle cramp I relax immediately, stop moving the affected area, and do inhale and exhale exercise. Relaxing is important. Comment from: Brian , 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 05 After getting muscle cramps all my life since my teens (I’m now 64) and the frequencies increased nightly, sometimes more than once a night, I was prescribed quinine tablets by my general physician. It was a miracle cure, but now after 3 years of regularly taking them, cramps are beginning to return, so a quinine break is required; if I can endure the pain long enough. Comment from: l hult, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: July 01 My severe leg cramps are always stopped with a muscle rub. I get the cheapest kind at the store and rub it in the cramp; relief in usually 30 seconds. Just don’t get it on sensitive areas! Comment from: Ed, Male (Patient) Published: May 05 I have muscle cramps in my legs, arms, feet, and hands, usually at night. I try, with some success, water, quinine water, stretching, potassium, and electrolytes (I buy Power Pak powder). For my hand cramps I use hot water soak and all of the above. Hope this helps someone. Comment from: Sabina, 65-74 (Patient) Published: July 05 I got muscle cramps all my life in feet and hands and blood tests are normal. I have to stand up whenever it gets to my feet and walk, which helps. I got used to it and taking no medication for the cramps. The doctor recommends quinine which I am afraid to get addicted to. Comment from: Becky, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: June 01 I take Cramp Defense capsules for my muscle cramps. Comment from: mel, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: October 13 A week ago the calf muscles on my right leg collapsed while walking home. I sat on a bench nearby because I could not step on the leg. I rested for about 5 minutes then limped badly to my home about 300 meters away. I still limp slightly but am able to walk slowly. I notice that the calf muscles are hard and I use Bengay at times, and at times ice. But the muscles remain stiff and hard, more than the muscles on my left calf. Published: September 10 I was getting very severe muscle cramps in my legs and above my knees. They would tighten up and hurt so bad I couldn't do anything but scream and rub my leg. I had it so bad one night, if I could have gotten up to get my gun, I would have used it! [I think] After I stopped using ALL sweeteners [not real sugar] my leg cramps stopped. However, recently I have been getting them again due to my lack of Potassium. I was put on 40 MG of Lasix. There is something one can take that is guaranteed for milder leg cramps or “Charlie Horse" as I've heard it referred too. Quinine really works!! One of my problems is I don't drink enough liquids! Hope this helps someone, because I can't think of anything more painful then muscle cramps in the keg or thigh-at least the kind I was getting! Published: September 10 A Banana daily for the magnesium in it used to ward off the nighttime leg cramps. Now a Magnesium and Calcium combined supplement seems to help. When it doesn't; one, Ibuprofen (400mg) helps. This has been an intermittent problem from my 40 to 70's and each time it returns it is more severe and covers larger areas of the arms and leg muscles. Particularly in wet or humid weather. Comment from: VVVIPER, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: December 31 Last few years I have been getting severe cramps in every part of my body; hands, biceps, upper and lower legs, neck, shoulder blades, feet, butt cheeks. I have been reading every cause from dehydration, liver problems, cholesterol, drugs, etc. I do take Ezetrol for cholesterol issues. SLIDESHOW Pictures of the 7 Riskiest Workout Moves, and How to Improve Them See Slideshow Comment from: richard, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: March 04 I get muscle cramps in my hands, especially after working a lot with my hands. Almost nothing helps. Comment from: moonshadow, Published: April 30 Thank you for thoroughly addressing muscle cramps. I have a extremely rare muscle disease, so everyone else don't freak out when you read this. As the article states, most muscle cramps are "benign" in nature, meaning, they resolve on their own if you pay attention to dehydration, potassium levels, etc. as mentioned. This is very good advice, so take in every bit of suggestions, preferably under a doctor’s care, because you can overuse potassium, etc. so be careful. Don't worry, if you have a muscle disease, cramps and other symptoms creep up slowly. You can enjoy life with cramps if you pay attention to electrolytes, dehydration etc. so study this article! My questions related to treatment and testing (ex. EMG on Friday) were answered. Thanks again and good luck to all! Comment from: Sore legs, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: February 27 I've had cramping problems for years, every time I play football and usually towards the end of the game when it suddenly drops me on the ground with screaming pain. But there's nothing the trainer can do except ice it, which doesn't work. I just had to wait it out. We then got a new trainer who got me to rub in some Superbalm (Dr. Wheatgrass) before the game, and I haven't had a cramp since. Comment from: Toad, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 24 A way to stop cramps is to pinch the philtrum (the furrow between your nose and upper lip with your thumb and forefinger. It will even stop the cramp from happening, if you catch it as it starts. Be sure to point your toes up, as well. Not sure why this works every time - might be some kind of acupressure point. Comment from: MrsMudge, 45-54 Female Published: April 15 I have leg and foot cramps frequently, from inner thigh muscles to shins, calves, and feet. Usually at night in bed. I used to eat Tums for the calcium, it helped somewhat. I finally realized that dehydration was a major cause of my cramps and at the first twinge; I drink lots of water, and replace electrolytes with Tums, Gatorade. Now I will look for something chewable with calcium and magnesium. Also, if I walk in high heel shoes all day I would get an extra dose of foot cramps. I usually wound up putting my high heels back on to stop the cramps and then sleep with them on. It seems crazy sometimes.