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    Anyone else getting really bad charlie horses?

    Over the past few weeks I've started getting these aweful charlie horses in my left leg. They last anywhere from like 5-10 minutes and are more intense than ones I've had in the past. They do happen on nights after I work a 12 hour shift, and being a nurse, I am on my feet, just about speedwalking, most of that time, so maybe that's just too much for me? I don't know. What worries me is that they are only in my left leg. My left leg is the leg I had a massive blood clot in when I was 14. I've got a call out to my hematologist to see what she thinks...the nurse said she might want an venous u/s I've already had one this pregnancy at 8 weeks.

    Anyway...I was just wondering if anyone else is getting them? If so, I'm sorry...

    Gwen
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    I was starting to get those too but they were little ones all over like in my inner thigh, legs, arms and stomach. Sorry to hear yours are so awful. I hope it is nothing related to your blood clot from years ago. I hear charlie horses are very common in pregnancy. I have been drinking extra milk as I hear calcium helps and it did for me. Good luck and I hope you feel better.


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    Awh Gwen, I'm sorry you are suffering, hun!! Hopefully everything comes back normal. I've always heard that eating bananas (potassium) helps ease cramps.

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    I don't get CH's exactly, but my calves get really uncomfortable and it just feels like I need to stretch them constantly...not painful, just sort of achy....(((HUGS)))

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    Well...my MD had me go in for a venous ultrasound of my leg, and I'm guessing everything looked ok, because they sent me home just like they did last time nothing was wrong. I guess I just need to try to stay off my feet as much as I can.

    Anyone have any advise on helping with the cramps?

    Gwen
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    I've been getting them too and my doc said to increase my potassium intake - the only thing is I am so sick of bananas. I need to find something else that has a lot of potassium. I hope that everything is a-ok with the ultrasound.
    Amy
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    Hi -
    I got them with dd the first time, and Ive had 1 this time so far. It can be potassium intake, calcium intake or it can just be the pressure in the deep pelvis when laying down. What helped me after adding K and Ca to my diet and it didn't stop them was to do calf stretches right before bed, that reduced it a bit. When they occur, the best way I found to help was to get up and try to slowly stretch out the muscle. They are terribly painful, I hope they get better for you.

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    Not currently pg but my dr's suggestion is/was potassium intake increase and calcium supplements... I had them so bad I use to cry in the middle of the night. One last 1 hour.
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    Thanks everyone...I had known about the K and Ca, and have been trying to add more to my diet and I also take tums for Ca supps. I hadn't known that the increase in pelvic pressure can cause them...oh man, these will only get worse, won't they?

    Again, thank you

    Gwen
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    I'm so sorry about your leg cramps. I remember how intense they use to get during my triplet pregnancy. They were especially bad at night, I don't know if it had anything to do with me being completely flat. My packet from the ob's office for this pregnancy gives a few suggestions, although I don't know if they are any good. I thought I would share them just in case theres any truth to them. I know it hurts, hang in there honey. My calves feel like they are on fire all day, so perhaps this is the start to the same problem.

    _ Exercise regularly to improve circulation-walking is especially good

    _ Try the Pelvic Rock exercise-it improves circulation

    _ Cramps may be caused by too much phosphorus or not enough calcium-check with your doctor about dietary adjustments

    _ Avoid pointing your toes or stretching too hard

    _ When standing for a lenghty period of time, try to occasionally move your legs by walking around or flexing them while standing in place

    _ Elevate your legs and flex your toes while resting

    _ To stop a cramp in progress, point your heel or stand on the affected foot


    Like I said, I don't know how helpful they are. But I just thought I would share the list they gave me. Take care!!!! I hope they subside soon!!

    Hugs,
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