A further update on the issue, guys; I began taking magnesium tablets two days ago, and so far have had no cramps at all. The jury's still out though!
I have the same problem with leg cramps. My doctor recommended magnesium and it worked but after awhile I got a reaction and could not take it anymore. Now I've been taking Hyland's Leg Cramp pills. I think they've got quinine in them. They are a homeopathic type treatment and they work for me. The only problem is that they're only good for four hours or so. I take two at bedtime and usually make it all night (7 1/2 hours). Might be worth looking at.
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I'll check `em out, Moose; The magnesium seems to be working so far. I decided to test it yesterday, so didn't take the evening pills after scything my "back 40". Hadn't used the scythe for quite a while, and worked up a good sweat doing so. Then a serious period of relaxation after dinner with a good cigar. This usually brings out the cramp gremlin, and sure enough, as I got out of bed this morning, there he was, waiting for me!
There's an old folk remedy for night-time cramps, sleeping with a bar of soap in your bed. I know this sounds flaky and I was/am skeptical myself, but my Mom swears by it. If you google "bar of soap" and "leg cramps," you will get lots of info. Doesn't cost much to try.
Sorry about the late reply but for those just checking in; Try LEGATRIN PM (Wal mart, keep looking, they're there). I get horrendously bad leg cramps after an extremely hard day of walking/climbing and one of these pills when the cramp hits and the cramp disappears in about one minute. Might be a placebo for all I know and I don't give a hoot...they work!!!
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