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Cramps

Woke up this morning with sever leg cramps again Haven't had them for awhile. But seems they're coming back again. I used to wake up about 2 or 3 in the morning with them so bad I'd be hollering and using words that would make a sailor blush. Wife would try to quieten me down saying I was going to wake up the neighborhood. Didn't care. Hurt too bad to care. This morning they started with small minor cramps taht went away but all of a sudden the big ones hit and hit very hard. I was cussing again and loud as they hurt. She started getting the towels soaked with hot water wrapped around them to help ease the pain to where they didn't hurt as bad and finally went away. Decided to do some searching about cramps and diabetes. Discovered several health sites about diabetes that also mentioned cramps. And yes I'm getting plenty of potassium and eating bananas etc. My reads have been fairly decent this month but they're coming back.
Then my hands also started cramping on and off throughout the day.

My next appointment with my doctor is in July but might send a message to the team and let them know about what's going on and see if she'll want me to come in early or wait till then. I've been taking Lyrica for the burning in the feet(have nerve damage in them thanks to diabetes), was taking Ultram for pain in knees but got off of that and taking something else instead for that. Don't know what she'll do.

Although I've been maintaining very well since 2013 I'm going to talk to her and maybe the DE to see if they think that the diabetes is working on my legs now also.

  1. Hey Riddler - I was suffering leg cramps in the middle of the night that had me hopping out of bed to straighten out my leg, etc. It was nearly every night. About a year ago, my left calf cramped up so bad that it made an audible popping noise as I was trying to get out of bed. It took me several minutes to be able to move. That is a pain I do not want to experience again. What I did to combat the cramps is up my water intake to at least 50 oz of water a day, and I drink one Propel water a day to replenish electrolytes. It's been a year and I can count on one hand the cramping incidents I have had since this little adjustment. It might help for you, I don't know. I am not a health care professional.

    1. Thanks for thinking of the water. I drink plenty of water. Guess that it's so much throughout the day that the wife questions me all the time about drinking so much water.
      I went a message through the team email to my DE this afternoon about it. Hopefully will have a response within a day or two. They usually respond within a day but she's constantly busy so sometimes takes her a bit longer to return emails and calls. Told her I drink plenty of water, eat the bananas and about my labs always showing potassium levels good. Will see what she thinks also.

      I've had those very stiff cramps also where I couldn't even try to stand up at all. I'd try to massage them out but only thing that helped was those hot towels and trying to massage them at same time.

      1. I am new to this forum and have just been diagnosed with type2 diabetes as well as some level of heart failure. With medicine given for heart failure I had very bad cramps. However a teaspoon of moringa powder in a little yoghurt has completely stopped it. I take it at 4pm daily. Maybe that can help someone

        1. Thanks for the tip 2010wum2010. Will be checking into that.

          Wishing you the best on this journey of ours in type2 diabetes.

          Tom

        2. Thanks for sharing ! It is great to hear you are feeling better! As reactions can vary, we always recommend speaking with one's doctor before beginning anything new as well. Best, Margot, Type2Diabetes.com Team

      2. I also suffered with cramps— mainly in my feet. Found if I keep taking magnesium citrate they stay away. Reading find that magnesium oxide does no good. Body can’t utilize but magnesium citrate is more readily used by my body. I take 400 mg every other day. Don’t know if this will help just my experience and what I do to correct it.

        1. - Thanks for sharing what makes you feel better! Glad your cramps are staying away! - Kelsey, Type2Diabetes.com team member

        2. Thanks for the tip. I take magnesium 250mg 3 times a week. Will still get cramps at times.

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