I used to get cramps in my legs and feet many times during the night. A friend of mine told me about an Old Wive's Tale that works for her. I tried it and, behold, no more cramps. This is so simple and drug free. I don't have any idea why or how it works, but it does.
Place a bar of soap, Ivory was suggested, under your bed sheet down by your feet. If, by chance, you do get a cramp, maneuver the soap bar to the area where the cramp is and it will go away faster than jumping out of bed and walking it off.
As for the swollen feet, talk to your doctor about it. There could be any number of things that could cause them to swell. A couple of suggestions: possibly your shoes are too tight, or maybe a diuretic (sp?) could help.
First off there would be questions that I would ask of you. First what other medical conditions do you have? Have you had any test run recently concerning potasium or ph balance?
How here is why I ask, if you have any left side heart problems; you could be having a circulation problem that should be addressed by your doctor. You may have reduce heart rate at night and the lower rate is not allowing enough oxygen or fluids such as salts to get to the muscies in your legs. Do you have Congressive Heart failure?
Next on the test, do you have a low salt or potasium level. This could increase your cramping do to the same reasons as the heart but through a different means.
Do you have any major back problems that might be affecting the nerves to the legs? I get cramps but I have a major back issue and if I don't have the right amount of pain relief, I sometimes get almost whole body cramps. These include the legs. My legs and feet are so sensitive that I can't have anything touching them while in bed. I have to sleep under one sheet and nothing touching my feet or I have pain and some cramping during these events.
Just make sure that there is not an underlying health issue that may not be connect to you pain issues. Most of use with chronic pain have trouble sometimes separating the cause of our aliments. Just remember everything is not always what we think and making sure you find the the real cause so some other health issue is over looked.
Thanks for answering my question! As a matter of fact, I do have back problems! I was getting cortisone shots in my spine, but they actually increased my pain so I have stopped getting them. I am in the process of finding a new doctor who can help me with my problems. I moved to a new area and am finding it extremely hard to find a physician. I have called a dotor who was recommended to me, but still haven't received a return phone call. If I don't hear anything by tomorrow, I have decided that I'm going to drop by the office to find out why I haven't received a call back and talk with other patients to see if I'm just wasting my time!
Thanks again for your answers to my question. (I too can't have anything touching my feet while in bed or I experience instant cramping in my feet!) I will let you know my diagnosis as soon as I get one!
Just don't give up. I know it is hard to keep your spirits up when pain is a big part of your life, but keep going and hopefully you will get to a point that you can function with dignity.