I have type 1 diabetes. I inject 20 units of Lantus Insulin each morning and take 2 tablest twice a day of Glyburide 5mg tablets. I suffer from painfull leg, foot and toe cramps. I experience severe pain during the day and the pain will often wake me up during the night. I have taken several prescription pain relievers such as Vicodin, Motrin, Soma and Gabadone with minimal relief. A cream called NeuroGen by Young Living which I purchase from a Young Living Products distributor has given me the fastest acting pain relief. It is expense. About $90 for a 4oz. bottle, but it works the best. Better than anything my diabetic/primary care physician has prescribed. I would be very interested to know if other diabetics have leg/foot cramps.
It's all about balance! Potassium, Magnesium and Calcium have to be in balance to keep all muscles working properly.
That includes your heart, which is a muscle. Be careful about taking Potassium supplements, check with your Dr. Too much Potassium can kill you.
Keeping Carbs down controls your diabetes and that will end the cramps!
If you keep your carbs down, (no bread, cookies, cake, potatoes, pasta, white rice) and keep your magnesium up, (cooked spinach, almonds, brazil nuts, buckwheat) you will stop having leg cramps!!!
For 2 weeks...my mother has had SEVERE leg cramps at night...kept her up all night long. She would have to bang her legs for 45 minutes at a time at 4 times a night. We have a massager with pads to place on her legs. One night, we made the GRAVE mistake of putting those on her and it made it WORSE. About an hour after she used it, she was SCREAMING and CRYING in pain...it was the WORST thing I have witnessed my mother go through...it was extremely scary. All I could do was massage her legs while it settled down...it took a good 20 minutes while she screamed.
This was all a VERY scary time for all of us. She was planning to see her doctor the next day, but she couldn't get an appointment until 2-3 days later. I immediately went online. Nocturnal Leg Cramps for Type II Diabetics is a very real thing and a TON of diabetics go through it.
As I did my research, I found that a deficiency in CALCIUM, POTASSIUM, MAGNESIUM, and ELECTROLYTES were ALL an occurring theme with nocturnal leg cramps. I immediately went to the store and bought ALL of the above and went home and had my mom take 2 of each every 8 hours. That night....LOW and BEHOLD..she had NOT ONE cramp.
I do not want someone else going through this, please check your levels above...and take these supplements. These cleared it right up! Also….dehydration may cause it. Get Smart Water or Vitamin Water and drink these before bed…or water or milk. Most insulins lower potassium and magnesium levels…that is why it is imperative to take these supplements daily.
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