Leg cramps and compression tights

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by slobake, Aug 22, 2017.

  1. slobake

    slobake resident ... something

    Sometimes I get cramps in my legs at night. You might know the kind, you stretch or move your leg a little bit and WHAM! it time for a painful awakening. I get the cramps in my calves or in my thighs right below the knee joint. Sometimes I can massage the cramp out and other times I need to get out of bed and walk it off.
    I have done my homework and I am not looking for medical advice. Knowing how we are I am sure I will get some anyway :) No doubt the cramps are related to cycling. My father had the same problem so maybe it is hereditary too.
    Bought some compression tight for wearing under my shorts when I cycle. Mostly to keep my white fish belly legs from getting sunburned in the summer. Turns out I like the compression on my legs when I ride. Now I wear them if I am going on a long ride.
    One day after a tough ride I decided to wear the tights to bed. That night I started getting a cramp in my calve but it just went away and never got the tight painful knot phase. I have been paying attention since then. The only nights that I get serious cramps that I have to walk off is when I am not wearing the tights.
    Has anyone else had this experience?
  2. Funky Ghost

    Funky Ghost Translucently Groovy

    Hey bud, not to scare you but they can also be associated with diabetes. Might be worth a visit. Hydration can certainly play a part as well. Last year I started getting the take your breath away curse like a sailor leg cramps at night. It was a combination of pre diabetic and hydration.
  3. slobake

    slobake resident ... something

    Okay, thanks. Yup, I know about hydration, due for a physical soon I will have the diabetes checked. FYI I have been having these cramps for a long, long, time.
  4. Chicory Blue

    Chicory Blue Secretly Queen of the Moon

    I used to get these very frequently as a side effect of a medication I was on. Still do occasionally, though no longer as frequently.

    At some point, someone mentioned to me that the pain was likely my calf muscle over-tensing, and that I could quickly soothe it by bringing my toes toward my knee to stretch the muscle. Seems they were right, as every time I've woken up with such a cramp since, I just have to move my foot in such a way (as though I'm trying to point to my knee with my toes) and the issue is almost immediately resolved. Your situation could easily be different, but if you haven't tried that yet, I recommend it. Could help.

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  5. hondo4life


    Feb 29, 2016
    I also get severe calf cramps. I may try the toe thing, but what has worked for me in the past is pushing hard into the arch of my foot. Sometimes I use the other foot to push, and sometimes I just step onto the corner of something.
  6. slobake

    slobake resident ... something

    I'll give it a try, thanks.
  7. slobake

    slobake resident ... something

    Good ideas and suggestion here, all worth as try. As for me, I would rather not get the cramps at all and the compression tights seem to be achieving that.
  8. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Drink a Gatorade before you got to bed. Seriously.
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  9. hondo4life


    Feb 29, 2016
    You know, I just haven't worn tights since the last time, and I'd like to keep it that way. :cigar:
    Can I just tie a string around my leg?
  10. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
    Potassium, calcium, magnesium. Low electrolytes may be the cause. Was for me.
    I took potassium pills and ate a banana every day.

    Electrolyte water and massage before bed may help.

    Curious what your doc recommends?

    DIY: Put a bar of soap under the sheet near where you get the cramps. Been reported to help in several DIY medical self help groups.

    Hope you feel better.
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2017
  11. TOOL460002


    Nov 4, 2004
    Santa Cruz
    It's cancer.
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  12. slobake

    slobake resident ... something

  13. slobake

    slobake resident ... something

    Are you sure? Could be a gall bladder problem.
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  14. Chicory Blue

    Chicory Blue Secretly Queen of the Moon

    At least we can be sure it's not lupus.

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  15. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    You're probably deficient in one or more of these:

    potassium, calcium or magnesium
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  16. TOOL460002


    Nov 4, 2004
    Santa Cruz
    The only thing I'm sure about is that we need to operate immediately. I'll figure out the rest on the fly.
  17. slobake

    slobake resident ... something

    I think the real cause is burrito deficiency.
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  18. wizay


    Mar 5, 2008
    Remember to stretch your legs after activity or if u Been sitting/working etc. Take your daily multivitamine & fish oil. Stay hydrated with water. Maybe try a pillow under your calfs/legs.
  19. I can say from experience that lack of hydration can indeed make somebody cramp up. If you're a cyclist, you probably already know this though.
  20. Try TNC.
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