Hi Dimples. The cramping pain you're decribing might be caused by a whole heap of things:
* Muscle fatigue
* Heavy exercising
* High weight (not necessarily obesity)
* Electrolyte imbalances
* Vitamin deficiencies
* Poor Circulation
There are plenty of home remedies for cramp that you could try. Here's just a few :
If you suffer from leg cramps at night, try placing a cake of new, pure soap at the bottom of the bed. Some of our MSers tried it here in the MS Forum.
I think this is the link : http://neurotalk.psychcentral.com/thread54740.html
Essential oils such as tarragon, chamomile or lavender rubbed into the crampy areas have been known to work. Lavender is said to be especially good (and works well for headaches too).
If you are getting your Potassium checked, ask to have your Magnesium and your Calcium levels checked at the same time. Deficiencies in any of them can cause cramp.
A good natural supply of Magnesium (and Calcium) are in leafy greens, so try and eat more of those. They say broccoli helps to keep breast cancer away too, so it's all good! :-)
To increase your Calcium intake, eat low fat dairy products and try sardines (with the bones). Nuts, whole grain foods and beans are excellent natural sources of Magnesium. My own doctor ordered me Magnesium tablets (but just Magnesium, not the ones without anything else combined) and they've helped me heaps, and I do take Calcium and Vit D supplements as well, for my bones.
Bananas are high in Potassium, so eat at least one on a daily basis. Low Potassium, as you're probably aware, is one of the causes of cramps.
**** Please DO NOT take Potassium tablets without a doctor's order, as too much Potassium can cause heart attacks, and/or cardiac arrest!
Where I live, tonic water still has Quinine it and Quinine is an excellent drug to alleviate cramps. I don't know if that's valid where you live, so look at the contents on the label, and if yes.... try drinking tonic water.
I hope that's helpful. Here's a great website about natural remedies, and I'm sure you'd find more if you did a web search. http://www.cheap-and-easy-recipes.co...leg-cramps.htm