Stop My Mum Cramping!
December 27, 2010 7:05 AM Subscribe
I’m asking this question on behalf of my mother who has been suffering from cramp in primarily her legs but also occasionally her hands for 9 years now.
The symptoms first began in May 2001 and have gradually increased intensity over time.
I'm asking Metafilter as she seems to have run out of other options (I searched for cramps and there didn't seem to be any other answers for this kind of thing)
posted by eb98jdb to health & fitness (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Since 15th September 2010, as a result of a change in how she was being treated, she has kept a record of how frequently they are occurring and rating their intensity between 1 for threatening to cramp, 2 for mild, 3 for bad, 4 for sever and 5 for excruciating.
She is currently getting cramp approximately daily where 3 is the average rating so there’s a significant amount of pain and discomfort involved.
From conventional medicine, as treatment, she has tried:-
Quinine Bisulphate 300 mg
Dantrolene (Dantrium) 25mg
Neither of these were effective and the doctor advised her that there was nothing else that he could do.
From unconventional medicine, she has tried:-
Nitric Acid 14g tablets
Phyto Cal Mag w/ Boron
Chelated Magnesium 500mg (magnesium amino acid chelate)
Magnesium 250 mg
Spectralyte from Physica Energetics
All of these have been ineffective.
She is taking Lisinopril 5mg, Simvastatin 10 mg, folic acid 5mg and aspirin 75mg for atherosclerosis but the cramping symptoms far predate when she started to take statins.
This is in the UK if it matters. She has NHS cover only without private healthcare.
The question is are there any alternative avenues of treatment which have proven successful from any Metafites? Are there other drugs which are more effective that quinine or dantrolene or supplements?