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Old 08-24-2013, 07:54 AM   #1
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Muscle Cramp Relief

I have been having a lot of trouble with muscle cramps in my hands and ankles - especially at night.

I've tried adding potassium and magnesium - per my Dr and really have not noticed much change.

I've been drinking more water than the Hoover Dam holds.

Anyway .. I ran across an article the other day and I figured I had nothing to lose so I tried it.

Ivory Soap.

Put a bar under the bottom sheet of your bed near where you are having the troubles - ie ankles, feet, knees etc.

Shave some Ivory soap and put in in socks and wear the socks to bed.

I know .. sounds weird and silly ... BUT ..................... I have done this for 3 nights running and not a single cramp in my ankles or feet.

Nobody seems to know why it works for some people. For some it works immediately and for others it takes a few nights.

It also seems to help people with back pain and RLS.

It apparently will not work with any soap that has deodorant in it.

I figured I had nothing to lose and everything to gain - including a few bars of Ivory soap.

If you have any of these problems give it a try .. it's not proven to do anything but it is proven to help - how's that for a confusing statement !

I do not believe it is simply the power of suggestion .. there really is something to it - oh .. and my feet are nice and clean LOL

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Old 08-24-2013, 09:19 AM   #2
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For me, a good slug of pickle juice, if I can hobble to the fridge, releases
a leg cramp almost immediately.


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Old 08-24-2013, 09:21 AM   #3
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I've heard similar stories MrsL. I've also heard of folks drinking pickle juice for muscle cramps. Glad you found that it works for you. It's relatively cheap and no nasty side effects!
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Old 08-24-2013, 09:26 AM   #4
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I never heard of either of these before.
Thanks for the tips. Every once in a while I'll get a hammy tighten up, so I'll go right for the jar of pickles.
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Old 08-24-2013, 09:29 AM   #5
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I have heard of this. Last I heard (and I am uncertain of the reliability of the source) supposedly tests were conducted at NC State and other places. Seems a volatile oil in the soap might be the reason it works. I must admit that it sounds weird, but if it works then why not?
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Old 08-24-2013, 12:54 PM   #6
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There's a doctor who has a syndicated column that runs in our local newspaper who has reported on this. Many people have written to him saying this soap method works. Hoot's idea sounds plausible. And as jabbur said, no side effects! Glad it's working for you.
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Old 08-24-2013, 01:04 PM   #7
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I use homemade soap at the bottom of my bed and I suggest it to patients. I keep a big brick of the little Ivory bars in my office for those who want to try it.
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Old 08-24-2013, 01:48 PM   #8
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My doctor told me to have my husband do this. Dh has not had a cramp since. Dr. thinks it has something to do with positive and negative charges in the sheets and soap. He is planning to study the issue.
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Old 08-24-2013, 04:10 PM   #9
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Interesting. I will give it a try.

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Old 08-24-2013, 06:26 PM   #10
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Do you think switching to Ivory in the shower would help or do you need the bar in the bed, I think that would drive me nuts!

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