Different sufferers, different triggers, different roads to relief.
Ellen was worried she wouldn’t be able to stand in line at a big sale to buy her granddaughter a special doll. “My legs feel creepy-crawly, and become agitated when I stand for a long time,” she says. “I look like I’m dancing a jig.”
It’s a different problem for Ellen’s sister, Carol. “Sitting drives me crazy. I can’t sit still at my desk,” she says. “People think I’m hyperactive.”
Choosing the right homeopathic remedy for your unique symptoms:
Hyland's Leg Cramps with Quinine PM
This unique version of Hyland’s popular homeopathic Leg Cramps with Quinine relieves pain and cramps in lower body, legs, feet and toes with accompanying nighttime sleeplessness. Its effective, natural, homeopathic pain relief helps you fall asleep and get back to sleep at night.
Calcarea Carb - cramps in legs, calves, feet and toes
Causticum - nocturnal sleeplessness
Chamomilla - cramps and pain in bed at night
Cinchona off (Quinine) - disturbed sleep, pain in limbs at night
Cuprum Met - cramps of limbs, charley horse cramps
Lycopodium - disturbed, restless sleep; cramps and contraction of limbs
Magnesia Phos - wakeful and sleepless, cramps in legs
Rhus tox - charley horse cramps in thighs & calves at night
Silicea - not being able to sleep again after waking
Sulphur - sleeplessness, frequent waking during night
Hyland's Leg Cramps with Quinine
Hyland’s Leg Cramps with Quinine™ offers a traditional formula for the natural relief of symptoms of cramps and pains in lower back and legs. It can be especially useful if symptoms are made worse by damp weather.
Cinchona Officinalis 3X HPUS (Quinine) - for symptoms of pains in limb and joints, worse from slight touch, better from hard pressure (rubbing.)
Viscum Album 3X HPUS - for symptoms of pain in knee and ankle, sciatica, pain from sacrum into pelvis and thighs. Worse in cold, stormy weather.
Gnaphalium Polycephalum 3X HPUS - helps with cramps in calves and feet; rheumatic pain in ankles and legs; intense pain along sciatic nerve
Rhus Toxicodendron 6X HPUS - for pain and stiffness in fibrous tissue. Pains from strain and overexertion. Sciatica with pains in tendons and ligaments. Worse in cold, damp weather, night.
Aconitum Napellus 6X HPUS - helpful for relief of pains in joints, lameness in hip and thigh. Cool feel, knees unsteady. Worse at night and in cold, dry wind.
Ledum Pal 6x HPUS - for rheumatic pains in legs
Magnesia Phosphorica 6X HPUS - for radiating, cramping pains in calves. Usually worse on right side.
Hyland's Restful Legs
Specially formulated to help alleviate symptoms such as creepy-crawly feelings, itching of the legs, or the compelling urge to move the legs, especially while lying down, sleeping, or sitting still for long periods.
Arsenicum Album - creeping, crawling itch
Lycopodium - restless legs, while lying down
Pulsatilla - constant urge to move legs
Rhus Toxicodendron - restless legs, better with activity
Sulphur - itching, tingling, urge to move legs
Zinc Metallicum - twitching & jerking of legs, while sitting
Just the right dose of exercise can help too!
Exercise can work wonders, but timing and the right amount are key.
In any group of people suffering from agitated legs, the talk soon turns to exercise. There is something about exercise that seems to release the energy that creates the need to move your legs. Most people report that regular “mild to moderate” exercise is a big help, but many say working out too vigorously aggravates symptoms. Trying different levels of exercise is the best way to know what works for you. Since symptoms are typically worst at night, late afternoon or evening exercise may be best, but morning or mid-day workouts are also effective. Focus on lower body exercise such as running, biking or swimming. Prefer teammates or partners? Try tennis, basketball or soccer. Like classes? Try yoga, Pilates, step aerobics or dance.
What about when you are already in bed and symptoms kick in, no pun intended? Try this mini, in-bed leg workout.
1. Lying on your back, hold the ball of one foot, point it upward and extend your leg as far as you can. Hold it just at the edge of pain.
2. On your knees, lean back stretching the tops of your thighs. See if you can touch your heels.
3. Still on your knees, fold all the way forward.
Any way you choose to exercise, a dose of MuscleAches/Cramps #44 will help minimize the strain and pain, thus making it easier to stick with the program.