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Night leg cramps & bar of soap

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I think I've read here before that people who have problems with leg cramps in the night have gotten relief from putting a bar of soap in their bed.
A friend of mine is hear and mentioned that she's having problems with leg cramps.
I remembered something about a bar of soap, but can't remember the specifics. Can anyone help me with this?

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pinkcrystal12613457581291 PostsRegistered 4/24/2006Northern Michigan
Ivory bar soap and/or Caress bar soap.

pinkcrystal12613458581291 PostsRegistered 4/24/2006Northern Michigan
But on Snopes it says Dial or Dove.

gidgetgoes­hawaiian1261345903415 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004
Where do you actually put it in the bed?

pinkcrystal12613459511291 PostsRegistered 4/24/2006Northern Michigan
I put it at the foot of the bed, under the sheets.

snowball12613459518650 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004
Yes, ivory soap works for me. I keep a bar under the bed sheet and my leg cramps have really diminished. I had a cramp the other night, but they have really lessened.

gidgetgoes­hawaiian1261346170415 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004
Thanks to you both. I appreciate it!

bunjetto12613463022866 PostsRegistered 11/2/2006
I have a bar of all natural soap purchased online and it works!

Krimpette126134663411311 PostsRegistered 9/7/2007MidAtlantic
I just read the Snopes article and while it says everything EXCEPT Dial or Dove, it goes on to say that it appears that any soap will do - even those little bars that you get at hotels. I have Camay in mine for foot cramps and it has worked for many years. Can't believe how I used to suffer prior to this little "cure".

Dharma_Ini­tiative12613473714154 PostsRegistered 7/16/2007
Any generic bar of white soap works, not deodorant soap.

LeapFrog1261349055722 PostsRegistered 2/27/2007Kent OH
How is putting a bar of soap in your sheet supposed to help with leg cramps? What's in the soap that is supposed to be the healing factor?

4doggies12613494803501 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004
Wow, I'm amazed that this works...I thought leg and foot cramps were related to potassium levels. I can't imagine what the soap would do, but if it works, more power to you!

bellamack1261350020641 PostsRegistered 11/12/2009
Tonic water works. don't get sugar free. drink a cup before bed, it is the quinine in it.

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Dharma_Ini­tiative12613520504154 PostsRegistered 7/16/2007
> How is putting a bar of soap in your sheet supposed
> to help with leg cramps? What's in the soap that is
> supposed to be the healing factor?
It hasn't been determined why this works, just that it does. I've had a bar of white soap in my bed down by my feet for a couple years. It stops the twitching in the nerves in my legs that I used to get during the night. I just keep it down there and if the twitching starts, I find the soap with my feet and just the soap touching my feet or legs makes it stop. Even through pajama pants or socks. I don't care why it works, just that it does!
"Slipping a bar of soap into the bed as a leg cramp prevention has been advanced by a number of authorities, both medical and otherwise. Ann Landers has mentioned the soap cure in her column on a number of occasions, with each airing prompting a load of letters from readers thanking her for this information because it worked wonders for them. 'They were thrilled and grateful to be liberated from those leg cramps," said Ms. Landers.'"

LeapFrog1261352571722 PostsRegistered 2/27/2007Kent OH
That's cool, I will have to give it a try, I have Restless Leg Syndrome and get leg cramps all the time, and have never heard of this. Thanks for the tip.

Cupcake88126135578594 PostsRegistered 8/22/2009
I work for a vascular surgeon and he recommends this to patients with leg cramps when it is not a blood flow problem too. It has good success.

sharon181261356227610 PostsRegistered 6/18/2006
You can also rub softsoap into your leg and it works nearly immediately for any leg pain, cramping. I use it with muscle spasms around my sciatic nerve (my mom's used it for her sciatica for years (but she never told me!!) Just use regular bottled soap -- a couple of pumps and rub it into the skin like lotion. It's amazing that it works and I'm so happy it does...btw, I use Ivory soap between my sheets and it works fine.

bowregard12613639593734 PostsRegistered 4/16/2009...the Long & Winding road.....
I've had a bar of soap in my bed for about 3 years now and the stuff works...couldn't even tell you what brand I have. My husband used to be plagued with leg cramps and he poopooed the idea of soap. Now, when we're out of town in hotels, he remembers we need a bar of soap in the sheets...lol...One nite we didn't have the soap in the sheets and he got really bad leg cramps, so believe me, he doesn't forget. He's not a Doubting Thomas anymore I tell you.
sharon....thanx for tip on rubbing softsoap into your leg....great to know!

Bikkie12613640403948 PostsRegistered 10/7/2009
How can this be real?
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bowregard12613642923734 PostsRegistered 4/16/2009...the Long & Winding road.....
Oh, and remember to remove the soap before you throw sheets in washer...lol. I've washed the soap.

Sooner126136796816624 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004
I'm sorry but I put this soap thing right up there with the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy.

pinkcrystal12613682271291 PostsRegistered 4/24/2006Northern Michigan
There's no Easter Bunny or Tooth Fairy? :_|

cindybill1261368551390 PostsRegistered 9/21/2007
If you don't drink alot of water during the day I hear that helps.
It helps me..

cindybill1261368726390 PostsRegistered 9/21/2007
It might not be the soap itself.. it could be that the size of the bar of soap raises the covers just enough over the person to stop the tenderness and getting caught in the covers..

KatherineW126137084628130 PostsRegistered 3/16/2009Alabamian by Birth; Southern By The Grace of God
Do what?
For Unto You A Child Is Born......

kittensmit­ten1261371632192 PostsRegistered 8/1/2007
I used to get calf cramps and was told it was because of gravity when I slept on my back, pulling my toes downward. Once I started sleeping on my side, they went away.
I think we all need to know the scientific/medical reasoning about throwing a bar of soap under the sheets. It's the strangest thing I've heard...

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