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I tried the soap remedy for my leg cramps

Started 1287940043.483 in Beauty Banter | Last reply 1288191537.77 by ladyluck

Hi Ladies. Lately, I've been getting leg cramps at night and read about putting a bar of soap under your sheets. Just want to report that oil seems to work! My husband thinks I'm a loon for doing this but I figured it's worth a shot. Anyone else do this?

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10sluvr1287940212.182062 PostsRegistered 12/17/2006

i have been having nitetime leg (calf) cramps too. someone told me to drink more water and that seems to help me. i hadn't heard about bar of soap.

lovemyboys1287940307.457535 PostsRegistered 4/29/2009

I did it and still got cramps, but I have some friends who swear by it.

Silver Lin­ing1287940365.533656 PostsRegistered 4/15/2010

Please give details about what you use and how.

Keli131287940453.797516 PostsRegistered 1/24/2006

I'm interested in trying this for my husband. His parents used to do this with great results and he still won't give it a try.

I was thinking of putting the soap in the bed without his knowledge and see if the complaints about his severe leg cramps go away. Even if they don't disappear maybe they will lessen in severity or in quantity.

If it works then I'll break the news to him that the soap is in the bed.

Is there any specific kind of soap that's recommened?

CELEBRITY1287941326.787297 PostsRegistered 9/20/2006new york
On 10/24/2010 keli13 said:

I'm interested in trying this for my husband. His parents used to do this with great results and he still won't give it a try.

I was thinking of putting the soap in the bed without his knowledge and see if the complaints about his severe leg cramps go away. Even if they don't disappear maybe they will lessen in severity or in quantity.

If it works then I'll break the news to him that the soap is in the bed.

Is there any specific kind of soap that's recommened?

I googled soap for leg cramps and read a ton of testimonials that it helped for leg cramps & restless leg syndrome. I figured I had nothing to lose so I unwrapped 2 bars of Dove soap & placed them under my fitted sheet near the foot of the bed. My left leg started getting that little crampy feeling last night so I slid the soap near my left foot and the pain went away. It may be a placebo effect but who cares? It worked. Apparently you're supposed to change soap every 3-4 months. HTH.

Keli131287941484.4737516 PostsRegistered 1/24/2006
On 10/24/2010 CELEBRITY said:
On 10/24/2010 keli13 said:

I'm interested in trying this for my husband. His parents used to do this with great results and he still won't give it a try.

I was thinking of putting the soap in the bed without his knowledge and see if the complaints about his severe leg cramps go away. Even if they don't disappear maybe they will lessen in severity or in quantity.

If it works then I'll break the news to him that the soap is in the bed.

Is there any specific kind of soap that's recommened?

I googled soap for leg cramps and read a ton of testimonials that it helped for leg cramps & restless leg syndrome. I figured I had nothing to lose so I unwrapped 2 bars of Dove soap & placed them under my fitted sheet near the foot of the bed. My left leg started getting that little crampy feeling last night so I slid the soap near my left foot and the pain went away. It may be a placebo effect but who cares? It worked. Apparently you're supposed to change soap every 3-4 months. HTH.

Thanks Celebrity, I'm going grocery shopping later today. I'll be picking up some Ivory soap and giving it a try. Without his knowledge of course.

Lucky Charm1287941549.556596 PostsRegistered 2/29/2008

Geez, I should try this for that RLS feeling that I get. I think I read that Ivory soap was what was used for leg cramps.

Does anyone take anything for RLS with any good results?

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SophiaMarie1287941644.0676732 PostsRegistered 3/17/2010

Keli13 - DO it and don't tell him... My husband has peripheral neuropathy in his feet and wakes up every morning with his feet all cramped up.... I also have RLS...... He put a bar of Ivory soap under the sheet and I SWEAR, we are both totally cured..... OVERNIGHT

He also exercises vigorously every other day and wakes up with a backache every single day.... THAT is gone too.... He went to the doctor last week for his regular 6 month checkup and told him about the soap..... The doctor said he heard about it but wanted to know what brand of soap and where it is placed... He said "hey, if it works, I'm all for it, as long as it's nothing dangerous".....

So, there you go....My husband is the biggest skeptic around and doesn't believe anything until and unless he tries it first.... We didn't notice anything for a few days and then it hit us - hey, we have been sleeping later in the morning and absolutely no leg or foot cramps, and NO backaches at all.....

I think any brand of soap will do... We just had an extra bar of Ivory from when the kids had to use it to brush their Invisalign retainers...... So, what better way to put it to use??

It can't hurt to try it - it may not work for everyone but it worked for both of us..... When I read about it, I laughed - but now I'm laughing for another reason.... Such a simple thing and it turns out to be a "cure".......Smile

ETA - This is not a medical "cure" - but I can't think of another term..... He put the soap on the bed early in the day and we forgot about it..... I think that's the way to do it.... That way, by bedtime, you don't realize it's there, so you're not dwelling on it..... "set it and forget it"......

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mayjak1287942492.247261 PostsRegistered 1/13/2009

It works for me too. My feet tend to cramp, so when I feel a cramp starting, I quickly put my foot on the soap, and the cramp never takes hold. Otherwise, it will be cramping for 20-30 minutes. I cut off a small chunk from one of the 100% Pure butter soaps, wrapped it in a piece of a paper towel, and taped it. I did this months ago and have never swapped it out for a new piece of soap.

polar1287942721.9672708 PostsRegistered 11/7/2005

I tried the soap and it did nothing. What did work was Magnesium and a B-complex. No more cramps.

PamVA1287942997.24193 PostsRegistered 6/27/2006

I find that if I eat a carton of yogurt before I go to bed I don't have the cramps. I also have soap under my sheet at the foot of the bed. Is that like using a belt and suspenders? {#emotions_dlg.ohmy}

Pam

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Shelbelle1287943283.6435086 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

Try drinking Low Sodium V8 the extra potassium in there will kill the leg cramps.

Bernie1287946458.04136 PostsRegistered 6/30/2007

Try drinking Tonic Water. It has Quinine in it which takes care of leg cramps.

Doxie1287946622.569151 PostsRegistered 7/1/2007

Get ivory soap.

Keli131287946735.3377516 PostsRegistered 1/24/2006
On 10/24/2010 polar said:

I tried the soap and it did nothing. What did work was Magnesium and a B-complex. No more cramps.

That's what I keep telling my husband but he doesn't like taking any kind of pills, whether it's asprin or vitamins, he just won't do it. I take plently of supplements so it's not like he has to go out and by any of these things.

Now I just tell him if that he's not willing to help himself, he'll just have to learn to live with the cramps.

RedTop1287951543.844753 PostsRegistered 9/1/2010

My Mom has suffered from severe leg and body cramps for years. I finally convinced her she was obviously deficient in some vitamin or mineral to be suffering that bad. Testing showed that she was severely deficient in vitamin D. She took prescription strength vitamin D for about 6 months to bring her level back to normal range, and continues to take over the counter vitamin D every other day. The cramping stopped as soon as she started taking the supplement.

abbeythe8th1287952494.2734266 PostsRegistered 9/2/2007
On 10/24/2010 Doxie said:

Get ivory soap.

My MIL swears Ivory soap in her bed helps relieve the Charley Horse cramps she gets in her calf.

baglemom1287955755.057115 PostsRegistered 7/9/2009

I have read that leg cramps can also be from not getting enough calcium. When I have been low on dairy or calcium supplements is when I notice them.

Mom of 3 children and one bassett-beagle (bagle) rescued from shelter

winamac1287955985.42319053 PostsRegistered 8/21/2005Carmel, Indiana

Magnesium can help people with RLS. The neurologist at the movement disorder center in Indianapolis at the University said she had a few patients that had seen benefits from the soap thing. I used to promote a dopamine agonist for RLS to her, and she used that but said that the bar soap worked as well in some patients.

lulu21287958243.2221652 PostsRegistered 8/1/2007

My father is a retired physician and also swears by Ivory soap in his bed.

Keli131287958377.037516 PostsRegistered 1/24/2006
On 10/24/2010 winamac said:

Magnesium can help people with RLS. The neurologist at the movement disorder center in Indianapolis at the University said she had a few patients that had seen benefits from the soap thing. I used to promote a dopamine agonist for RLS to her, and she used that but said that the bar soap worked as well in some patients.

That's good to know Winamac. Trying it can't hurt, even if it's only the placebo effect. The worst that could happen is that he may get some relief, even if it's in his own mind.

Homebody11287958399.0331891 PostsRegistered 7/23/2005

I am on Ropinerol which is the generic for Requip for my RLS. It helps. Its nice to be able to sleep again. Although there are times it starts earlier in the evening before I even go to bed and when I take my meds it takes them longer to start working. At least I'm not kicking my husband as much as I used to, just ocassionally. It was really bad when I had a cast on my leg. Poor guy.

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poppinfresh1287959390.693673 PostsRegistered 7/16/2007

I had rls for about 20 years...severe, not just at night, but on long car rides, just sitting on the sofa, and airplanes were my worst nightmare. After rx's, over the counter stuff and the bar of soap, I did some research on my own and most said magnesium. I started taking it about a year ago now right before bed and NO MORE restless legs. A Godsend for me!!

RedRedHair1287959969.053273 PostsRegistered 10/10/2010San Joaquin Valley
On 10/24/2010 CELEBRITY said:

Hi Ladies. Lately, I've been getting leg cramps at night and read about putting a bar of soap under your sheets. Just want to report that oil seems to work! My husband thinks I'm a loon for doing this but I figured it's worth a shot. Anyone else do this?

Are you using soap or oil?

ETA: Read further - you're using soap.

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adelle381287960838.449472 PostsRegistered 12/22/2007

I took 1 mg Clonazepam for 7 years and it helped tremendously with my RLS. When I retired, my neurologist and I agreed I should gradually stop taking it over a 3 month period to see how well I can sleep without it. That was over a year ago and I'm doing fine. For me mineral and vitamin supplements did nothing. People who think that taking supplements such as calcium and magnesium "can't hurt" need to be careful. An excess of these minerals can cause serious health problems from low blood pressure to slowed heart beat. They also interact with medications. It's important to discuss all medications and supplements with a physician who is familiar with your medical history.

"Fear always springs from ignorance."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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