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Not for Lupus but for some of the effects.

Has anyone tried homeopathic remedies? I've been having a ton of trouble lately with leg cramps at night. I eat bananas, take a perscription of potatssium, take calcium supplements plus B vitamins, drink lots of water and STILL get the cramps. So a friend of mine came over yesterday with a homeopathic remedy. This is a pill with such minute amounts of stuff that it doesn't effect your blood chemistry (I researched it). I read up on the box and it also mentioned nerve pain.

So when my sciatic pain started up I took one of the pills (disolve under tongue). I didn't get another attack that night. Interesting but not conclusive. Then at 3am I woke up with the beginings of leg cramps so I got another pill, took it and went back to bed. NO MORE LEG CRAMPS!

Has anyone else tried anything like this?? Now I'm wondering about cost and taking it in to the pharmisist to double check - if it really works that well I would wind up taking several pills as the darn sciatic is really acting up lately.
 

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Hi Jirel!

This is going to sound rather crazy...

My mom has suffered with leg cramps for many years. Nothing seemed to help. Her doctor recommended she try an old wives' remedy, and it has been a godsend for her.

Her doctor instructed her to place a bar of soap between the sheets at the foot of the bed. Mom was sceptical, but tried it. It has worked so well for her that she travels with a bar of soap just for that purpose. She still sometimes gets cramps at night, but nothing like before.

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Hi Jirel not tryed tablets but have had some riaki done my niece does it for me when i need a boost.I dont know if it is because we are related but the two of us get tierd after it but i do beleive it helps not with the lupus but with back pain and other parts cant do any harm so try it.Elisabeth
 

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Hi Jirel,

I would be very wary of taking something before speaking with your doctor. Most supplements have not been double blind studies to prove their effectiveness or harm. In most cases they are really a waste of your hard earned money. In addition they may not mix well with your present medications.

The soap theory is very well known. I know many people that use it for restless leg. It didn't work for me though.

Simple stretching exercises might help. They could lessen the sciatic pain also.

When I had my bout with cramping the doctor put me on calcium with vitamin D. It works for me. If it hadn't he would have added magnesium.

I hope you find something that helps.

Take care,
Lazylegs
 

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personally I consider homeopathics quite safe to use. They are diluted way beyond the point that there is any of the actual ingredient left in it.

I have no real opinion as to whether they work though - but I will say that when my daughter ran a fever as a little one I could never give her paracetamol without her vomiting it up unless I gave her nux vomica (a homeopathic remedy) 20 mins before. Worked like a charm, every time. A friend who is a naturopath put me on to it.

Who know whether it will help longterm, but I really can't see it doing any harm.

hth

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btw, in my opinion most doctors know so little about natural remedies that their opinions aren't worth having.

Just mho

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Assuming you mean the real homeopathic medicine as opposed to herbal medicine, I agree that it can't do any harm since there is literally nothing in it scientifically. I used some for menopausal symptoms and felt it helped although I was using mind strategies too and some physical ones like not drinking hot drinks
I also use Rescue Remedy sometimes.
It doesn't bother me thinking it's most likely placebo effect.
I suppose the main risk as with any OTC remedy is trying to treat symptoms that are in fact a sign of serious disease so essential treatment gets delayed. A qualified homeopathist is trained to know what these might be and will always refer on to a conventional specialist.
It would be good if our GPs knew more about effective alternatives so they could be used when suitable by there is so little scientific evidence.
I would always seek an alternative practitioner who was also medically qualified

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Tonic Water for Cramps

My grandmother in-law has been suffering from cramps in her legs & hands & has been on medication for it however a casualty doctor told her to drink "tonic water". The cramps have disappeared. She said she can't believe after all this time that a such a simple thing could stop the cramps. She drinks four glasses of it thru the day. She has cramping due to osteoporisis & arthritus. Good luck - it's probably worth a shot!
 
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