Charley horses

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For the last two weeks I have been experiencing charley horses very frequently, either in the middle of the night or in the morning when I first wake up. If I stretch my legs, it can trigger them. I also have had a lot of leg and hip cramps, even during sex, which can be very bothersome and embarrassing. is this a symptom of menopause? Does anyone else experienced this? Any suggestions?

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    Hi Kate - yes! I used to get these during my two pregnancies, but only then. Then 7 years go by and they are back in perimenopause. So clearly there is a hormonal component to them! I also get them in the middle of the night and first thing in the morning if I flex my foot. It's awful. Not sure what will help -- maybe supplementing with magnesium and potassium which are both supposed to help with muscle cramping?

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    I have exactly the same cramps. My foot even bends sideways it hurts so bad. I am always glad when I read someone has the same thing as me...lol

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    all the time! Taking magnesium helps some but still get them all the time! Got worse definitely in menopause.

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    Do you drink enough water thru the day? I have read that water makes a big difference.. And yes try magnesium too-- I take this at night as it helps a variety of things..

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    yep! I didn't even know you could get a hip cramp. When this happens i step up my potassium rich foods and take my magnesium supplements 5x a week, instead of 3.

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