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Leg cramps can be excruciatingly painful. You can go to any store and buy a pain reliever to ease the pain from leg cramps or use items from your very own kitchen. Home remedies can sometimes work better than store bought and are a whole lot cheaper too.

Take any bar of soap, unwrap it and place it under the fitted sheet where your calves would go. Make sure to check under the fitted sheet every night to be sure it is still there in case you may have kicked it out. Some people say this remedy doesn't work for them but most people swear by soap under the sheets to relieve their leg cramps. Make sure to replace the bar of soap every month or six weeks to be sure this soap remedy keeps working.

Take a teaspoon of cheap yellow mustard and quickly swallow it. You can also use the little packets of mustard you get from fast food restaurants for the right dosage. Place these packets of mustard on your nightstand within easy reach in case you wake up from the agonizing pain caused by leg cramps. This can work for nighttime cramps as well as daytime cramps. Most people who have tried this say it works really fast to relieve the pain from leg cramps. If you have heartburn or indigestion, you should chase the mustard down with a glass of water. If the glass of water does not help and you are still getting heartburn from the mustard, take a heartburn relief medicine or try another remedy.

Drink an ounce of pickle juice before or during the leg cramps. If you know you are going to have leg cramps, you should drink an ounce of pickle juice in the morning for daytime cramps or before going to bed for nighttime cramps. By drinking pickle juice during leg cramps, the pain from the leg cramps should go away.

Mix 1/4 tsp of baking soda with a glass of water and drink it before strenuous exercise or activity to prevent leg cramps. Some people think the soda from the baking soda neutralizes lactic acid that forms in the muscles during exercise. This, however, has not been scientifically proven.

Pinch your upper lip hard, for several seconds, until the leg cramps are gone. There is no scientific proof that this works, but some leg cramp sufferers say it works great for them.


Try any one of these remedies or all of them until you find the one that works best for you.


None of these home remedies have been scientifically proven so try them at your own risk. If one doesn't work, try another. If none of them work, consult your doctor about a prescribed medication or go to your local drug store and find something that suits you better.

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Marissa Wilson

Marissa Wilson has been writing articles for various websites since 2008. She attended Buckeye Local High School and plans to expand her education soon.