I had cramps in my feet and legs 8-9 years ago that eventually spread through my body within a year's time - my arms, back, face, eyes would twitch all day long - and my feet would cramp every night, even before I went to bed - it was terrible. My doctor prescribed quinine (sp?) which seemed to really work. But he was reluctant to continue that treatment. He said I was possibly internalizing stress and he would have to give me anti-depressants if I didn't get better soon. I was a single mom at the time, very emotional, stressed about money, and everything else a young lady in her 20's with a child to provide for stresses over. I made a decision to calm down and I got better. It was almost immediate, as soon as he told me that, I relaxed and got better.
Now, i'm in my 30's, married, with another child... Things are good but now I own my own business (real estate) and it is very stressful on a whole other level... Always staying on top of my clients and my employees and their clients... Dealing with daily small town politics and competition... We just built a home... Husband is changing careers... I have pressure to perform and to provide... *sigh*
i wonder if there is something I can take similar to the quinine (sp?) that would proide relief. My life is not going to change. This cramping is stressing me out even more because I have to wait until it stops before I can sleep. Sometimes I have to sleep on my stomach with my toes pressed upward into the mattress to hold the cramps at bay long enough to fall asleep. This has gotten very old, to say the least.
There are other times when I am on the phone and pacing because something big is happening with a property or a relative... Something either exciting or stressful... I'll get cramps in my feet immediately from that.
I wonder if this could be restless leg syndrome? I'm not sure.
I just haven't taken the time to look into it - I usually fail to take care of myself because I am too busy looking after everyone else... I eat right, don't exercise regularly but I have to hike over ranch properties quite often, I weight 135-140 lbs... No health problems...
I have the same exact problem, for the past 2 years. It is related to depression/anxiety. I am currently being treated for minor depression (Celexa) in order for the Anxiety to reduce and pain/burning/cramps to go away. Apparently, I have been using the anxiety as a cover for the depression... without knowing it. We'll see. It sucks to deal with this. Good luck!!