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Comment: I have heard from several different sources of people getting
relief from leg pain by putting a bar of soap in bed with them. My husband
suffers from pain in his feet and legs, so thought it couldn't hurt to
try. He has experienced no pain since the soap was put in our bed about a
week ago.

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another good thing for muscle pain, if you don't have any ben-gay, etc., you can use vasceline. It does not work immediately by any means, but I have used it overnight. Apparently it keeps heat in, working roughly the same as icy∙hot or other such muscle creams.

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I'm not discounting what they said about the soap (as I've never heard of that one before) but I have to ask: how would a bar of soap help leg pain? Is it a particular brand with certain chemicals in it that does it? Are you just supposed to keep it under the sheets, or are you supposed to rub some on you or what?

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My grandma swears by this, and insists that it's only Irish Spring soap that works. I have pretty bad restless leg syndrome, especially at night, and wondered if it might help. No luck yet, but I still have a bar of soap stuck between my fitted sheet and the mattress pad at the foot of my bed, just in case.

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Hmm, hadn't heard the bar of soap one. Although when I was a kid and had horrible pain in my knees from juvenile rheumatoid Arthritis combined with Osgood Schlatter's disease (have NO idea if I'm spelling that one right), Mom and Dad would spray my knees down with WD-40. I often wondered (but always forget to ask) if they thought it would actually do something, or if they were using it as a placebo... Either way, even if it was psychological, it seemed to help a bit. ;-P

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So we're saying that leg pain can be abated by being near a bar of soap while sleeping?

I think we have a placebo effect here. In which case, I'll go with a "therapeutic" pile of clothes at the foot of the bed. And maybe an immovable cat or dog for charliehorses.

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If you have leg pain, You may need magnisium in daily doses. Soap and water good for cleaning.
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petras is correct but I would like to also recomend adding calcium to thier diet.

Dh had terrible leg cramps until he began drinking more milk. We read this in several reputable online medical site. There is something about the milk that helps electrical impulses travle correctly I belive.

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Calcium is needed to contract muscles, magnesium is needed to relax them. If there's an imbalance in their quanitities muscles can get mixed messages. So, a lack in either can contribute/cause leg cramps. Since our bones have a lot of calcium to draw from, it's usually not the problem (not that you want it to draw from your mineral bank), magnesium deficiency is the culprit most often suspected (and yes, milk has it, just not in fabulous-make-you-drool amounts, it's considered a "good" amount, not "great", and certainly not in the preferred ratio to calcium).

Potassium is another mineral that aids in regulating muscle contractions. Fruits and veggies are excellent sources, and often those switching to high protein diets (lower in potassium foods) end up with leg cramps. Milk also has potassium (again, not "great" quantities).

Milk also has tryptophan in it, which makes us sleepy in high enough doses, so not totally far fetched to think it has relaxing qualities.

It also has B vitamins, of which some are used in enzymatic processes and energy production. It's possible they may play a part. (B vitamins aren't the likeliest suspect, but they aren't entirely off the list either.)

However, most things I've read first suggest dropping dairy or lowering it's intake, since calcium (which is higher than magnesium and potassium) is used in muscle contraction. (I try rely only on reputable nutritional and medical sites and books, I wouldn't have a job if I didn't. I neither have the energy nor will to draw up articles at the moment, just drawing from memory for now. I'm not challenging what was said, just pointing out where I'm coming from here.)

On the other hand, no two people are alike. Whereas dairy can afflict some with cramping, it may also contain a simple nutrient that is otherwise deficient... and rectify the problem.

Fun fun. Trail and error. Gotta love it.


As for the soap: If anyone can explain to me exactly how this is supposed to work, what method of action the soap could possibly have... I might think about it before laughing. Maybe.


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Thanks for the info ranran. I now know what to look for to back up my opions. Cool.


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quote:
Originally posted by Loyhargil:
Hmm, hadn't heard the bar of soap one. Although when I was a kid and had horrible pain in my knees from juvenile rheumatoid Arthritis combined with Osgood Schlatter's disease (have NO idea if I'm spelling that one right), Mom and Dad would spray my knees down with WD-40.

I had heard the same thing about the pain relieving effects of WD-40. Apparently mechanics with arthritic hands discovered while using it that it helped to lessen the pain in their hands.

Me, I still reach for the Advil.

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I only get it once every few months. I just let it ride and limp a bit in work. Goes away after three days. Much like any problem you got that requires a bed or sitting propped up legs for a few days.

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When I was younger and woke up with leg pain my granny would rub rubbing aclocal (sp???) on my feet, ankels, and legs when they hurt, that really seem to make the pain go away and I could sleep for the rest of the night.

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