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Red wine causing leg cramps??

Original post by skeeboy, Mar 16, 2010.

Does anyone else get night-time leg/thigh/foot cramps after drinking red wine????  Here lately it's been brutal.  Any recommendations out there?  I'm not sure if whites would cause it also, I'm strictly a red guy lately.

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Reply by Heather Richardson, May 2, 2013.

Hoping folks are still reading following this thread as I have experienced leg pain with red wine but always within minutes of taking my first sip.  I started biking about 4 weeks ago (up to 10 miles now).  I hydrate throughout the day and its not hot enough yet for the heat to cause dehydration.  After dinner I have a glass of wine and put my feet up.  Within minutes of taking a few sips my legs immediate start to ache terribly bad.  I usually have to stand up for a minute or two and the pain passes but its pretty intense.  I'm not sure if its cramping because I dont recall ever having leg cramps before.  Its the strangest thing.

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Reply by GregT, May 3, 2013.

That sounds like the biking and not the wine. You started four weeks ago.  You're using muscles you haven't used. Then you put your feet up. The acid build up doesn't get to work its way out of your muscles. Try moving around and stretching after you do the exercise, and not leaving your feet up too long. There's some controversy about stretching before exercise - gym teachers used to say to do it but more recently people are suggesting that's not entirely a good idea. But definitely do it afterwards and not just for a few seconds.

I bike and the same thing used to happen once in a while. First time it happened I went to the emergency room. I had just done exactly what you're saying, except I had green beans in black bean sauce instead of wine. I was sure it was the sauce. They told me not to worry.

But again, don't get your medical advice from a wine forum!

Best.

http://ultracycling.com/sections/articles/training/cramping.php

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Reply by JonDerry, May 3, 2013.

Interesting about the stretching Greg, good to know. I'm always so tired after working out I tend to go through the motions with stretching afterwards.

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Reply by Snoother 1285649, May 11, 2013.

I, too, have been having terrible leg cramps at night after drinking red wine.  I have found a wonderful sulfite free wine (Frey Wines) that I absolutely love.  The grapes are biodynamically grown.  All the products used to make the wine are organic, including the yeast, however, all that being said, I still get horrible cramps after drinking it.  I am suspecting now, after reading everyone's remarks, that the acidic content could be the cause of  cramps since beer does not cause this painful problem.  The leg with which I have the biggest problem problem has had some damage to the knee, as well, and may be weaker and more susceptible to cramps, although my other leg has cramps of less severity, too. I was so happy to find the Frey Wines because I never have headaches or other reactions, but now leg cramps!  Blast! 

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Reply by owllady2250, May 11, 2013.

We have had the problem with leg cramps for years and found that  organic wines labeled NO SULFITES do not give us leg cramps.  You might try this solution as well as many wines from Italy and Mexico, and some from Argentina and Portugal.

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Reply by Snoother 1302088, Jun 23, 2013.

Oh MY!!  I have been having this issue for about a year now.  I LOVE MY WINE!  But I had a feeling that the wine was causing the problem.  Giving it up will be almost as painful!!!  .....boo hiss......I will be trying some of the tips here...

 

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Reply by BebeBlue, Jun 24, 2013.

Until I found this forum, I never suspected that red wine might be causing my foot/calf cramping at night. I do know that if I take sulfa drugs, I get a terrible headache, so it's not a big stretch to attribute cramps to the sulfa in red wine.

However, I have found a simple remedy and would like to share it.

Someone told me that if I put a bar of soap inside my pillowcase, and inhaled its scent as soon as a cramp started, it would go away. Right he was!

I spoke with my massage therapist about it, and he had heard of this also, but said it was supposedly more effective if you put it at your feet, between the bottom sheet and the mattress (or mattress cover, if you use one, as I do.)

I have found that the second recommendation prevents cramps from ever even starting. I now sleep through the night with no cramps, no matter what I eat or drink. And what an easy remedy during travel!

If anyone decides to try this easy an inexpensive remedy, I would appreciate your posting about your experience.

 

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Reply by outthere, Jun 24, 2013.

If Zuf can complain about a "Whatcha Drinking" thread needing to be put to rest I am going to vote the same fate for this one. How this ever got to 3 pages is a mystery to me.

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Reply by GregT, Jun 24, 2013.

Yeah but it will come back to life again. It always does. Just when you least expect it. Kind of like . . . leg cramps!

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Reply by JonDerry, Jun 24, 2013.

Seriously surprised to see this back...my leg!

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Reply by dugaspat1, Jul 19, 2013.

I also have this problem. After drinking red wine I will get bad foot cramps in the middle of the night. I can stop the cramps if I get up and eat a banana. Stops them pretty fast and I won't get another one the rest of the night. If I don't have a banana I drink a full glass of organic whole milk.

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Reply by Snoother 1378770, Oct 5, 2013.

 

.......wine (excuse the pun) on about these night cramps......I do not think the problem is just confined to red wines........

I had been suffering a long time from severe cramps at night which woke me four or five times each and every night. The cramps were not confined to just my lower leg and toes but up the side of my feet, ankles and thighs. I was up and down all night and the resulting sleep deprivation was having a dreadful effect on my life. I tried a lot of the remedies some mentioned here on this forum - wearing socks at night in bed, having my feet raised in bed, drinking lots of water, increasing my potassium levels but to no avail. My doctor could also find no reason for the cramps but suggested drinking tonic water which had little effect on my cramps. I am the right weight for my height, exercise every day, play golf on a regular basis and am generally a very active person but the cramps were quite frankly ruining my health.

Then one evening while drinking my favourite tipple of New Zealand sauvignon blanc, of which I had the one glass most nights with dinner, the wine tasted odd which was most likely due to the sore throat I had at that time. So while I waited for my throat to get better I stopped having my usual glass of wine each night. To my amazement all the night cramps stopped and I slept through each and every night. IT WAS AMAZING!!!

Two weeks later my husband, forgetting that I was not having wine with my dinner, poured me a small glass of sauvignon blanc. I love that wine so feeling tempted I drank it and it was soooo delicious but that night my cramps were so severe that I spent more of the night up walking around the bedroom than I spent lying down in my bed! It was agony.

Since that day I have not drunk any wine and sleep through the night fine. I have to conclude that for some reason or another I have become allegic to wine, in my case white wine, which is a shame as I do miss my glass of sauvignon blanc with dinner. Instead I now have a G & T!

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Reply by Snoother 1378770, Oct 5, 2013.

Hi there,

These posts on the subject of cramp have been most interesting especially the ones about the effect of certain wines on night cramps. However I do not think that this is just confined to red wines........

I had been suffering a long time from severe cramps at night which woke me four or five times each and every night. The cramps were not confined to just my lower leg and toes but up the side of my feet, ankles and thighs. I was up and down all night and the resulting sleep deprivation was having a dreadful effect on my life. I tried a lot of the remedies some mentioned here on this forum - wearing socks at night in bed, having my feet raised in bed, drinking lots of water, increasing my potassium levels but to no avail. My doctor could also find no reason for the cramps but suggested drinking tonic water which had little effect on my cramps. I am the right weight for my height, exercise every day, play golf on a regular basis and am generally a very active person but the cramps were quite frankly ruining my health.

Then one evening while drinking my favourite tipple of New Zealand sauvignon blanc, of which I had the one glass most nights with dinner, the wine tasted odd which was most likely due to the sore throat I had at that time. So while I waited for my throat to get better I stopped having my usual glass of wine each night. To my amazement all the night cramps stopped and I slept through each and every night. IT WAS AMAZING!!!

Two weeks later my husband, forgetting that I was not having wine with my dinner, poured me a small glass of sauvignon blanc. I love that wine so feeling tempted I drank it and it was soooo delicious but that night my cramps were so severe that I spent more of the night up walking around the bedroom than I spent lying down in my bed! It was agony.

Since that day I have not drunk any wine and sleep through the night fine. I have to conclude that for some reason or another I have become allegic to wine, in my case white wine, which is a shame as I do miss my glass of sauvignon blanc with dinner. Instead I now have a G & T!  

 

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Reply by Snoother 1378822, Oct 5, 2013.

Like many on this thread I thought it was wine that was causing unbearable cramps in my lower legs and the TOPS of my feet - I didn't even know that I had muscles that could cramp on the top of my feet.

My experience wasn't with red wine only - I drink very little red wine.  My experience was with Chardonnnay wines.  It would punish me with even just one glass of wine.  It took me a while to realize it was the wine - until last night..

I was only after sitting down and grabbing a bag of red seedless and green seedless grapes and eating a lot of them.  I had the worst craps I had experienced in MONTHS.  I did everything I could think of to get them to stop - walking, Advil, rubbing, massaging - never heard of smelling a bar of soap and don't know what kind of soap or I would have tried that, too!  I have wrapped my legs in ace bandages when it was happening every day - if I drank wine or not.  I tried making sure my legs didn't get chilled - that seems to make it worse.  I kept a moist heating pad next to the bed and would also use that when there was pain.  It seemed to help - for awhile.

Nothing stopped the cramping and it lasts to the point that it is unbearable to the point it makes me cry in pain.  I finally put on some Tiger Balm in hopes it would help.

Because I had no wine and have no wine for weeks and experienced the same time of cramping only compounded even more than wine I have come to the conclusion it was not wine at all.  It was the grapes, themselves.  It may be red OR white OR both but it seems to definitely be the grapes.

I completely believe that the wine is getting a bad wrap when it's maybe the grapes themselves.  I drink green tea and other liquids all day long.  I juice vegetables and have green juice every day.  I exercise regularly and have a regular maintenance plan with my chiropractor that includes stretching and massage in the regular visits.  

I had stopped with grapes (I used to eat them every day) because I was moving away from sugar - processed and natural via fruits, or in other foods e.g. breads, pastas, etc.  I am very diligent in my foot consumption to get a well balanced diet.  My biggest 'fail point' is getting enough sleep but I have been improving that as well.

These cramps are unbearable.  My muscles twitch like someone touching me with a finger poke all up and down the cramping area (usually only below the knee) for hours after the cramping - as long as all night long and into the morning the next day.  It's just like the cramping could start again with any of those "pokes".

This blog/comment section has made me realize that I may need to go back to the doctor that I saw because of this and ask more questions - or go to another doctor.  She had NO clue what to do to help me.  I don't have diabetes but it also makes me wonder if it could be something like I had when I was pregnant with gestational diabetes??  

I agree going to a doctor is the way to get advice but when you go to the doctor without answers you need others to explain what is happening to give the doctors better hints at what to search for.  They only see you for 10 minutes in an office and expect to know what is wrong with us?  Be real.  We have to be diligent to analyze what we do - what we change - and what impacts we have from various events/foods/activities.  Unaware of some of the possible combinations until reading another's experience makes this type of communication an important part of trying to resolve these very painful cramps!

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Reply by MeravSomm, Oct 14, 2013.

Dehydration. It causes electrolyte imbalance that presents in itself with cramping. 

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Reply by Snoother 1386682, Oct 25, 2013.

My husband has been suffering with night cramps for about 3 years... The doctors not knowing the cause suspected nerve damage  and because of the cramps he has been prescribed numerous drugs to control the cramps. The drugs have made him drowsy and have not stopped the cramps. I am amazed to discover today that actually his cramp attacks may all be down to red wine. Just going through over the last few nights, he was fine but of course he hadn't drunk any wine- just beer. Then last night we had red wine with our meal and he was up most of the night in agony. That's one bottle of red between 3 people!

He has been tested for electrolite levels, etc.,etc, and they are all fine. We have spent years trying to find the cause of the cramps as he is otherwise very fit and healthy.

Please God this is the missing link we have been looking for, and thank you to everyone for your posts. 

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Reply by RandyFisher, Oct 26, 2013.

Wow. Views from the other side are frightening at times. Can't image having to give up wine.

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Reply by Snoother 1406633, Nov 15, 2013.

I get leg cramps only on days that I both exercise hard and drink wine. Either by itself is fine.

I don't know the reason yet. Low magnesium, low potassium, sulfates in the wine?

 

Don't let anyone else tell you what your body is doing. Make your observations and then make your choices.

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Reply by Snoother 1412677, Nov 22, 2013.

I have just come across this site after putting in a question on the web about leg cramps and the possibility of a relationship to drinking red wine.  I had two glasses of red last night after not drinking for months and suffered with dreadful cramps in my calves throughout the night.  Am delighted that I have now discovered the possible cause and will have to stop drinking red wine which I enjoy!

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Reply by eyeviator, Nov 24, 2013.

Thanks for all who alerted me to the likely cause of my leg cramps, red wine. I discovered the cramps only occur during nights I had red wine.

I would like to determine if the wine would result in nocturnal cramps if consumed in the middle of the day instead of in the evening. Anyone find a link only to evening consumption?



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