apneawho wrote:I started cpap July 20, 2011. I am doing well with compliance, AHI<1 most nights, minimal leak, sleeping better and longer without waking up, but I still have arousals. I do not feel rested yet. I am still very fatigued each day. What I have noticed is that my legs hurt during the night to the point that I am awakened with needing to stretch them out or with a full blown cramp. Today my right calf is so sore it feels as though I had tetany all night. This doesn't sound like the traditional definition of restless leg syndrome or does it? Does anyone else have this problem? I made an appt to see the pulmonologist.
Leg cramps are a whole different story. Once you have ruled out the nasty things they can represent, the doc will probably tell you that a leading cause is malnutrition and dehydration. Get rid of the salt in your diet completely. Drink TONS of water (not coffee) and supplement if necessary with magnesium glycinate (chelated/Albion process), potassium, Taurine and CoEnzyme Q10 (Ubiquinol form). Your leg cramps will magically reduce if not disappear. And you will find yourself with more energy.
Leg cramping can also be a sign of poor oxygenation of the extremities (sound familiar?) and you should be examining your blood oxygen saturation through the night on a regular basis.
There are, of course, plenty of other causes for that cramping. Both my wife and I have sufferred from it to the point where she was actually prescribed medications to assist.
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