I thought I would post an update with my bicarbonate of soda regime and leg cramps. It is still working, although I have had the odd night (maybe twice a month) when I've woken up with cramp. I can usually tell when this is going to happen as the cramps start in the early evening. If that happens I just take the bicarbonate as soon as I feel them starting and also take some bicarb to bed with me and then drink it at night if they start. It works very quickly. I've told my doctor what I'm doing and they at least didin't say I shouldn't continue. I was told that one of the common reasons for women wanting to stop tamoxifen treatment was because of leg cramps - certainly I was getting desperate! I have altered the time I take my tamoxifen, just in case it shouldn't be taken at the same time as the bicarb. Anyway the bicarb has revolutionised my sleep and I feel so much better for that! I hope this is of help. If anyone else tries it and finds that it works for them, please do post a reply.
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I have been on Tamoxifen for about 4 years now and have been suffering very painful camp of my toes, feet and lower legs, mainly at night but sometimes during the day or evening (I once had to march round and round the table at a board meeting at work to try and stop the pain - somewhat embarassing!). Often cramp wakes me up several times a night. I followed all the NHS advice about stretching (ran my feet over a tennis ball, did the most weird contortions to stretch out the top of my feet and front of my legs (I seem to get cramp in muscles I didn't know existed !), but this wasn't very effective. However after meeting a retired doctor recently who had suffered from chronic back pain following a major spinal injury, I decided to try the remedy that he has found relieves his back pain - bicarbonate of soda! I've been drinking a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda in a small glass of water every night before I go to bed. Blooming marvellous! I've had no foot/leg cramps since I started, about 10 days ago. I know it is early days but I just thought I had to share this with those of you who have similar problems. If you google bicarbonate of soda and leg cramps you will see a few posts and articles on this. You should checking with your doctor first to make sure there are no reasons why you should not take it - it tastes quite salty so may not be good if you have high blood pressure. It's allot cheaper than the gorgeous , but expensive Fevertree tonic water which unfortunately did not work for me. .
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