Every year brings a new crop of oddball medical cures. And now, from the collective unconscious that brought you "a bag of water will repel flies" (it won't, it really really won't) comes this new cure for night time leg cramping: a bar of soap. Yes, soap. Doesn't even matter which kind of soap, which is kind of a clue that it is bogus, if you ask me.
Can soap cure nighttime leg cramps?
I have also heard that it can cure mosquito bites but it didn't work for me.
Today is the first that I had heard of the remedy of a soap bar under the covers relieving leg cramps at night. I have suffered from these for the past few years. I have had my potassium levels checked and am well hydrated at night. I am an educated person and have a masters in a field of science. I understand about proven therapeudic benefits versus placebo effects. I understand this is unproven but intend to try it myself. There could be some effects that have simple not yet been identified or understood, and I doubt any intense research is going on. There are theories that esthers from the scents used in soap may act as vasodialators. The patronizing and rather insulting tone of the article above is, I think, reflective of a mind closed to the possibilities of an interaction not yet proven. So, people who try unproven things are gullible idiots? Hmm - most all accepted scientific fact was unproven until it was. The "sort of person who writes in such a disparaging tone" would be closed to most any new information or scientific progress. Don't go on any cruises - the world is flat, you know, and you would be the one to sail off the edge.
Thank you for saying it so well. I also found that previous comment patronizing and insulting. I'm glad that you're going to try this remedy. I, too, was very skeptical but with a collection of hand-made soaps at home, I had nothing to lose by trying this, and it worked immediately! For the close-minded commenter, see the discussion on ThePeoplesPharmacy.com about the possible studies and theories about why soap works for people like me with nighttime leg cramps.
Yes, it works. I have ankle cramps so bad sometimes at night. I put a small bar or piece of soap inside my sock near the ankle and it goes away in a few minutes. I keep it there all night to insure it stays gone. Before I discovered this cure, these ankle and foot cramps could last for hours and I could hardly stand the pain was so bad. Dove, and ivory both worked for me. BYW I have higher potassium levels, my doctor was concerned they were too high so in my case anyway it wasn't a lack of potassium.
I also use to use a calcium magnesium powder you mix in hot water and drink, and it helped a lot. It came in a can at the health food store called "Calm". But it must be dissolved before drinking and it tasted funny. Soap is the best cure.
I have suffered from severe night cramps for many years,. I read about this bizzare idea of soap in the bed and thought, - what have I got to loose by trying it. That was three weeks ago and every night since, with the bar of soap under the sheet, has been blissfully cramp free. It cannot be the placebo effect because I was so sceptical about the whole thing at first, telling myself I was mad to even try it, grateful that I was alone so no one would see what an idiot I was being to do this, and no one could be more astonished than I was when I found it actually does work.
I BELIEVE IN GETTING TO THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM BUT WHILE TAKING POTASSIUM PILLS INCREASING WATER AND EATING YOGERT AND BANANAS STILL FOUND NO RELIEF FROM OF ALL THINGS CRAMPS THAT ADVANCED FROM MY CALVES IN BOTH DIRECTION, MY THIGHS AND MY TOES! GOING TO BED WITH HOTEL SIZE BAR SOAPS IN MY SOCKS NOT ONLY IMMEDIATELY ENDED THE TOE CRAMPS BUT PUT AN END TO THIGH AND CALVE CRAMPS. MOM TOLD ME SHE PLACES A BAR OF SOAP NEAR HER NECK TO END PAIN NOT CAUSED BY CRAMPS. I HAVE A DEGENTERATING DISK ABOVE MY TAIL BONE AND EVERY MORNING THE PAIN I ENDURE JUST LIFTING OUT OF BED HAS DRIVEN ME TO SEEK A SPINE SPECIALIST IN THE PAST SO I TRIED THE SOAP BAR PLACING IT UNDER ME AT OR NEAR THE DISK THROUGH THE NIGHT AND IT DIDN'T WORK TO RELIEVE ALL THE PAIN BUT I SURE FEEL SOME RELIEF SO MUCH FOR IT BEING A PLACEBO EFFECT, I BELIEVE SINCE ALL BAR SOAPS FROM IVORY TO JERGENS ARE MADE WITH LYE AND BEING THAT OUR LARGEST ORGAN IS OUR SKIN THAT CLEARLY LYE'S ABSOPTION THROUGH THE SKIN, FEET! SHOULD BE STUDIED FURTHER BY THE MEDICAL SOCIETY BEFORE DISMISSING CURE AS PURELY PLACEBO.
So, if you put the soap in the bed of the affected person without their knowledge and they experience their first cramp-free night in months, is that still the placebo effect? I think not! That's exactly what happened to me. Explain that away, okay?
My husband get them nightly due to his medications which include prescription potassium and has for over a year. I read this "cure" in an newspaper article. I put the soap at the foot of his bead without his knowledge & after two nights without cramps, I told him about it. It worked for him.
All was going well--I put the soap under the covers and no more leg cramps. Then one night I got an awful cramp, and thought, "Well, it doesn't really work." The next morning I found the bar of soap on the floor. It had slipped out of my bed. I am a "true believer!" Erika,who wrote the article, is an ass! I hope she is not in charge of ANYTHING!
I too was a bit doubtful of the soap in the bed. I suffer from leg cramps and after checking with my doctor I found out that my potassium level was normal or slightly above. I tried the soap and from the first night with the soap I have been sleeping all night without cramps. If it is a quake cure or whatever I will continue to use a bar of soap.
My roommates girlfriend gave me half a bar of Ivory about a month ago. I had never heard of this, but what the heck? It definitely works! I was having really bad cramps every night, several times a night, and was losing a lot of sleep over it.
Now my leg cramps are back, but I just read that you have to "refresh" your soap periodically -- scrape or score your existing bar, or just get a new one. From what I've read so far, any cheap soap will do.
Erica can BITE me! And btw, the fly thing DOES work.
The soap in the bed absolutely works, and does it really matter if it's all in our minds or not? My husband is a heart patient and takes several medications, and every night he would be awakened by severe leg cramps. I remembered hearing that soap helped with cramps, so I said what the heck and placed a bar of soap under the fitted sheet near his feet, and that's been the end of the cramps. One night while on a trip out of state, he forgot to put soap in the bed with him, and the cramps were back. Normally he, too, is pretty skeptical about old remedies, but he is now a believer. Erika, maybe someday, when you're old enough, you too will have cramps and you can put the soap to the test. Until then, just keep playing the shill.
Mom has been suffering terribly from toe and leg cramps. I read about this and thought, what the heck. Next time she jumped outta bed hollering and fussing, I grabbed a bar of Dove soap. Her middle toe was sticking straight up, it was cramping so bad. I took the soap and set it on her foot, and we both watched with our mouths open as the toe slowly lowered and the cramp disappeared!! She has slept w/soap every since...HAS HAD NO CRAMPS AT ALL.
Can't tell ME it doesn't work, I've seen proof!
I used to frequently wake up at night in severe pain from a foot cramp. The only thing I could do was stand up and walk around for 15 minutes or so until the pain subsided. My wife heard something about Ivory soap placed at the foot of the bed...which apparently would prevent foot cramps. I scoffed at the idea, but allowed her to place the soap at the foot of the bed. Three months went by with another foot cramp. We replaced the soap after 3 months and now it has been 4 months without a single foot cramp. I do not know why soap works...but it does for me. I really doubt it is the power of the mind...because weeks would go by without me even thinking about foot cramps or Ivory soap. It was just after several months of not having any cramps...that I began to think about the soap. There were no other changes in my life (diet, exercise, stress, alcohol etc) that would account for the relief from the cramps.