Hi - I'm new to the message boards but have read articles and used products from this site for several years. Have had FM since 1993 and have never had these problems before. Just wondering if others have had the leg and foot cramps start up after any specific event or treatment? I searched the messages and looked at several threads about leg cramps which helped ease my mind a bit, knowing that this symptom is definitely out there. In Jan'04 I threw my back out, had MRI and dx bulging discs and degen. disc disease but no nerve impingement, and no sciatica. In Feb'04 I had an electrical PT treatment on the piriformis muscle (runs from hip to base of spine) to try to make it spasm and release in order to loosen it. That backfired royally and was too strong and I immediately thereafter had strong sciatica running down the left leg along with constant tingling in left foot and calf. After further PT and exercises etc. did not resolve it, I had an epidural steroid injection in mid July. One week later, upon awakening and starting to stretch my legs, both feet starting cramping and getting "stuck" in whatever direction I moved. Not extremely painful but very odd. The cramping got better after I stood up and starting walking around. I started taking homeopathic quinine tablets and also increased my magnesium and potassium. The cramping didn't get worse, but also didn't go away. The sciatica was relieved by the injection but started to come back after 4 weeks so I had a second injection on Aug 31. One day later the leg cramping was much much worse and would start to happen even after lying down for just 30 minutes (at first, it would only happen after being down all night). Increasing the quinine and magnesium did not have any effect. (I was already taking 800mg magnesium per day and tried 1200mg but didn't tolerate that much). I called the pain center where I had the injection and they said I could take the robaxin that I already had from the earlier back injury, so I tried that. It helped during the day but the dose did not last long enough to get through the night, so I am now trying soma. I know that flexeril knocks me out too much and I can't function on that. These drugs are helping the symptoms but I am concerned about the real cause. I know that I can get an FM flare after overexertion, or lack of sleep, or bad weather, or injury/trauma (and the injections were that!)... but I worry sometimes about being complacent and just assuming that aches and pains are FM-related and trying to deal with it on my own. (That's when I'm not freaking out and deciding that it must be a spine tumor or beginning of MS or who knows what else Anyhoo, I'm just wondering if anyone with leg/foot cramps ever did get a different diagnosis (i.e. NOT an FM thing) and whether anyone else had such a reaction to cortisone injections. The pain clinic said I should check with a neuro again but to do that I need to go through my PCP, so I have an appt for that on Friday. It's hard for me to assert myself and ask for evaluations but this symptom is so different and strong that I'll do it. Hopefully get another MRI or whatever they do to check nerve functions. I'm very glad to have found the many other good suggestions for self-care, and thanks to all who might have more ideas!