Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Soap in Bed?

No, it's not the title of a new R-rated movie.

At the risk of having my dear readers think I've gone completely bonkers, I've decided to share a little folk cure I've discovered in the past week.

Ever since I had Nicholas at the ripe age of nearly 42, my body has never been the same. My joints are sore, my muscles feel ancient, and my bones are creaky. I creep out of my chair if I've been sitting at my desk for too long, and night time is the worst. I often wake up with aching hips. Honestly, there's nothing like having a baby in your 40s to make you feel old (in more ways than one!). I wouldn't change a thing, believe me, except I could do without the aches and pains.

The Oregonian has a natural health column every Sunday, and a few weeks ago it mentioned a cure for leg cramps or pain: placing a bar of soap in the bed. I tend to be very skeptical of homeopathy and the like, so I guffawed a bit when I read it. However, I also thought: "What could it hurt?"

My brother's girlfriend had happened to give me a lovely-smelling herbal soap for my birthday, so on a whim I placed it in the bed one evening. You probably already have guessed the result: yes, it actually works!! I have been free of hip pain all week! One night Kieran walked off with my soap (which was on a bedside table), so I grabbed an old bar of Ivory that had been in our upstairs bathroom for God knows how long. It didn't work. I woke up with hip pain again.

So I've concluded that it has to be a fresh bar. I googled this remedy and found tons out on the internet (but no scientific basis for why it works), including an article on snopes.com. Someone wrote in on one of the web sites that he or she replaces the bar every couple of months. Apparently it's also supposed to help with restless legs, but Mike hasn't given up his Requip yet.

So there you have it--you can think that I'm wacko. But I'm a wacko without pain in my hips now! Hooray! Between the soap in bed, my attempts to eat wheat free, and my neti pot (see below), who knows what will be next! A chiropractor? :)

But if you are suffering from any kind of leg or hip cramps or pain in bed, what possible harm could a little soap do? Give it a try, and tell me if you have any luck!

25 comments:

  1. I don't have any idea how or why the soap works, but let me say this. "It does work" I haven't had a leg cramp in over two years now. Just try it..

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  2. Yes it works, may have to change the soap every now and then seems like once the scent is gone its time for a change.

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  3. I just recently heard about this working for people. That's amazing.

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  4. i read about the Bar of Soap in a column from my local newspaper and immediatedly tried it. I felt if II tried medication why not soap. I have been diagnosed with fibromygia, arthristis and had constant hip and knee pain. It was painful just getting out of bed at night to get to the bathroom. I put 3 bars of various scents of soap in my bed nightly. no pain. no hand pain nor arm. It works. I don't care how. I am not in pain nor take medication.

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  5. I was going to have both shoulders operated on because of the pain at night. My husband put the soap under the sheets one night (I did not even know)and for 2 mornings in a row, I slept all night without pain...When I told him I did not think I would be undergoing surgery after all, HE TOLD ME!! I thought he was NUT'S, but I was pain free....IT WORKS...I wish someone would tell me WHY it works..but I'm just glad it does!

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    1. I have a cracked rib on the left side of my chest. I tied a bar of soap to my chest and can go all day, and even all night no pain. It's great for leg and hand cramps too, I swear by it.

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    2. I have had pain in both my sholders for months, I tried lying on a bar of soap, after a couple of months I have no pain at all.

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  6. Its true... It works seriously... My mum had the same prolem and I was searching for any remedy or solution on internet. After reading few blogs and comments, I asked her to put soap in the bed. Touch wood she is fine now and I hope no such problem would occur again. Thanks to everyone who share such precious and useful remedies with us. Thanks a lot. Also, advise me if anyone has solution for sleeping legs as well, as whenever I sit on floor for long time to pray, I face sleeping leg problem to a large extent and I cannot move even a single step that time.

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  7. Yes, It is absolutely true. I put one on my bed three month ago and no cramps at all. The funniest thing is that a night I had one and told myself: "Agh this did not work," when I woke up the soap was under the bed no in its place. LOL. I returned it under the bed sheet and since then I did not have one..

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  8. I put it at the foot of the bed, under the covers.

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  9. Yes, this works. I've had the same bar of soap in my bed for some months now. Maybe I should change it? I'll wait till the next time I get a cramp and see if it still works. Lorraine

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  10. I heard about this about three or four years ago when I was having leg cramps almost every night and they got so bad they lasted for up to a half hour even when I tried to stretch to get them to release. When I heard about it the first time from my secretary I thought that sounded crazy, two days later I heard it from another employee and so I thought why not try it. All I can say is IT WORKS and I am grateful cause I have only had cramps maybe three times since and probably cause I needed to use a new bar.

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  11. just trying this out...praying it works for my restless legs. God bless!

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  12. Has it worked for anyone with sciatica and lower back pain due to herniated discs?
    And how does one use the bar of soap? I read that someone says it is put at the foot of the bed between mattress and sheets?
    Thanks

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  13. I have fibromyalgia and had surgery for spinal stenosis a few months ago. I read about the soap last weekend and grabbed a sample slice of soap a friend had given me. I put it right up against the area that hurt most at the time, sat down in my chair and the pain went away. I moved it to another painful area. Again, the pain receded. I've been sleeping with the soap right against my skin--sometimes the back, sometimes the hip. I even tucked it into the back of my shorts when I went to the store. It's really amazing. I don't know why it works, but it does. I had nothing to lose and it didn't cost me anything. I don't know if scent makes a difference, but this is a lightly scented expensive shea butter soap. Try it.

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  19. what types of soaps work? I am suffering right now!!!!!!

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  20. what types of soaps work? I am suffering right now!!!!!!

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  21. I had injured my lower back pretty severely. For 2 weeks I was down in my back and couldn't even turn over in bed. I read about this and taped a bar of Irish Spring to my back and woke up a lot better. Did it again the second night and woke up with the pain completely gone. I am a RN so of course I wanted to know the scientific reason it worked but could not find any. But I swear it wored.

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