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Bad leg cramps

Discussion in 'Strength & Conditioning' started by pizzaaguy, Jan 6, 2006.

  1. pizzaaguy

    pizzaaguy

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    For the past 4 nights, I have had some terrible bouts of leg cramps.

    I drink 3-4 bottles of water a day.
    I take a multi-vitamin each morning.
    I eat a balanced diet.

    After the 1st bout I even went out and bought a few bananas and have been eating one daily.

    I've even been using (a bit of) real salt instead of my usual
    "NO SALT".

    The covers are loose on the bed.

    I get the cramps in the calves, as well as, behind the shins and also in my feet.

    Walking/stretching does not relieve the cramps...only ice packs work.

    I'm going to add a vitamin E and a mineral suppliment tonight.

    Anyone have any other ideas????

    Thanks :cool:

    Edited to add: This morning I have BAD lower back pain (L4-L5)
    with pain radiating thru hips to upper thighs.
     
  2. DBradD

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    I'd go to the doctor if I were you. From what you typed, your story seems atypical enough to warrant the trip, IMO.

    DBD
     

  3. jdsumner

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    ciatica(sp?)?
    Possibly a kidney stone?
    I agree with DBradD, though. Would def get this looked at.
    Good luck. Keep us posted.

    Dan
     
  4. Jack Walcott

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    By all means, see a doc. You haven't been using any of the OTC weight control products, have you? My wife started to get leg cramps when she was using something with ephedra. It went away after she quit using them.
     
  5. bunch_G17

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    I know the feeling. I have delt with "Charlie Horses" in my thighs, once a month for over 10 yrs. I am 6'5" and I just over do it some days and I get them at night and I am usally in tears.
     
  6. bdcochran

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    It may be the use of diet sodas. They will wash out magnesium and potassium. Those two minerals cannot be stored in the body. Typically, doctors will direct older people to take those simple mineral tablets.
     
  7. DBradD

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    Agreed, but I think you have to drink a megacrapload of them, right? I've cut waaay down, but drank 5-6/day for a couple of years with no noticeable problem. That was definitely not good for me, though. I drink a lot of loose green tea now with a diet coke or two per day, at the most.

    DBD
     
  8. Powder Monkey

    Powder Monkey Bravo Zulu!

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    Only at night/evenings when you're trying to relax? Sounds more like "restless leg syndrome." I've had that. Used to affect lower back, hips and thighs as well. Drove me nuts on long transatlantic flights. Increase your potassium intake (bananas) and cut down on caffeine and alcohol (avoid especially after 3:00PM). Consuming anything chocolate in the evenings virtually assured me another sleepness night with tight calf muscles and jittery legs.
     
  9. bdcochran

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    probably had 3 -4 doubl big gulps a day