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    So after being woken up very early this morning with a painful cramp in my calf, I have to ask: Can anybody explain why I am getting muscle cramps and what I can do to prevent them? I started having muscle cramps with my first pregnancy, but my youngest child is now 8 years old, so pregnancy cannot be my excuse anymore. My calf usually seizes up during the night or early morning. I have been noticing some minor cramps in my calf over the past week or so, but was able to just walk it off. Last nights however, was the full blown, wake-up Mr. Griffin, tears kind of cramp. I was once told it had to do with my lack of calcium (I have always had problems eating dairy). Any thoughts?

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    It could be lack of potassium or magnesium. They usually go hand-in-hand. You can either up the veggies that have these vitamins or you can take suppliments around bed time. I still get these on occasion when I forget to take those sups. Best way when you do get them is to stand up, the pain goes away fast.

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    • #3
      Up your magnesium intake. Take mag chelate pills or use a powder like Natural Calm. I used to have nightly leg cramps. Also make sure you are well hydrated. Most of us are magnesium deficient and the fluid loss that sometimes accompanies the transition to Primal eating makes it worse.
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      • #4
        Classic charlie horse. Do what both ladies have mentioned. I take potassium supplements in the morning and then 500mg magnesium citrate and I very rarely get them anymore. I also drink a gallon+ of water daily. It really, really helps.
        Georgette

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        • #5
          Magnesium has helped mine considerably.

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          • #6
            Thanks all! I will definitely have to check out the supplements. Anything has got to be better than the pain . . .

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            • #7
              Magnesium also helps with TOTM cramps as well.
              Georgette

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              • #8
                what are your micros at?
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                • #9
                  We haven't been tracking our macro-nutrients, let alone our micro-nutrients.
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                  • #10
                    This is dumb but when I was pregnant my nurse (laughingly) told me to put a bar of soap under my mattress at my feet and they'd go away. I laughed. I did it. They went away. No idea why but its all the help I can offer. Also make sure your getting enough water-I tend to get calf cramps when I'm dehydrated.
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                    • #11
                      ..add to convo...

                      The lack of crappy carbs in the diet sheds the ability to retain excess water weight, resulting in a faster flush of water injested. This would cause us to flush minerals at a faster rate, hence the need for many to supplement. Not certain, but it sounds reasonable.

                      /2Cents

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                      • #12
                        I've heard the thing about the soap with people claiming it worked also, but haven't tried it. Mine go away when I take calcium and have been this way since childhood (really noticed it when pregnant though). I'd take all supps listed above as they all help and you may be low in all (I take calc, mag and Vit D now and have been cramp free).

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                        • #13
                          Eat more starch. Mineral deficiencies always get blamed (usually potassium), but the evidence just doesn't support it. Several studies have looked at this in athletes, and found no electrolyte differences between the crampers and the crampless. Cramps are a big problem in those with glycogen storage diseases - they're your muscles' way of asking for more glycogen. Low carbohydrate diets can also reduce muscle glycogen. So adding in more sweet potatoes, etc. should fix it. If it doesn't, a magnesium supplement can help - though it's not through correction of any deficiency.
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                          • #14
                            Water, magnesium, and on the days when I am working out, I also drink coconut water - the other thing I did was buy a trigger point roller (about 5" in diameter) as well as stick roller. I use the larger trigger point roller every night before I go to bed - sit on the floor or on the bed, roll it under each leg from ankle to upper thigh. I keep both right next to the bed, so if I wake up during the night with a cramp, I grab the stick roller, and run it up and down the calf (or where needed) and it's gone.
                            My Chiropractor is a marathon trainer and he recommended that I do this - it's phenomenal and well beyond the vague relief I would get with taking any calcium supplement.
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                            • #15
                              I've heard the magnesium-thing as well, but actually, my chiro fixed my reoccurring leg-cramps. No idea how but he got rid of it and I haven't had it since.

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