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    Muscle Cramps anyone?

    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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    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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    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.
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    Magnesium has helped mine considerably.

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

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    Magnesium also helps with TOTM cramps as well.
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    We haven't been tracking our macro-nutrients, let alone our micro-nutrients.
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    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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