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SIMPLELIFE2 Posts: 707
12/15/12 4:28 P

Of course you should consult a doctor, but I find keeping well hydrated, eating a banana every day, stretching and taking a magnesium/calcium supplement resolved the issue for me.

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12/15/12 3:01 P

My ankles often cramp when I swim, which can cause problems because I am a synchronized swimmer and need to use my ankles a lot (I need to keep my feet pointed). I found that I just needed to keep them loose. Massage them during the day and stretch them multiple times daily.

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12/15/12 2:55 A

I've always been told by coaches and gym people that while there can be many causes, it's usually a potassium deficiency and to eat a banana. When was your last checkup?

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12/14/12 9:03 P

Thanks all. Im not really worried at all, just annoyed I guess. Kinda frustrating when you are pedaling along and all of a sudden you cramp up!

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12/14/12 8:57 A

Please note that if you are concerned about your cramping, it is best to discuss this with your own physician who is most familiar with you and your medical situation. It is outside the scope of advice for any of our experts or members to speculate as to what the problem is.

Coach Nancy

DALCANT757 Posts: 152
12/14/12 7:20 A

Easy cramping tends to come along with fasciculations, or muscle twitching. It sounds like this has been going on for a little while and is affecting your sleep/exercise. Take a look at your leg, does it look like its moving without you telling it to, kinda like something wiggling under your skin? If so, you want to rule out certain neurological issues. Sometimes this can be from nerve damage, particularly if it is localized. The pattern of muscles that this affects can sometimes tell you where the problem is coming from. A more generalized pattern can be a sign of a common issue, peripheral neuropathy. This can also be a completely benign thing as well. A neurologist or physiatrist should be able to help you out with this if your PCP needs help.

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12/13/12 10:13 P


Cramps are a mystery, however if they are so severe that you are almost falling over you may want to talk with your doctor about this. Some people are more prone to them than other people.

That being said, make sure you are well-hydrated and taking in a sports drink with some electrolytes, such as Gatorade may help during exercise, however, please do not take any potassium supplements without medical supervision.

Coach Nancy

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12/13/12 9:27 P

Not sure if this is the right place for this question or not, but I need to find out what to do.Ill also post in nutrition.

I keep getting calf and shin cramps when I work out. I used to get em so bad they would wake me up in the middle of the night and I had a hard time sleeping because my muscles would cramps so bad. Tonight I was on the bike and my calf started cramping. Then after I was stretching I stood up and my calf cramped so bad I almost fell over :(.

Any suggestions?

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