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ALBERTJON SparkPoints: (3,133)
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8/23/13 3:58 P

I have gotten some rather intense cramps, particularly at night while I was in bed. I have found that, at least for me, even when I drink a lot of liquids, such as coffee and beer, but no or almost no water, I can get painful cramps. This is particularly true if I have been physically active during the day, regardless of if it is strength-training, cardio, or chores.

What I have to do is drink 2-3 glasses of water as soon as I can get to the BR, and the cramps go away in a matter of minutes.

Good luck!

Edited by: ALBERTJON at: 8/23/2013 (17:22)
PINK4YOUTOO Posts: 508
8/23/13 2:21 P

Mine occurs usually when I don't drink enough water --- not just liquids

LOTUS737 Posts: 2,537
8/22/13 7:18 P

In addition to the good advice below...

- do you drink enough water?

- strengthening the area can't hurt- after my back spasm i went to physical therapy, which helped, but my back would still act up. i read medical literature on the med-x lumbar machine and skeptically gave it a try- it was a mission finding a place that has a machine (it's an hour away) but after i completed the recommended 12-week sessions, my back was immensely stronger and i can run 20 mi/week no problem and it really only gets stiff if i'm not active enough. if you can find a doctor/physical therapist with the machine, it may be worth giving it a go- i can't stress how skeptical i was, but a simple machine has made a huge difference in my quality of life.

- i also agree that seeing a doctor may not be a bad idea, just to rule out anything else. and s/he may have other advice for you too.

- some believe that cramping is caused by potassium deficiencies- you can try having some coconut water to see if it makes a difference!

- have you tried stretching right before you go to sleep? what about using a heating pad for a few minutes before you sleep?

Edited by: LOTUS737 at: 8/22/2013 (19:18)
SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,085
8/22/13 6:52 P

Are you doing any strength training? Thinking back to when the problem started, is there anything that changed about your daily/workout routine?

Coach Jen

SIMONEKP Posts: 2,617
8/22/13 1:56 P

As you may have already guessed, it is probably from riding and you should talk to a health care professional.

SE2832 Posts: 31
8/22/13 1:50 P

I have been getting mild/medium muscle cramps in my middle back. The usually happen at night a few minutes after I lay down to sleep, 4 or 5 days a week. Feels in the area of the Longissimus Thorasis or the upper part of the Latissimus dorsi, or really low trapezius--somewhere in there. There is no ongoing discomfort otherwise and I don't feel particularly stiff. Stretching doesn't seem to aleviate the problem. It can be either side of the spine, or both depending on the day.

My calorie range is 1200-1500 cals, and I am eating at the upper side of my range. For exercise I ride Dressage, I have been riding for 3 years, and the problem has started in the last 6 months. While I am in the saddle over an hour, I track 30minutes a ride because warm up/warmdown is at a slower gaits and does not raise my heart rate and SP estimate of calorie burn is way too high for the activity. I am doing more advanced/more difficult work (focusing mostly on my powerhouse/core) but I do not experience cramping elsewhere.

I start back on SP a month ago. I have tracked my sodium intake, and it is actually a little high. I do track calcium as well and I am most of the time in range. I am usually on the high end for protein (my fav group). I have not linked my work out calories to my tracked calories, but I do eat most of those calories back. The weight loss is going well, losing right at 1% body weight per week so I just want to keep my current system. I was really hoping the problem would get better once I started tracking, but there really hasn't been a change.

Lots of details, any suggestions? Maybe it's just a weaker than everywhere else and I need to build it up? IDK.

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