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11/18/13 1:50 P

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Emily, Thanks for the advice. You are right on the money and hopefully someone will benefit from having it posted here!

Unfortunately for me, I have to watch my potassium intake for many of the reasons you describe. My doctor has nixed bananas for me. And we're not just talking calf cramps for a few minutes. I get cramps in my feet, my ankles, shins, sides, hands, and wrists. Cramping can last hours.

The thing is that for me, they seem unrelated to potassium, magnesium, Vitamin D, and calcium - all things my doctor advised me to take early on. Instead, they seem to be my body's special way of having a panic attack - when I don't work, I don't get them. Imagine!



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11/18/13 9:13 A

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to those of you with leg cramps---eat bananas!!! OTC Potassium supplements have very little potassium in them due to the very dangerous effects of too much--HEART STOPS!!!. Potassium can be really dangerous. When I worked in surgery--during open heart surgery we used an iced solution with high amounts of potassium on the heart to stop it after the patient was on the heart-lung machine. That's how dangerous potassium is! So OTC is really low dose. Bananas are your best bet. However, if you don't like bananas, there are other foods pretty high in potassium.

For when you get a cramp in your lower leg, I know it hurts, but flex your foot up toward your head. It stretches the muscle.

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11/16/13 7:55 P

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10/29/13 8:37 A

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Interesting about those leg cramps. When I don't have to go in to work, I don't get them. This despite walking 10,000 plus steps per day through the weekends and all the gardening I do. When I have to go to work - watch out. So I think my legs are having panic attacks...

Stress. Good gravy it will get you every time!!

I tell people this is the best team on Spark because it is. I get more here than from my other 10-11 teams put together!! Linda and Sassy - give yourselves back pats for the wonderful job you do!!

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10/29/13 3:51 A

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I really get so much support from this team that I have no immediate needs. Just wanted to move it up to the top page again because I think it's a worthwhile topic. Anyone??? And Stacy, how did your leg cramps ever turn out. I hope they are gone forever!!

The best cure for stressing is to count your blessings...and a long walk won't hurt either!

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9/17/13 11:18 A

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When I first started walking, I weighed 230 and could walk only about five minutes at a time. I just kept on increasing a minute every couple of days until pretty soon (maybe three months) I was able to walk a mile. Then two miles. Then six miles. You'll get there, it just takes some time and persistence!!

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9/17/13 6:54 A

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Sweet Jackie-You are down 20 lbs.-which is a goal I can't seem to meet. You are out the door and walking. That is enough for now. Give yourself time to get used to it and your pace and stamina will increase. I'm amazed at how much faster I can get to the c-store for my coffee these days and it's only been a month. When I over do it then my knees and hips hurt and that's not worth it. Sometimes when I'm just moseying along I think, "What's the rush? Slow down and enjoy the walk. Look around at all the things to see and listen for birds and dogs and all the gifts that are before you only for this one walk on this one day."

Take breaks when you need them. They will get shorter and shorter.
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9/17/13 6:28 A

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I just realized today how slow I am really walking, but I'm happy all the same. Less than one month ago I could not walk 10 meters and today I can walk .89 kms, even if it takes me 65 mins I can do it! I have an illness that also affect the muscles with muscle weakness and have not walked for almost 2 years, so this is a big deal to me.
I actually counted the steps I took today on my walk. I wrote down each segment (I take many rest stops) and calculated 1885 steps, then I counted my pass in meters (I take short little passes still) and came up with a total of .89 km in 65 mins or .55 miles per hour........very, very, very slow!
I'm going to stick with this distance for a while and see if I can improve on the time needed. I already see today I have less weakness and tiredness after this walk.
I'm not exactly following the schedule outline for the team, but I think I'm doing ok as I am, as I can.
I don't know if I need support, bec I'm happy with what I'm doing. I guess I'm looking for any other ideas or comments on how to proceed.


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9/12/13 8:18 A

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Thanks to you both!!

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9/11/13 4:35 P

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Glad you have something to work on. I hope tonight is better for you

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9/11/13 11:31 A

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Keep us posted. I'm sure you're not the only one who suffers and we all get to point where we'll try anything. I had horrific pain in my knee that I posted about and someone posted almost immediately that it sounded like my IT Band. I had to look it up and that was it. Even my doc was impressed because he didn't have an answer.

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9/11/13 10:47 A

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Thanks to you both! I've had cramps - more in my feet and front of my legs - for much of this past year and mostly on and off. I've tried just about everything including tonic water with quinine. My doctor put me on Neurontin (an anti-seizure medication) that's used for restless leg - made it worse. The best I can figure out is that I get them when I sit a lot.

However, I've been REALLY low on sodium thanks to The Plan. I'll go back and check my sodium and see if that might not be it.



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I've been taking potassium and magnesium to help with mine. Seems to work. They used to give us quinine tablets in the Army and that also helped. Could not find them...and tonic water has quinine but couldn't find a brand in my limited grocery selections that was not also loaded with sugar or aspartame so left that alone. A soak in Epsom salts might just do you a world of good! That is also supposed to help you absorb some magnesium.

I did buy a couple pair of compression socks am wear them for walking. Don't know if it helps but figured it couldn't hurt...and yes, low sodium can also cause leg cramps. Hope you find a quick resolution. It's just awful to be awakened with "charlie horses"!!

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9/11/13 9:17 A

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Are you taking BP meds? I know they can cause cramps. Also, how low is your sodium intake? These are just quick thoughts.

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9/11/13 9:10 A

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Whoa - I've had severe leg cramps for the past three nights so pulled back some on walking yesterday. Leg cramps are an "old" problem of mine. DH says I don't stretch enough, but I think I do. I'm on Lyn-Genet's The Plan so I know I get enough water. Anyone else have leg cramps that wake you up in the middle of the night (screaming)? Anyone have something that works for them?

Thanks all!!

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9/5/13 7:46 A

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We all need support sometimes. Thanks for starting this thread.

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Please post here if you are feeling like you need support and let us know how we can help.

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