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GETSHORTY Posts: 1,370
9/28/13 10:48 P

Not sure if this is exactly relevant/helpful, but I've had cramps that sound like what you described, and what I do to ease the pain in the moment, is to flex my ankle upwards (so the toes of that foot are higher than the heel). The cramp in my calf goes away within seconds every time.

9/27/13 4:13 P

It is not appropriate to "recommend" individual vitamin or mineral supplements. Since this site, our experts and our members do not have the ability to run lab work and determine a diagnosis---it is medically inappropriate and possibly dangers to do so. Individual nutrients should only be prescribed from one's doctor or health care profession who can assess and determine the appropriate medical nutrition intervention.

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9/27/13 6:11 A

I find if I eat a big meal in the evening I am more likely to get cramps so try to eat earlier evening. My doctor has prescribed quinine for it, but I try not to take it every night - only when it hits.

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9/27/13 5:07 A

It isn't wise to advocate taking a supplement such as Magnesium, over the internet. Altho' a lack CAN cause this problem, there are a number of other reasons, too, and Magnesium supplements, if taken when your bloods are fine, can actually cause harm including causing breathing problems and slowing your heart down, and IF there is heart disease present, it can make the condition worse. They can also interact with some common medications. With MOST supplements it is best to use them on the advice of a Dr or Dietitian, based on blood results.

To the OP,. I suggest that if it doesn't resolve, get it checked by your Dr because there are many medical reasons for it.


Edited by: SLIMMERKIWI at: 9/27/2013 (05:07)
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9/27/13 3:51 A

Another possible reason was you were not hydrated enough. Also, if you engaged in some sort of physical activity, such as more walking than normal, and if you had not drunk enough liquids, particularly water, that combination can cause cramping in the legs.

I occasionally get cramping in the same way you describe, and it's not the sodium or lack of it that is the culprit. I simply drink a couple of glasses of water, and the cramping goes away rather quickly.

I personally don't know that eating fast food for one big meal would cause the cramping you describe.

EXOTEC Posts: 3,327
9/26/13 9:25 P

Ditto pattiswimmer

Try magnesium!

9/26/13 8:37 P

If this continues---do see your doctor.

A higher sodium intake from the fast food could bring about water retention, swelling, and leg aches/cramping. For some people who are sensitive, this reaction can happen within hours of the consumption of the food with extra sodium (especially if one has been on a lower sodium intake).

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Edited by: DIETITIANBECKY at: 9/27/2013 (07:49)
MEG-NATALIA07 Posts: 679
9/26/13 8:20 P

You're probably low on minerals: potassium, magnesium, etc.

9/26/13 3:58 P

you need magnesium... have a bath with epson salts

9/26/13 3:57 P

Can fast food give someone leg cramps? I had a horrid night last night, with my feet and calve cramping. I veered off the nutrition plan yesterday, and ate fast food- first time in ages. I was thinking maybe the sodium level or MSG could have caused the leg cramps? Any suggestions post binge to help? The real solution is to stick to the plan.

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