How do I exercise with pain?

Friday, January 18, 2013

GRRR. I want to exercise. For the past 9 months I get severe leg cramps/spasms in both my calves. It's like charlie horses that don't go away for 30 minutes. When it hits I can't walk. It's usually about the time I get off work and it comes and ususally 5 minutes into an exercise I have to stop and sit. It feels like the muscle is exhausted and burns on the last rep of an exercise, but it stays that way. It will hurt so much I could cry. Then after about a half hour it calms down until the next episode. My doc has run blood tests and a test where they put blow up things all over my legs but can't seem to find the problem. I've tried shoe inserts & different shoes.

Right now I have the energy and want to exercise, but I'm on the couch in pain. Well the pain is not going to win. When the pain stops I'm going to exercise. Even if it's in 5 minute intervals.

I have been diagnosed with RA in the past but I got better and my joints usuallly only hurt in the morning. This pain is not in my joints it's in my muscles. I have forearm and wrist muscle pain too. Well hopefully this next trip to the doctor will find something. I think he might think I'm a nut because my appointments are always in the morning and my muscles don't cramp or spasm then.

It's starting to scare me a little. I don't know if it's another symptom but 3 mos ago the eye doctor told me I have the start of cataracts and in the past month I have squiggly zig-zag lines in my vision at times. Someone told me you get this before a migraine, but I never have migraines.'s frustrating when I want to burn off 500 calories and I have to deal with this.
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    I hope it is npt a kind of artritis. We have a 16 year old boy in school that was having cramps in legs and hands and after many exams and doctors they have come to point that is types of artritis that is causing it. Not sure if they are dealing with it with pills or what, haven't talked to his mom for awhile.
    1917 days ago
    I will read more about calcium. I never thought about having too much!!
    1919 days ago
    The dr did check out calcium, other minerals and all the vitamins in my bloodwork. Everything came back "normal". But I have started taking a very good mega vitamin from GNC just as a boost. :)
    1919 days ago
    I hope you get the leg cramps figured out soon!!
    1919 days ago
  • MS0669
    Just take it easy and don't cause a serious injury !!

    I get leg cramps but just time to time, I am so glad Saintbernard6 mentioned calcium intake I know my calcium gets a little high from time to time as well - I will have to pay attention to the timing.
    1919 days ago
    Have you had a calcium level done? I have a calcium intolerance so that when I get too much of it, I get horrible leg cramps that last for a long time. Just a thought......Elsie
    1919 days ago
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