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For a good month now, I have been getting excrutiating leg cramping in only my left leg, it mostly happens at night, but the cramping pain lingers and I find it difficult to lift my leg to walk, any movement with that leg becomes painful. I dont get the cramps every night., but when I do it can be uncomfortable to use touch of lift the leg for 2 days, the latest cramp was Monday night, pain had almost gone by Tuesday evening only to get cramp Wednesday night, the pain lingered throughout thursday and before it had a chance in getting better I got cramp Thursday night, so here I am Friday dreading going to bed, this is probaly the worst its got my lower leg looks swollen and I cant bare to touch it and walking is difficult anyway as I have M.E so this is not good.
I have heard that cramps can be lack of salt intake. Is this true? as I must confess I hate salt and dont put salt onto my food. I only use it in my cooking and even then in small amounts. Is there anyone out there with the same problem? Is there anyone who knows what to do to prevent cramp? Any advice gratefuly recieved. Better add I have been to the Doctor, but they can not advise either way and say it could be part of the M.E or my weight, or I am not winding down and relaxing enough which is a joke as I am pratically horizontal. One Doctor said eat a packet of salt and vinager crisps and see if that helps and it didnt. So I am at a loss.
Cheers and chat laterz Astral hippy
Ps anyone out there who suffers with M.E (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome)
Let me first say that I am not a doctor. What I have been told is that leg cramps could be a result of low potassium levels. I have no idea if this is really true or in my head. I suffered leg cramps badly as a teen, and according to the wives tales, it was a potassium deficiency. I haven't suffered cramps in years other than rare occassions. I might suggest finding another more knowledgeable doctor who is more versed in the value of nutrition. Hope this helps, let me know if it does!
Thanks Everyone for all your advice, better eat a banana a day up my salt level and when I get cramp no matter how much it hurts, flex my leg and foot straight away, brilliant with all that info, I can now make ammends.
Cheers again Astral hippy
When I was in kickboxing, I'd get cramps in my feet sometimes from the positions we had to be in. My instructor said cramps were usually caused by a lack of potassium. So yeah, eat a banana and see how you feel.
The majority of Americans who are eating normally should have no trouble getting their required daily intake of salt, from what I have read. Generally, we eat too much sodium. Food itself generally has enough sodium for our requirements, then we add some more to it!
Try bananas or other high potassium foods. Maybe a multivitamin would work too.