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Long story short: I was at the gym for a long session yesterday and today my left leg is cramping hardcore.

Its especially bad in the thigh but there's some occasional aches in the calf area too. I can even see it spasm when it starts to go.

Anyone else get the leg cramps after a hard day? Any advice to make it go away? Lots of h2o and advil have been attempted.

Gonna go try a hot shower, but im a little paranoid of trying to stand for too long, when it starts to cramp the knee buckles.


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I had this happen when I was training for a marathon. In my particular case it was a bit of dehydration and low potassium more often than not, better hydration, and more bananas in my diet did the trick... I don't really have any quick fixes though Frown (that and you might be having a totally different issue)

Hope it goes away soon


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Bananas bananas bananas. eat some. Also, certain of those gel nasties can help. Lastly, drink some pickle juice. Not a lot necessarily, but it helps a bunch.


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cmagee1 wrote:
Bananas bananas bananas. eat some. Also, certain of those gel nasties can help. Lastly, drink some pickle juice. Not a lot necessarily, but it helps a bunch.

I love bananas, and eat them like it's going out of style, ate 5 yesterday and 3 today... so I'm not sure that's it.

What does pickle juice do? Not that I'm gonna try it, just the smell of a pickle can induce vomiting for me.

For now, when it starts up, I'm just putting my feet up. Fingers crossed that tomorrow is good to go again.


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erisspirit wrote:
I had this happen when I was training for a marathon. In my particular case it was a bit of dehydration and low potassium more often than not, better hydration, and more bananas in my diet did the trick... I don't really have any quick fixes though Frown (that and you might be having a totally different issue)

Hope it goes away soon

I get it from Dehydration also, its hard to realize how much water and liquids you need.
Try gatorade or similiar. I also drink water with juice and protein powder with berries all mixed or blended . You can never have enough hydration before and during and after workouts.
I think when its colder outside you tend to forget you still need fluids.
Feel Better


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hydrate. a lot. thats crucial as well.


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I got horrendous quad-cramps a couple years ago, which I still haven't fully recovered from.
The combination of (probable) causes were:
1) biking way too hard and too much while in high summer (heat => dehydration)
2) not stretching enough (shortened quads)
3) not enough/unbalanced electrolytes (magnesium, potassium, calcium, etc)

The solutions to 1) and 2) are obvious, the solution to 3) was to start taking a particular type of electrolyte powder. Just taking Magnesium or Potassium alone was not enough. Taking a balanced combination of electrolytes seems to be the most effective for my body.


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Hydration, warm up and stretch, hydration, and hydration.


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I could never bring myself to use those chemical cocktails sold as "electrolyte drinks" nor do I subscribe to the cult of the banana. (Nothing wrong with bananas but there's plenty of K in any minimally processed food). What's worked best for me is a glass of beer or wine. (One glass only). No harm in trying it, and you might even find it enjoyable.

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Pickle juice for cramps is like sex for horny people! If you can't drink it strait water it down. I used to drink pickle juice when I would cramp after long road rides and it would give me instant relief.

Btw wait till you cramp in your sleep that's the best!


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l3uddy789 wrote:
Pickle juice for cramps is like sex for horny people! If you can't drink it strait water it down.

I hear it's simply FANTASTIC for your blood pressure, too!

Sodium overdose for everybody! Horray!


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sungam wrote:
l3uddy789 wrote:
Pickle juice for cramps is like sex for horny people! If you can't drink it strait water it down.

I hear it's simply FANTASTIC for your blood pressure, too!

Sodium overdose for everybody! Horray!

Well, if your BP is OK pickle juice might be of benefit.

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/...0juice%22&st=cse

I've been on a low sodium diet for decades, which has kept my blood pressure normal without medications. After reading the articles about pickle juice I wondered what else might work that didn't have so much Na. Tried different things but beer and wine worked the best. So why mess with strange concoctions.

Gratias et valete bene!
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Kartessa wrote:
Long story short: I was at the gym for a long session yesterday and today my left leg is cramping hardcore. Its especially bad in the thigh but there's some occasional aches in the calf area too. I can even see it spasm when it starts to go. Anyone else get the leg cramps after a hard day? Any advice to make it go away? Lots of h2o and advil have been attempted. Gonna go try a hot shower, but im a little paranoid of trying to stand for too long, when it starts to cramp the knee buckles.

I've tried all of that. Hydrating like a MF didn't do it. Gatoraid did NOT do it. Acceleraid was a little better than Gatoraid. Still got cramps. Eating lots of bannas didn't do shit for me. 2 things that did. 1st, when I know it's going to be a balls to the walls day, I don't drink coffee. NONE.

2nd) When I get home I do a little CALM. It's the only thing that has worked and I've probably tried it all. It's costly, but worth it.



Cal -Calcium M -Magnesium it has some other trace minerals.
http://www.google.com/...amp;ved=0CHgQ8wIwAA#

Lots of stores have it.

Next,


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Quick Fix: Bite your lower lip. This works instantly for foot and calf cramps. Other options: stand on the edge of a rock or steps and lower your heel to stretch the muscle. Take off your shoe and separate your big toe and second toe as wide as possible, then move onto the other toes. Sit on the ground and have a friend firmly hold your ankle and gentle pull your leg stretching the cramping muscle. Punch the cramping muscle with your fist, or press your index finger or thumb firmly into the muscle (hitting the muscle with the shoe or a metal pipe also works)

These have always worked for me, hope they work for others as well.


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Well pickle juice is never gonna happen, ever. But I do try to hydrate plenty... The issue isn't a cramp while I climb, but the days after a hard gym session.

But about the midnight cramps... oh I know those well. I used to have evening screaming sessions when I was on my basic training. BLOODY HELL!

I did a big stretch today so hopefully I'm in good shape tomorrow.


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I'm serious about the Calm Kartessa. Old buddy turned me on to it and it's amazing. He told me it's the only stuff that really works. In fact, it's the only stuff that I've found that actually works for me as well.
http://www.amazon.com/...DL4/ref=pd_sim_hpc_3


sbaclimber


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billcoe_ wrote:
I'm serious about the Calm Kartessa. Old buddy turned me on to it and it's amazing. He told me it's the only stuff that really works. In fact, it's the only stuff that I've found that actually works for me as well.
http://www.amazon.com/...DL4/ref=pd_sim_hpc_3
The Calm Plus Calcium is somewhat similar to the electrolyte powder I take... (Mag + Cal + Pot)
I notice that Calm also makes other variations, with more or less Mag, Cal, etc. (here are some of the relative amounts)
@Kartessa, as I mentioned before, just taking one or another electrolyte alone may not be as helpful as taking a combination which is an effective balance for your body.
e.g. the Natural Calm seems to be the most effective for billcoe_ and something close to Calm Plus Calcium for me.
Unfortunately, there isn't really an easy test to tell you how much you may need of which substance...
Note, you can't really overdose on Magnesium, but high intake of Calcium over a long period of time can supposedly have side-effects.


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If everything else here fails, try some tonic water/quinine. I've had it work well for several patients.

Hold the vodka/gin.


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onceahardman wrote:
If everything else here fails, try some tonic water/quinine. I've had it work well for several patients.

Hold the vodka/gin.

Along with viagra for you, heard it works well for Hugh.
Then you can take off oncea Laugh


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The guys at work claim that pickle juice is the cure. I suppose thats vinegar. Hey who Knows


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