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What is "cramp" and how is it triggered?
« on: 31/05/2007 00:00:19 »
Sometimes, when I go swimming in a pool.. I get cramps in my leg!! It's usually when I tiptoe or something.. But once, it happened in the deep end, and I was unable to move one of my leg!!

It is severe pain in the calf and sole of your foot.. I'm sure most people know what a cramp is!!


What is a cramp, and how is it triggered?
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Re: What is "cramp" and how is it triggered?
« Reply #1 on: 31/05/2007 00:32:06 »
Low potassium can cause them, but I am sure there are other triggers also!
 

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Re: What is "cramp" and how is it triggered?
« Reply #2 on: 31/05/2007 00:32:46 »
Potassium??????
 

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Re: What is "cramp" and how is it triggered?
« Reply #3 on: 31/05/2007 00:46:03 »
eat bananas
 

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Re: What is "cramp" and how is it triggered?
« Reply #4 on: 31/05/2007 00:58:33 »
Yepperoo! she is right! LOL
 

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Re: What is "cramp" and how is it triggered?
« Reply #5 on: 31/05/2007 02:01:27 »
Low potassium can be one cause, but there can be many different causes.

By all means, try eating more banannas, but if it persists, see a doctor about it.  It can be anything from a range of nutritional issues, early diabetes (unlikely), hypothyroidism, or any of a number of other ailments which should be eliminated as possible causes.
 

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Re: What is "cramp" and how is it triggered?
« Reply #6 on: 31/05/2007 02:21:15 »
Low potassium is the reason I get them, but I don't eat bananas.  I have the blessing of my doc to have lots of salt....yayyyyy!!!  I also get them in the front of my legs, and the tops of my feet.  Those really hurt and are quite difficult to work out!
 

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Re: What is "cramp" and how is it triggered?
« Reply #7 on: 31/05/2007 02:49:18 »
Hypothyroidism, used to be my cause of getting those wretched pains...
 

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Re: What is "cramp" and how is it triggered?
« Reply #8 on: 31/05/2007 03:03:31 »
Yes to the hypothyroidism I have that also. I have cramps like carolyn sometimes or the one that hit your foot go up the back of your calf and grab your back and side muscles all at once and they are torture..yours could be any number of things like George said even doing something you are not quite used to muscle wise has given me cramps.
 

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Re: What is "cramp" and how is it triggered?
« Reply #9 on: 31/05/2007 09:19:24 »
Hmm.. Ok, so it starts from what I eat, and nutritional issues.. But how is it triggered? Just before I get them, what did I do to get it?
 

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Re: What is "cramp" and how is it triggered?
« Reply #10 on: 31/05/2007 09:27:54 »
You may just move your muscle in a manner that is not a normal position when Out of water. there is definitely water resistance there to make you use the muscle differently for sure. I am no expert but I think that could play a major factor in it. Did you curl your toes stretch the foot forward and pull the heel back towards the back of your calf! That is possible in a dive position!Point your toes like a ballerina can certainly be a cramp position!
 

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Re: What is "cramp" and how is it triggered?
« Reply #11 on: 31/05/2007 09:42:05 »
LOL.. Well sometimes I tip-toe in the pool!! And I think that is what makes it happen...

And also, when I lifted my foot up from the water, to see what it looks like with a cramp.. It looked like this!!!



How should I put it!!

My big toe was completely bent on top of my second big toe!!
 

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Re: What is "cramp" and how is it triggered?
« Reply #12 on: 03/06/2007 01:45:38 »
YES Indeedy!LOL Knarly! Painful and unpleasant! I get leg cramps like that a lot! They are miserable! I eat more banas when that happens.. My mom had cancer and had low potassium, I can't remember if it was something in her pancreas causing that or if the pancreas was causing easy bruising, I am not sure I may have them reversed and the potassium being low may have been from Kemo or something.. It has been a lomng time!
 

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Re: What is "cramp" and how is it triggered?
« Reply #13 on: 03/06/2007 01:46:58 »
If I try to stretch with arms up like a baby when you were an infant, My back cramps up really bad on my left side almost every single time!
 

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