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natural_born_texan 06-06-2013 09:01 PM

Tight calves?
My calves have been feeling tight throughout the day. It's a tightness, but not a feeling of being worked out too hard. It almost feels like a Charlie horse is coming on...but it never gets that bad. I take a multivitamin. Could I be missing something else?

flappa1016 06-06-2013 09:25 PM

The most common deficiencies that can cause charley horses are potassium and magnesium. You may be deficient in one, or both, of these minerals.

ravenrose 06-06-2013 09:30 PM

if you have been strictly low carbing and perspiring at all, it could be sodium deficiency. people in ketosis shed a lot of sodium that carb mouths keep.

otherwise WATER WATER WATER. for me that feeling can be a precursor to serious thigh cramps, the most painful thing I have EVER felt. they normally come on at night, for me.

clackley 06-07-2013 08:01 AM

This is a sign for me that my lytes are low and I need to replenish with fluid and sodium, potassium and mag. The easiest way to do that is with a cup or 2 of chicken stock.

Vilya 06-07-2013 10:02 AM

I used to feel that too, and also get full-blown cramps at night. I started taking 500 mg. of magnesium a day, and no more cramps or crampy feelings. :)

FatCat 06-07-2013 11:15 AM

taking any statins?

MtherGoos 06-07-2013 11:20 AM

I also take potassium to keep that feeling at bay. They usually hit me at night when I'm sleeping, but as long as I take the potassium, I don't have a problem.

emel 06-07-2013 11:24 AM

Agree with sodium, magnesium, and potassium.

Supplements: something salty to eat, 250-500 mg mag, a couple or 3 of the 99 mg potassium tablets

spinach, yogurt, salmon, avocado or mushroom for the potassium (there's more, but those are easy)

spinach, yogurt, avocado, or nuts for the magnesium --- Sesame Seeds (63%), Brazil Nuts (63%), Almonds (48%), Cashews (44% DV), Pine nuts (43%), Mixed Nuts (39%), and Peanuts (31%), Pecans (17%), Walnuts (16%)

salt for sodium.

DiamondDeb 06-08-2013 10:28 AM

I'd try supplementing with either magnesium oil or liquid ionic magnesium and maybe also potassium.

Most of us (people, not LCers) are deficient in magnesium & most forms of the supplement are not well-absorbed. Even foods that should be high in magnesium are not because the soil is so depleted.

smoosh 06-08-2013 07:47 PM

I used to get severe night cramps and twitching or tightness during the day. After some research and a visit to the doctor, I found out I had a vitamin B deficiency. B6 I believe. B12 deficiency can also cause cramps. A Vitamin B100 Complex solved the problem.

heidihoopi 06-08-2013 09:50 PM

Dehydration is the most common cause of cramps, if you are drinking plenty, then see post numbers 4 and 8 above.

Casey 06-09-2013 06:22 AM

Thanks for posting this question - I didn't realize how common this problem is! Like the others here, I have to take potassium for leg/calf cramps. Not every day but I know what to do when I get that feeling.

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