need help with muscle cramps
Posted: 22 January 2012 02:12 PM   [ Ignore ]
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in the past half year several times i had heavy muscle cramps in my hamstrings.
mostly when i was in sleep, in the middle of the night. remarkable is that this mostly happens when i took 2 a 3 days rest.

do i train too hard. or could it be that i sometimes use a pre workout shake (with creatine)?
i train CF for 31/2year and CFE for 1/2 year. I do mountainbiking and running.

could someone give some advice which will help me preventing this.

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Posted: 24 January 2012 12:21 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I would consider one of the following possibilities:
1. Dehydration
2. Magnesium deficiency

Either of these can be associated with muscle cramps.

Magnesium is necessary in the chemical reaction that is required to allow a muscle to relax.  Since a lot of the public has been shown to be deficient in this micro-nutrient, it’s a pretty safe measure to suppliment with it to see if that helps.

If you are interested in testing to see if you are low in Magnesium, ensure that you get your red blood cell Magnesium levels checked, as it has been shown that patients with normal serum Magnesium levels can have low levels inside red blood cells and still show symptoms of Magnesium deficiency.

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Posted: 02 March 2012 02:50 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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BathMatt - 24 January 2012 12:21 PM

I would consider one of the following possibilities:
1. Dehydration
2. Magnesium deficiency

Either of these can be associated with muscle cramps.

Magnesium is necessary in the chemical reaction that is required to allow a muscle to relax.  Since a lot of the public has been shown to be deficient in this micro-nutrient, it’s a pretty safe measure to suppliment with it to see if that helps.

If you are interested in testing to see if you are low in Magnesium, ensure that you get your red blood cell Magnesium levels checked, as it has been shown that patients with normal serum Magnesium levels can have low levels inside red blood cells and still show symptoms of Magnesium deficiency.


i am now taking magnesium pills, these pills helps a lot.
i asked an doctor to check my magnesium levels. her answer was a NO GO. She doesn’t believe it has something to do with magnesium.
i am now looking for the right magnesium source, i read something about the differences.

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Posted: 07 November 2012 10:10 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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the use of saltsticks makes the cramps lesser, but last weekend i got the 3 day in a row cramp attacks.
so monday i visited a doctor. she made the conclusion that my hamstrings were blown, as a result of overtraining.

my hamstrings concentric movement was like 3 step movement, you could feel the muscle contraction in 3 phases.

this means i have to take a rest period for 4-5 weeks. :evil:
she also said that the way i was training, 4 days of cfe and 2 sport specific days, was the cause of my overtraining.
i am training crossfit since 2008, but the last year i suffered with this problem.

am i the only one who has this problem? and what can i do to get back on track?

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Posted: 02 January 2013 09:36 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I’ve been having a lot of cramping too lately.  At first I thought it was dehydration, but I’ve stayed pretty hydrated these past few weeks and the cramping continues.  I’ll try magnesium.  I heard taking supplements may help too.  I’m trying out Lymphatonic.

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Posted: 05 June 2013 12:26 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Recently my blood has been tested for CK, kreatinine calcium sodium and potassium.

The CK level was according the doctor a little too high but i shouldn’t worry about it. It sould be <171, it was 193.
The higher level could caused by the wod the day before.
The electrolytes level were good.

Sometimes I noticed an up coming cramp in my abdominals.
Standings on toes could end in an muscle cramp in my calfs.

Sometimes when i get muscle cramps in my hamstrings my body feels very uncomfortable

Am i dealing with rabdo?

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Posted: 07 June 2013 09:06 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Question:  What is leading you to link cramping with Rhabdo?

Next:  Here is an intereting report from the CDC about Rhabdo.  The part about all participants (50 of them) in a police training academy showing signs of Rhabdo got me thinking that perhaps many of us have walked the path toward Rhabdo but have not crossed the point from which we cannot recover on our own.

Next:  Here is the first in a series of articles related to cramping.  I found them fascinating.  If you’re interested you can link to the others on your own.  If you need help with the links let me know.

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canis_nerdus - 07 June 2013 09:06 AM

Question:  What is leading you to link cramping with Rhabdo?

Next:  Here is an intereting report from the CDC about Rhabdo.  The part about all participants (50 of them) in a police training academy showing signs of Rhabdo got me thinking that perhaps many of us have walked the path toward Rhabdo but have not crossed the point from which we cannot recover on our own.

Next:  Here is the first in a series of articles related to cramping.  I found them fascinating.  If you’re interested you can link to the others on your own.  If you need help with the links let me know.

Thx for the links, i will read them.

I read an article about rabdo. This article was telling about CK levels, general musle pain, abs cramps etc.
I am searching for answers why i am having so many muscle cramps. If it caused by my training schedule i should correct it.
If it’s something what comes by age or something else, what can i do. I read articles about dehydration and electrolytes.
I am using salt sticks to resupply the electrolytes.

For now i start reading those articles. Thx

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Posted: 23 November 2013 08:48 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Update my fitness level:
10 july this year i got a MRI scan of my lower back. Result nerve channel narrowing on 2 places (no hernia).
31 okt this year i have been surgered by the neurosurgeon.
From now i am rehabilitating

The last periode i was suffering with pain attack (muscle cramps) and malfunction in both legs.

Hopefully over a short time starting again with crossfit.

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Posted: 17 January 2014 01:34 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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David joohs - 17 January 2014 07:44 AM

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Posted: 17 January 2014 01:43 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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I was expecting a sudden signature change…

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frosty996 - 17 January 2014 01:43 PM

I was expecting a sudden signature change…

Me too.

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Posted: 20 January 2014 11:49 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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Nope, no Cheers post so yer ouda here.

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Posted: 25 January 2014 03:05 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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sorry about that, i will introduce myself in the cheers section.
yesterday i was dismissed from the military recuperation centre. i have been recuperating for about 3 mouths.

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gtbiker71 - 25 January 2014 03:05 AM

sorry about that, i will introduce myself in the cheers section.
yesterday i was dismissed from the military recuperation centre. i have been recuperating for about 3 mouths.

No you were fine.
A would be spammer opened up on here and his post was deleted.

Good that you introduced yourself, but don’t think that any criticism was aimed at you.

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Metric - 26 January 2014 12:08 AM
gtbiker71 - 25 January 2014 03:05 AM

sorry about that, i will introduce myself in the cheers section.
yesterday i was dismissed from the military recuperation centre. i have been recuperating for about 3 mouths.

No you were fine.
A would be spammer opened up on here and his post was deleted.

Good that you introduced yourself, but don’t think that any criticism was aimed at you.

thx Metric, good to know that spammers will be rejected.

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