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Heat Cramps

Friday, July 22, 2011

Lately I've been working out so intensely and it is so hot that after exercise I get heat cramps. I didn't realize it had an actual name until last night when I looked it up in my Merck manual for dummies. That's not really the name- it's really a Merck manual written in layperson's language. I love looking up random stuff in that thing! I knew that an electrolyte imbalance was the cause. Because of my kidney disease, my kidneys tend to kick out all my potassium. This is not good. I even had to get potassium via an IV when I was in the hospital years ago and they noticed how low my levels were. That stuff is like fire when it goes into your arm! emoticon I started screaming and they turned down the amount and I was fine after that.

I get wicked cramps in my calves and feet and occasionally my stomach if I do crunches. Exercise and changes in the temperature really sets me off. I get especially mad when I get into the pool after Zumba and want to dog paddle and tread water for a while. It's a great cool down! That's usually when the fun begins. I end up having to hobble out of the pool way earlier than I would like. Of course I'm swearing like a sailor in front of the teenager too and making her very concerned. I started taking potassium and a cal/mag/zinc combo pill once a day, plus bananas. Even the diuretic I take is "potassium sparing". Because of this they warn you not to overdo potassium rich foods and not to take supplements with it. Well they haven't met me yet! You would think I wouldn't have a problem at all. I even use a salt substitute that is potassium. I love it! I'm gonna have to report this to my doctor soon. I could just cut back on the workouts too but that's not gonna happen. emoticon
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    Oh dear, sounds so painful! I knew bananas were a good source ... do I remember avocado? I'm going to go "google" it right now!

    Take care emoticon
    3509 days ago
  • CAALAN23
    Tell me of this non-salt potassium of which you speak. Sounds interesting!

    That is one part of the body I will not take for granted. People don't realize what the kidney does for a person. Hope the heat cramps tone it down a bit so you can keep gettin' after it!

    3510 days ago
  • DIXIED88
    Cantaloupe daily is my "not a doctor" advice. But if it's bothering you and you are taking those supplements, I would see a doctor too. Hubby gets them after working all day but refuses to do anything more than drink Gaterade....and complain.

    emoticon Hope you feel better soon. Those are really painful!
    3510 days ago
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