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19 July 2006 @ 09:16 am
Less than fun ways to wake up in the morning  
#1 Literally screaming in pain.

I had previously attributed my occasional leg cramps to alcohol-induced dehydration. However, last night I didn't drink at all. I did have two cups of coffee early in the evening, but I also had a fair bit of water. Oh well, the extreme agony was quickly replaced with a dull ache that will have me limping for a couple of days. I think I startled the cat.

In other fun news, last night's sore throat became this morning's wheezing sore throat. Naturally I reached for the Ventolin, but that only served to set off a coughing fit which ended in me discharging an unnatural amount of phlegm. TMI, I'm sure, but the point is that I am both sick and in pain.

Whinge, whinge, whinge.
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Outlier Manlukeii on July 18th, 2006 11:21 pm (UTC)
Steph: Bugger-Jack/PotC_megalomania_ on July 18th, 2006 11:57 pm (UTC)
Ouch :(

I'm sure I'm stating the obvious here but...perhaps you should see a doctor about this. People get leg cramps for a variety of reasons and you might need to find out why you're getting them before you can work out a way to get rid of them.

My mother used to suffer from painful leg cramps and her doctor told her it was due to a lack of potassium in her diet. He advised her to eat bananas (!) and the leg cramps went away. This may or may not be useful to you, but I figured I'd share it anyway :P

(Also: found this on a website...)

"Most commonly, cramps can be avoided by increasing your intake of calcium, potassium, and magnesium. Both calcium and magnesium can be taken in the form of a supplement, but it is recommended that potassium levels be increased through the intake of more fruits and vegetables. People with certain medical conditions may be at risk in taking potassium supplements. Potassium can be found in cantaloupes, bananas, tomatoes, grapefruits and orange juice."

*hugs*
Jacobyak_boy on July 19th, 2006 12:12 am (UTC)
Well, I only get them from time-to-time. And the last time I asked a doctor he was decidedly unhelpful. Of course, it was at an overworked community health centre - and it was a last-minute question as we were basically shuffling out the door.
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Kittymoorekittie on July 19th, 2006 12:54 am (UTC)
Poor Jacob.

I used to get leg cramps all the time. I'd wake up screaming and crying. I think I gave my boyfriend one hell of a scare one night, but it just hurt so damn bad!

Dad always used to tell me it was because I didn't eat enough salt, Mum always said it was because I ate too much salt. I hate to say it, but I think Mum was right, I don't eat salt anymore and (touch wood) I haven't had a leg cramp since.

So, there you have it. More useless information that you didn't ask for. =)

Poor Jacob.
Jacobyak_boy on July 19th, 2006 12:56 am (UTC)
From what others have told me - too much salt, not enough potassium. Drink water - eat bananas.
Kittymoorekittie on July 19th, 2006 01:09 am (UTC)
Well, what are you waiting for? Go and buy some bananas and throw your salt in the bin.
Jacobyak_boy on July 19th, 2006 01:11 am (UTC)
I don't add salt to anything other than chips.

But, as I say, it's really more to do with staying properly hydrated. Your body will always be full of salt - you just need to make sure you have enough water to keep it balanced. Too much water can cause a salt deficiency, as well, so you have to be careful not to drink too much.

It's actually possible to die from being over-hydrated (but, very difficult).
Kittymoorekittie on July 19th, 2006 01:14 am (UTC)
Don't you have to drink over 6 litres of water a day to over-hydrate.

I drink two litres of water a day... I'm not going to over-hydrate, am I?
Jacobyak_boy on July 19th, 2006 01:15 am (UTC)
Yes, to over-hydrate you need to drink bucket-loads.

Two litres a day sounds pretty good to me.
Kittymoorekittie on July 19th, 2006 01:17 am (UTC)
Good. =)
sjlsjl on July 19th, 2006 02:28 am (UTC)
Well, I can't speak about your leg cramps, but mine (which I haven't had in a few years, touch wood) definitely weren't alcohol-induced-dehydration-induced, given that I don't touch the stuff (well, lemon lime and bitters barely counts.) As others have said, you probably need more trace minerals (mmm... bananas ... what's the price of those doing these days?) and maybe a bit more water.

Hope you figure it out. They're definitely not fun.

(My other night time trick: sleeping on top of my arm. Usually my right arm. I wake up, and it's totally numb. Roll off it, and the pain as circulation returns ...)
Jacobyak_boy on July 19th, 2006 02:32 am (UTC)
Yeah, I do the arm thing sometimes.
Outlier Manlukeii on July 19th, 2006 03:03 am (UTC)
What colour was your urine this morning?



The lower the number, the better hydrated you are. Anything above a 3 is considered de-hydrated.
Jacobyak_boy on July 19th, 2006 03:20 am (UTC)
Damn, if only I had a colour-chart and clear plastic bottle handy this morning, instead of just peeing in the toilet.
Outlier Manlukeii on July 19th, 2006 03:40 am (UTC)
So, you can't tell while peeing into the toilet if your urine is darker?

So, if a Doctor asked you "Any blood in your urine?" your response would be "I dunno, I would need to pee into a bottle to check"?
Jacobyak_boy on July 19th, 2006 03:58 am (UTC)
I simply didn't think to look.
sjlsjl on July 19th, 2006 03:40 am (UTC)
I have to say, I'd be seriously worried if my urine came out looking like #8. That would scream "infection" to me.
Jacobyak_boy on July 19th, 2006 03:59 am (UTC)
Well, it is green.
Outlier Manlukeii on July 19th, 2006 04:18 am (UTC)
I'm seriously worried that your urine screams to you.
sjlsjl on July 19th, 2006 04:20 am (UTC)
It doesn't. It would, though, if it was that shade.
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Jacobyak_boy on July 20th, 2006 04:44 am (UTC)
Stupid banana shortage.

I really like bananas.
bare_feetedbare_feeted on July 22nd, 2006 10:08 am (UTC)
muscle cramps often have something to do with magnesium deficiency. Try a good magnesium supplement ie: not something that's $10 from the supermarket. It'll probably help your shoulders too.

there's lots of magnesium in seafood too... eat shellfish. mmmmm... shellfish... let me know if you want company eating shellfish.